Title /blog/category/diy/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Thu, 04 Jun 2015 15:00:02 -0400 What Colors Should You Use When Painting Your House? https://cbplourde.com/blog/posts/2015/06/04/what-colors-should-you-use-when-painting-your-house/ <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="What Colors Should You Paint Your House" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5728/blog/Plourde_WhatColorsToPaint.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px; margin: 5px;"></p> <p>Thinking about a fresh coat of paint for your house? Not only will it help improve the look of your home, but the colors you choose can help form lasting impressions for a potential buyer. If you plan to keep living in your home for years to come, then it may not matter to anyone but you (and your nearest neighbors) what shade of pink or purple you use to paint the outside of your house. And the colors you choose for the inside may reflect your own personal style--no matter how flashy or dramatic. But if your house is on the market, or could be in a few years, you&#39;ll want to reign in your artistic creativity for some more subtle hues.</p> <p>So what colors should you choose? Is white really a color? Does <i>cream</i> make a better sale than <i>ivory</i>? Here are some considerations:</p> <h2>Neutral Colors</h2> <p class="Normal1">Paint companies try to increase the shelf appeal of neutral colors by giving them more exciting names like "storm cloud," "vanilla latte," or "sandalwood" instead of gray, beige, or tan. Buttoned-down, neutral colors are ideal for showing a house to potential buyers. People see a neutral canvas where they can visualize their own style. This is safer than a flashy color that may not match their taste.</p> <h2>Update and Refresh</h2> <p class="Normal1">If you have outdated or shabby wallpaper, tear it down and replace it with clean painted walls. Use low sheen paint to hide scratches, dents, or other imperfections. If you have interesting architectural details, use a darker shade, or color (sparingly) to highlight them.</p> <h2>Make Spaces Seem Larger</h2> <p class="Normal1">Smaller rooms seem larger if they appear brighter. Paint the walls in light colors, including pastels, and consider painting the moldings the same color. Paint the ceiling white, and increase the lighting to make the room brighter.</p> <h2>You Can&#39;t Go Wrong with White</h2> <p class="Normal1">Earth tones, like beige and tan, are safe neutral colors that add warmth and character to a room. Grays are more modern and look nice with color accents. If you are going to use brighter colors, like orange or red, be sure to use softer tones and don&#39;t overdo it. Blues are nice for bedrooms, so long as you stick with softer hues. However, you can&#39;t beat white for a universal appeal. Remember, you want people to see the room, not the walls.</p> <h2>Accent the Exterior Rather Than Repaint</h2> <p class="Normal1">Unless the outside really needs it, you may not have to paint the entire house. Painting or staining smaller details can make a difference, such as mailbox posts, decks, porches, railings, steps, and shutters.</p> <p class="Normal1">The wrong color can send the wrong signal, and leave potential buyers with a bad impression of a good house. Before investing your time and money in the wrong paint color, or painting rooms that do not need it, talk to an agent at Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate. Not only can they tell you what buyers like and don&#39;t like, but they can help you get the most bang for your buck and save you from making unnecessary improvements.</p> <p class="Normal1">If you have any questions, <a href="/contact-you"><strong>contact us</strong></a> today. You can view all of our blog posts <a href="/blog"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p> Home Selling DIY Home Improvement Thu, 04 Jun 2015 15:00:02 -0400 Inexpensive Home Improvement Ideas https://cbplourde.com/blog/posts/2014/06/07/inexpensive-home-improvement-ideas/ <img alt="A gorgeous bathroom." class="aligncenter wp-image-41" height="373" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5728/blog/misc/14287608_xl-1024x682.jpg" width="560"/> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Whether you are preparing to <a href="http://cbplourde.com/">sell your house</a> or just looking to give your house a new look here are some inexpensive ideas that will give your house a fresh look. <a href="http://www.familyhandyman.com/parts-of-the-house">Improving one&#39;s home</a> can improve the overall attractiveness to buyers, and increase one&#39;s home value. Consider some of these changes to improve the overall usability and spaciousness of your living quarters.</p> <h2> Bathroom</h2> <p> Installing new lighting fixtures in the bathroom can be a great way to add extra light, spruce up existing dcor, and complement the fixtures or amenities that are already available in the bathroom. A new countertop for the bathroom sink could also be a quick and somewhat inexpensive technique for renovating the bathroom space. Fresh paint and a new color for the bathroom also improve the quality and overall value of the home. Choose the color and style that is currently the most popular with homebuyers. A warm, darker color suits bathrooms that wish to exhibit a sophisticated allure. Bright paint colors should be used for bathrooms that have sunny windows in order to enhance the bright and cheery atmosphere of the room.</p> <h2> Kitchen Rollouts</h2> <p> Expanding the kitchen space is also a great idea, especially for smaller homes. The main focal point of any house is usually the kitchen, and the majority of homeowners&#39; time will be spent in this room. Installing rollouts, cabinets that roll out and can hold an abundance of appliances, pots and pans, and various other kitchen gadgets, can be a valuable asset <a href="http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/remodeling/budget-remodels/25-home-improvement-ideas-under--150/">to improving available space in any kitchen</a>.</p> <h2> Organize Closet</h2> <p> To provide more space in the home and to reduce the amount of clutter in the bedroom, try installing wire shelving in closets. This will provide space to store clothes or other similar items without having to keep them in drawers or on the floor. Hanging baskets are also helpful for this need, and they provide a much more attractive method for storing accessories, shoes, and some clothing items. This can be helpful for keeping the closet area, and the overall bedroom, looking clean, tidy, usable, and spacious. This may improve the attractiveness of the home to <a href="http://cbplourde.com/">homebuyers</a>. What type of things do you do to improve your home while keeping an eye on economy? Let us know in the comments! Feel free to let us know on our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ColdwellBankerPlourde">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/cbplourde">Twitter</a> pages.</p> <h3> Sources:</h3> <ul> <li> <a href="http://www.familyhandyman.com/parts-of-the-house">http://www.familyhandyman.com/parts-of-the-house</a></li> <li> <a href="http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/remodeling/budget-remodels/25-home-improvement-ideas-under--150/">http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/remodeling/budget-remodels/25-home-improvement-ideas-under--150/</a></li> </ul> Home Selling DIY Home Improvement Sat, 07 Jun 2014 14:00:31 -0400