Tagged : Home Improvement Ideas

Found 21 blog entries tagged as "Home Improvement Ideas".

by Rob Kelly, LRA Owner/Managing Broker  

As a recovering fix 'n flipper myself, who has experience in this area from Colorado to California, in my opinion, the hardest part of any renovation process is accurately estimating my costs.  When I started buying up fix and flips in the 1980s, I had to do it the old fashioned, very time consuming way: ask several of my favorite contractors to come on site, write up an estimate and then I would do more calling around and comparing with my business partners to see if I had the estimating figures correct. Of course, over time I learned some basic formulas that would help guide me.  But for those of you just starting out this process, fortunately for you, has evolved to your benefit! 

Fast forward to 2019,

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by Jen Miller, Editor in Chief, Jen Reviews

The kitchen is a heart of every home. It is a place where friends and family members meet and share their thoughts over delicious food. Adding a personal touch to the often bland kitchen exterior is important especially when setting a warm and cozy atmosphere. The last thing you want is your kitchen to resemble and feel like the school cafeteria.

We know that kitchen appliances and cabinets can cost a fortune, but you do not have to dig deep into your pockets to make your kitchen look amazing. You can find an inspiration for your simple and inexpensive kitchen design ideas practically anywhere even in nature. Home décor can be crafted at home or bought at a low price. We have created a list of 15

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by Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker 

First question: When is Radon Awareness Month? If you said "January", you would be correct!  And if you are from Colorado, chances are radon is a household word.  If you are not from a part of the country that has large levels of radon, then radon may need an introduction.  That said, let's start with a refresher course for all of us on what radon is. 

Overview of Radon - Radon is an invisible and odor free radioactive gas, which is present in several parts of the United States. Radon is commonly found in Colorado and most estimates report that up to 50% of homes in our state test positive for radon.  Since you cannot see, smell or taste radon, it can be very dangerous if not tested and mitigated.  Unlike

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by Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker

When it comes to home design ideas, I always look to the experts. No matter what the time of year, which room I am focused on, I end up slightly overwhelmed and doubting my instincts.  To get some perspective on the 2018 home design  I took in the advice of Colorado design expert from Kim Cieplik, a specialist with Solid Rock Custom Homes.  According to a recent interview with Kim,  her “real world” research suggests some colorful trends to the autumnal months in 2018.

Ms. Cieplik says, “Most people are getting away from the beige neutral tone fad that has been around for the past ten years. Our customers are now asking for more vibrant colors in parts of their homes. There is still a neutral base color,

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by Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker

Sometimes the urge to clean hits us spontaneously!  Now that the kids are back to school, you may be facing some major post-summer clean up efforts, we thought we would share this infographic on how to cut through the grease and get your house spic 'n span with ingredients and products you probably already have at home.  

Check out this infographic for nine, easy-to-make homemade cleaners you can make yourself plus more ideas on DIY clean up ideas! Hint: vinegar seems to be a very common ingredient! Scroll to the end to see more links. 

Homemade

Thank you to The Pressure Coach, a professional pressure washing & decorative concrete business, who has been servicing home in the USA for over 5 years, who

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By Lisa Hall, Independent Interior Decorator 

Wooden floors have always been on the trend list of interior designing and home makeovers. They are not only attractive but gives a classy touch to the whole house. They are easy to clean and can be maintained easily. Over the years wooden floors have had competition, but have managed to remain amongst market with trends appealing to everyone. One needs to consider at least three components with regards to wooden floors: color, texture and finishing. Each of these trends change from time to time but here are the latest.

1. Trends in Color - Colors can make your wooden floors look cheap or extravagant. They define the room and space. Bright colors can make your house have a lively and royal look whereas

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by Shiv Nanda, MoneyTap

Whether you plan to sell your house or continue living in it, investing in a few basic renovations and improvements is important. Not only does this make your home more comfortable to live in, but also has a positive effect on the current value when you’re start looking for buyers!

Think of these 5 upgrades to boost your home’s value:

1. Kitchen Re-Styling – Making improvements to the kitchen is one of the best ways to increase property value, so make this area a priority. Modular kitchens are both practical and attractive, making them the most popular choice for any home. Invest in fresh paint, tiles and backsplashes, new fixtures and appliances, and inexpensive luxuries such as water heaters and purifiers.

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By Heather Neves, Sr. Editor, Webeazey

Are you planning to sell your house? Well then, get it painted!

It is common sense that houses sell better when they are beautifully painted. If you are planning to list your house for resale, painting is one of the most cost-effective techniques to increase the value of your house. Paint is considered one of the least expensive returns on an investment!

Research shows that painting the interiors increase the value up to 105%, while the exteriors increase up to 57% on ROI. Color choices make a huge impact on the home buyers. It is a powerful tool that attracts prospective bidders and buyers. According to top real estate agents, colors can either make or break the image of a house.

Modern living room with full length glass doors painted in white

So what paint

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BY CORY NICKERSON, LRA ASSOCIATE BROKER

You found your dream home - a lovely turn of the century home lush with trees on the largest lot in the neighborhood. It took some work, but you won out over the other buyer competition, which is no small feat in this competitive market.  Your lender says you are a "shoe in" for the financing you need, which gives you great comfort. But then the inspection report comes in.  

You hear things like "Radon is measuring higher than the EPA recommendations".  You read on and mutter to yourself, that the fireplace did look pretty old and dusty and could use a service maintenance visit. And why is the seller providing you with a "Lead-based Paint Disclosure"?  Then you come to the sewer scope report, which says

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by Cory Nickerson, LRA Associate Broker

Like most of you, I've see lots of trends come and go, but this one caught my attention: upper-level living rooms are emerging as a sought-after space among homeowners.  According to Realtor Magazine, homeowners are attracted to second-floor living rooms, which are doubling as "lounges".  These spaces can be cozier than the more traditional living areas on the first floor. Sometimes these upstairs living rooms are being called  “pajama lounges”, as they offer more privacy and due to their proximity to bedrooms. We real estate agents, are seeing these lofty living spaces to include furnishings such as cozy sofas, a kitchenette, a media center, and reading nooks.

According to architect Kobi Karp, "Architects

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