Your Kitchen- Decorate on a Dime!

Are you bored with your kitchen or selling your home and need a new look? Here are some great ideas that will help you decorate and spruce up your kitchen without breaking your bank account!

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Wall Color – Change the wall color, choose a neutral shade such as gray or beige. A bright color tends to “date” a room while neutral shades stay fresh and give you a better building block for your other fabulous decorating ideas!

Rugs – Area rugs will add a splash of color and can cover an old floor. Rugs used under your table should be large enough to accommodate chairs that are fully pulled-out.

Slipcovers – Covers can be used to add holiday and seasonal charm to your kitchen. They will also help to soften the room and enhance the décor.

Drawer/Cabinet Pulls – There are so many patterns and textures available! You will easily find a design to compliment your kitchen style and they are a breeze to install!

Cookbooks – No budget for accessories? Use the cookbooks you already own to create an interesting display. Group them in different, interesting configurations with some standing and some lying down or align them in graduating heights.

Touch of outdoors – Hang a plant from a bare ceiling corner to add warmth and life to the room. Plants will provide points of interest. Silk plants could work too, but take the time to shop around and choose ones that look realistic!

Accessorize – A few carefully placed accessories can take a room from dull to dramatic! Choose a theme and give your kitchen a new look by replacing just a few key items, like dish towels, canister sets, salt and pepper shakers, and pot holders.

Border – A wallpaper border is easy to install and fairly inexpensive. They can be used to add color at the top of the walls, to break up a tall, drab wall in the middle, or try a new twist and place the border underneath the cabinets!

Check with the pros – Books, magazines, television, and the internet are all great resources for endless decorating ideas!! Find a design you really like and have fun trying to re-create the look in your own room!

Big space or small space, big budget or small budget; it doesn’t matter what you start with. As long as you bring your creativity, and enthusiasm; you can end up with the charming, cozy kitchen you’ve always wanted!

Your Kitchen- Decorate on a Dime!

Thinking about your next home project?

winterDoing any type of work on your home can be a thrilling adventure. Conventional thinking has been to tackle home improvement and remodeling projects during the spring and summer months. Well, it is time to change the way you think! One of the best-kept remodeling secrets is to do your remodeling work during the winter months.

  • The Price is Right-Contractors may provide incentives during the winter if their work is slow. You can also beat the typical price increases that occur in the spring for items like lumber, windows, cabinets, etc.
  • Beat the rush-Don’t try to schedule your projects when everyone else is! Right now many contractors have less to do and can schedule and perform your renovations a lot quicker. This is the best time for those interior projects like painting, replacing flooring, updating lights, or replacing cabinets.
  • What about the mess? Don’t be concerned about dust and fumes. With the products and technology available today, contractors are able to contain the mess to their work area. Items such as plastic zip doors, fans with negative pressure, and filters to seal off heat ducts are available to insure that your family won’t be inhaling anything they shouldn’t be!
  • Less Interruption-Many folks plan vacations to escape the long, cold months of winter. That is a great time to have work done at your home. You won’t have to deal with the inconvenience and havoc that remodeling can sometimes cause in your daily life. So go on, relax, enjoy a break. When you return you’ll find only a beautifully, completed home renovation project; no mess and no hassle for you.
  • Outside Project? Yes, if the weather cooperates, you might even be able to cross one of these projects off your to-do list. Outdoor painting may not be such a good idea, but building a deck, porch, or other addition might just be a possibility.

It’s time to “think outside the box”. Get your contractor working during the off-season. You may be able to save yourself money and get your projects done a lot sooner than you thought! Your contractor may even thank you for keeping them working during these slow winter months.

It’s a win-win situation for all!

Thinking about your next home project?

Projects That will Add Value To Your Home

Some improvement projects will add more value to your home than others. Read on to discover our top suggestions.

  • Tidy the lawn-Start from the outside; curb appeal is the key to adding home value. Before tackling any major landscape projects, tend to your lawn. Re-seed as needed and consider fertilizers and weed control products to increase the overall of your grass.
  • Consider a Fence-This can add privacy and value, as well as enhance the appearance of your home. Wood and vinyl are the two most popular materials. Before you start check with your local township or borough and homeowners’ association for any restrictions on fencing.
  • Lighten up– Adding an outdoor living space can be almost as valuable as adding actual living space to your home. Start by making an existing patio or deck space more inviting with warm, appealing outdoor light fixtures.
  • Gutters-Not the most exciting project, but very crucial. Make sure they are kept free of debris and replace any damaged gutters. Gutters that work properly will protect other areas of your home, such as windows and doors, from water damage.
  • De-clutter and organize-Clean up the clutter and maximize your storage space. A closet organizing system is an easy way to clean up and find a spot for all your things.
  • Refresh-Updating the look of your bathroom can be as simple as replacing outdated fixtures with something sleek and modern. Consider a vessel top sink; they are the latest trend in bathroom remodeling.
  • Upgrade Appliances-Updated appliances will look, run better, and give your kitchen more appeal. Stainless steel is the current standard, but if that doesn’t fit your budget, any new model will do. A kitchen upgrade will almost always bring you a good return on your investment.
  • Finish your basement-If your basement is dry enough for finishing, go ahead and tackle the project. This is almost always a more cost efficient way to increase your living space and even outweighs adding a whole new room!

Dust off your overalls and get to work, you’ll be glad you did!

Looking to sell your home? Contact a Prudential Homesale agent today to assist you with the home sale process.

Projects That will Add Value To Your Home