Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Closet Organization Ideas that Are Borderline Genius

Closet Organization Ideas that Are Borderline Genius

If your closet is a clutter, it could be that you just need some closet organization ideas. Closets, no matter the size, tend to be a catchall. But, fret not. Read this blog post to learn some tips to clean up those closets and get some structure.


If your closet is a clutter, it could be that you just need some closet organization ideas. Closets, no matter the size, tend to be a catchall. We often toss in our shoes and handbags, and hang up our garments without any consideration to organization. But, fret not. It’s easy to clean up those closets and establish some structure. Here’s how.
Invest in a Closet System
If you crave more closet space, you don’t have to put your DFW home through a full-scale remodel — just put a closet system in place. The idea with a closet system is to maximize the space your closet already provides. By using hanging bars, drawers, shelves, and cubby storage, you can properly organize your clothing and other items. This way, when you open your closet door to put something away or retrieve something, you’ll know exactly where to go. Check out Closets by Design in Dallas for some great ideas in closet systems.
Put a Pull-Down Bar in Place
This is a good closet organization idea when you want to keep clothes out of the way but still accessible when you need them. Many movable clothing rods are designed with telescoping pull rods to adjust to any closet size. Here’s a good example to learn more about how pull-down bars work in a closet.
Keep Your Shoes at a Slant
Many homeowners are satisfied if their shoes make it onto a storage rack instead of being tossed on the floor. But here’s a smart tip for you: By storing your shoes on slanted shelves, you can better see what you’re grabbing. No need to stand on tippy toes to see the top shelf — one quick glance and you’ll know whether you’re reaching for those strappy black sandals or sassy ankle boots. If you’re storing tall boots (because every Texan should have at least a couple pairs of cowboy boots), look for inserts that help boot shafts stay upright.
Get Creative
When it comes to closet organization, it pays to think outside the box. Want a clever way to keep your scarves from getting into a tangled mess? Grab a paper towel holder from the kitchen and roll your scarf around it. Searching for an orderly way to store your t-shirts? Keep them organized with stacking letter trays from your office. The trays keep the tees separated so when you need one, you won’t disrupt the whole stack.
If you’re tired of haphazardly cramming stuff in your closet, tap into the ideas above to restore some order to the closets in your home. Do you know of some other closet organization ideas? Share below!
Image Source: Flickr/Emily May

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Your Home’s May Bucket List

Your Home’s May Bucket List

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The tulips are blooming and the yard work is piling up, but all you can dream about is Memorial Day barbecues. Before you fire up that grill, here is your home’s honey do list for May which will make summer even more enjoyable.


1. Curb Appeal – Because April showers bring May flowers, it’s time to think about your home’s curb appeal. Does your front door need a refresh? Could your outdoor lighting use an update? Does your mailbox need a makeover? Check out these 7 Major League Upgrades to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal.
2. May is for Mold? – Did those April showers cause water problems in your home? Use this brief guide to mold and moisture to clean up and prevent mold growth in your home.
3. Spring Into Action – Take advantage of the spring weather and get out of the house! See how many items on this list of Free Things to Do Outside the House you can tackle before June.
4. Glass Houses – People who live in glass houses…have a lot of windows to clean! Tackle outdoor windows and doors with a glass cleaner to let plenty of that spring sunlight inside.
5. Inspect for Termites – Termites are more active in the spring and summer months when the air is warm and moist. Check your home for termite damage, paying special attention to anywhere wood meets the ground. Watch this video to learn how you can inspect your home this May.
6. Prep Your Home for Sale – If you’re getting your home ready for sale this spring, there are several items that many home sellers overlook. Do you have a copy of your survey on hand, or have you compiled a list of service providers for a buyer? These 9 often overlooked items when prepping your home for sale can help seal the deal with today’s savvy buyers.
7. Grilling Time – Now you’re ready for that Memorial Day backyard bash. To make sure you never unexpectedly run out of gas in your grill, consider checking out this handy product.

