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Posted by Donahue Real Estate Company on 4/16/2018

There’s a certain recipe for successful home lighting. Lighting can make a room feel smaller or larger. There should be a mix and match of about 4 layers of lighting throughout the house. These layers should be:

  • Ambient light
  • Task lighting
  • Accent lights
  • Decorative lights


These 4 layers of lighting are perfect to mix and match for a well lit room. Ambient lighting includes natural light sources like windows, pendant lighting and overhead light fixtures. Task lighting includes under-counter lighting, desk lamps and reading lamps. Accent lights include recessed lighting and adjustable lighting. These lights will highlight certain areas of a room. Decorative lighting includes chandeliers and other types of ornamental lighting. After you have your layers set up, you’ll want to use your lighting to the advantage of your home’s decor.   


Bring The Drama To A Room


You can highlight anything you wish in a room using the right kind of lighting. It can be a fireplace or a painting or a ceiling. Use a soft spotlight to highlight a painting. Uplighting adds a softer effect to the scheme of a room. You can create this effect with wall mounted sconces or rope lights. You’ll see quite a warm glow.  


Dimmers Are Your Friend


Installing dimmer switches on your light fixtures can help to save energy and will allow you to bring down rather bright ambient lighting or help you to create a different kind of lighting scheme with the flip of a switch. As a plus, a dimmer will extend the life of your light bulbs and will maximize the time you need to change lightbulbs that require a ladder to reach. 


Don’t Put All Of Your Lights In One Place


Don’t just stick one or two bright lighting fixtures in a room and say that it’s all set. You’ll get more shadows and glare than would be desirable. This is where our blend of lighting recipe comes into play. Using that 4 step-formula will help you to spread your lighting out accordingly. This way no type of lighting will be overwhelming. 


Look Outside


Remember to use the daylight. Natural daylight is the best type of lighting. It brings in fresh color and complements any landscape. You can add natural light to your home through installing skylights, widening windows or thinking about how to redress the windows that you already have.


Choose Quality Fixtures


High quality light fixtures are better all around. They’re clearer and the fixture will be more attuned to your home’s style. When choosing lighting make sure that you see if the shade covers any part of the light, is made of good materials and that the connections are sound. 


When it comes to creating a well-lit home, you need to look everywhere from the windows to the ceilings. You want to be sure that your lighting is set up to be energy efficient and practical. Consider the many different kinds of lighting that are available and plan each room to ensure that you’ll have all the light that you need.  

      

   







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Posted by Donahue Real Estate Company on 4/9/2018

In today’s world, people will do anything to cut costs. Many people consider selling their homes without a real estate agent. If you decide to go the “for sale by owner” route, you could potentially save thousands of dollars in agent fees. However, you’ll need to be prepared to do a lot of legwork in the process of selling your home. There’s also no guarantee of a final sale in the end. Ask yourself these questions when you decide to sell a home on your own:


  • Do I know The Value Of My Home?
  • Can I Take On The Marketing Responsibilities Myself?
  • Will I be Able To Take Criticism Of My Home? 
  • Can I Screen Potential Buyers?


Pricing Your Home


There’s a lot of information that’s readily available to real estate agents that wouldn’t be available to you as a lone seller. You’ll need to know the marketable price for your home as well as how competitive the market is. If you’re selling on your own, you may need to pay for an appraisal ahead of time, which is something the buyer typically does. If you want to sell quickly, you’ll want to price your home a bit lower than the average for the neighborhood. 


Are You Ready To Work With A Buyer’s Agent? 


Real estate involves a lot of negotiating. If you want to sell your home on your own, you’ll need to ask yourself if you’re ready to work with a buyer’s agent directly. Sellers are typically responsible for paying the agent's commissions on a home sale. Commission is negotiable but if you lack the knowledge and skills in this area, you could end up making a big mistake as a seller. 


You may end up going through several price cuts in order to save yourself from difficulty in selling a home. When a house has been on the market for a long time, it leads buyers to ask, “What’s wrong with that property?” Without marketing efforts and some price cuts, you could end up with a big loss by selling a home on your own. There’s so many advantages to hiring a real estate agent including the fact that they have extensive knowledge and experience in the field.   


Agents Work As A Buffer For You


With the amount of knowledge and experience that agents have, they are able to act as a buffer for you. Whether it be their presence during a home showing or being the point of contact for buyers, hiring an agent can save you a lot of time and aggravation when you’re selling a home. 


There’s a lot of advantages to hiring a real estate agent to help you sell your home. They are your ally throughout the process. If you’re willing to take the dive and venture in selling your home on your own, just know that you’ll have your work cut out for you. The good news is that there’s plenty of information readily available to you, no matter what route you choose.




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Posted by Donahue Real Estate Company on 4/2/2018

Pinterest is a beautiful thing. Giving us a truly endless supply of crafts, hacks, tips, and recipes for our homes. But as infamous as Pinterest is for its helpfulness is the plethora of “Pinterest Fails” it leaves in its wake. Here’s how to avoid making your home look like a giant craft project instead of the stylish, chic abode you’re dreaming of.

The most important thing to keep in mind is “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”. Okay, that might sound mean but let me explain.

Just as you’d carefully select high-end pieces for your home you should carefully select your projects. It can be tempting to do #allthethings since they are cheap, easy and let’s be honest, fun. However, overloading on craft projects or any form of decor quickly crowds out style.

