living room redesign

The Right Lighting for Your Home

The living room is used in all kinds of ways. The family comes together, possibly with guests. You want to be able to relax with a book and the children want to play there. The lighting must meet all these functions, in a combination of basic lighting (ie ceiling spotlights or ceiling lighting), mood lighting (floor and table lamps) and accent lighting (a reading lamp).

It may sound like an open door, but put the right lamp in the right place. A favorite reading book with a lazy armchair? If you did not put a reading light there, you could be sorry. With floor and table lamps you create atmosphere and such ‘loose’ lamps offer flexibility when you have a nice look with the furniture.  Electrical outlets, sockets, sockets. Really, you cannot have enough of them, otherwise you’re sitting with wires across the floor. You should place fixed lighting such as wall lamps in the living room only where you are sure that nothing will ever change. If you ever wondered why the painting lights are attached to the painting and not on the wall, well, that is why. This way you can at least once again hang a larger or smaller painting on the same spot.

With a grid of (directional) ceiling spots you are also flexible. Dimmers are ideal in a living room, because you can adjust the atmosphere quickly and easily. With some systems you can even pre-program different atmosphere settings. If you have a living room with more than one entrance door, make sure that all lighting can be operated from all doors. Also, connect a number of outlets to the light switches at the door(s). The (atmospheric) lamps that are in these switched sockets, you turn on or off all at once with one action. In the bedroom you can also have a cleverly designed lighting plan before you start with the further design.

Inspecting Laminate Flooring for Water Damage

Laminate flooring is most often associated with the Pergo brand of flooring and usually mimics the appearance of solid wood or engineered floors. Although laminates typically carry a 15 year warranty against discoloration and stains, they usually do not offer this type of warranty against water damage. To inspect the floor for damage caused by water, there are a number of revealing signs to look for such as crowning, and deformation or sagging.

Instructions

  1. Moisture meter is an invaluable tool in checking for damage due to moisture or water. If the floor boards are curled at the ends or the floor is warped or buckled, a meter can help you determine the source of the problem. For example, soil installed on concrete must be dry enough and have a humidity of less than 2.5 percent, or 1.5 percent if you have installed underfloor heating.
  2. Once you have determined the source of the water problem, you can take action to correct the situation. Laminate floors are installed or placed on a substrate such as vinyl or concrete. Therefore, a leak under a sink or a refrigerator or dishwasher can squeeze between the floorboards and cause the floor to swell or crown.
  3. Inspect the joints at the corner of the floor and make sure they are tight. Make sure that the straight joints are well aligned and fit well. Look at the socket and socket to make sure they cover the gaps. Inspect areas with gaps that have not been sealed.
  4. Look for mold in specific areas of the floor as that’s a clear indicator that you have a water or moisture problem. Many times this can be the result of leaking pipes or even a damp basement.
  5. Consider how the laminate has been maintained. If the floor has been mopped wet, water can seep through the planks and buckling may result. Make sure that the floor has been maintained as prescribed by the manufacturer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you use a moisture meter to check for leaks or water leaks before installing a laminate floor.
  • Install a vapor barrier or support sheet to reduce moisture for laminates installed on concrete underlayment.
  • Use replaceable and dry laminate pads that are designed to attract dust and dirt. Doing so may prevent future water damage.
  • Using a dehumidifier can reduce excess moisture in the air, which can cause a low deformation.
  • Never mop the floor wet as excess water can cause the planks to expand and subsequently buckle. Use a damp mop if necessary and citrus-unlike soap-based cleansers to clean stains.

Creating Hidden Storage in Your Home

Create hidden areas within you home to use for additional storage to hide valuables or extra private rooms. While it may seem like a daunting task at first, you may be surprised how much “hidden space” is actually in your home, as the unused space under the stairs or between  kitchen cabinets. Be creative with furniture to maximize storage space in your home, and look for a space within the walls to build cabinets and hidden shelves. Although you may be able to create the most remote areas yourself, other projects may require professional help.

