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To get the best possible price for your home it’s a good idea to hire a professional home stager. However, there are still many things you can do by yourself to prepare your house for the market. Tackling the minor projects on your own before the staging professional even arrives will make their job easier and save you time and money.
Here are some home staging basics you can easily DIY:
While the general idea of cleaning and de-cluttering your home for staging might seem obvious, it might be less obvious to carry that concept through to your furniture. Unless you already have a very minimalist design style it’s likely you have at least one furniture piece in each room that you can remove to create more space. Things like end tables, shelf units and sometimes even seating can be removed and stored to make your rooms feel bigger instantly. Make sure you keep enough of the basics to be comfortable but not crowded.
Closet space is a huge selling point of your home. No matter how much clothing storage you actually have, it’s crucial to make it look like you have more. The easiest way to do so is to organize and partially empty your closets. Don’t take out all of your clothes, but leave some empty spaces to highlight the amount of usable space. Many staging professionals recommend removing half of everything in your closet and putting it into storage. If your closet still looks full, repeat the process until you have more room. Another great tip is to replace plastic hangers with more elegant wooden or metal hangers for the clothes you keep in the closet.
Add White Bathroom Linens
One of the easiest ways you can dress up your bathroom for staging is to add white linens. Stow away your personal towels and washcloths and replace with plain white. They don’t have to be expensive, but the idea is to brighten the space and create the same feeling as walking into the bathroom in a fancy hotel. White towels and other bathroom dressings create a sense of luxury and refinement while also creating a blank slate for potential buyers to imagine their own belongings in the bathroom.
Remove Personal Items
The key thing to remember when staging your home is that you’re trying to get buyers to imagine themselves living there. The easiest way to do this is to hide away personal items and decoration. Family photos, trophies and awards, sports or media memorabilia and anything else that’s personally identifying should be put away to avoid causing distraction or conflicts of taste. In doing this you might simultaneously accomplish a lot of necessary de-cluttering, but if you need to replace these removed items, opt for more bland and neutral decor like nature photography or artwork. Match the overall aesthetic and color scheme of the room but don’t detract from it. Remember that you’re trying to sell the home, not the decorations.
With these basics taken care of, you’re well on your way to having a market-ready home. A professional home stager can help you with any finishing touches or issues you might have missed, but these tips will give you an excellent foundation for getting the best price for your home.
For home sellers, getting the best price for your residence likely will require you to upgrade your house's curb appeal. If you dedicate time and resources to bolster your home's curb appeal, you may be better equipped than ever before to enjoy a successful property selling experience.
Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you improve your home's curb appeal.
1. Fix Damaged Home Siding
Cracked or chipped home siding is unlikely to do you any favors. In fact, damaged home siding may prove to be an instant turn-off to prospective buyers.
Fortunately, repairing cracked or chipped siding can be fast and simple. If you fill in any cracks or holes in your home siding, you can eliminate these eyesores without delay.
If you want expert help with house siding repairs, home improvement professionals are available in cities and towns nationwide. These professionals are happy to work with you so you can quickly fix damaged home siding and boost your house's curb appeal.
2. Perform Lawn Care Tasks
Mowing the lawn, trimming the hedges and performing other lawn care tasks is key for home sellers. If you maintain a neat, tidy lawn, you could help buyers see your home's full potential.
Of course, you should continue to perform various lawn care tasks regularly until your residence sells. You never know when a potential buyer may pass your home, and as such, a pristine lawn is paramount to help your residence make a positive first impression.
3. Eliminate Clutter
If you have plastic flamingoes, lawn gnomes and other decorations scattered across your home's front lawn, you may want to remove these items for the time being. Otherwise, it may be tough for buyers to envision what life may be like if they purchase your residence.
To cut down on clutter, you can always host a yard sale or list any unwanted items online. You also can donate any items you no longer need to a local charity or give them to family members or friends.
As you prepare to sell your house, you may want to collaborate with a real estate agent as well. A real estate agent can offer plenty of tips so you can upgrade your house's curb appeal, along with recommendations to help you streamline the home selling process.
Let's not forget about the assistance a real estate agent can provide as you evaluate an offer to purchase, either. A real estate agent can help you weigh the pros and cons of accepting a homebuying proposal. He or she is ready to respond to any house selling concerns or questions you may have, too.
When it comes to selling a home, it generally is a good idea to improve your house's curb appeal as much as you can. Thanks to the aforementioned tips, you can enhance your home's curb appeal in no time at all. And as a result, you can make your home an attractive option to prospective buyers.
