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5 Ways to Stay Busy While at Home

Your home is the place where you should feel the most safe and comfortable. So, while we’re all doing our part to stay home, we’ve compiled a list of things you can do to keep yourself and your family busy. 1. Clean out your junk drawer It’s the place you throw all the things that don’t have a home, but when was the last time you actually cleared out your junk drawer? Who knows, you may even find something you thought you had misplaced! Click here for a step-by-step how to. 2. Rearrange your furniture Now is the perfect time to switch things up! You never know what will work best until you try it. Here is a great article from Elle Décor that provides furniture arranging tricks to make your home feel bigger. 3. Hang pictures and art How many times have you thought about finally getting around to printing, framing and hanging those family pictures? There are plenty of ways to arrange and hang pictures and artwork as outlined in this Architectural Digest article. 4. Learn a new home improvement skill There are plenty of small fixes around the house that you can do yourself. Keep your home […]
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3 Organizing Principles to Make Your New Home Work for You

By Lisa Linard, Professional Organizer Moving into a new home comes with plenty of opportunities to start anew. You get to decorate in a new color scheme. You can make new friends in your neighborhood. You can explore new coffee shops and restaurants and find new favorites. It also presents the opportunity to leave behind everything that wasn’t working for you and create new and improved “ways of working” in your new environment.   SO EXCITING! Everyone wants to lead a frictionless, unencumbered life. We want to be able to get out the door quickly in the morning, find things when we need them, and spend our evenings relaxing with the people and things we enjoy. Before you move, think about the struggles you have in your current house. Do you: Waste minutes every day looking for your keys? Have a hard time putting together outfits in the morning? Find cooking dinner overly complicated and time-consuming? Ponder over why these things don’t work for you. Do you drop your keys in a different place every day when you get home from work? Are your camisoles mixed in with your sweaters? Do you have to walk back and forth across the […]
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Straight Talk: Is That Design Trend You Love Worth It?

Design trends can make or break a property. A style that could all the rage now, might not have a great return on investment when it comes time to sell your home a few years down the road. So, today we discuss what trends will give you the most bang for your buck, and which ones should you steer clear of. 1. Accent Wallpaper — The trend of bold and printed accent wallpaper walls is something that has caught on fast. Typically, you can find this trend in a smaller space, like the bathroom, but it’s not uncommon to also see it in a bedroom or living room. While you might love the tropical pattern you chose, if you plan to sell, the accent wall might not be the best idea. Our Vote: STAY AWAY 2. The Grey and White Trend — This trend has been going on for a while now and can most often be seen in the kitchen. The minimalist design is increasingly popular, and is great when transitioning your home to sell. White is associated with being clean and bright, while grey can be very calming. Our Vote: HOORAY 3. Intricate Tile — If you’ve been […]
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The Clutter Isn’t Cute

We’ve talked about the importance of curb appeal — that you only have “one chance to make a first impression” with the exterior of your home. Well, the same can be said for the interior. And one of the first things buyers will notice in your home is clutter. Clutter can be unappealing to some and can also give potential buyers the impression that your house has inadequate storage. Now is the time to start chipping away at those organization projects you’ve been putting off. Here are some tips to help you get started: Visualize what you want the room to look like — Having a goal for a space will make you feel motivated to tackle those unsightly messes. Start with the most unorganized room in the house — If you can get through that room, you can get through anything! Take it one step at a time — Remember it’s not a sprint. Take it slow, take your time, and do it right. Even if it’s only 10-15 minutes a day. Every minute counts. So if you’re planning to sell your home, take some time to get organized and give the right impression, it makes a HUGE difference.
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Color is Personal

We all have our likes and dislikes. Those preferences carry over into our home, making our spaces a reflection of our personality and personal style. Color is personal. When preparing your home for the market, you should be aware of certain factors that could be a turn off to potential buyers. The yellow walls in your living room may bring you happiness every day, but someone looking at you home may not see it the same way, making a judgment about your home before seeing all its potential. It’s amazing how many times we have seen color specific things scare potential buyers away. This is something to consider when choosing paint colors, wallpapers, cabinets, carpets or tiles for your home. Consider choosing more neutral colors for the big areas. Colors like ivory, tan or grey have more mass appeal. Then, use your furniture, area rugs, artwork and décor as an opportunity to bring out the colors that reflect your personal style and preferences. Painting your home can be an expensive investment. Although you want to choose a color you love, it is important to consider the long-term effect and where you see yourself living five or ten years. Maybe, you […]
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You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression

We can always count on the New England weather to throw us for a loop. The combination of blizzards, bomb cyclones, and freezing rain this April has not only delayed spring but also shortened what is typically the busy season for the real estate industry. Now that we’re FINALLY starting to see some peeks of sun, it’s the perfect time to assess your home and edit, edit, edit. Exteriors took a real beating this winter. Painting, landscaping & yard work, gutter repairs, driveway improvements, front porch sprucing, and fence replacements are the most common damage that affects homeowners during the winter, and if you are trying to sell your home, it is crucial to make these projects a priority. The phrase, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” couldn’t be truer when putting your home on the market. So, think carefully about that first impression. It starts the moment someone steps out of their car — take a look at your home through the eyes of the buyer and ask yourself, “is this home well cared for?” “is it in good condition?”. That perception often starts on the outside even before a buyer has stepped through […]
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