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Upgrading Your Home's Entry Points
Posted on Thu, 30 Jun 2016, 10:25:00 AM  in My services

Your home may have several new exterior improvements, including paint and roofing, but there are other areas that are in need of upgrades as well. The structure's entry points are numerous, and they include windows, doors and garage doors. These items swing and slide open on a daily basis. Although you may not give much thought to their use, potential home buyers might concentrate on their beauty and functionality. Consider some of these entry-point upgrades that you can make and earn that perfect home-sale price.

Replace the Garage Door

entryOne of the simplest entry points that can be upgraded in just a few hours is the garage door. Some doors might be more than 20 years old, and they creak when they're opened. Add a metal, roll-up door to your home. These models come with several style and color options in order to match the structure's decor almost perfectly. Professionals will usually remove your old door at no charge at the same time. If any upgrades are being considered, the garage door should be first.

Add Replacement Windows

Single-pane windows allow noise and air to filter through the home. When buyers walk through a property, they'll notice old windows and make a mental note of them. Ask a contractor to add replacement windows. The frames remain intact, but workers attach new glass panels as an upgrade. Look for dual-pane windows with trapped air or gas within the assembly. The home will have better energy conservation and less noise pollution. These windows often come with extensive warranties that can be transferred to the new owners in time.

Weatherstrip Windows and Doors

If new windows and doors cannot be installed on your budget, your current materials can be improved as an alternative. Purchase a weatherstripping kit from a local home-improvement store. Add the kit to every door and window in the household. These kits essentially seal the space between the frames, doors and windows. Drafty homes are completely contained as air-conditioned air remains inside the structure. You can point out this upgrade to your potential buyers too. Buyers might think of weatherstripping as a hassle, and a turnkey home is a feature that they keep in mind.

Adjust the Doors

If some of your doors seem to get stuck as they swing open, it's time to rehang them. Ask a local contractor to adjust each of your doors. Each door should swing open and close with ease. They shouldn't slam shut by themselves either. As buyers walk through a home, they'll notice the ease with which the doors move. Take the opportunity during the rehanging process to replace the door's hardware too. New doorknobs and locks are features that stand out to potential buyers.

Consider New Window Screens

The home's window screens are protective elements that are often overlooked. They might be full of holes or torn. Take some time out to replace the mesh. Home-improvement stores sell the mesh in rolls in order for you to use it on each window. Pull the frames from the windows, and carefully remove the mesh. Stretch the new mesh across the frame, and lock it into place. New screens give the windows a fresh appearance. Buyers may even believe that the entire window is brand new if you clean it up before an open house.

If you're unsure about which entry point should be upgraded first, ask the opinion of a trusted friend. They have a different perspective that can be valuable as your home sale approaches. Take their opinion and weigh it against your budget options. Changing just one item can mean the difference between multiple bids and no buyers at all.

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Splitting Up Your Studio Apartment
Posted on Sat, 30 Apr 2016, 12:00:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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A studio apartment is the perfect spot for anyone who does not need a lot of space. You have the necessary rooms such as a kitchen and bathroom, but the living room and bedroom are usually in the same area. You do not have to have to sacrifice the privacy of a bedroom just because you are moving into a studio apartment. You can easily divide your space into different zones by keeping the following tips in mind.

Area Rugs: Area rugs may not create the privacy of a screen or wall, but the rugs still work with creating different zones. The key is to purchase rugs in different styles and designating them to a specific zone. Start by placing a large floral print rug in the bedroom area and a blue or beige rug in the living room. A medium sized brown rug would look good in the dining area, and you can create a pathway in the kitchen with a narrow striped rug.

Chinese Screen: A regular Chinese screen can be used as a portable wall in your apartment. Open the screen to divide your space into different rooms, and close the screen when you want to expand your space. You even move the screens around to re-arrange your zones.

Chinese Wedding Bed Screen: A Chinese wedding bed screen actually looks like a small bedroom, and it even includes a space to hang curtains.arearug You can turn the bed itself into a bedroom by investing in a headboard with shelves and keeping the curtains closed.

Curtains: Use self-adhesive hooks, rods and large curtains split the apartment into different zones. One idea is to hang a curtain over entrance to the kitchen and living room. You can close the curtains to keep the zones separate and private, or you can open the curtains to create an inviting atmosphere.

Entertainment Center with Storage: You can also separate the living room and bedroom by investing in an entertainment center with storage space. The entertainment center should have a solid back with cabinets or shelves. The shelves and cabinets become an additional storage solution for DVDs, video games, electronics and decorative pieces.

Headboard Divider: A bed with a large headboard can be used to separate your bedroom and living room. The headboard creates a visual aid of where the living room ends and the bedroom begins. If your bed does not have a large headboard, you can purchase a new headboard or replace it with a bookcase. All you have to do is place the back of the bookcase against the bed to create the headboard and divider.

Wardrobes: Invest in several large wardrobes and line them up side by side to create a divider between your bedroom and living room. You can even place them up around your bedroom area to create a small room, but remember to leave enough space for the entrance. A fun idea is to alternate the back and front of the wardrobes to create a storage solution for each zone.

Tall Bookcases: You can divide your space and even create an entryway by investing in tall bookcases. Use bookcases with solid backs to create more privacy in certain zones such as the bedroom or dining area. You can create more visual space by using bookcases with open backs.

The Chinese wedding screen bed, wardrobes and tall bookcases are ideal for a permanent arrangement. If you find yourself re-arranging your zones often, then you may want to stick with the area rugs, curtains and regular Chinese screens.

Dividing your space into zones is just one way to make your studio apartment feel like home. All you need are a few accessories or pieces of furniture, and you have a creative way to split up your studio apartment.


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