As technology-related threats increase and security tech advances, demand for high-tech home security has never been higher. Security and safety applications represent the top motivation for consumers to adopt smart home technology, with 25 percent of renovating homeowners installing at least one smart home system or device as part of a home security upgrade, a Houzz survey reports. Alarms, detectors for fire and carbon monoxide, cameras, sensors, video intercoms and doorbells, garage door openers and motion-sensing lighting represent the top smart security and safety tech upgrades. Demand for these types of technology is helping feed the home security market at an annual compound growth rate of 8.7 percent, putting it on track to reach a value of $47.5…
Selling a house can be a difficult thing to achieve. The last thing you want to happen after finding a home you want to move into, is not being able to sell the one you have on the market. In order to avoid any inconveniences as such, there are several steps one can take.
1.The first step to doing this is disassociating yourself with your house
By disassociating yourself with your house, you will be able to get rid of an owner's mentality, and become capable of making wise decisions when staging the house. The simplest way to stage your house is to get rid of all the clutter. By ridding yourself of the clutter, you are able to show the full amount of square footage your house actually has; clutter hides your house's real size and makes…
The mind boggling decision… Granite? Or Quartz?
If you are shopping for a new kitchen countertop, you have most likely boiled it down to one of these two for their durability and easy cleaning.
Here are some highlighted differences to assist you in making your future countertop decision.
Granite is the answer to the initial question of this decision making process, “Which costs less?”. It’s true. In fact, “granite can run from $35 to $55 per square foot installed” which is vastly cheaper than quartz (Ferris). Granite is also known for its longevity and for its availability in wide slabs. If you’re looking for a countertop more than “70 inches wide” that will be a long-term investment, granite is the way to go (Ferris). It’s an overall
Buying a home, especially for the first time, can be intimidating. You have to work with the seller, their agent, the title company and more. Don’t let the process of home-buying overwhelm you. Stay on track with this easy-to-follow list of steps to take once you have chosen the house you want to buy.
Find a Great Real Estate Agent
By the time potential buyers have settled on a home, they most likely already have a real estate agent who has helped them along the way. If you are one of the few house hunters who chose a home without hiring a realtor, we applaud you! But with all of the complex steps involved in purchasing a home, we recommend you find a reputable, trustworthy real estate agent to guide you through the buying process. If you have a
Despite your best intentions, you may encounter a few obstacles while attempting to sell your country home. In particular, determining the optimal buyer and how to gain additional foot traffic in a more remote, rural area are important considerations before putting your home on the market.
But you're certainly not alone in this challenge. According to Realtor.com, the median home spends 65 days on the market from the time it's listed until the owner hands over the keys. Of course, those statistics can vary depending on the location and type of home you're listing.
For example, a big city like San Francisco typically has a low housing inventory and short selling period, where receiving multiple bids are the norm. Meanwhile, a country home is usually…
According to Santa Clara Magazine, homeowners should plan to repaint the exterior of their home every five to 10 years to keep up with a fresh look. A quality paint job can also help enhance your home's curb appeal and real estate selling potential. However, the easy part is deciding to paint in the first place and taking that first trip to the paint store to pick out colors.
In reality, there are many things that factor into a great exterior paint job — and plenty that can ruin your home’s new look. The key is being fully prepared from a cohesive color scheme to choosing the right type of paint. Here are four common exterior painting mistakes and how to avoid them.
Not choosing a color scheme
Stopping by the local paint store and picking up…
Your home is your castle, no matter how big or small it is. It is a place to lay your head, host family and friends, and feel safe and comfortable. While draw bridges and moats may be a little out of style, you still want to protect your castle. Now you can install an at-home surveillance system that you can stay connected to day and night from any location.
Why Do you Want to Stay Connected?
There are many reasons to stay connected to your home while you're away. A security system gives you peace of mind that your home is safe and protected. You can use the cameras to see when your kids get home from school, or make sure they're OK with a babysitter. And if your home is broken into, a security camera provides you with evidence to catch and…
Let's be honest! Painting can be overwhelming! Especially for first time painters or professionals trying to design the perfect room. The thousands of paints on the market can make it extremely difficult to narrow down your choices and find exactly what you need to achieve your painting goals.
Here are the top three things you should consider when picking out interior paint.
Oil vs latex based
The based of your paint makes a big difference! Oil paint is perfect for revamping your home. It gives a very smooth and clean finish to add an extra wow factor to any room. It is extremely durable and hard enough to endure everyday wear and tear without leaving a mark. Oil based paint takes a long time to dry and…
Buying a home is probably one of the most important purchases you will make in your life, so it is imperative that you get the facts straight. Get an idea of what you are getting yourself into before you actually begin this process so the end result is just how you want it to be. Therefore don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and get educated on this important step in your life.
Choose the Right Realtor
Getting a realtor is very helpful in the home buying process, as long as you get the right one for you. Meet with several at first to get to know who you will be working with for the next several months and ask family and friends for any referrals. Making sure that they have your priorities and concerns as their own to make…
When it comes to remodeling a kitchen, there are many different factors involved. From backsplash to countertops to appliances, every little decision makes a difference. So instead of just going blindly into a project so huge, why not have a common theme upon which you can base all of these smaller decisions on?
This will be the base of your kitchen. I mean, think about it. Cabinets are a significant part of the decor that defines the theme of your kitchen. You must have cabinets you love in order to have the whole kitchen that you desire.
So how do you decide on your dream cabinets? Good question. Here are some tips on four choices of cabinets out there and the pros and cons of each to help steer you in the right…