Dress up your Décor

dress-up-you-decorNeutrals are safe, easy to decorate around, and lend themselves to any design theme.  Preferring a simple, neutral décor does not mean you are boring or dull!  You can show off your personality and sense of style by “dressing up” up a neutral room!

A neutral is any color that stays in the background and doesn’t take over a room.  Popular choices are beige, grey, ecru, cream, and brown.  So when you can’t decide on a color for a room or furniture; keep it neutral and flexible.  It will provide the perfect backdrop for easy, seasonal, and personal-style changes.

  • Start with the walls – A neutral wall color keeps the room warm and white, contrasting trim will make the walls “pop”.  A perfect combination!
  • Carpet – Install a neutral color, trying for a shade or two darker than your walls.  You can buy a less expensive carpet, because using area rugs in various colors or prints is a popular trend for adding color to a room.  (plush padding can be installed for better carpet wear and to make it feel more expensive)
  • Hardwood – If this is your preference in flooring, any wood tone will be fine.
  • Furniture – Stick with neutral colors, but explore the great variety of textures and patterns that are available to break up the monotony.  Rattan or wicker, and leather are considered neutrals and can add a bit of rich elegance to a room.  If you are trying to save money, slipcovers and second-hand finds can also work great.
  • Recycle – Paint end tables, coffee tables, nightstands, in the same color with an enamel finish.  Matching your tables to the walls will give the room a larger, less-cluttered look.

Once you have your neutral palette complete, it’s time to have some fun!!

Accent color – This is used to bring some emphasis to your color scheme.  Accents are expected to be a bit “bold”.  You have the flexibility to add as much or as little as you want!  Start with a key piece of wall art or an area rug to “anchor” your space.  Look for colorful accessories to compliment the base color and these “anchor” pieces.  Here are some suggestions…

• Lamps         • Candles
• Artwork      • Throw Pillows
• Vases           • Throw Blanket

Texture – Not sure about adding color, then add texture.  It will add dimension and depth to your décor.  Wicker containers will add a roughness, while mirrors and glass will add sleek, smoothness.  Soft plush bedding or pillows will add comfort and warmth.  An area rug will bring coarseness and help define the space.

Greenery – Add life and movement to any room with plants.  Potted plants, colorful flowers, hanging ferns, garland, and swags are a great way to add a splash of color.  Place in the corner of a room, atop cabinetry, on tables or a decorative plant stand.

Follow these simple suggestions to show off your personality and style.  
Change it up seasonally or whenever you have the urge.  
You don’t have to break the bank to re-decorate or rejuvenate a room in your home…go ahead, have some fun!

Dress up your Décor

10 Tips to Improve Your Credit Score

In recent years lenders have made it increasingly difficult to obtain credit – so whether you are applying for a mortgage, loan, credit card, or even a mobile contract, your credit score will play a key part in determining if you will be accepted or not.

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Prudential Homesale Fine Homes

Prudential Fine Homes International is the luxury marketing program of Prudential Homesale. Through high-end local, national, and international marketing activities, Prudential Fine Homes International has grown into a global powerhouse. With our heritage, our resources and customized customer service, we are the leader in serving the real estate needs of the affluent clientele.

Are you considering selling your luxury home? Prudential Homesale lists and markets fine homes in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

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March Home Tasks

The official start of spring is just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to prepare your home; time to get ready for that fresh, new beginning that spring will always bring.

March Home Tips

Get these simple chores done now, so when spring does finally arrive, you are ready to sit back, relax and enjoy it!

March Home Tasks

TWO TIME-HONORED REALTORS COMBINE

smallToday it was announced that Century 21 Heritage has joined forces with Prudential Bob Yost Homesale Services.

“Over the years, our companies have worked together successfully to bring buyers and sellers together”, said Heritage partner Kim Moyer. “Starting today, we can do this on the same team.”

Century 21 Heritage was formed in 1970 and has been one of York County’s dominant real estate Companies for decades.

Heritage partner Bob Argento stated, “We are very pleased to join Prudential Homesale. The services they provide will be very important as the local real estate market continues to improve.”

According to multi-list data maintained by the Realtors’ Association of York and Adams Counties, Prudential Bob Yost Homesale is the number one homeseller in York and Adams Counties.

In 2012, the two Companies combined completed 3,572 real estate transactions worth $614.5 million in York and Adams Counties.

The 30 former Heritage Agents will continue at their 41 Cinema Drive location in York. This location will be the seventh office of Prudential Bob Yost Homesale throughout York and Adams Counties.

Nancy Fox, President of Prudential Homesale’s York/Adams Region, says, ”We have all worked with the Heritage Agents for years. They have consistently demonstrated their professionalism and success.”

All Heritage employees have been invited to join Prudential Homesale. Manager Marty Clayton will serve as Director of Operations for Prudential Homesale’s Cinema Drive office.