Instructions

  1. Use pieces of furniture like beds, tables and chairs as hidden spaces in your home. Cover tables with tablecloths, chairs with long pieces of cloth that hide the legs and add a dust ruffle or big comforter on the beds to create hidden areas. Use of these spaces, such as beneath your bed for storing clothing, Christmas ornaments and other parties, old toys and anything else you would like to save. Place cookbooks and boxes under covered tables, and use the space under the seats for games, toys and supplies for pets or for additional books.
  2. Hang curtains of various sizes around the areas of your home to create hidden spaces. For example, use a curtain to hide the space under the stairs. Use curtains to separate small niches into sections, either as a private room or storage, or try to hang curtains under large desks to hide boxes. The space between the high kitchen cabinets and the ceiling is another option so you can use a curtain; try to use this space to store additional pots and pans. Remember to cut and sew the curtains as needed to adapt to specific spaces.
  3. Enjoy the hidden spaces inside the walls. Although pipes, sheet metal ducts and wiring behind your drywall and your woodwork, there are also a lot of empty spaces between the rungs of 2 by 4 wall. They are usually easy to spot when you build or remodel a home. Have a professional help you locate these spaces, if necessary, to prevent damage to the wiring and piping; then remodel areas to create cabinets, shelves or cabinets within that space. You may need a professional to help you build a hidden wall that hides the door space.
  4. Determine whether the attic of your house can be used for storage, if applicable. Some of these spaces are not insulated, and same with the spaces above the garage. However, most contain a reasonable amount of insulation. Note the temperature extremes of the space to avoid storing items that suffer with hot or cold temperatures. If the attic or garage contains a hatch with a drop-down ladder, or only one hatch, consider having a professional ladder installed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Beds with drawers or those with plenty of removable storage below, provide another option hidden space for your home.

Safety Tips for Storing Gasoline

Gas occupies much of our lives every day from driving a car to mowing the lawn. Gasoline is usually only used for its intended purpose and must only be stored in your home when there is no alternative. If you need to store gasoline, takes precautions to do so in a safe and responsible manner.

Only approved containers

The most important thing when storing gasoline around the house is doing in safely in containers approved by local authorities, not in glass or plastic reusable ones.  Also, you should not store gasoline in recyclable bottles from milk or soft drinks. Gasoline should be stored in red containers to distinguish it from kerosene (blue) and diesel (yellow). This color code should be used at all times, as it makes each fuel recognizable at a glance.

Do not overfill the containers

When filling a container with gasoline, you should only fill to about 95% of its capacity. If the container is stored in a warm place, liquid gasoline will evaporate into gas, causing the contents of the container to expand. If the fuel does not have the extra space 5%, the potential of the expansion stroke gasoline or deformed container, and this possibly breaking. Because of this expansion, it is also important to seal all containers tightly with a tight fitting lid. This will prevent spills and toxic fumes from escaping.

Select the ideal location

If you must store gasoline at home, you should do it in the garage or tool shed, out of reach of children. The gasoline fumes are toxic and ingestion of liquid can be lethal, as an extremely flammable liquid fuel must be stored away from direct sunlight, heaters, furnaces and electric points where an accidental spark could ignite the container.

Follow all the rules and regulations

When you decide to store gasoline at home, be sure to check with local authorities to identify the rules in your area for storing gasoline. The amount that can be stored on personal property may vary depending on where you live, but generally you’re allowed to store a small amount for use in lawn mowers and other small engines.

Reasons for Weak Water Pressure in a Shower

A common complaint as a home owner is sudden loss of water pressure. Dripping from your faucet or shower head can be a nuisance and a tolerable water pressure can vary from 15 psi to more than 100 psi, with 40 to 60 being common. The good news is that you do not have to live with the low water pressure from the shower. Determine the cause, and the solution could actually be simple.

Leaks

Leak detection is the most important consideration in determining the cause of low water pressure. You probably would have already spotted leaks inside the house but think about looking outside. Sediment in water or soft spots in the yard may be signs of a cracked water line. Call your local water company if you suspect that this could be the cause of the decreased flow of the shower head.

Low flow shower head

Most modern shower heads are manufactured with systems that control the amount of water that passes through the line. The intention is to conserve water, which is a great idea in theory, but when it is already suffering from weak pressure that only aggravates the problem. Make your morning shower more stimulating by choosing a shower head with an “aeration” system, designed to add air into the water, creating a fuller spray.

The sediment shower head

Hard water and old pipes contribute to the accumulation of debris in and on a shower head. The prevention of this accumulation is normally the easiest solution to the problem of weak water pressure. A screen inside the head filters large sediment particles. When the screen fills, the pressure can become lowered. Periodically, remove and rinse. This is also an excellent time to clean the lime from the outside of the head.

