5 Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom for Under $50

Did you know that you can give your bathroom a well needed facelift without totally bathroombreaking the bank? By following these simple suggestions you will be able to update and essentially renovate one of your most used rooms. (and one of the rooms that potential buyers pay especially close attention to)

* Paint Your Cabinets: You are not doomed to have those light wood colored cabinets forever.  All it takes is a little elbow grease in the form of sandpaper and paint.  One of the most popular colors now is white or a light colored paint that not only modernizes but also makes the space appear brighter and bigger.

* Tile It: What is so great about tiling now is that you don’t need to go through the long, labor intensive process of actual tile but instead use the peel and stick tile.  The final result is almost eerily the same and the cost and work is much lower.

* Paint the Door: While you still have your paint supplies handy you may want to paint the interior door to the bathroom an eye popping color.  This gives the entire room a focal point and brightens it up.

* Change Your Lighting:  More specifically change the glass covering on your lighting.  This is an inexpensive way to purge your old looking bathroom and give it a modern makeover.

* Change Your Towels and Bathmats: This seems simple enough and you will be amazed at the overall change.  As a side note: even if your bathmats come with a fluffy toilet seat cover… don’t use it.  It makes the entire bathroom look very dated!

Halloween Magic Show

I know many of you are always on the lookout for fun Saturday activities for the kids to do! hat with logoThis Saturday you will have no trouble at all finding something the whole family is sure to enjoy because the Pendleton Community Library is hosting a Halloween themed magic show at 10 am Saturday morning (Oct.25th).  During the show children will be asked to join in on the fun and all children will receive a prize for participating.  Halloween refreshments will also be served.  After the show is an ideal time to check out everything else that our amazing library has to offer! Hope to see you there!

Tips for Getting Your Home Winter Ready

As beautiful as the fall leaves are and as much as I enjoy the crisp autumn air and sipping cloud with logoon hot cider I can’t help but look at these as just a precursor to the cold weather that is headed our way.  And while I have already drug my sweaters out of storage and stashed an extra set of gloves in my car it is also time to get my house ready for the inevitable cold, snow, and falling temperatures.  Here are a few tips that I have picked up over the years for getting your home winter ready.

* Protect Your Pipes: This should be done even before the first frost.  Simply remove your garden hose from the spigot and then locate and close the shut-off valve (usually located in the garage).  You also will want to keep the outside spigot open to allow it to drain.

* Inspect Your Outlets: Behind the outlets in your wall there is very little (if any) insulation which can allow a draft to flow through these areas.  The simplest and most cost effective solution is to remove the cover plate, add an insulating gasket (usually costs about 10 cents) and then reattach the cover plate.  It is as easy as that and can save on average about $30 per year on your utility bill.

* Clean the Chimney:  This should be done regularly if you use your fireplace but I highly recommend hiring a trusted professional to do this job.  Not only is this a basic home maintenance issue but keeping it clean of soot and debris helps to protect you from house fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

* Insulate Basement Pipes: Wrapping hot water pipes found in the basement or crawl space with insulation can save you money on your utility bill as well as help the shower heat up quicker in the winter.

* DON’T Cover Your AC: Many places sell covers or products to “help protect” your exterior AC compressor but in actuality these products lead to rust and potential animal infestations.  These units are built to withstand the elements.

* Get Your Trees Pruned: It is ideal to have your trees trimmed up before the snow hits.  By doing this you can help reduce the possibility of over-grown or dead limbs being covered in ice and snow crashing down.  This is especially essential if any of these limbs branch over your house, driveway, or power lines.

* Fill In All Gaps: Keeping the outside weather outside is the key to keeping your house snuggly and warm.  The best way is to seal up any and all cracks or gaps leading to the outside with an insulating spray.  Check your attic, basement, around windows and doors, and outlets.

Benefits of Listing Your House in the Fall

I think it is common knowledge that listing your house in the spring time is the most fall photo with logopopular time but did you know that fall listings can be just a successful.  Think about it… most people who are house shopping want to make sure they have found their new home before the harshest part of the winter hits.  This ensures that those buyers are more serious, make quicker decisions, and want to speed the process along just as quickly as you, the seller, does.

Curb appeal is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of selling a home. If you can’t get them interested from the outside there is not much of a chance they will even take the time to see the inside.  And really, what better backdrop can you have to your home than the deep, rich, and beautiful colors of the fall leaves.  You can’t buy this type of home staging!

The fall weather also helps to encourage potential home buyers to set up roots.  With the chill in the air the desire to nestle into a cozy, warm home is almost instinctual.  Increase the appeal by lighting a fire in the fireplace, baking a batch of cookies, and adding warm, earth tones to the interior of your home.  All of these will help the buyer feel at home and comfortable.

If you are considering selling your house soon but thought you should wait until spring… don’t! We can help you figure out the best home selling plan, price, and timeline.  Feel free to contact us with any questions! We look forward to hearing from you!

A Blog on a Blog

It’s probably not too often that you see a blog about a blog…. rather ironic really.  But what blog logoI really wanted to convey with this is the usefulness of our two blogs “Pendleton Real Estate Pro” and “The Real Estate Pros“.  Both blogs address the big questions that many of you have for realtors such as “Qualities and Traits a Realtor Should Have“, “The Benefits of an FHA Loan“, and “Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a House.”  In addition to tips and tricks in real estate we also cover local events, spotlight local businesses, and even include fun and creative recipes, crafts, home decorating tips, and talk about our love for our four-legged friends as well.  These blogs can be an excellent resource for anyone looking to buy or sell a home as well as any current home owners or those living in the Pendleton/Anderson area.  Be sure to check out both blogs and feel free to ask us as many questions as you like!