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When prepping your home to sell, you might find yourself tempted to spend lots of money to reface the street side to improve its appeal. However, cutting into your bottom line may not give you the return on investment you want. Instead, take the time to check out some of these budget-friendly curb appeal ideas to spruce up your look without breaking the bank.
By the numbers
Since buyers coming to look at your home typically look for the house numbers to make sure they are in the right place, those faded, outdated numerals might be the first thing they see. New house number ideas vary from stylish metal numerals to tiles set into a frame. There are lighted boxes that highlight your house numbers too. Look for ones you like at your local hardware, DIY, or hobby store that match your home’s architecture. Paint wooden ones to match the trim or a contrasting color. When using metal numbers, choose the metal that matches your door handles, porch lights, and other nearby metals. Take care to make them stand out from the house color so that they are easy to see. Install them in a visible location, avoiding installation where vines or trees might cover them in the future too.
Front porch mailbox
If your mail delivery carrier allows it, a front door mailbox adds charm to the area beside your front door and gives it function too. You find anything from antique brass styles to modern options with lock mechanisms to protect your privacy and secure important mail. Typically, they install quickly, with just a few screws, so that this project can enhance your home after only an afternoon.If instead, you have a mail slot in your front door, you can easily replace it as well with options found at your hardware store or look online for a wider variety. Make sure the one you buy works with the thickness of your front door and fits in the existing hole so that you do not have to make any extensive modifications.
Paint or replace shutters
Since they hang with just a few screws, shutter replacement is an easy do-it-yourself project. Bright new vinyl shutters enhance your home’s color palette. If you want a more modern update use wooden shutters with a complementary stain color that matches your home’s fencing, garage door or other wood elements.
It only takes a little effort to bring new life and appeal to your home. Your real estate pro can guide you in updates trending in your neighborhood.
When we decorate and organize our homes, few of us give more than a passing thought to the way our choices will affect our mood and behavior in our home. Most of us simply organize and decorate based on what we like on a whim.
There are, however, entire fields of study devoted to the way our environment affects us (environmental psychology), and ways we can engineer and design our environments to change our moods and behaviors.
If you’ve ever visited a big city like New York you will likely have noticed an example of this firsthand in city parks.
When you sit down on a park bench, you’ll likely find that it isn’t the most comfortable place to sit. There’s more than just a tight budget at play here. Many engineers who plan parks use the idea of “unpleasant design.” They create benches with the intention of dissuading people from lying down the benches by making them curved or putting arm rests in the middle of them.
In the same way that a city park can be designed to affect your behavior, your home can as well. In this article, we’ll give you some tips on how you can better arrange and decorate your home to have a positive impact on both your mood and behavior.
Organize to your advantage
Many of us think of our homes as the opposite of work--it’s a place we relax after a long day. However, there are a number of chores and tasks you’ll complete at home that can be optimally engineered to save you time.
One simple example is to think about the placement of the items you use in the kitchen. Is your trash can far from the countertop, requiring you to constantly walk away to toss out scraps?
A good way to find out the needless extra work you’re doing around the house is to take note of how you go about your daily routine. This will give you insight into areas where you might better use your time.
Declutter for productivity
Whether you work from home frequently or you just need a quiet place to do taxes or pay bills, a home office can be a good way to avoid distraction. That is, until you fill your home office with distractions.
When organizing your office, think about the content of it. For most people, a decluttered minimalist environment is most conducive to work. Leave out the television, keep your cell phone at bay, and don’t cover your desk in papers that you’ll constantly be rearranging.
Similarly, your computer needs to be tailored to productivity as well. We all know how tempting it is to head over to Facebook or Reddit when we should be focusing on work. A good way to help break this habit is to utilize a time tracking app that lets you know when it’s time for a break. Alternatively, you can use an extension or add-on for your browser that blocks sites like Facebook during the time you specify.
Colors matter more than you think
Each room in your home serves a different purpose. The kitchen is a place of activity and conversation, the bedroom is one of relaxation, and the home office one of focus.
Studies have shown that there is a correlation between the colors and brightness of the room we are in and our moods.
So, when you’re decorating a room in your home, think about the type of colors that fit how you would like to feel in that room.