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Choosing the Right Interior Paint Color for Your Home

26 Jan

Choosing the Right Interior Paint Color for Your Home

The style of your home interior sets the tone for your living environment and how you and your guests feel when you are inside your home. One of the biggest factors to consider when decorating your home is paint color. Different colors better complement different types of architecture, and different colors create different energies and feelings within your home.

So, how do you determine which paint colors to use?  Here are a few tips:

  • Decide what theme or mood you want for your home. This will help you narrow down which color schemes to focus on. Do you want your home to be more dramatic? Do you want it to be brighter? Do you want it to be more colorful and fun? Do you prefer monochromatic ambiance?
  • Consider your existing furniture, art, and flooring. Select a color that will blend well with the current color of your furniture, so it does not seem out of place.
  • Compare different color combinations. Do some research on color combinations to learn more about traditional color palettes, those that are most trendy, etc. This will give you an organized starting point, so you can have some guidance when picking out colors.
  • Test your colors. Oftentimes, what you see on the screen or on paper does not necessarily look the same when it is applied to your walls. The look of paint depends on a lot of factors, including the type of lighting in your home and the sheen you choose. Test your colors prior to purchasing all of your paint, so you can be sure you have picked the right color, and you don’t waste money on paint that isn’t right.
  • Consult experts. If you are at a loss of how to paint your home, hire an interior designer to help you identify the perfect colors. You can also ask a professional home painter for advice, as they will have a lot of experience with viewing which shades look best in different environments.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

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Choosing Granite Countertops to Increase Home Value

5 Jan

Choosing Granite Countertops to Increase Home Value

Granite countertop are highly desirable among homeowners and home buyers because they are durable, scratched resistant, and have a beautiful aesthetic due to the variations of the natural rock. Granite countertops are so popular, in fact, that they are one of the smartest updates you can make to your home if you are wanting to increase its resale value on the market.

There are many different variations of granite countertops that cover a wide range of colors, patterns, and structural installation. Here are the most common types of granite installation options:

  1. Slab Granite Countertops – This type of granite countertop is considered high end because it is manufactured, fabricated, and installed as onepiece of block that is usually custom-made for a specific area. The average size of slab granite is 4 to 6 feet deep and 7 to 9 feet wide. Slab granite installation is not a DIY project – you must call in experienced professionals to properly handle the task. The cost of installing slab granite countertops can vary a lot depending on what type of granite you purchase and how easy it is to obtain that type of granite near your home, but a common cost is around $50 per square foot.
  2. Modular Granite Countertops – This type of granite countertop is made of smaller slabs cut into pieces that fit your area. You can create any style of surface distribution as you want, and they are about 3 to 4 times cheaper than natural slab stone. Modular granite countertops may have zero or several seams, depending on where you’re installing it. However, since modular granite pieces are quite big, they can still cover many areas without creating seams from multiple pieces.
  3. Granite Tile Countertops – This is the most inexpensive way to install granite. In fact, you can install it yourself, which lowers the cost even more.You can purchase granite tiles any home remodelling store for as low as $4 per square foot if you use ¾ inch granite sheets.

Once you’ve installed your granite countertops, maintain and clean them properly, so they will stay in good condition for years to come. Use granite-friendly cleaning products that do not contain lemon, acids, or vinegar, which will corrodethe surface. Also avoid scrubbing powders or abrasive products, as they can leave scratches on the surface.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

Great Home Air Quality Improves Real Estate Value

15 Dec

Great Home Air Quality Improves Real Estate Value

When you are selling a house, one of the things you should consider is the quality of air inside the house. This isn’t always something that immediately comes to a seller’s mind, but it is important because smell is a powerful sensory factor tied to emotion, and potential buyers are looking for a place that feels clean and homey, not  dirty and potentially threatening to their health.

First and foremost, assess the home’s indoor air quality, so you know which areas are most important to address first. There are companies that offer services that can determine the sources of poor air quality, such as dirty air filters, furniture, and carpet, so you can address them.

One way to improve the air quality in a home is to remove any dirty old carpet since that could be harboring odors, allergens, and air contaminants. Generally, floors that have hard and smooth surfaces are easier to clean, and they don’t retain as much dirt. They are also advantageous from an aesthetic perspective because they offer a nice glossy finish to a space.  since they make the house look better and more appealing especially when there’s that gloss from the floor.

Also be sure to have your air checked for traces of gasses, particularly carbon monoxide, which is a toxic, odorless  gas that cannot be detected without proper testing equipment. Carbon monoxide is released from  gas stoves and gas pipes. In small, normal amounts, it is okay, but if there are any leaks or malfunctions that cause it to be constantly present or in larger amounts than are normal, it can be detrimental to a person’s health and even cause death in serious cases. By being able to assure buyers that the house has been tested for carbon monoxide, they will feel much safer in your home.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

First Things First When Flipping Homes

8 Dec

First Things First When Flipping Homes

Home flipping can be a great business that provides a fantastic return on investment when done well. Although the idea of remodeling a home and turning it around quickly for a profit is exciting, there are a lot of details that go into making it a successful venture. A lot of planning and prioritizing must occur in order to ensure that you make the best decisions for increasing your profits – not necessarily just what you “want” to do.

