3 Tips to Improve Your Home Value

Are you ready to sell your home? Perhaps you are interested in making some upgrades? No matter the reason, there are a lot of great and simple things you can do to give your home an uplift. unnamed

To give your home a new look, add a fresh coat of paint to your front door. You can have some fun with this and go with a bright, warm color to really make it pop.

Invest in your landscaping and plants some trees. Regardless if you are going to stay in your home for a year or twenty, having a mature yard and trees for shade will really boost your home’s appeal and value. Plus, a well-established landscaping provides a wonderful habitat for wildlife. You can also add some additions to your backyard design such as a spa or fire pit for some great ambiance.

A well-kept lawn is important for curb appeal. Your front yard is the first thing people see, so you want to keep it looking its best. Maintain a healthy lawn by taking time to aerate, mow, and water your grass.

For more inspiration with decorating ideas, check out design-oriented magazines, books, TV shows, and websites. There are a lot of great and budget friendly DIY projects you can do to boost your home’s appearance.

Clean Your Curtains with These Simple Tips

small curtainIf you haven’t cleaned your curtains in the last six months, now might be the best time. With our busy lives, it is easy to overlook this task. However, it is important to clean your curtains, shades, and drapes often to keep you home smelling its best. Sometimes a simple dusting is enough with a vacuum hose. Even with the regular vacuuming, you will still want to wash your draperies is still needed to keep them looking their best.

When it comes to cleaning your drapes, hand washing is the preferable method. If you decide to wash them in the machine, put them inside a pillowcase to protect them and run them through the delicate cycle.

If your curtains are made out of a synthetic fabric a good soaking in cold water will help dissolve the dust. Woolite is my preferred choice of soap when washing my curtains, but hand soap is another great alternative. If your curtains have any yellowing, soak them overnight with salt before washing. Also, if you want to give your curtains a wonderful (and not overbearing) smell, put a few drops of your favorite essential oil into the water.

Remember, never put your drapes in the dryer. Air drying is ideal for allowing them time to drip dry.