Friday, September 27, 2019

Smart Ways to Save on Your Bathroom Renovation


Looking to liven up your bathroom? Better set aside some big bucks. According to HomeAdvisor "The average bathroom remodel costs $10,354." Don't panic, you can still get a fresh, new look at a fraction of the cost, with these money-saving tips and tricks.

Keep the same layout
You might want to chuck it all and start over with a completely new layout, but the cost of moving water lines could push your budget into no-man's land. According to HGTV's Scott McGillivray, "Moving the tub, vanity, or toilet will cost about $2,500 each."

Do your own tilework
Is the DIY spirit calling to you? Tiling your own bathroom floor and shower can be satisfying—and money-saving. Be sure to watch a tutorial or two first. It's also a good idea to practice your technique on a piece of MDF with inexpensive tile before jumping in.

If you are springing for professional installation, keep in mind that large-scale tile will provide savings.

Go garage sale-ing
Yes, you can find some great accessories at garage sales, Craigslist or Nextdoor, but keep your eye out for larger pieces, too. An old dresser can easily be turned into a vanity. Not only will this save you money, it will also bring character into the space.

"An old tub or shower will surely show signs of aging eventually, but before you swap things out for new, which can cost a pretty penny, consider resurfacing," said Family Handyman. "Your tub or shower can be professionally resurfaced for much cheaper than buying new."

Look for leftovers
Stone yards, tile shops, contractors—they may all have leftovers you can purchase or even have. That countertop remnant could work perfectly on top of that vanity you have your eye on, and save you enough money to buy it!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Curb Appeal for Fall

Are you getting ready to list your home now to take advantage of the Fall Seller's Market? Just because the weather will be turning, you still need to spruce up the exterior of your home. Sprucing up will take some work if your goal is to attract the most buyers and get the highest price offer on your home.

The front of your home is the buyer’s first impression which they use as a tool. It suggests to them how the home is most likely being maintained. So even if your home is spectacular on the inside, if the outside is not, the buyer may question the condition and could very well pass your home by. We've had many buyers tell us "let’s go, it’s not worth seeing” when pulling up to a home that is shabbily maintained on the exterior.

Don’t let this happen to you!

So what should you focus on?

Cut those creepy crawly bushes that extend over your walkways and trim the grass edge. Trim trees that are blocking the facade of your home. Even if it’s a deciduous tree, which will lose it's leaves in a few months, it’s still important to trim the dead branches back and shape it. Weed and clean up all the beds and apply fresh mulch. Yes, fresh mulch. Cut/pull out anything that didn’t survive the summer and or any dead flowers that are out of season. Continue to cut your lawn regularly.

Days will be getting shorter and buyers will most likely be viewing after work when the sun has gone down. Illuminating your walkways and the front of your home/garage areas are very important. Be sure all lights that are tarnished are replaced. If you can't afford to replace them, spray paint them with an exterior paint (black is always a good option). Make sure all lights have bulbs and that they are the same.

Siding/Stucco/Roof/Sidewalks etc.
Power wash. Clean off any mossy residue from siding, walkways and or stucco. Have roof shampooed if it has dark streak marks.

If it's in good shape, have it re-coated, or at the least get it pressure washed. If it is really
bad and lifting, consider getting it repaired.

Front Entry
Apply a fresh coat of paint on the front door. If the screen is ripped, fix or replace. If glass is in the door, make it shine.

Be sure to have them cleaned out. Buyers will look at them when they are inside looking out.

Garage Doors
If broken or dented, or not working at all, fix. Paint if needed.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Create an Evacuation Plan for Your Pets

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create evacuation plans for their homes and practice them with their kids, but far fewer have considered one for their pets. Take these steps to add your pets to your evacuation plan.

Assign pet evacuation to an adult.
Everyone should know how to act during an evacuation, and that includes assigning one parent or adult to the pets. This allows the other parent and the children to focus on their part of the evacuation plan, so there’s no confusion during a high-stress moment when time is of the essence.

