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Posted by Diane Stone on 6/24/2018

A three season room can be an extremely beneficial home investment. While many different kinds of improvements allow for the enjoyment of the outdoor spaces of your home, a three season room provides protection from the elements, giving maximum value. 


There’s a few different things to consider when it comes to estimating the cost of building a three season room. The amount you’ll need to spend can vary widely based on the material used, the finishes that have been chosen and where you live.  


Get Estimates


It’s really important when undertaking any kind of home improvement project to obtain estimates. You’ll get ballpark figures of how much it will cost you and you’ll be able to get a few ideas from each professional as to how they will go about completing the project. You’ll be able to create your ideal model this way, just by asking for input. The cost will depend on other factors like whether demolition needs to be involved, or how much site preparation is needed.


Use What You Have


Existing structures on your home may be used to build a three season room. A porch or deck may have the ability to be closed in. As long as the condition is good, or the structure is sound, it’s easy to use these parts of your home that are already there to build an area to enjoy the outside. A three season room needs a combination of glass, windows, screens and a sturdy floor.


Roofing 


It’s important that you match roof of your sunroom the existing roofing materials on your home. You can choose from a variety of different kinds of roofs from simple to more elaborate styles. For even more light in your sunroom, think about adding a skylight. 


What The Estimate Should Include


The estimate of your three season room should include all of the following areas:


  • Foundation
  • Framing
  • Electrical
  • Moldings
  • Doors and windows
  • Drywall
  • Skylights
  • Screens
  • Ceiling fans

The cost of labor will also be included in the estimate. Carpenters charge around $70 per hour. Electricians range in their charges from $65 to $85 per hour. It will most likely require many different contractors in order to complete the job of creating your three season room. When your building, the most important thing is that you add the aspects that you’ll enjoy the most throughout the year. Another important point to remember is that the room will be exposed to the elements, so it is possible that dirt and dust will build up quickly in the sunroom. You should plan accordingly to make cleaning a breeze.  

No matter where you live, it’s always great to maximize your enjoyment of the outdoors! Building a three season room can give you the ability to to do just that.     




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Posted by Diane Stone on 6/17/2018

Purchasing a home represents a life-changing decision, and as such, should not be taken lightly. Instead, a homebuyer will want to consider the pros and cons of buying a particular residence, along with the benefits of purchasing a house in the first place.

Ultimately, there are many benefits of buying a house, including:

1. Predictable Housing Costs

For many renters, it can be difficult to determine how much housing costs may vary year to year. Plus, renters may be forced to move from one location to the next as soon as a lease expires – something that could prove to be both time-consuming and costly.

Homebuyers can reap the benefits of predictability, and for good reason. Typically, a homebuyer will be able to pay predictable mortgage costs for the life of a home loan. This individual also won't have to worry about committing substantial time and resources to move regularly. On the other hand, a homebuyer will be able to relocate to a house that he or she owns and enjoy this property for years to come.

2. Home Appreciation

A home offers a terrific asset, one that may increase in value over an extended period of time.

Typically, a well-maintained home will become more valuable over the years, particularly for homeowners who keep their residences looking great. This means if you ever decide to sell your home down the line, you may be able to receive offers that exceed what you initially paid for it.

3. Exceptional Privacy

Finding a place to call your own can be tough. However, homeowners can enjoy unprecedented privacy, as their residences enable them to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the outside world any time they choose.

A home offers a wonderful place where you can relax with family members and friends or on your own. And remember, you can always modify your home to further increase your privacy as well.

4. Unparalleled Security

If you rent a property and break your lease, your landlord can kick you out of your home. Comparatively, if you purchase a house, you own the property. This means you will always have a roof over your head and can rest comfortably in your very own place.

Buying a home can instill a sense of pride in an individual. Furthermore, a homeowner can take solace in the fact that his or her residence is a safe place and enjoy it day after day.

Ready to purchase a house? Not so fast. You'll first want to contact a real estate agent who can guide you through each stage of the homebuying process. That way, you can receive support from a friendly, expert real estate agent and ensure that you can secure your dream home quickly and effortlessly.

Reach out to a real estate agent today – you'll be happy you did. With a real estate agent at your side, you can navigate the homebuying process and find your ideal house.




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Posted by Diane Stone on 6/10/2018

Home automation is a budding industry. From tiny buttons to order more laundry detergent, all the way up to fully-integrated home security systems that you can run from your smartphone at work, home automation has never been more comprehensive.

Deciding which, if any, home automation systems are right for you can be difficult. As new technologies are constantly being manufactured, you’ll want to buy a product that will last. It isn’t uncommon for a product in a new industry to become obsolete just a year after purchase.

In this article, we’ll help you understand the latest home automation tech and give you some advice on which ones are likely to remain useful in the coming years.

The Amazon Dash

Amazon Dash buttons are a simple but genius idea. It’s a button that you can fix to your washing machine, or the inside of your pantry cabinet. The buttons are available for a number of common household items that you won’t want to run out. Things like trash bags, dish soap, laundry detergent, coffee, bottled water, and more.

The Dash connects to your wifi and the battery can last up to 1,000 presses so you won’t have to worry about recharging. The other benefit is that you can customize which product the button orders. So if your cat only likes a specific flavor of Meow Mix, they’ve got you covered.