Plumbing

When it comes to pipe diameter, bigger is definitely better. Tubes of inferior size create friction, reducing the movement of water. Half-inch pipes are common in old houses and some new buildings; replacing them with three-quarters of an inch can reduce friction by 50%. Increasing the size of your water lines will instantly increase water pressure.

Bomb

If you are a homeowner who receives water from a well, the problem of weak water flow may be linked to the submersible pump. Small pumps may be unable to maintain adequate pressure. If the water pressure seems to cycle between strong and weak, this is probably a result of the pump. This could also be the result of a low adjustment of the “cut” and “cut-out”. This configuration fits easily on the pump head. It is important to understand the values ​​before making any changes or you could end up with leaking damaged pipes.

Dirty pipes

Sediment deposits accumulate inside the water lines and reduce the internal diameter. This will result in a slow flow of water and a decrease in water pressure.  Aged galvanized iron pipes are known for the accumulation of mineral deposits. It is not recommended to treat or repair this type of pipe. It is prone to leaks and must be replaced with copper, PVC, or other suitable material.

Preparing Your Chimney and Fireplace for the Fall

Summer is winding down, the crickets are out, and the nights are getting cooler. This means that now is the time to get your fireplace ready for fall! Here are some maintenance and safety tips to keep your family safe and toasty this year.

Ensure your fireplace and chimney are safe and in good working condition

Keeping your fireplace safe is the top priority– especially if you have pets or young children in your home. Did you know that 42% of all home-heating fires are caused by fireplaces and chimneys? So before you spark up the logs, remember to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – and check the batteries every 6 months!

Ventilation is also really important. You want to prevent carbon monoxide from seeping into your home along with harmful smoke particles. A clean fireplace is free of creosote in the chimney and flue. This will prevent chimney fires. It’s important to get your fireplace and chimney inspected every year by a professional chimney sweep. They will check for damage and inspect the fireplace and chimney for cracks and loose bricks. They will also remove soot and debris.

When you use your fireplace, keep these safety tips in mind.

  • All furniture, fabric, carpeting, and anything flammable should be at least 3 feet away from the fireplace.
  • Don’t touch, or let your clothing touch the hot surface of the fireplace.
  • Clean up ashes a few days after the fire, when you are sure they are cold. Vacuuming warm ashes is a fire hazard.
  • Use a fire screen or fire-safe glass to prevent sparks from flying into the room.
  • Practice good fire safety: keep a fire extinguisher close-by at all times.
  • Don’t use gasoline or starter fluids to ignite your fire (kindling and small pieces of wood are safest).
  • Supervise children and pets at all times when you are using the fireplace.
  • Keep fires small (they create less smoke) – the heat generated from large fires can crack your chimney.

Practice good fireplace-cleaning habits

Check your chimney:

  • Get your chimney checked and professionally serviced every year. You can do it yourself with the same brushes and rods the professionals use. However, to be safe you might want to watch a chimney sweep and learn the “tricks of the trade”.
  • Make sure to cap the chimney with wire-mesh sides. This will prevent birds, bats, raccoons or squirrels from creating a nest in your chimney.
  • Your chimney should be straight, level, free of cracks, or any damaged bricks.

Sweep and clean your fireplace:

  • Wait a day or two after your last fire to ensure the ashes are cold, then sweep them up.
  • Clean your fireplace with soap and water to get rid of soot stains.
  • Get a good look at your fireplace for any cracks, or damage to bricks and mortar.

Test out your flue and damper:

  • Try opening and closing your damper to see if it seals properly. It should be clean and move easily.
  • You might need a flashlight, a mirror and a stiff bristle brush to make sure you’ve gotten your damper in top shape.
  • Keep the risk of creosote in your flue to a minimum: only burn dry clean wood.

Whether a fireplace is your primary way to stay warm or you’re using it to supplement your main heating system, enjoy the warmth the safe way!

Painting Metal Shelves

Some may think that since metal materials are smooth and non-porous that painting them may be complicated but, with proper preparation, painting metal is very similar to painting anything else. To paint metal shelves, the first thing to consider is whether the shelves are inside or outside, as this will affect the type of paint that you will buy. No need to discard those old metal shelves if they no longer fit with your decor; just give them a coat of paint and they’ll be like new.

Instructions

  1. Place warm water with a little detergent in a bucket and clean the shelves. Clean the them to make sure that no dust, grease, oil or other material are on them, which can prevent the base paint from adhering well.
  2. Clean the shelves with a soft dry cloth and let dry. Rub steel wool on the shelves to give them a somewhat rougher surface. You can use a steel bristle brush as a substitute. Clean thoroughly with a soft dry cloth.
  3. Paint the shelves full with a primer for metals, applying in short strokes. Follow the drying instructions recommended by the manufacturer.
  4. Paint the shelves with paint you choose. Make sure the paint you buy is compatible with the base by reading the instructions of both. This is very important to make sure all your effort is not lost by using paints that don’t go together. If you’re not sure, ask an associate at the paint or hardware store. Reapply a top coat if desired, and let dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Tips & Warnings

If you are going to expose the shelves to climatic conditions, it is useful to apply a layer of oxide deactivator before the primer to extend the life of your metal shelves.

Replacing Rotten Roof Eaves

Over time, exposure to the elements and damage caused by certain animals (which build their nests in this area) can cause the eaves of your house (te edges that protrude from the roof) to lose their attractiveness and structural strength. Fortunately, repairing rotten or worn eaves is a relatively simple project that you can do on your own without needing to climb on the roof. You should start by separating the bottom and sides of the old eaves and cutting the new materials to match. Apply a sturdy, waterproof coating on new parts, and then secure them with stainless steel nails. Lastly, seal the cracks with putty to keep water, squirrels, bugs, and other destructive intruders away from the roof forever.

Remove damaged materials

Remove the gutters and flashing, if necessary. For you to have clear access to the eaves, you must first separate the drainage structures that covers them. Unscrew the gutters on the supports. Then, remove the nails that hold them in place and carefully lower them. You should do the same with the flashing in the areas where it overlaps with the eave’s edges.

Place a ladder on a flat area directly below the gutter section you are going to remove and ask a friend to help you stabilize it while you work.

If you have a larger project, consider renting and assembling a full scaffold around the roof. Also, it is much safer to work on a scaffold, as it does not require additional support assistance.

Extract the tiles . You need to position yourself in a corner of the roof and insert a crowbar into the narrow space at the top of the tile mold (the thin strip of wood just below the tiles). Push the tile away from the roof a few inches at a time. Then, lift the entire piece into one section. You can keep the old tile pan if it appears to be in good shape for later reuse.

  • If you are having trouble removing the tile molds from the shingles, try marking the top and bottom edges with a razor.
  • Be careful not to damage them when removing with the lever.

Remove the rotten girdle. Once you have removed the mold from the tiles, you can simply work the band (the vertical planks that frame the outside of the eaves) by hand. Due to their state of deterioration, they should come off easily. Please do not discard the old belt for now, as it will be useful for cutting replacement materials.

  • Use the lever to loosen the sections that have jammed.
  • Keep a large trash can or similar container nearby to dispose of all rotting roof materials once the project is complete.

Remove the old eave cover. This element is the wide horizontal board that encloses the bottom of the eaves. Like the girdle, a rotten cover will be soft enough that you can remove it by hand. Take the exposed edge of the board and pull it down firmly to remove it.

  • Do not be surprised if the cover breaks as you try to free it. Often water-saturated boards will be prone to crumbling.
  • You must be careful when removing the old cover. It is not uncommon for birds, squirrels, and insects (such as bees and termites) to build their nests behind these enclosures.

Cut rotted or damaged beams. Examine the condition of the thick beam that runs along the eaves. If it is in good condition, you can leave it in place and install the new materials around it. If it shows signs of decomposition, water damage or other wear, you should cut it with a reciprocating saw.

  • To facilitate the extraction process, you should cut the beam into sections of 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm). Then you must pause to extract each section individually.
  • If the eaves are supported by multiple joists, you should remove and replace them one at a time to avoid damaging the stability of the roof.

Gather your supplies for the new eaves. Go to a local home improvement center and buy boards to replace the worn cover and sash. It is important that the new boards match the old ones in terms of width and thickness. You can cut them to the correct length later. Also, you can take a small section of the old materials for reference.

  • In addition to wood, you have the option of choosing a cellular PVC, cement fiber, aluminum, or galvanized steel material for the new eaves. These materials are considered stronger and more durable in the open air than ordinary boards.
  • Make sure you also get enough pressure-treated lumber to make new beams and molds, if necessary.

