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Even if you love your home and never plan to leave it, there may come a point when you need to put it on the market. The home maintenance tasks you tackle today have a direct impact on your home’s value tomorrow. If you want to protect the value of your home, these are the home maintenance tasks you shouldn't put off.
Keep the Roof in Good Repair
A roof can make or break a home sale. Most roofs will last 20 to 25 years. If yours is nearing the end of that lifespan or is showing signs of distress, start planning for a replacement. Similarly, if you’ve had a storm recently, have the roof inspected, and tap into your insurance coverage for a new roof if needed.
Maintain Your HVAC
Your HVAC system may not be the most attractive part of your home, but it’s one of the most important for your home’s comfort. Keep up with routine maintenance, including filter replacement, air duct cleaning, and yearly maintenance inspections. This will help you get the best possible life out of your system, while also ensuring you can list the home with all of its components when you’re ready to sell.
Freshen the Paint
Not only does a fresh coat of paint make your home look great, but it also helps protect the woodwork in your home from damage due to everyday life. Buy quality paint when you paint, and try to keep up with the current trends while also reflecting your own style. This will keep your home looking attractive while also protecting its value. Keep the interior and exterior painted whenever necessary.
Protect and Cultivate Your Landscaping
A beautiful home with an unkempt yard is going to be worth less than a standard home with a beautiful yard. Your landscaping doesn’t need to be extravagant, but you should spend some time each year keeping it looking its best. This will increase your property’s perceived value down the road.
Appliance Care and Upgrades
Your appliances are something you rely on every day to keep things functioning well in your home. Keep up with their maintenance, and upgrade as needed, to give your home the best possible value. You will need good, working appliances in your home to keep things running smoothly, and potential buyers down the road will appreciate these items as well.
Maintaining your home makes it more enjoyable to live in, and it also makes it more appealing to potential buyers down the road.
The number of architectural styles in any given neighborhood can be overwhelming to home buyers, especially if they don't feel immediately called to one type. To help narrow it down, the property you choose should reflect everything from your budget to your lifestyle. The more you account for how you interact with the home, the happier you and your family will be. We'll look at the key questions that can help you decide.
How Will the Future Look?
This question has everything to do with the details of your future goals. Maybe you already know you'll need enough space in the home for a new baby, but have you considered how the property will affect an infant or toddler?
Parents may want to opt for a home without stairs to limit the number of accidents. The same advice goes for those who may find themselves hosting elderly relatives on a regular basis. If you're planning to be an empty nester soon, it may be time to downsize to a cottage so there's less to clean and maintain.
How Practical Is It?
There's no understanding a property until you've really lived in it, but there are ways to forecast the obstacles that can pop up along the way. A modern home may be beautiful in its own way, but the stark angles may feel cold to someone who would prefer a more welcoming traditional home.
If curb appeal is high on your list of priorities, then you may want to opt for a craftsman home. These homes come in all shapes and sizes, so it may be easier to find something in your budget than you think.
If you're planning on hosting parties or events, you need to define how much patio and yard space you'll need for everyone. While any property may feature outdoor amenities, you'll likely have the most luck with a traditional or a ranch.
Selecting a property type is more than just considering how many bathrooms you need and whether you want a formal dining room. You have to consider how the infrastructure and design will either help or hurt your daily routine. A cottage with a cozy breakfast nook will be useless to someone who would prefer to eat in the living room. The more you picture yourself in each of the rooms, the easier it should be to decide on a type.
While the hurricane season may still be a couple of seasons away, now is a great time to start thinking about how best to protect your home in the event of a hurricane, tornado, or similar high wind storm situation. During high wind situations, windows can easily become broken as a result of flying debris and, once broken, that debris and window shards can cause a significant safety issue and increase the risks of other types of property damage. So protect your home, your belongings, and, most importantly, your family by considering the following preventative measures of protecting your windows during hurricane watches and other storms:
Protecting Your Windows During Hurricane Watches
Install storm shutters. When your home is in the line of a hurricane watch or other big storm, one of the most important things you'll be advised to do is to install plywood over your windows to prevent flying debris from shattering them. Obviously, should you live in an area with frequent storms, this can get tedious. So instead, consider the more permanent solution of installing storm shutters. Storm shutters come in a variety of styles, all of which are designed to allow homeowners to easily cover their windows with a more protective shield in the event of high winds.
Upgrade to hurricane impact windows. Upgrading to hurricane impact windows is perhaps the safest thing a homeowner can do in preparation of storm season. Impact windows are incredibly durable windows that are made out of multiple layers of tempered glass and have the added benefit of being incredibly insulated for both sound and climate.
Looking to Sell Your Home?
