Home DIY can be quite difficult and pricey, or fairly easy and inexpensive. How do you decide which is best? Deciding what to work on can be troublesome in and of itself, particularly if you have an eye to reselling your home or increasing its value. Choosing one or two projects that make a big impression may just be the way to go.

Thankfully, there are resources to help navigate through DIY projects. Home improvement stores often offer classes and, of course, the internet offers a plethora of how to videos and blogs. Magazines have been a tried-and-true asset for decades. Better Homes & Gardens, for example, always has articles about tested, trendy products and how to use them.

Flooring has a big impact on overall appearance and feel of rooms. Many of us think about the carpet and wood or laminate throughout the house, but what about those bathroommismatchtilefloors and kitchen floors? Aging bathroom flooring that is cracked or stained may detract from a home’s appeal just as much as a stained or worn living room carpet. 

But ceramic and porcelain tiles are expensive and require specialized equipment and skills. An easier – and quite a bit less costly – option is peel-and-stick tile. According to this article, The Prettiest Peel-and-Stick Tiles to Instantly Upgrade Your Floor, you can update 40 square feet for less than $100. Graphic patterns are popular today, and may have the added benefit of camouflaging issues. Application of self-adhesive square foot tiles is low on skill and high on eye-catching design. Talk about a big return on a small investment!



casserole with mulled wine slices of lemons and royalty free image 485246191 1541783264We talk a lot about that all-important first impression. Often, this applies to curb appeal. But what about when that prospective buyer opens the door for the first time? Their impression of the home is influenced by more than what they see. What they smell can be just as important as they form their opinion.

A good smelling home involves more than just keeping it clean. Odors hide in all sorts of places and while we may be accustomed to what our homes smell like, a buyer may not appreciate scenting evidence of our beloved pet or precious teen.

A thorough deodorizing routine must include closets – where shoe odors lurk – as well as pet beds, couches, and carpets. According to Good Housekeeping, this can be achieved easily and inexpensively. Placing dryer sheets in small spaces such as closets and sprinkling the carpet, cushions, and pet beds with baking soda a while before you vacuum them can make all the difference.adorable 1866530 1920

The kitchen is another hot spot of potential bad smells. Cleaning the garbage disposal and freshening the kitchen trashcan are just as important to combating unpleasant odors. But achieving a better smelling home doesn’t require expensive products. Again, baking soda comes to the rescue here.

Once the offensive scents are banished, a good tip is to add back in pleasant odors. Simmering a pot of fruit and spices fills the home with warm, welcoming scents. Scented candles – unlit – scattered around still lend their fragrance. Another whole house trick is to attach a deodorizer made for cars to an air vent.

Achieving a pleasant-smelling home is simple but effective. It neither requires a great deal of effort or expense. And it can’t be overlooked in the quest for a great first impression.

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First impressions are important, whether you are talking about people or curb appeal. If you are fortunate enough to have a deck and/or porch, it’s possible that winter storms and freezing temps haven’t been kind to it. But, there is definitely something you can do to give that wooden structure new life.

key 2323278 1920The Hendersonville/Asheville region and surrounding counties all experienced increases in home sales as of last November. This is good news for the area, particularly given the economic climate of this past year. Add to that a low inventory of homes, and Realtors® have had their work cut out for them finding area homes for clients. Despite these issues, there was no winter slump – far from it. The strong seller’s market ensured home sales showed marked increases in all areas across the region.

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If you aren’t among the 77% of real estate agents who are using social media, it’s time to get on the bandwagon! The National Association of Realtors reports that 44% of potential homebuyers look online FIRST for properties, and then contact a real estate agent. And with the majority of adults in America checking in on social media at least once a day, it's easy to get your message out to your audience in just minutes. Here are some tips and tricks for getting started: