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Preparing Your Home for a Houseguest

28_ladyslipper_MLS_HID1078489_ROOMbedroom1 (Large)Are you expecting visitors who will stay overnight?

We love hosting friends and family from out of town at our home especially during holidays.  Making your overnight guests feel special and comfortable doesn’t have to be expensive or a lot of work.  The key is to create a clean, fresh and orderly space for them. With some simple touches, you can transform your guest room into a private sanctuary where your guests can relax and, well, feel right at home.

First, you need to tidy up.  You don’t need to make your house spotless; just make sure that items are back where they belong, sweep or vacuum up the worst dirt, take out the trash and recycling, and wipe down surfaces.

You can also create a welcoming guest room by putting crisp, clean sheets on the bed and set out a stack of extra blankets and pillows.  Remember to check the lighting and privacy of the room; change lightbulbs if needed in bedside lamps, and be sure windows have coverings.  Next is to assess the condition of your guest bathroom.  Replace and old cakes of soap and shampoo bottles with new ones and stock up on fresh rolls of toilet paper and towels.

If you plan to lend your guest a key, be sure to put it on its own keychain that is easy to distinguish from your guest’s own keys. Make sure to write down your Wi-Fi password, emergency numbers and any household instructions on a card — and keep a copy on your computer so you can find it easily the next time a guest comes to stay.

For your guests’ morning essentials, make sure that you ask ahead of what sort of hot drink or breakfast item your guests prefer in the morning. Put the drink and food items together in one easy-to-access spot on the kitchen counter and point this out to your guests while you’re giving them a tour.

Lastly, kid-proof your space if needed.  Kids don’t just automatically know what is appropriate and inappropriate to do when spending the night at other houses.  To prevent any accidents, you can move fragile items onto higher shelves, and store medications in a secure cabinet and lock cabinets or rooms that you do not want kids getting into. If you don’t mind spending a few bucks on supplies, you can pick up a pack of outlet covers and use them to fill any unused outlets.


Home Design Trends: What’s “In” & What’s Not

open shelfIf you think decorating your home is as simple as adding in modern furniture, high-tech devices and the like, well you’re in for a surprise.  Even if we are in a millennial time, you would never guess how much we could use from the design concepts of the past.

Experts say that designing your home doesn’t mean matching furniture and solid paint wall colors that are apparently “soon-to-be forgotten” interior decorating fads.  You need to have a modern variation to your design because you wouldn’t want your house to look completely untrendy.  You could use textures and eclectic modern vibe for a more sophisticated look; incorporate gold hardware, natural textures, and a subtle mid-century modern undertone to add some touch.

Check out some of today’s HOT trends in design by clicking on the link below.  Remember this is a skill based market and knowing property characteristics and trends are all a part of it.  Learn the lingo, speak it with authority and impress the affluent consumers.

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Why Choose a Metal Roof?

Metal RoofIt is the National Roofing Contractors Association who said that the popularity of metal roofing products has increased dramatically over the past decade, a clear sign that homeowners and builders are growing more and more aware of this product’s benefits. And why not? Metal is considered as the most durable roofing material available in the market; in fact, metal roofs have outshined the famous asphalt singles, slates, and other composite roofing materials.

One of the main reasons why metal roofs are “in” is because of its durability.  Everyone wants a strong roof that can shield the family from the most aggressive weathers and not many roofing materials have the strength to do this.  Another benefit we get from this material is its longevity.  The fact that metal roofs do not succumb to many of the common roof plagues such as breaking, cracking or getting loose over time, makes them not only durable but lasting.

Metal roofs are also easy to maintain because unlike other roofing materials, these do not absorb water and can clear snow easily from its surface.  In addition to this, metal roofs have high solar reflectance and thermal emissivity which means that they can efficiently reflect solar heat right back to the atmosphere.  So aside from being eco-friendly, you can get a great return of investment with metals as it is 100% recyclable, a true energy saver, and it adds value to your home if you plan to resell it.  Remember that there are many factors a buyer considers when looking for a new home, and because metal roofs require almost no upkeep, are durable and lasting, homes with metal roofing generally gets 1% up to 6% increase in resale value when compared to an asphalt shingle home.

Fall Home Design Trends

autumn fall 2015 home designIt’s that time of the year when summer ends, leaves start to fall, and cozy sweaters are almost in.  The latest home design trend is to fill your homes with earthly neutrals and bold color statements.  This is the perfect time to bring these on-trend hues into your home.

With your favorite fall colors in mind, choose pillows and throws in various textures and patterns. This is the easiest and most budget friendly way to transition your home to the cooler seasons.  Next, use your senses by bringing in the golden hue of fall sunsets with ambient lighting from tabletop lamps, candles, and lanterns.  Instead of using your overhead lights, you can use lamps to give it a warm glow.

Remember the rule of three.  Feature your fall décor in threes, for example by having three candlesticks, three vases, or three decorative figurines.  You’ll see that these are much more impactful together than on their own.