Do you want to sell your rehabs fast? That’s an obvious question – we all do! So what is the trick? So much time and money is spent on systems updates, roofs, and structural issues, that many times there’s nothing left for what really makes the sale: what your potential buyers see. And more importantly, what they fall in love with.

People don’t walk into your house, and say, “Wow, they have all new electric. Let’s buy.” That’s just a core expectation. The trick to selling houses fast is to seduce your customers to fall in love when they walk through. It has to feel like a home to them.

The two most inexpensive yet surefire ways we have found to create this atmosphere is through color and through decorating.

A tastefully decorated house really stands out from the others. New house builders learned this a long time ago. Why do you suppose they hire interior decorators? But they have the advantage of creating one masterpiece to sell many. Rehabbers don’t have that luxury. But we discovered that a house can be “staged” to feel like a lived in home.

Staging is the art of artistically placing decor items around the house. Perhaps a colorful place setting on the kitchen counter along with open coffee beans for aroma, and an open recipe book turned to a colorful picture. Bathrooms dressed up with beautiful towels, sweet smelling soaps, and window treatments as shower curtains.

Finally, fireplace mantels decorated as if the family was already living there. But even staging doesn’t create the ambiance you need. It is the warmth that comes from color. You may have heard to use a white-on-white color scheme to remain neutral and not turn anyone off.

The truth is – no one is turned ON either. Buyers aren’t attracted to all white houses. At best, there’s no emotion.

With the use of contemporary designer colors, however, these same people fall in love with the home. That’s the emotion that sells. When they love, they buy. And they fall in love with houses that are brought to life with full color.

You can hire a professional decorator to design all of our color schemes. This will improve the house appearance, so buyers will fell in love with the look and feel inside the house.

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Purchasing a New RefrigeratorGoing appliance shopping is a lot like buying shoes. Some people hate it, while others savor the opportunity of inspecting various models to find just the right fit for their kitchen and lifestyle. If it has been a few years since you bought a new appliance, and especially a refrigerator, you may want to give some thought in advance to the type of features you want it to have, including size, storage space, compartments, and freezer capacity.

Start by browsing current newspaper ads or local appliance stores for sales or discount items. While it is not always best to buy cheap, it doesn’t hurt to check out the bargain deals first to see if you can find what you want. This also will help you get a better idea of regular prices, available features, and comparison-shopping.

You will need to give some thought to design, model, and color, as well. Some shoppers prefer white or black appliances to blend with kitchen decor, while others prefer another color that goes with the theme or style of the rest of the home.

When you finally head to the appliance store to check out the various models on display, start by reading the sticker ad on or near each refrigerator. This should tell you how much each unit has of shelf space, for example, as well as other consumer interest information like how much electricity various models will use. Look for the energy saver brand, since energy use can vary widely from one unit to another.

Consider the amount of freezer space you need. If you buy meat or frozen food in bulk quantities, you may want a larger freezer that can hold a lot. Otherwise, though, you may be paying more in energy costs to keep your freezer cold when it doesn’t have very much food to fill it. Find out whether a model is self-defrosting; nearly all are nowadays.

Another thing to keep in mind is how to clean a particular model. Some of the exterior casings are made of a vinyl-type material that seems to absorb grease from adult fingers and dirt from toddler hands.

Ask how easy or hard it may be to clean a particular appliance before you buy it. For example, you will probably have to unplug your refrigerator and pull it out to dust or vacuum the refrigeration coils. Make sure you can easily move the unit yourself without getting hurt.

Don’t buy more refrigerator than you need. A gorgeous side-by-side ice-maker model might look great in the store, but it could end up crowding your small kitchen or sit around mostly unused if you live alone and don’t use it much.

The final steps to making a purchasing decision might rest on the payment options and delivery terms. This would be a good time to ask about product warranties and replacement parts while you’re at it, so you’ll know who to call if something goes wrong or a part breaks.

