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Tips for staging your home!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 20, 2015

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Staging your home is proven to increase traffic and even your sale price, so take the time to stage each room to best show off its assets, and downplay its flaws. The first rule of staging, though, is cleanliness. Above all, every room must be pristine.

Bathroom: Grimy bathroom walls & shower doors are a major red flag to buyers. Spray down the walls with a bleach & water solution, and watch the mold disappear. Clean the shower doors with a muriatic acid and water solution and steel wool. If your tiles are looking old and beat, paint them with epoxy to update the look. Give the whole room a fresh coat of paint.

Closets: Buyers need to see empty closets and/or clean cabinets. So, start tossing stuff. In the kitchen, arrange pantry items (jars, bottles, cans) in some semblance of order, and neatly stack the dishes. In the closets, hang similar items together and facing the same direction. Line up your shoes.

Kitchen: Revive dated cabinetry with a coat of paint or stain. Update door and drawer hardware. New appliances are always a plus – they instantly say “new kitchen!” If that’s not possible, make sure the ones you have are spotless. Make sure every surface is clean – no crumbs, grease or stains.

Living Room: Revive old hardwood floors. Replace/repair damaged sections, then refinish them in a rich new color. Declutter your built-ins. Remove personal items. Remove excess furniture.

Bedrooms: Declutter shelves, bookcases, surfaces. Remove personal items. Remove excess furniture. Bedrooms should look peaceful and comfortable. In the master bedroom, add a headboard if you don’t have one. It makes the room seem more luxurious. If bedding isn’t show-worthy, buy a “bed in a bag”. Then, paint the walls with a coordinating color. Instant sophistication.

Exterior: No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers.

Ivey Homes is a leading new home builder in Augusta, GA, with home pricing ranging from the $140,000’s to Custom. For more information about living in or building a new home in Columbia County, Richmond County or Augusta, visit iveyhomes.com! Drop us a line with feedback or questions. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page, too!

Welcome the Irish spirit into your home this St. Patty’s Day

Categories: Home Ownership, Tips | Posted: March 12, 2015

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St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to break out your green attire, and celebrate the Irish spirit of fun and tradition right from your own home!

Host a Party!

Why not celebrate this holiday with a traditional Irish-themed party for friends and loved ones? With a little effort, your party will be a memorable event featuring delicious Irish food and drinks.

Try Your Luck in the Kitchen

There are simple baked treats like Irish soda bread or scones. If you’re a little more ambitious, Irish pub foods like corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, or shepherd’s pie are always a big hit. And you can always make green cookies or cupcakes with a bit of food coloring.

Or the Bar…

On the liquid side of things, options range from the sublime (Irish whiskey) to the ridiculous (green beer). Or you can try your hand at making a variety of Irish-themed drinks – Everybody’s Irish, the Irish Martini, or Irish Eyes. A St Patrick’s Day blast is also an excuse to step up the bar in your basement! In honor of the occasion, install a Kegerator or a beer cellar…. A steady stream of Guinness would not go amiss.

Warning: If you serve drinks with green coloring, make sure you protect rugs and furniture from spills… otherwise you’ll have green everywhere!

However you celebrate, remember to raise a toast by saying “Sláinte!” (Cheers in Gaelic), and to express your love for the Emerald Isle with a hearty “Érin go Brágh!” (Ireland Forever in Gaelic.)

Ivey Homes is a leading new home builder in Augusta, GA, with home pricing ranging from the $140,000’s to Custom. For more information about living in or building a new home in Columbia County, Richmond County or Augusta, visit iveyhomes.com! Drop us a line with feedback or questions. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page, too!

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