So be as strategic with which projects fit your current surroundings as you would if investing a large chunk of change into a piece. Select projects that are cohesive with the current design of your room and home. If your home is sleek and modern but you add a country chic style piece it’s going to look out of place and throw off your whole room.

Go neutral. This doesn’t mean your whole room needs to be beige (boring!) but reaching for neutral colors more often than not will keep your home looking classy and stylish. If you pull out any home decorating magazine you’ll notice that most of the room is neutral. This allows for the pieces you do choose to pull in color with to really pop and take the spotlight.

One strength of crafts is bringing in a variety of furniture and decor. Again, looking at home decor magazines you’ll notice many rooms don’t have full matching sets. Mix feminine with masculine pieces and soft, smooth fabrics with rich, textures. This brings dimension and interest to your room while scratching the itch to go hunting for great fixer-upper finds.

Less is more. To create a stylish home space is key. This also means you might want to do some decluttering in your home. Stuff has a knack for building up. But by creating lots of breathing space between items you create more room for the items you create to be put on display and admired.

Limit trends. I know this one is hard! Limit the number of trendy items you create to prevent your decor from becoming quickly outdated. And overdoing a trend can make a room feel uncomfortable and stiff. For example, one pallet board craft can be fun. But having several in every room of your house will quickly have your home feeling like a giant craft project. Some other trends pushing their welcome? Chevron and copper everything.




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Posted by Donahue Real Estate Company on 3/26/2018

Choosing a real estate agent is one of the most important things that you’ll do in the process of finding and buying a home or selling a home. Your real estate agent is a true ally throughout the process. You want to be sure that the agent you choose is someone that you trust and feel comfortable with. If you don’t know anyone who is an agent, there’s a few things that you can do in order to find an agent who is right for you. 


Ask People Who They Prefer


You can talk with friends and family and let them know that you are in the market to buy a house. See if they have any recommendations for a realtor. You can also do a bit of research on prospective realtors. You can ask for a list of what gents have helped to purchase and sold in the past year. You can also contact clients directly if you’re able to get contact information. Find out if they were pleased with their realtor in the process. If you’re selling a home, you’ll have different needs than if you’re buying. You, of course, want to most money in the sale of your home. Yet, when you’re buying, you just want a great price and a dependable property. 


For Sellers:

  • How long were the homes on the market?
  • How were the homes marketed?
  • Compare the price that home sold for with other properties in the neighborhood
  • What’s the strategy for selling my house?


For Buyers:

  • Compare the price of homes bought to that of other homes in the neighborhood
  • How long did it take clients to buy a home? 
  • How long have you been an agent?


Look Up Your Agent’s License


Every state gives you the opportunity to look up real estate agents and see what types of licensing they have and if there has been any disciplinary action taken against them. You can probably find this information right online.


Find Out What Your Agent Specializes In


Some agents specialize in helping military families find homes. Some agents have taken classes in residential real estate. Other agents have accreditations in being buyer’s representatives. A good rule of thumb when looking for an agent is: if they have a lot of letters after their title, they have a lot of special qualifications!   


Here’s what some of the abbreviations mean:


ABR

Accredited buyer’s representative


SRES   

Seniors real estate specialist

NAR

National Association Of Realtors


ABR

Accredited buyer’s rep


CFR

Certified foreclosure resource


ASR

Accredited seller representative



Look At The Agent’s Current Listings


Just take a peek at your prospective agent’s listings online. This can give you an idea of the type of market that they may typically appeal to. You can also check the listing prices and see how long different properties have been on the market. If you’re buying a home, your realtor is able to represent you no matter who the listing agent is for a property, so keep that in mind.


Doing a bit of ground work before choosing a real estate agent can really be helpful in finding the right person to guide you through the process of buying or selling a property.




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Posted by Donahue Real Estate Company on 3/19/2018

When it comes to the time for a tax refund, you may have a lot of big plans for the extra money that you’ll receive back from Uncle Sam. Your mind may swirl with possibilities as to what you might do with the money. One of the best uses for the money is to reinvest it in your home. It can only increase the value of your property, giving you more equity to play with whether you plan to refinance or sell in the future. The money you get back may be enough to do things like buy new appliances or put in a new floor. Below, you’ll find some of the best ideas for how to spend your tax refund money on home improvements. 


Paint


Adding some new paint to your home can do wonders for both the interior or the exterior. See what needs to be done the most and do some cost estimates. You may even be able to hire a professional painter who can get a painting job done fairly quickly without making the huge mess that you might if left to painting on your own.


Add Some Rugs


Adding just a few rugs to the hardwood surfaces around your home may make your home a lot cozier. For one, the surfaces that you walk on with bare feet will be much softer and warmer to the touch. Rugs also add a certain style element to a room that not many other accents can. Be sure that the rug you choose blends well with the color scheme that you desire for your rooms. 


Work On The Outdoors


With your tax refund money, you’ll be able to make some significant improvements to the outdoor spaces of your home. It can never hurt to add a bit of curb appeal to your property by adding bushes, new grass, outdoor lighting, and the like. Even painting your front door can be a simple task that makes a huge difference to the outside of your home. 


Upgrade Your Appliances


Upgrading your appliances can be one of the biggest things that you do to add value to your home. You can start small with items like your range and dishwasher. If you have a bit more money to play with, you may end up servicing and replacing larger items like your hot water heater, HVAC systems, or even adding solar panels. The money that you’ll save on energy efficiency will pay for the appliances over time. Also, if you’re getting ready to sell your home, these upgrades will make a huge difference in the return value that you can get for your home.