Keep evacuation maps and pet carriers readily accessible.
If you need to evacuate, you should know exactly where every important item is. If you pets require carriers, keep them in a place that you can access easily.

Practice your plan.
Include your pets in your home evacuation drills. It’ll help you see how they will respond and make changes to your plan if necessary. Getting your dog out of a window may not be as simple as you think!

Be prepared in case you get separated from your pets.
No matter how much you drill your evacuation plan, it’s possible that a dog or cat will run off while you’re focusing on keeping your family safe. A microchip or a GPS-compatible tag can help you find your pets once it’s safe to return to the area.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

2462 Baywood CT Orange Park, FL 32065

Property Site:
What an incredible remodel! Property Brothers have nothing on this one!! When you walk into the front door, your breath is taken away with the open NEW floorplan! The NEW kitchen is every entertainers dream - Huge island, expansive granite, stainless farmhouse sink, convection microwave, oven and separate cooktop. And that Samsung refrigerator... every tech lovers dream, with bigscreen in door, just like a tablet that even plays movies! Step down into the spacious family room with a great fireplace. The space is set up for a projection TV or regular 80 TV! Remodeled touches include barn door style pantry doors, all NEW hardware, lights and fans, herringbone tile in laundry, wood-look tile in kitchen, plank ceiling. Enjoy the lifestyle in your refreshing pool, and huge backyard!
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Square feet: 1,962
Price: $279,900

For more information about this property, please contact JENNI GALLI at 904-505-5619 or You can also text 5806788 to 67299 (Message and Data Rates May Apply, see terms and privacy policy).

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MLS ID: 1013271

Monday, September 2, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Boost your Curb Appeal

Are you looking for some easy ways to gain more curb appeal?  Your home’s exterior is a resemblance of the interior, which makes the initial impression of your home important. If you are looking to sell your home, good curb appeal can help increase your return on investment and home value. Nevertheless, even if you are not putting your house on the market, developing more curb appeal will make your house feel more inviting and enjoyable.

Use these 5 simple tips, and you’ll be on your way to achieving great curb appeal.

1.    Become the buyer
If you are wondering where to begin with your curb appeal project, try putting yourself in the shoes of the buyer. Take a walk around the home exterior or drive by your home a couple of times. In doing so, take notes of updates that need to be made, and take your time to examine all of the little details as someone else (the buyer) might.

 2.    Greenery is a good thing
One of the biggest ways to increase your curb appeal is to keep your lawn looking green and fresh. Get on a regular schedule of mowing your lawn, getting rid of the weeds, and raking the leaves. The longer you go without doing these things, the harder the job becomes. Therefore, staying on a timely schedule will make this task much less demanding.

On top of that, incorporating colorful flowers and greenery are a great way to boost your curb appeal. Use them to make certain things stand out in your home, such as the entry way or the windows. Make sure that everything is getting enough water to avoid the grass turning brown and to keep the plants from dying.

 3.    Pull out the paint brush
The front doors and shutters of your home are easily upgradable and can make quite a difference. A simple paint job to your front door and/or your shutters can make your home look brand new. Find a color that will enhance the other colors of your home, making it really stand out. Pops of color are in this year, so don’t be afraid to go bold and bright!

4.    Use light for a more welcoming feel
The exterior of your home should look open and inviting, and adding light is the best way to promote that look. Add some solar powered lights leading up your walk way or outdoor light fixtures on your front porch. These simple fixes will give your home a clean look, especially in the evening!

5.    Take value in others opinions
There may be some things about your home that go unnoticed because you’ve gotten used to the way it looks. Maybe there is a crack in the driveway or the paint on your fence has begun to chip. To avoid missing anything, ask for honest opinions from extended family, friends or neighbors about what they think is in need of updating. You may find that they notice some details that you have missed.