Tips by Victoria Lee of Coldwell Banker Blue Matter

Friday, May 8, 2015

Why Home Sellers Should Improve Curb Appeal & How to Start

Whether your lawn took a beating from the harsh winter weather or you just aren’t sure where to get started with your outdoor yard work, we’ve got you covered. We are dedicating the next five days of blog and Instagram content to providing the best tips and tricks to improve your lawn and garden with help from our partners from Scotts®, Miracle-Gro®, Ortho®, & Roundup®.
Whether you are just sprucing your home up for spring or getting ready to put it on the market, there is nothing like green grass and beautiful flowers. If you are in fact getting ready to sell your home, great curb appeal can make a nice impact on your home’s value.
"Did you know up to 15% of a home’s value can reside in the landscaping?"
According to SmartMoney Magazine, “…landscaping can significantly increase your home’s value and selling price.”1 Spending 5% of the total value of your home on landscaping, and doing it wisely, you can add 15% or more to the value of your home.1 Moreover, HomeGain reports that investment in landscaping generated an average return on investment of 258%, in terms of the increase in value of the home.2
Better yet, landscape improvements show fast results.  Simply put, that means high impact for moderate investment.
So are you ready for Tip #1? Here is it:
Green Up Your Lawn in Just 3 Days! (yes, really!)
SCOTTS® GREENMAX LAWN FOOD provides essential nutrients grass needs for deeper greening in just 3 days. It also improves a lawn’s ability to absorb water and nutrients as well as thickens grass to help fill in bare spots.
Phil Dwyer, Scientist at ScottsMiracle-Gro, adds “When homeowners need a fast way to green-up their grass , I ask, ‘Have you ever tried GreenMax?’ A lawn fertilizer plus iron supplement, GreenMax can provide noticeable greening in just 3 days.”
Curb Appeal Week will share daily tips from Scotts®, Miracle-Gro®, Ortho® and Roundup® to start improving your home’s curb appeal. Learn how to update your lawn, flower beds, front porch, deck and other outside areas to prepare for sale. All tips can be completed in a single weekend!
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Friday, May 1, 2015

Home Improvements to Consider Before Listing Your Home

Preparing to list your home? What improvements should you make prior to putting your home up for sale? Staging, de-cluttering, painting, mulching, and updating are just a few ideas to prepare your home for sale. It is imperative that sellers prepare!

By Frank Dolski

Preparing to list your home? What home improvements should you do and what ones have the greatest return on investment? When you are putting your home up for sale, you have two main goals; a timely sale, and receiving the best possible price. In order to achieve these goals, your home needs to present itself in the best possible light. While every home buyer has different ideas about what the “perfect home” is, you as the seller need to ensure that your home appeals to the widest variety of home buyers possible.
So What Does This Mean:
  1. De-cluttering: This is always the first thing because it makes your home look much more organized — even down to how many items you have on your fireplace — and it make your rooms look much larger. Organizing goes hand in hand with de-cluttering as buyers want to see how they can organize their stuff.
  2. Paint and Clean: First, you must make certain that your color palate throughout your home equals or is superior to your competition. No, buyers cannot see beyond that. If you seek professional advice, you will paint the correct colors. Touch up, freshen up and clean everywhere! Wallpaper is a huge negative, so consider taking it down prior to listing.
  3. Updating: If you need granite or new appliances, and you are trying to maximize your profit and your competition has it, you better have it as well! Perhaps you need updated light fixtures or door knobs? If so, then do it! Buyers typically consist of two working spouses or partners and have busy lives. You must be proactive and make sure your home equals or exceeds your competition!
  4. Exterior: The same holds true for the outside. Fresh mulch, flowers, and power washing (if required) are essential! Remember, this is the first thing that a buyer sees.
  5. Staging: Professional staging or, at a minimum, a stager’s advice is essential! It is a proven fact that a staged home sells for more money and in a much quicker amount of time. I utilize the service of Julie Pelly, owner of Creative Staging. I strongly recommend to sellers that she and her team evaluate every home prior to going on the market. Some homes need redecorating, accents, or perhaps updated or missing furniture at every price point. Typically, a stager will use items in a seller’s home and redistribute them.
Preparing your home for sale can seem overwhelming at first. Home Improvements may or may not be necessary, but be receptive to doing them — keeping in mind your return on investment. Utilize a real estate professional and home staging expert to help you develop a customized plan of action. The results will be amazing and the return on investment will be worth it! You must do everything possible to make your home stand out from your competition! Lighting rooms before showings and having your home show in the best possible way will pay back dividends. The real estate market in the Philadelphia suburbs including Bucks , Montgomery, and Chestercounties changes almost on a daily basis! Put your best foot forward to stay ahead of the curve. Remember, a home buyer may only visit your home once. Are you totally prepared?