One downfall of the Dash button is that its function can easily be replaced by a home assistant like the Amazon Echo or the Google Home. However, if you don’t care for all of the added features of a home assistant, the Dash buttons might be a good option for you.

Home Assistants

The latest devices in home automation are assistants like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Since these products are new and undergoing rapid innovations, it’s likely that we’ll see several models from different manufacturers in coming years. It’s rumored that Apple is also entering the fray with their own home assistant device.

Home assistants generally come in the shape of a small speaker that you can place in your living room. They are voice activated and will begin listening if you say the magic words (“OK Google” or “Alexa” in the case of the Alexa-powered Amazon Echo).

These products can set alarms, control lights, order products, search the internet, give you directions, play music, read the news, and more.

Smart home security

Security systems have come a long way in the last few years. When you once had to approach your security keypad to set alarms, you can now do it right from your smartphone.

Also new to these devices is the full integrated of other electronic systems in your home. You can control the thermostat, lights, door locks, and more right from an app on your phone.

There are several designs on the market which has made them less expensive and more accessible to the average consumer. That also means there are several online reviews comparing the different systems which make it easier to do your research to find the best system for you.

If you don’t want a full system, there are other smart security products that you can buy à la carte. These include smart locks that you can unlock with your phone, or by using a security PIN.





Posted by Diane Stone on 6/3/2018

When moving one of the room most families dread packing the most is their child’s. Overflowing toy boxes, stuff crammed under the beds, and who know’s what in the closet. It’s an epic task to take on, usually with just as much cleaning needed as packing. But with a move comes a new room and a clean slate. 

Here are my top tips to keeping an organized child’s room (and for longer than 2 hours):

The most important step is to downscale the amount of stuff your child has. Toys are usually the number one culprit when it comes to a child’s clutter. Plan a day to have a massive clean sweep with your child where you work together what toys stay and which need to go. The more you can clean out the less you’ll have to move and the easier it will be to organize at the new house.

As you decide what stays think about the different categories the remaining toys fall into it. Which does your child reach for the most? Do they like to play with trains and action figures at the same time but just legos by themselves? Asking yourself these questions will help you to create organizational categories that make sense to your child.

Once you have some categories decided on, think about how to organize them. What systems do you already have in place and how do they work for your child? One of the biggest stumbling blocks families face in maintaining an organized home with children is a lack of understanding for how much a child can handle.

Keeping things simple with baskets and buckets toys can be placed in can make a huge difference in how tidy a room stays. Zippered, closed, sectioned or stacked containers, especially for young children, are harder to manage. Paired with piles of toys a child can become quickly overwhelmed at cleanup time.

By cutting down on the number of toys your child has, organizing them in a way that makes sense to how your child plays with them and opting for open containers sets your child up for cleaning success. The simpler you can make it the easier it is for them to take on the task. Pairing this setup with learning habits like cleaning up one set of toys before moving on to another will keep your child’s room tidy for months, and even years, to come.

And the biggest secret to avoid clutter from building up again? Before each birthday, holiday or gift receiving event go through your child’s toy collection and clean out what they no longer use to make room for new toys. If you want to go even further, encourage friends and family to gift your child experiences instead of material goods for celebrations.




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Posted by Diane Stone on 5/27/2018

Home staging is one of the most tried-and-true methods of selling your home faster. It can also help you increase the purchase price of your home by between one and five percent.

However, working with a professional home stager--while a good investment--is not always in everyone’s budget.

The good news is, there are a lot of simple and inexpensive ways to stage your home that will give visitors a good first impression, make for great photos for your online listing, and hopefully help speed up your home sale.

In today’s post, we’re going to break down six of the most effective and inexpensive home staging tips to help you sell your home faster.

1. Declutter everything

Cleaning out your home is one of the best ways to make it appear more spacious and welcoming. It gives you the chance to start packing items you won’t need until you move into your new home, and it opens up space to use a few choice decorations around the home.

For things like cabinets and closets, remove all of the items you won’t need until you move. A closet that is half-full will look much larger for guests viewing your home.

2. Clean carpets and polish wooden furniture

Carpets, flooring, and furniture make up a large percent of the visible space in your home. Leaving these items dirty or worn when selling your home is missing out on a huge opportunity to make your home look up-to-date and well-maintained.

You can rent a carpet cleaner for as little as $20, and a gallon of wood polish costs around $15, making these two items a solid investment for staging your home.

3. Paint with bright colors

When we paint our homes we usually choose colors that we like, rather than ones that appeal to the largest number of people. And although that’s a great thing while you own a home, it can be detrimental when it comes time to sell. Repainting dark walls in bright, neutral tones will make the room feel larger and well-lit.

4. Paint the front door while you’re at it

A freshly painted, bright colored front door can be the secret weapon when it comes to making your home stand out amongst your neighbors. It is a cheap way to quickly freshen up the exterior of your home and increase curb appeal.

5. Purchase a new welcome mat and mailbox

Welcome mats tend to get a lot of use and wear down. Similarly, mailboxes often get dented and faded over the years.

These two items can be excellent accents to improve the curb appeal of your home. Choose colors that match the overall color scheme of your home to establish a sense of continuity.

6.  Rearrange furniture to allow foot traffic

When someone comes to view your home, you’ll want to sure they have ease of access to each part of the house. Rearrange the furniture in your kitchen, dining room, and bedrooms to make it easy to tour the home.




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