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Indoor plants have many benefits for humans, but can be dangerous for pets. Some of the most popular house plants can be toxic to cats and dogs. Keeping your pets healthy and safe is important, but it’s disappointing when your ideal houseplant won’t work in your home. Luckily, there are some comparable options for many of the most popular plants to have indoors. Here are the details about monstera, aloe vera and their pet-safe alternatives.
Monstera are tropical broad-leaf plants that can grow as high as ten feet tall when grown indoors. They’re also called “Swiss cheese plants” because of their iconic split leaves. Monstera are very popular with interior designers as a bold statement plant in homes and commercial spaces. Unfortunately, the leaves are toxic to dogs and cats. Monstera are not deadly but can cause vomiting, upset stomach and mouth irritation if eaten.
If you want a large statement-making plant, you still have options that are non-toxic to pets. The banana tree, while most commonly grown outdoors, can make a great indoor plant for those who like large bold leaves. They are native to tropical climates and thrive in warm temperatures and high humidity, which can actually make them a great indoor plant choice if you live in colder climates.
Another excellent alternative that won’t harm your pets is the Areca palm. This is another tropical plant you are likely to encounter planted outdoors as barriers or privacy screening because of their height and similarity in appearance to bamboo clusters. Areca palms need lots of light, so if you don’t have a bright window, it’s a good idea to bring the palm outside during the summer months.
Aloe vera plants are popular houseplants because of their ability to grow in small containers with little attention. They’re also useful plants: aloe vera gel is widely used in cosmetic and medicinal products all over the world. They are heavily cultivated and therefore easy and inexpensive to find. Despite its many benefits and uses for humans, aloe vera is toxic enough to pets that you should keep it far away from them. Often it’s simply enough to keep an aloe plant out of reach, but if you’re looking for alternatives, there are options.
One aloe alternative is the haworthia succulent. While it looks extremely similar to aloe plants, it’s non-toxic to pets if ingested. They’re also similarly easy to take care of and only require watering once a week at most. Any variety of haworthia succulent is an excellent alternative to aloe, especially for homeowners with limited space or time for maintenance.
The fleshy, pointy leaves of the bromeliad family of plants are comparable to aloe both in aesthetics and care. While bromeliads can grow large and produce bold, bright flowers, some of them don’t even require planting in soil to grow. Epiphytic bromeliads, also called Tillandsia or air plants, grow attached to rocks and trees in nature and simply absorb moisture and nutrients through the air. You can do the same with an indoor bromeliad as long as it has something to hold on to. Just soak your plant in water for an hour once a week to make sure it gets the moisture it needs.
The humble coffee table is the perfect furniture piece to bring some rustic charm to your living room or porch. If you’re looking to enhance your rustic design style while also stretching your DIY skills, there are many coffee table plans that can help you. Here we’ve put together some ideas for making your own rustic coffee tables, DIY-style.
Pallet Coffee Table
Wooden pallets are a goldmine for rustic DIY projects of all kinds. They’re also perfect for making your own reclaimed wood coffee table. There are several different designs you can choose, including stacking multiple pallets, adding a piece of glass on top of the pallets to prevent items from falling through the open slats. Another idea is to take the pallet apart completely and rebuild a new surface with the planks. This will create an even surface that’s completely customizable as long as you have the right power tools. You can paint the wood planks in a white or pale gray for a softer rustic look, or keep the wood bare. Don’t forget to sand carefully to avoid splinters.
Reclaimed Window Coffee Table
Clear-topped coffee tables are great for storage and for creating visual interest with a utilitarian piece of furniture. While you could build your own coffee table with a simple pane of glass on the top, another idea is to use an old window. If you’re lucky enough to have the right size wooden window frame with sturdy glass, you can create a table with it by placing it on top of a shallow wooden box. Keep the box open at the top so you can store or display items under the window. For ease of access, you can attach the window to the box with hinges. This will let you open and close it easily to get to the items within. With this project, you’ll have a unique rustic style coffee table that’s as functional as it is versatile.
Wire Spool Coffee Table
If you prefer round rather than rectangular tables, opt for a wooden table made from an old wire spool. Wooden spools are easy to find in salvage, recycling centers or even second-hand stores. While simply turned on its side a spool might seem to work as a perfectly fine table already, there are some upgrades you’ll want to consider. One would be a careful sanding of every surface and edges to prevent splinters. There may also be stains, writing or other markings on the spool that you can remove with a sander. If you’re concerned about water stains from cups or glasses, give the surface a coat of protective wood stain or paint. Once you have your spool cleaned up and ready, you’ll have an excellent rustic table made almost entirely of recycled materials.
These are just a few ideas for making your own coffee tables to add and enhance rustic style. The versatility of these table plans make them great for beginners and DIY experts alike and will give you the satisfaction of using reclaimed materials and your own hard work and effort.