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Showing posts with label home renovation. Show all posts

Friday, February 8, 2019

5 Easy Swaps to Update Your Home On a Budget

Major home renovations can be costly. But what do you do if you want to change the look of your home? Here are a few quick and easy swaps that can help make your home look modern and stylish without breaking the bank.

Swap #1: Retire Your Heavy Drapes. Remove the heavy drapes covering your windows and add blinds or sheer panels instead. This will allow more light into your room and help your room appear larger.

Swap #2: Ditch the Textured Ceiling. One of the biggest things that will make your home appear dated is your textured ceilings. If you have the “popcorn ceiling,” you can always scrape and sand your ceiling and repaint it. While losing the textured ceiling can be a little labor intensive, it can make a large difference.

Swap #3: Replace Tile Countertops. While tile countertops were popular in the 80s and 90s, there’s a reason they went out of style. Tile countertops are difficult because they chip easily and grout can be a difficult thing to clean. Try replacing kitchen countertops with a solid surface. With so many options, like Marble, quartz, granite, wood, stainless steel, concrete or soapstone, you can find a replacement counter that fits into your budget.

Swap #4: Invest in New Cabinet Hardware. You may not overhaul your entire kitchen, but one way to update your kitchen on a budget is to swap out old hardware on your cabinets. New handle pulls aren’t very expensive and can transform the look of older kitchen cabinets.

Swap #5: Upgrade Your Analog Thermostat. You may not realize it, but replacing your thermostat is a great way to add value to your home and bring it up-to-date. Programmable thermostats are eco-friendly, and can save you money on your heating and cooling bill!

Just these few affordable swaps can help transform your home. If you’re ready to sell your house, reach out to a HUNT Real Estate Sales professional today.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

5 New Year's Resolutions for Your Home

New Year’s resolutions are common in January because everyone wants to start off the new year right. But have you ever considered a new year’s resolution for your home? Here are a few to help kickstart your new year in your home.

RESOLUTION 1: Declutter
One of the easiest resolutions is to declutter and organize your home. The best way to start is to go one room at a time and clear out items you don’t use or wear. Stick to a plan and get decorative baskets to organize items that may take up space, like DVDs, books, and video games.

RESOLUTION 2: Safety first
Your home should always be as safe as possible for your family. Here are a few ways to combat common dangers in your household:

  • Check your home for radon. This can be done through an at-home test or by a professional.
  • Check your carbon dioxide detectors and smoke detector batteries. If you don’t have either of these items, make sure you purchase them.
  • Clean your lint trap vent and/or duct. While you may be cleaning out your lint trap on a regular basis for your dryer, your ductwork may have lint in it if you’ve never cleaned it. It’s important to do this regularly because it’s highly combustible and can catch fire easily.
  • If you’re planning a remodel and your house was built before 1978, have your home tested for lead paint and asbestos.


RESOLUTION 3: Tackle small projects now
Even though the weather isn’t warm yet, you can work on your home projects. Simple tasks like repairing a hole in your drywall, painting, replacing a light fixture, or replacing a faucet do not require good weather.

RESOLUTION 4: Be a friend to the environment
There are simple ways to help the environment that can help you save on your utility bills.

  • Make sure you turn off lights when you aren’t using them.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to help control your heat bill
  • Install LED lights and low-flow shower heads
  • Invest in a drying rack and air dry your clothes instead of using the dryer
  • Turn off power strips and unplug chargers when you are not using them


RESOLUTION 5: Plan ahead
It may seem a little ridiculous, but planning for the next holiday season can help in the long run. Make sure you pack away decorations neatly and label boxes with what is in them. Also, make sure you note any items you may need to purchase for the next holiday season. Did you run out of dishes? Did your lights break? Do you need a folding table for all of your dinner guests? January is a great time to find holiday items on sale.

What are your new year’s resolutions for your home? Let us know! If you need assistance with your plan for the new year, check out the HUNT Homeowners Club! The includes direct access to our portfolio of HUNT-approved vendors engaged in businesses relating to owning and maintaining your home. From contractors and remodelers to roofers and electricians, we can recommend the right vendors for any home-related services you need.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Easy Home Projects You Can Do In The Winter

It may be cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop working on your home! There are plenty of home projects you can do while it’s cold outside. Check out these easy home renovation projects for winter:

Update your thermostat. If you haven’t already done so, get yourself a programmable thermostat. Not only will your home be more energy efficient, but you’ll also save a bundle of money on your heating bill in the new year!

Update the kitchen/bathroom. A great way to modernize your kitchen or bathroom is to add a backsplash. There are tons of options to choose from, and many of them will help make the installation process easier. Make sure you are comfortable with advanced home renovations as this is not an easy project for beginners.

Add crown molding to a room. One way to enhance a room is to add crown molding. This project requires a few tools and some time, but is worth the result!

Update your fireplace. Many of us enjoy the warmth of a fireplace in the winter. But when’s the last time you gave your fireplace a spruce? Upgrade your fire screen or change out your mantle.

Add insulation to your attic. The winter is an excellent time to consider adding additional insulation to your attic. This not only will make your home eco-friendly but will save you money on your heating bills!

There are plenty of other renovations you can do to your home during the winter months. Don’t let the weather stop you! If you’re interested in some larger scale projects, check out the HUNT Homeowners Club Moving Concierge, where you can find HUNT approved vendors for any project!

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