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You've moved into your vintage home with grand plans to update it as you go. Some renovations must wait for your budget to improve. But here are some budget-wise ways to update the family room and move your home in the direction you want by giving your fireplace an update or upgrading your mantel.
Freshen the fireplace
Arguably the focal point of any living space, a complete fireplace renovation may be part of your overall plan, but meanwhile, give it a fresher look with one of these ideas.
- Add a screen. Fireplace screens come in a plethora of styles, sizes, shapes, and metals. Dress up the room with a lattice-style or painted fan screen.
- Change out the mantel. If you long for a more rustic look, replace your thinner mantel with a thick, rough-cut plank. Or, pick up a vintage mantel at your local antique store. For a truly updated look, go mantel-free and hang a substantial piece of art above.
- Paint the brick and surround in contrasting colors. Make certain only to paint with heat-rated preparations near the firebox. Try gray walls, pewter on the brick with black on the surround. Or use various shades of warm taupe with bronze or copper. If the metal surround is removable, it’s easier to use spray paint for excellent results.
- Resurface with tile. A fine herringbone or hexagon mosaic pattern adds interest, or hand-crafted or painted tiles create a distinctive focal point. For a very modern look, consider basket weave or vertical tiles. But, to give your home a historical aspect, consider narrow subway tiles with a subtle glaze.
Turn it into Art
If you don’t burn fires your fireplace, consider turning it into a display for your collection of brass candlesticks, a floral arrangement, or a grouping of urns and vases. Prepare the fireplace for non-use: To reduce heat loss, make sure to turn off the gas, then close the damper. Place a section of fiberglass or foam insulation the width and depth of the opening into the flue. Paint a piece of cardboard black and use it to wedge the insulation in place. Clean the firebricks with your favorite household cleaner and a stiff brush so that soot doesn’t damage your decorative items.If you’re thinking of removing your fireplace or permanently closing it up, take a moment to check with a local property professional to make certain it doesn’t reduce the value of your home.
You get it! You know your home needs some TLC and you’d love to be giving it some, but your schedule is tight. You don’t have time to tear apart the bathroom for a remodel or rip up the kitchen while your kids are in school. Here are some simple projects you can accomplish in a day, however, to give your home that little bit of that lovin’ feeling you know it needs.
- Paint your front door a hot new color: Brightly-painted doors give a tired exterior some new life. Choose a feng shui red guaranteed to turn heads, or ocean blue that invites in serenity and peace. Or, go funky with a limey-chartreuse or a pop of sunny yellow. Choose a high-gloss paint that’s easy to clean and designed for exterior weather.
- Change out your door hardware. Instead of painting that door, give your beautiful wood doors a loving upgrade with new handles, kickplates and dead-bolt locks. Swapping out nickel hardware for brass (or vice versa) gives your door a whole new look.
- Spruce up the house numbers and mailbox. If no one can find you because the house numbers are faded or were painted over with the exterior paint, add some glam to your exterior with decorative house numbers. Or, add a faux stone to the front garden with solar-lit numerals to guide your guest's way. Mail slots, receptacles, and standard mailboxes need love too. Change out that brass mail slot for a rustic cast-iron one or brighten it up to nickel to match the hardware you installed last week. Street-side mailboxes benefit from some curb-appealing flowers planted alongside or in a decorative pot.
- Give yourself new faucets. Upgrade the kitchen faucets to an extra tall version with a pull-out sprayer to give your kitchen some glam. Choose from traditional to industrial style to match any home style from a craftsman to a live-work loft.
- Change the shower curtain rod. Even if you can't do that complete bath remodel with the stylish oversized step-in shower, you can give your tub-shower enclosure more space by exchanging a standard straight curtain rod with a curved hotel-style one. The extra space inside your shower will have you feeling like you're on vacation all the time.
- Replace those mini-blinds. Look for easy to install cellular versions in a variety of color choices or swap out those dingy beige ones for bright white. Either way, you’ll perk up the room and invite the sun inside in a new way.
To keep these projects within your budget, make a list of the top three, then watch newspaper circulars or emails for which items are on sale. And don't forget to check with online sources.
Except for paint, most things on this list are available from online retailers too, so bargain shop and have them on hand for when you've got that one day open in your schedule.
2 Russell Stage Rd, Blandford, MA 01008
2 Russell Stage Rd, Blandford, MA 01008
If you receive an offer to purchase your house, should you accept it? Home sellers across the United States face this question regularly. To determine the right answer, a home seller needs to weigh the pros and cons of an offer.
Deciding how to proceed with an offer to purchase is no easy task. Lucky for you, we're here to help you analyze a homebuying proposal so you can make an informed decision.
Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you determine whether accepting an offer to purchase is the right choice.
1. Review Your Home Selling Goals
Now may prove to be a great time to revisit your property selling goals. That way, you can assess whether an offer to purchase corresponds to these goals.
If you find that a homebuying proposal fails to help you accomplish your property selling goals, you may want to counter or reject the offer. On the other hand, if an offer to purchase falls in line with your home selling goals, you may want to approve the proposal.
2. Consider Your Home Selling Timeline
How much time you have left to complete the home selling journey can have far-flung effects, and for good reason. If you face a tight deadline to sell your home, you may be more inclined than ever before to accept an offer to purchase your house. Conversely, if you can afford to be patient, you may want to reject or counter a homebuying proposal.
Analyze your house selling timeline closely – you'll be glad you did. If you determine there is still plenty of time at your disposal, you may want to reject an offer to purchase that falls short of your expectations. Comparatively, if you are short on time, you may want to accept a homebuying proposal and move forward in the property selling journey.
3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent
Determining how to proceed with an offer to purchase is difficult, regardless of whether you're a first-time or experienced home seller. Fortunately, you can hire a real estate agent who can help you make the best-possible decision.
A real estate agent serves as an expert guide throughout the home selling journey. He or she will help you list your residence and promote it to prospective buyers. Plus, a real estate agent will offer tips to help you differentiate your residence from the competition.
Of course, when you receive an offer to purchase your home, a real estate agent is happy to provide a recommendation as well. A real estate agent is honest and unbiased and has a seller's best interests in mind. Thus, this housing market professional can help you decide whether to accept, reject or counter any offer to purchase, at any time.
Accepting an offer to purchase is a life-changing decision and should not be taken lightly. Thanks to the aforementioned tips, you can evaluate a homebuying proposal and determine whether an offer is right for you.