Both storm shutters and hurricane impact windows are great investments homeowners can make to improve the value of their home as, after all, what family doesn't want to live in a safer, more durable home? And if you're ready to sell feel free to reach out, so we can start your home selling journey together.
Whether you’re remodeling your home or building one from scratch there are a few vintage features you may want to incorporate. No matter the style of your home—modern, traditional, country chic—these additions can fit seamlessly in your house. Work with your architect to see how you can add these details to your design plan.
Laundry Shoot: In a multi-story home a laundry shoot is a great built-in tool, especially for larger households. Without taking up too much space in the walls you can place a shoot upstairs that sends clothes right into a basket in the laundry room. Need to access from multiple stories? No problem, you can add access doors on each floor.
Phone Nook: A phone nook, or niche, historically housed a phone on a ledge or a wall-mounted phone. In a modern house, you can add a nook in any room. Include electricity and plenty of plugs so it can function as a charging station for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Ceiling Medallions & Tin Tiles: Medallions and tiles are gorgeous installations that add interest to ceilings. A medallion above an entryway light or dining room chandelier creates drama in an unexpected location. Medallions can match your ceiling color but are also available in gold leaf, bronze or even walnut finish. Tin tiles also come in many styles and colors. They look great on the ceiling but they also make a unique kitchen or bathroom backsplash.
Wood Paneling: Wood paneling doesn’t have to feel dark and dated. You can use all types of wood to fit with the style of your home. Paneling is often installed to cover a full wall but it can also be added as wainscoting. Consider using wood paneling to create geometric wall patterns like lattice and grids.
Dutch Door: Dutch doors aren’t just for homes with farmhouse style architecture. These beautiful doors are functional as well. Open just the top half for great airflow during nice weather, without letting the dog or littles ones out!
Stained Glass Transom Window: Transom windows are a feature seen mainly in vintage homes. But why? These windows add an artistic touch while being functional. You can find stained glass designs that fit with any style, even modern industrial, or have a custom design created for your home. Select transom windows that open so that they work in conjunction with your home cooling system to allow rising hot air to circulate.
Pocket Doors and Shutters: Doors and shutters that slide into the wall or fold into a nook are extremely functional and aesthetically pleasing. Storing doors and shutters in the wall allows you keep wall areas open for decor while conserving floor space and creating additional options for furniture placement.
Picture Rail Moulding: Moulding with a curved top that holds picture hooks, or an open bottom where you can attach holders is a great way to be able to move art around, hanging it from wire at different lengths and easily place it. The moulding is a nice and subtle décor feature in itself.
When designing your home, add in all the new features we love today but don’t forget to consider some design features of the past that can really enhance your living space.
When you have a luxury home with impressive architectural features and landscaping, don’t let nighttime prevent you from showing it off. Landscape lighting provides a convenient way to draw attention to certain features of your home and yard when it’s dark out. This type of lighting can improve your home’s curb appeal while also highlighting specific aspects of its design. Keep the following tips in mind for accenting your home with landscape lighting.
Choose the Right Type of Lighting
Landscape lights can serve different purposes and be installed in more than one type of area. Use path lights along pathways and other walkways, as well as in outdoor living spaces. Wall-mounted down lights can brighten up patios, decks and stairs, while in-ground lights can highlight landscape features. You can also use in-ground lights for pathways and outdoor living spaces. Accent lights and tree lights are ideal for showcasing architectural features and your front entrance.
Decide on Lighting Methods
Using landscape lighting to accentuate your luxury home involves more than having these lights installed in certain areas. You can set up landscape lights to create certain visual effects, such as moonlight or silhouettes. For example, you can use in-ground lights or spotlights for uplighting trees and taller bushes and shrubs in your yard with a dramatic effect. Directional accent lights can be used for cross lighting to draw attention to an architectural feature or garden feature. If your property has a pool or water features, such as a fountain, you can use directional spotlights to create a mirror effect.
Select a Lighting Style
Landscape lights come in a wide range of styles. The style you choose for landscape lighting will depend on the style of your home and the overall look you want to create. For a more naturalistic look, choose rustic lights to highlight your home exterior and landscape features. If you want a more elegant or vintage look, choose traditional or antique landscape lights. You’ll also find landscape lighting in modern and contemporary styles if you’re aiming for a more streamlined or minimalist look.
Determine the Ideal Illumination
When you’ve chosen the type and style of lights for your home and yard, you’ll need to decide on the amount and type of illumination to use. Cool white bulbs have a whitish-blue tint that might create an unflattering, harsh effect on your house and landscape features, especially if you use a higher wattage. Warm white bulbs produce more of a natural, yellowish glow that creates a pleasant and more flattering appearance. The ideal wattage you should use will vary based on the size and type of area you're illuminating and the type of lights you're using.