Cut the new wood to make the joists if necessary. If you need to replace the supports, you must cut the new beam to match the old one. Remember to use only pressure-treated wood for the beams, as it is much better resistant to humidity and tension.

Install the new beams. Attach the replacement beam to the wood board with a clamp on the back of the eave enclosure to hold it in place. Secure the beam with 4-inch (10 cm) wood screws. Once you have successfully replaced one beam, you can safely begin removing the next one.

  • Because beams are a critical part of the eaves support structure, you need to make sure they are in good condition before you begin installing new components for the eaves.
  • Press the newly installed beam to verify that it is solid and secure before continuing.

Cut the new cover. Use a section of the rotten cover as a template and cut the replacement material to the correct size. You can carry out this procedure with a handsaw, although with a circular saw or a fixed saw you will get more precise and efficient results. Ideally, the deck should consist of only 1 or 2 boards to minimize leaks.

  • If you don’t have enough of the deck intact for you to use as a template, you should measure the bottom of the eaves from one side of the house to the other and mark the dimensions on the new board.
  • You must use as few pieces as possible to form the cover so that water, insects, and other destructive forces are less likely to enter the eaves.

Cut the replacement girdle. Trim the sash panels to the correct length in the same way you did the cover. Be sure to cut the edges where the boards meet at opposite 45-degree angles to fit properly.

  • If the eaves of the house feature unique projections or angles, these features may need to be measured and marked on the girdle board before cutting to confirm that everything is aligned as expected.
  • Some materials (such as aluminum or steel) may need to be measured and cut in-store by a home improvement specialist before you take them home.

Install and protect new materials

Apply a coat of weatherproof sealer to the wood strip and decks. Before you put the new roof components in place, you need to make sure they can stand the test of time. The best way to do this is to treat these details with a wax or resin finish. Apply the sealant to both sides of the materials. Then let it sit until they feel dry to the touch.

  • It should only take 1-2 hours for the sealer to dry until a functional finish is achieved.
  • Once applied, the sealant will help repel moisture, mold, dirt, and other problems, preventing wood from decomposing later.

Attach the new cover. Align the deck board with the underside of the eave so that its edges line up with the beam. Then, nail it in place. If you want a stronger grip, you can put a nail every 10 or 15 cm (4 or 6 inches).

  • The 4 cm (1.5 inch) wood screws are also considered strong enough for this job.
  • You can ask a friend to hold the board in place while you nail it.

Apply putty around the edges of the cover. Use a caulking gun to fill in any gaps or cracks you find on the new deck. In this way, you will provide greater protection against water and insect related damage. Let the filling harden before modifying the cover in any way.

  • You can also use roof cement or wood filler instead of the traditional sealer.

Tips

  • You should invest in high-quality, durable construction materials to ensure that new eaves last longer.
  • Before you go to the trouble of repairing the eaves, you should make sure you have thoroughly inspected the roof and resolved the cause of leaks and other damage. Otherwise, it won’t be long before the same problems occur with new materials.
  • If you have questions about your ability to install any of the new roof components on your own, you can find a professional contractor. This type of repair tends to be relatively inexpensive and generally only requires one day of work.

Warnings

  • You should always take proper safety precautions every time you operate chainsaws and other power tools.
  • If you discover large insect nests or hives while replacing the eaves of the house, you should call a pest control specialist.

Ten Low Price Home Decorating Ideas

Deco Tips and Tricks

From the bathroom, to the kitchen to smaller rooms such as hallways and entrances, décor is everywhere in the house. Is your decor budget smaller than you’d like it to be?  With these ten solutions, you can bring a touch of fast and cheap decor in all spaces.

Deco idea at a low price: Repainting furniture

Want to change the mood in a room, a kitchen or create a corner office for teens? If you do not have the budget to invest in new accessories, why not just repaint them? There are now many specialized paints for this type of project. Match your old bed to the new painting of your room or completely transform a kitchen … from the entrance to the garage everything can be painted! The only limit is your creativity (and your level of resourcefulness with brushes!)

Small price deco idea: Energize with color

To stay in the mindset of painting, nothing is easier and less expensive than to energize a wall with a beautiful hue. Repainting a credenza, headboard, window frames, a fireplace mantel or any other architectural element of the house can quickly bring a touch of fresh and contemporary decor. Provided you know how to combine the colors and perform a neat job.