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Iron FurnitureBuying furniture for your home, or even for one room, can make a very significant difference in the way your home or rooms looks and feels like. Furniture determines the ambiance in the spirit of the room, many try to have their furniture reflect the same idea as their house design, using the furniture to increase the harmony reflected by the homes designed. Many find that using the material out of which the furniture is made the most difficult and complex question.

Even furniture offers a lot of different varieties and forms, including the material where it is made from. Plastic furniture is one of the most popular choices nowadays, and with good reason, for they are lightweight, functional, somewhat heavy-duty, and less expensive than some of the other available types. On the other hand, like many other things, plastic furniture also has its negatives.

Most pieces of plastic furniture, because they are inexpensive, sacrifice artistic quality and design, for functionality purposes. These types of chairs and tables are usually very dreary to look at and simply just boring, even if they do function properly, the way they are supposed to. However, some people would simply prefer a bit more style, especially if it is the design of their own home that they are considering.

The iron furniture are furniture that is made from sturdy material that offers strength and durability while offering grace and style, something rarely or not seen with other types of furniture. Iron furniture is the one of the most, if not the most, elegant types of furniture out in the market today. It instantly brings class and elegance while still maintaining functionality (its purpose).

Imagine a million dollar home with a patio that is laced with dull-looking plastic chairs and tables. Not too good, is it? Imagine the same patio but replace the furniture with wrought iron ones, and instantaneously, it brings about a whole new different dimension.

One of the great benefits of iron furniture is its durability. Since it is made from iron (even if it is not 100% iron), it brings about toughness and stability, which is an attribute that is almost always considered very important. That is understandable, since who in his right mind would purchase pieces of furniture made from good-looking material but will break down in just a short period of time?

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Rough FramingThere are three important areas to consider in the rough framing process when building a new home. By understanding these three helpful hints you can increase your odds of being a satisfied homeowner.

Beams and Bulkheads – It is important to study each beam in your house and how they will affect living area. A beam used to hold up the first floor for example could possibly need to be dropped below the finished ceiling height. If this happens you need to picture how this will look in the living area.

If the ceiling height in the basement was 9′ tall then a 12″ dropped beam will reduce the height of the ceiling in this area to 8′ tall. A worse scenario would be a dropped beam in an 8′ ceiling reducing your final height to 7′. Be sure and study how this will all work before you begin any construction.

Deflection in your floor – Deflection is a variation in position or shape of a structure or structural element due to effects of loads or volume change, usually measured as a linear deviation from an established plane rather than an angular variation.

In other words, when a load is applied to a surface such as plywood or an OSB floor, that floor will often bend downwards in relation to the amount of weight applied and the structural capability of the subfloor and the joists underneath.

The minimum code today regarding deflection in a floor system is represented as L/360. This symbol is a way of creating a common denominator to measure stiffness. The manufacturers of engineered wood and solid lumber rate their products based on these standard test methods. For L/360 it means the deflection in the floor cannot exceed 1/360 of the span (one inch over 360 inches). So on a 30-foot span, the maximum deflection is one inch. On a fifteen-foot span, the maximum deflection is a half-inch.

Even though the code reads that L/360 will pass, most manufacturers suggest using a minimum L/480 floor. If you are going to have an island in your kitchen or ceramic tile floors in your home, it would not be a good idea to have too much deflection occurring which could crack tile and grout.

Roof Trusses with energy heels – Conventional pre-built roof trusses hinder the home’s energy saving performance because they fail to leave enough space at the eaves for adequate insulation. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to insulate the space where the side walls and the roof of the home intersect.

This band around the top of the house can allow heat to easily escape. Not insulating this area can increase the odds of ice dams to develop in the winter months.

The best practice for energy-efficient roof framing is the use of raised heel roof trusses; these offer both structural stability and room for more insulation, which helps to increase a home’s energy efficiency. A raised heel truss adds an extension to the top of the exterior wall, allowing for the full depth of insulation to be applied. Installation of this style of roof truss isn’t any more difficult than traditional pre-built trusses although the cost will be more for the raised heel.

Now you are aware of the areas to look at before framing your home. Utilizing the items above will certainly make your home ownership more enjoyable.

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