 

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Time to “spring” ahead…

daylight-savings-timeIt is almost that time of year to “spring ahead” and to enjoy an extra hour of daylight each day!  Mark your calendar and get set to change your clocks this Sunday, March 10, 2013.  Daylight Saving Time (DST) officially begins at 2:01 a.m. on Sunday.  DST is observed in most of the United States (except AZ, HI, PR, and a few other US territories) as a way to conserve energy.  In order to avoid confusion or possibly forgetting, it is recommended that you set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.

DST is a great time to get into the habit of taking care of some very important items around your home. 

Here are a few great suggestions:

• Change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.

• Replace your smoke detector if it is more than 10 years old
• Replace your carbon monoxide alarm if it is more than 5 years old

• Check around your home for any hazardous materials that need to be discarded…make sure you handle their disposal properly.

• Check your medicine cabinet for out-of-date medications and discard them.  This applies to over-the-counter medications also!  Some can cause serious problems if you use them after the expiration date.

• Check the contents of your home emergency kit.  Replace any item that is outdated or needs to be replenished…don’t forget to replace old batteries.  If you don’t have a kit, this would be a great time to put one together.

• Check the contents of your car emergency kit too!

• Practice and review fire escape routes and family disaster plans.

• Reprogram your thermostat if applicable; check the filter on your furnace while you are thinking about it.

• Check all the lights and signals on your car and/or bike.

• Now is also a great time to think about those annual/semi-annual medical exams, vaccinations, dental visits, or other appointments you may have forgotten for you, your family, and pets.

Daylight Saving Time will end at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in November…begin making it a habit to run through these checks twice a year!  It will help make you and your family safer and more prepared!

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Smells that Sell…

lemonsWhen selling your home, your home shouldn’t just look good, it should smell good as well. Every home has a “smell”…..so make sure your home has a good one. Homeowners are often coached to create pleasing aromas when potential buyers are paying a visit or an open house is scheduled. Recent research reports that simple smells are the best smells to help you sell your home. An important concept to take away from this article….less is more.

The best place to start is with a CLEAN palette.

Baking Soda – It’s safe, cheap, and versatile. Keep an open box in closets and laundry room to absorb odors. Sprinkle on carpets prior to vacuuming.
Open up – Open windows to allow fresh air into your home.
White Vinegar – Mix equal amounts with water in a spray bottle. Lightly spray drapes, carpets, and other fabrics. This is a great odor neutralizer! Placing a bowl of this mixture in a room for several hours will also help to absorb bad odors! Great for burnt food smells, pet odors!
Keep it Clean – Don’t let garbage pile up, clean the litter box daily, put dirty laundry in a closed hamper, clean-up spills promptly, and toss old fruit from baskets on the counter.
Vacuum – Use a fresh vacuum bag to prevent transferring old, stagnant odors trapped in an old bag.

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Once your home is clean, you can create the aromatic environment you desire. In the past, baking cookies, cakes, or bread, lighting candles, and using potpourri were all very popular trends. But now, researchers recommend keeping it SIMPLE and NATURAL. Complex fragrances can actually distract potential buyers. They can become focused on identifying the scent rather than focusing on your home’s fabulous features! Here are some easy, popular suggestions…

Citrus – A powerful deodorizer, it also brings a feeling of more energy! Cut a few quarters of a lemon or lime and toss into the garbage disposal. Run for a minute to deodorize the disposal and to re-fresh your kitchen.
Vanilla – Pure vanilla extract is a comforting aroma. Soak a few cotton balls with vanilla and place in small bowls around the room / home.
Cinnamon/Cloves/Spices – Conjures up memories of holidays and home. Fill a small saucepan with water, add some cinnamon sticks, cloves, a few drops of vanilla or even an orange rind. Simmer on the stove, keeping a close eye on it so the water doesn’t boil down.
Pine/Cedar – Terrific, all-natural fragrance for a mountain home! Decorate with some fresh sprigs of pine or place cedar chips in a bowl. Keep in mind; this may not work very well for a beach home or city residence. It may come across as un-natural and might suggest you are masking other odors.
Homemade Room Spray – Can be personalized and contains fewer chemicals than commercial sprays. Mix 1 cup water, 1 cup vodka (a cheap brand will work), and 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil…lavender, cinnamon, clove, lemon, or orange are all good choices. Find the mix that works best for you. Put into a spray bottle and use whenever the air needs a burst of freshness! (Keep out of reach, along with your other home cleaners)
Baked Goods – Some folks will still swear by this trick……keep the smell simple and familiar, like home (pumpkin pie, sugar cookies, cinnamon rolls, raisin bread). Be careful not to let them burn!

It’s time to put away the harsh, artificial sprays and fresheners. Here’s a chance to be clean, fresh, and creative.
Keep it all-natural, all organic………….keep it simple!

Smells that Sell…