Deco idea at a low price: Opt for plants

To add Zen and natural decor at a low price, think of plants! Garden specialists also offer indoor plants and associated decorative accessories. Pots, glass jars, hanging baskets: many possibilities exist to really stage your plants in your home. This is a particularly cheap decorating idea that can be done in all the rooms, from the living room to the bathroom!

Deco idea at a low price: Change blinds and curtains

Changing the cladding of your windows is a good way to quickly transform the mood of a room. Changing old curtains for designer blinds in a bedroom or living room can sometimes be enough to give a modern touch to your interior for a reasonable budget. Especially as the economic decoration can add to substantial savings on your energy bill.

Deco idea at a low price: Change your lights

To give a touch of contemporary decor, change your lights! Lamp shades, pendent lights, sconces and even the light bulbs themselves offer more design solutions to delicately highlight your home decor. The trend of the moment to test: the copper effect to integrate for example in a kitchen or bathroom design.

Small price deco idea: Changing sink in the bathroom

To cheaply give a new look to a bathroom, consider replacing your old wsink or an older model with a designer one. Previously reserved for the luxury bathroom, there are now designer sinks at attractive prices. A deco idea that does not involve big jobs or big fees.

Deco idea at a low price: Put up trendy wallpaper

Economic alternative, wallpaper can be an interesting option to revisit the decoration of your spaces. Manufacturers are offering more and more material effects and imitations of textures right now.  Last trend identified: wallpaper that imitates cement tile, an option certainly more economical than authentic tiles.

Deco idea at a low price: Put a soft floor trend

Replacing a slightly dated floor can bring an interior decor up to date in a flash. If you do not have a high budget to install waxed concrete or solid parquet, go for soft floors! Resistant and easy to install, they now offer a range of materials, from wood to concrete to cement tiles. All for a much lower budget, but without loss of style!

Deco idea at a low price: Bet on accessories!

Betting on accessories to highlight small jobs is a winning combination of a successful interior design. Target some essential elements: cushions, throws, vases, etc… And add them in style. The major decoration companies offer collections according to trend themes: Scandinavian, jungle, girly, graphic …

Deco idea at a low price: Boost a kitchen credenza

Quick and cheap tip to give a facelift to your kitchen: redesign and modernize the credence. A small decorating improvement that’s fast and can be implemented without redoing everything in the kitchen. Many DIY stores offer tiled styles at reasonable prices. Why deprive yourself?

Five Ways to Make Your Home More Attractive to Buyers

If you are selling your home, there’s a good chance you’re also buying a home. You may even have started looking at houses. As a seller, this gives you an excellent opportunity to put yourself in the buyer’s shoes and pay attention to how you assess your potential new home.

Every buyer goes through the process of searching for and viewing many homes, carefully critiquing each one and eventually getting that one “This is it!” feeling. There may be a lot of properties out there, so how do you make your home more attractive to buyers?

Maximize open space

Take a look at your living area. Are chairs, tables and sofas very close together? Is there enough room to walk around and through the space? You may be able to maximize your square footage by rearranging the furniture or even removing a few pieces.

Let in the light

Go ahead and open shades and curtains and let the sun do the rest. If you have a room that doesn’t get much light, strategically place mirrors to reflect the windows to help brighten up a space. If you have an unattractive view out of any of the windows, consider buying inexpensive slatted blinds that allow light in while minimizing the view.

Curate personal items

A lot of professionals tell you to remove your knick-knacks and photos. While no one wants to step over your collection of hand-woven baskets or feel like they’re walking into a doll museum, some family photos might help buyers envision their own family living there.

Clean the bathroom

Think of how you feel when you walk into someone’s cluttered, untidy bathroom. It can be uncomfortable or even a huge turn-off. Clean off the counters, hang fresh towels, wash or replace a dinghy shower curtain and put all personal care items away. It’s hard for a buyer to envision herself getting ready in the morning when surrounded by someone else’s mess.

Lastly, go away

If you’re living in your home while you’re selling, make sure to set appointments at times when you can be out of the house. You may think you’re helping to sell your home by accompanying potential buyers on their walk-through and showcasing all your personal touches – you’re not. Let the buyers have their space; they want the opportunity to critique what they see because that means they have ideas for the home. Don’t take it personally! The ideas mean they see the home’s potential.

When you see your home through a buyer’s eyes, it helps you maximize its appeal. And that means a quicker sale at an attractive price. So, it’s worth the time and thought to make a few changes to boost your home’s sale value.