Showing posts with label Holiday decorating. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holiday decorating. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Affordable Ways to Spruce Up Your Home for the Holidays

The holiday season is just around the corner, and no matter what you do for the holidays, you're sure to entertain a few guests at your home. If you’re looking to give your home a mini-makeover before the holidays, here are a few tips on refreshing your home without breaking the bank.

Paint. A fresh coat of paint can change the mood of a room. It can make your home appear clean and updated. Walls that are neutral can offer a clean, blank slate that will make your holiday decorations really pop.

Make rooms feel larger. If you have heavy drapes, try replacing them with vertical blinds that let light in, or add sheer curtains. Natural light can make a room feel more open. Adding a mirror can also make a room feel larger and brighter, and there are great affordable options in stores like
HomeGoods or Target.

Bathroom fix. While a full-on bathroom makeover may not be in your budget, a few tweaks to your existing room can make a difference. Replace an old mirror, or frame it with trim. Replace dated old fixtures with new ones. Another fun decorating tip for your overnight guests: fill up a decorative basket with bathroom essentials in case they forgot theirs!

Don’t let your kitchen be a nightmare. If you plan to cook a large meal for the holidays, you’re bound to have company in your kitchen. The problem with kitchen updates: it can be the most expensive room to update. If you want to do a quick change, swap out the hardware on your cabinets. An even easier update? Change out your kitchen towels and add seasonal flowers to the counter.

These simple and affordable updates can help make any home feel modern and put together for the holiday season. Looking to do a full home renovation? Your HUNT Sales Professional can help!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Don’t Take a Christmas Vacation on Selling Your Home

Like clockwork, as soon as the snow starts falling and the Christmas ads start inundating your TV, tablet and mailbox – the real estate market slows down. If you’re thinking, “I should wait until after the holidays when the market picks back up,” here are a few reasons you shouldn’t wait until next year to list your home:

• More serious buyers: The people dedicating their time and braving the elements to search for a home this time of year are motivated buyers. They’re looking to ring in the New Year, as Clark Griswold would say, “in the warm embrace of kith and kin” in a new home.

• Less supply = More demand: Inventory is markedly lower during the holidays because many sellers take their homes off the market. This means more competition for your property, which potentially means a higher selling price for your home.

• More service providers available: Inspectors, appraisers, stagers, etc. are not as in-demand during the holidays, so they’re more flexible this time of year to meet your needs and busy schedule.

• Staging / Decorations: Homes look better this time of year when they’re decorated for the holidays.

Speaking of staging, when decorating your home for the holidays, don’t go overboard with the lights.

And be careful not to clutter up your house with cheesy holiday décor or religious holiday items, as they may be a turn-off to some buyers. Bring them back out next year when you’re in your new house.

Here are some other tips for decking your halls during the holidays:

• Make sure your decorations compliment your home’s décor, not detract from it.
• Have a beautiful view? Don’t cover up the window with adornments like snowflake decals.
• When choosing a Christmas tree, make sure it fits your living space without overwhelming it.

Rather than doing it yourself, it may make sense to hire a professional to do the staging for you – and that includes your holiday decorations.

Here are a few local companies that offer holiday light decorating services for the exterior of your home*:

S&K Holiday Lighting
Buffalo Lawn & Landscape

Rochester Landscape Designs
Majestic Holiday Lighting

Shine Lights & Decor Installation
Syracuse Christmas Lighting

Capital Region:
The Christmas Guys
Christmas Lights of Albany

We Hang Christmas Lights
Spirit Lighting

* HUNT Real Estate does not endorse or guarantee service from these providers.