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DIY Home Decorating Tips - Cheaper Ways To Update Your Home’s Look

Professional home stagers are aware of how to highlight your property's values while minimizing its drawbacks to appeal to buyers. 

It's helpful, but can be costly.

But don't worry, we took the liberty to collect the DIY decorating tips you can use to update the rooms in your house on a tight budget.

Cheaper Ways To Update Your Home’s Look

Tip #1: Select The Right Color For The Front Door

They say, "first impression lasts," and most of the time, it really works.

So, if you want to take advantage of this, you might want to consider painting the entrance door a vibrant, glossy color to give a wonderful first impression of your home. 

The colors orange and yellow are also popular right now. Both hues are linked to happiness and warmth. 

For items that you might want to remove, an obsolete screen door could be one. Get rid of it or swap it out for a storm door with full-length glass and a screen panel that you can swap out.

Tip #2: Go Neutral

When decorating the first floor, keep the color scheme neutral by sticking to beige or gray. The most decorative flexibility is provided...

6 Documents You Need When Applying For A Home Loan

Getting a Mortgage Loan is a complex process, and upon application, the lender shall conduct a deep dive into your financial life to ensure that you meet all of the underwriting requirements. Get organized and ready to save time and avoid stress by preparing this list of essential documents needed to make the process smoother and to  improve your odds of getting approved:

1. TAX RETURNS

Mortgage lenders want to know your financial situation and ensure that your annual income is consistent with your reported earnings through pay stubs and that there aren't huge fluctuations from year to year.

Generally, they want to see 1-2 years' worth of tax returns, and you will most likely be required to sign Form 4506-T, which allows the lender to request a copy of your tax returns from the IRS.

2. PROOF OF INCOME

A verification to prove that your income is as you have...

5 Home Amenities Every Fur Parents & Fur Babies Would Love

Pets are like children for most pet owners and have played an increasingly important role in shopping for a home. A study conducted by the National Association of Realtors (NARs) last 2021 showed that 43% of pet owners are willing to move to accommodate their pet, while according to a survey conducted by realtor.com, 68% would pass on a house if it didn't meet the needs of their pet.

Here are the Top 5 home Features to consider to keep you and your furbaby happy!

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Top 10 Worst Home Renovations That Can Hurt Your Home’s Value

Your house is an investment in your family's future in addition to being a place of pride and a place to unwind after a long day. And while it makes sense to want to make modifications to raise the value of your house when you decide to sell it, certain remodeling projects will end up costing you money in the long term. 

Just because you think something is better doesn't imply a prospective buyer will agree.

In this post, we'll share the common home renovations you should stay away from to maintain the value of your property by clicking.

Top Home Renovations To Avoid

Excessive Wallpaper

Wallpaper might seem like a good option when you want to decorate your home; however, it can be an overwhelming decor decision for your house due to its patterns and texture. 

Other than that, getting rid of it might be extremely difficult. 

Some home buyers may even see its removal as a potential hassle, and it may be the deciding factor for someone who wants a more move-in-ready property.

It's usually a good idea to present your house when it's on the market ...

7 Home Renovation Ideas

Remodeling is a usual option when updating a home or planning to move out. While it has several advantages, it’s a commitment one has to take so before you decide to renovate your place, you should know first if it’s worth your time and money or not.

What You Should Consider During Home Renovation?

Finding out which renovation will give the highest return on investment is the key to increasing your home value. 

You might think of it as a way to make your home look beautiful but this little project can also help you demand a higher price when it’s time to sell your home. Therefore before you plan for a home renovation and design, analyze first if its value is worth its cost.

So, how do you do this?

You start by planning your home renovation. Find out which area needs remodeling and look for inspiration you can use as a reference.

Next, create a budget. Find out what you can afford at the moment, look up estimates on your desired remodeling projects, and ask for referrals from your family, friends, and neighbors.

Now that you have an idea of...

How To Stage A Home For Sale

“Should you stage a home for sale?”

 

That’s one of the questions most people ask when selling their home, and if you’re one of those individuals who have the same thing in mind, here’s the surprising answer – YES!

It might sound like another expense or a waste of time but a study conducted by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) suggests that staging helps homes sell quicker and at a higher rate compared to those homes that are not staged.

That being said, you might want to consider this extra step when you want to make it more appealing to potential buyers.

What Is Staging?

In simple terms, staging is “setting the stage” or preparing your home for potential buyers. It’s more than just decorating; it’s a method used to make your place more appealing to the biggest pool of buyers.

Why Is Staging A Home Important?

Home staging helps you put your asset at a higher selling price....

The Most Important Rooms to Be Staged

The 2021 Profile of Home Staging by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that 82% of buyers’ agents said that staging a home made it easier for buyers to visualize the property as a future home. While 47% of buyers’ agents cited that home staging affected most buyers’ view of the home. Their research also showed that Staging would positively impact the home value by 39% if the home was decorated according to the buyer's taste.

Data shown below are the following percentage results  of their survey based on the Importance of Rooms Staged for Buyers:

If you're looking to sell your home, taking time to stage your house helps in giving more appeal to potential buyers in photographs and in-person; which will lead to more interest in your home, a faster sale, and more money in your pocket.

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