Time and money are key when it comes to home flipping, so you must have an organized strategy in place. Things like building a home extension, constructing a sun room, or adding a pool are very tempting to jump into, especially when you have a perfect vision of them in your mind.  But, before you pursue those types of projects, you must ask yourself: are those the most important things to work on, or are there much more pressing, profit-producing matters to address?  What good is a beautiful sun room when the plumbing in the house is horrible? Who is going to buy a house with a pool once they find out about the faulty foundation? You can lose money quickly if you don’t  prioritize your projects in order of importance and greatest return on investment, so sit down and lay out a solid game plan before you begin.

Before starting on beautification and making upgrades, makes sure that everything else in the house is structurally sound and working well. Start with the basics. Check your major heat & air, plumbing, and electrical  systems. The home’s foundation should be strong. The roof should be without holes or cracks. Paint should be finished off, not cracked and chipping.  The list could go on and on, but  just make sure that you address any fundamental repairs and replacements first before you move on to “exciting” things. Building a solid foundation from which to work is the most important thing. That is what buyers are looking for when they choose a house. Most of them don’t want to take on major projects – they just want to move into a new home. This will also help you avoid any problems with home inspections once the house is under contract.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

Use the Holidays to Sell Homes Quickly

1 Dec

Use the Holidays to Sell Homes Quickly

The holiday season is upon us – take advantage of it as a time to sell homes! Oftentimes the holidays are seen as a season in which it is difficult to sell homes due to the cold, wet, dreary weather that affects the motivation of the home buyers. Nobody wants to go looking for homes under such conditions! However, don’t be discouraged by this traditional mindset because you can actually turn the tables and transform the holidays into a season for home selling!

Take a look at the positive side, and one of the first things you’ll realize is that there will be less competition from other real estate agencies this time of year. As a result, it will be easier for you to capture the attention of potential customers. Despite less competition, however, you will still need to  implement strategies to sell the home quickly, and what more obvious way to go about that than to play off the fact that it’s the holidays.

Spruce up the home’s exterior and make it inviting.  Since it’s Christmas time, add tasteful decorations, such as a wreath on the front door or red ribbons on the light posts. Try displaying a large vase on your front porch filled with holiday elements, such as tree branches, dried fruits and nuts, and even hints of shimmer. The holidays remind people of family and good times, so by adding visual holiday elements like this, buyers will immediately associate a certain level of hominess with your house, which is important because people buy based on whether or not they can envision themselves living in a home.

As always, however, remember that it is important to always showcase the features of your home first and foremost. The key to adding a holiday touch is to keep it minimal. Don’t use too many decorations, or you will cover the home’s features. By adding too many decorations, you also run the risk of making the home look crowded and less spacious. Make sure that the colors of the Christmas decorations do not clash with the colors of the home’s design. Utilize lighting that creates a warm and golden glow in your rooms.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

Green Homes in Real Estate

6 Nov

Green Homes in Real Estate

Green Homes are one of the latest trends in the real estate industry. One of the reasons why green homes are in such demand is because of the increasingly environmentally-aware society. Having a eco-friendly home is an effective contribution to the green efforts of your community. Green homes also offer great benefits to homeowners, since they save money by cutting the need for additional energy.

A green home’s flooring should be made of recycled materials. Being eco-friendly is a trait of a green home and the materials used should be safe for the environment. The installation process involved should be eco-friendly, without harming nature by releasing gas fumes or other toxic elements. The most commonly used materials in eco-friendly flooringare cork, bamboo and linoleum, all of which give off a warm, inviting and cozy appeal. Additionally, they are durable enough to last for years. These materials do not contain harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde, which is known to be damaging to health. Unfortunately, these toxins are present in products utilized in many homes that are not eco-friendly.

One note-worth material used in green homes is salvaged lumber. Salvaged lumber can be obtained from homes that are old and beyond repair. Salvaged lumber has many advantages for your home since it is already aged to a progressive density unlike new lumber. Solar energy implementation is another efficient characteristic of a green home. This effectively decreases energy costs as well as improves energy efficiency.Make sure that the home equipment to be used, such as ovens, washing machines, dryers, microwaves, refrigerators, washers and other electric appliances are energy efficient. Otherwise, look for other green-approved appliances for your home.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

OKC Dentists Fight to Reduce Candy Consumption this Halloween

28 Oct

OKC Dentists Fight to Reduce Candy Consumption this Halloween

It may be toys during Christmas that makes kids scream with excitement, but for Halloween, its all about candy! Halloweens trick-or-treat is a tradition that everyone loves, most especially childrenHowever, right after all the house-hopping fun, its toothaches and stomachaches for these little ones. Eating all the candy you can put your hands on is not practical or healthy, especially given that children can easily empty their goodie bags in one night.

If you want your kids to only eat a reasonable amount of candy,but not totally dispose the remaining sweets in the garbage, then you can simply sell them to local dentists and orthodontists in Oklahoma City who may be buying them.

Select dentists and orthodontists are creating an effort to help parents reduce their kids candy consumption while also benefiting the American troops abroad. By buying the candies sold to them by kids and their parents, they can send the candies to the heroes fighting for the country oversees.

The effort put on by the local dentists is part of a national campaign aiming to reduce candy consumption and promote health. Several dentists will be buying candy from trick-or-treaters for $1 per 1 pound of candy. Then these candies will be repacked and sent to troops located outside the country through Operation Gratitude in California.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031