Home prices are up so it’s a good time to sell. But the market is tight because inventory is so low, so where will you buy once you sell? Faced with this very dilemma, plus other factors such as loving their neighborhood or not wanting to leave their children’s school district, many homeowners are opting to remodel their homes rather than sell. In fact, a team of Harvard researchers estimate that spending on home improvement projects will jump nearly 7% by the end of June.
There’s so much emphasis on preparing for old man winter, then before you know it the mad rush of spring cleaning arrives. But what if you got a head start and did more than just a deep house cleaning? Just as you shift your home maintenance routines for the colder winter weather, you should consider what to change as the temperature rises.
If you decorated or threw a party for the holidays, odds are you’re still finding glitter, tinsel, needles, and confetti all over the house. There are probably a few scuffs, scratches and stains on your floors that you don’t remember seeing before, too. So how can you refresh your floors without completely redoing your hardwood?
If the popularity, not to mention the proliferation, of home-improvement shows is any indication, dreaming doesn’t stop once we actually own a piece of the American Dream. Indeed, programs on HGTV or DIY Network that tackle a remodel, a renovation or a simple redesign – in about an hour or less, thanks to the magic of television – only stoke our imagination and desire to remake our houses.
If money were no object we’d all likely live in homes with designer kitchens, spa bathrooms, bedrooms aplenty and relaxing man caves that would make Fred Flintstone jealous. But most of us live in the real world where money drives nearly all of the decisions we make, especially remodeling.
Brr, it’s getting chilly out there! The coming of Fall means sweaters, hot beverages, scarves and a lot less daylight. It makes you want to grab something soft and fuzzy to settle in front of the fireplace, getting cozy and warm with your favorite hot drink. Even if you don’t have a fireplace, you can keep your humble abode heated and comfortable with proper insulation.
The arrival of fall brings many things, including cooler weather, an obsession for hot beverages and lots of scarves. Unfortunately, the cooler months also bring seasonal colds, allergies and flus that can easily take us down. And with the kids back in school, germs can spread faster than ever (cue more hot beverages, and more scarves).