Blog :: 03-2017

Renovate or Decorate? 3 Things To Consider Before Choosing

RISMedia Posted on Mar 16 2017 - 11:02am by Housecall


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By Brooke Chaplan

If you are unhappy with the current look of your home, you may be thinking about redecorating to spruce the space up. For most, redecorating includes repainting the wall, refreshing the home décor and even purchasing new curtains or furnishings. However, in some cases, redecorating is not enough to produce the desired results. The last thing you want to do is spend hundreds or thousands of dollars redecorating only to still be unhappy with the look of the home. Renovating may be in order, but you should carefully consider these two options to determine the right move to make.

Your Budget

Your budget will be a critical deciding factor in whether you should renovate or remodel. Renovating a room may involve replacing the flooring, adding new molding, replacing the windows or window features, adding new lighting and more. After the renovation has been completed, many will also redecorate the space with new furnishings, paint and more. You should carefully review your budget to determine if you can afford a significant renovation project or if a remodeling project is more suitable for your financial situation. After all is said and done, you may find that getting some good furnishings from companies like The Century House can provide a satisfying change at less cost to you.


The Functional Use of the Space

It is also important to consider the functional use of the space. With a renovation project, you may be able to knock down walls to adjust the shape and size of the room. You may be able to add a storage closet, built-in shelves or other features. These are just a few of the ways that a renovation can improve your functional use of the space. On the other hand, if you are happy with how the room meets your family’s needs for space, storage and more, you may not need to make any physical changes to the space.

The Significance of the Desired Results

A renovation project often takes several weeks or longer to complete, and it can provide much more significant results. Generally, it can change the style of the room and make it look more current. It also can improve the use of the space with great results. You should consider how in-depth and significant you want the results to be to determine if this is the right move to make.

It is common for homeowners to be unhappy with one or more rooms of the home. In some cases, a minor redecorating project will produce incredible, desirable results. In other cases, more significant and costly effort is needed to fully transform the space. Take time to consider your needs and desires for the space as well as your budget before deciding how to proceed.


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    High-Resale Value Projects You Can Tackle In A Weekend

    From RIS Media's housecall...for the Do It Yourselfer...

    Posted on Mar 1 2017 - 3:58pm by Megan Wild


    “There’s no place like home,” as the old saying goes. That’s especially true when it comes to an investment.

    You live in and love your home, but there might come a time when you have to leave it. And when that time comes, you’ll want to get as much money as you can for your property so you can move onward — and upward.

    In order to increase your abode’s value, you might think you have to put in a ton of time, effort and money, but that’s not entirely true. Instead, you can take on weekend projects over time to spruce the place up so when it’s time to sell, you have a completely updated property that’ll end up selling itself.

    Ready to get to work? Roll up your sleeves and start on one of the following five weekend projects.

    1. Repaint Your Kitchen Cabinets

    When it comes to smart investment in your home, the kitchen is one of the best places to start. Buyers expect kitchens to be updated. Stone countertops, stainless appliances and sleek flooring all make a space feel modern. Obviously, these changes require a lot of money and, sometimes, a lot of time. That’s why you can tackle it in bits and start first with your cabinets.

    Old wooden cabinets with equally dated hardware — think oak doors with shiny brass handles — don’t require a complete gut job. Instead, spend a weekend repainting them a more neutral hue. Finish the project off with new metallic knobs and pulls to complete the modernized look.

    2. Make the Eye Go up With Crown Molding

    Most homes have roughly the same ceiling heights, but there’s a little trick to make yours look bigger — crown molding. Yes, that white line at the top of your painted walls will draw eyes upward, making the room appear airier than it may very well be.

    The project is easy enough to complete, too. You might not be able to install molding throughout your entire home over a single weekend, but you can certainly tackle the project on a room-by-room basis. Again, start with the spaces likely to draw in the most moolah:

    • Kitchens
    • Bathrooms
    • Living spaces
    • Master bedrooms

    These tend to be the make-or-break rooms when it comes to a big purchase. Crown molding adds a bit of detail, a feeling of luxury that’ll certainly add to the bottom line.

    3. Boost Curb Appeal — and Backyard Bonuses

    No one will come in your home unless the first impression is stunning. Another DIY project should be a landscape overhaul of your front yard. It can be something as simple as adding a path of pavers to your front yard or sprucing up your flowerbeds with colorful blooms. All of this will catch the eye of potential buyers — and fatten up the bottom line of the offers they make.

    Another easy fix — your garage door. If it’s street-facing, it’s another area for prospective buyers to look at, and it has a great return on investment.

    You don’t have to stop with the front of your home. Especially if you live in a climate that permits lots of outdoor activity, you’ll want a backyard to match. Some may require you rent or buy tools for landscaping and other applications, but imagine the payoff with, for example, the beauty of a functioning fire pit in your backyard. Not only will you be able to enjoy it while you’re still living in your home, but potential buyers will easily be able to envision themselves sitting around a fire.

    4. Beautify the Bathrooms

    Bathrooms have a big effect on buyers. They expect clean, modern updates, just like in the kitchen. Overhauling your powder room is an easy weekend task that might require small swaps, such as a new modern light fixture over the vanity or a new vanity altogether.

    Your full bathrooms will require a bit more attention if you want them to be up to snuff. Again, look in the familiar places:

    • Lighting fixtures
    • Cabinets
    • Hardware
    • Countertops
    • Tile

    You don’t have to shell out a ton of money to have someone else re-tile a wall or backsplash in your bathroom, either, if you have the patience to demo and tile the space yourself.

    5. Out With the Really Old

    Some accents once considered fresh and fashionable now give your home a dated appearance. You probably already know what in your home screams 70s, 80s or 90s. Whatever it is should go in due course.

    The list of outdated design elements is truly endless, but some of the biggest offenders are old-school wallpaper, the floor-to-ceiling wood paneling that may or not be actual wood, and, of course, popcorn ceilings. By removing these three offenders alone — a popcorn ceiling doesn’t take much effort — your home will snap right back into 2017.

    Once people start envisioning themselves living in your home, you won’t have to envision offers pouring in — they’ll start coming thanks to your hard work. You go, weekend warrior.


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      Rejuvenate Your Window Design With These Latest Trends

      Looking to update your window treatments?


      Posted on Feb 24 2017 - 4:26pm by Housecall

      By Katie Laird

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      Window treatments provide both form and function in your home—they can be a stylish statement, while also performing important tasks. Learn about the latest trends and functionality of popular window treatments to make a choice that works best in your home.

      The Improved Functionality of Today’s Window Treatments

      Whether you choose curtains, blinds or shades, each option provides more than just a fashion statement.

      • Control Sunlight in Your Home: Window treatments, especially shades and blinds, provide you with sunlight control, making it easy to brighten or darken your living space. With blackout shades and curtains, you can achieve complete darkness in a room, making it conducive to a good night’s sleep. With solar shades, you can keep out UV rays while still keeping your view.
      • Increase Your Home's Privacy: A variety of window treatment options prevent others from looking inside your house. Today’s styles can even allow sunlight in, while still maintaining privacy.
      • Protect Your Furniture and Household Accessories: Window treatments enable you to protect your furniture and household accessories against UV rays that otherwise may cause fading or cracking over time.
      • Save Money on Your Energy Bills: The Department of Energy (DOE) notes awnings, blinds and other window treatments can help you reduce heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer, allowing you to cut your annual energy expenses.
      • Show Off Your Personality: Want to reinvent your home's décor? Window treatments are available in a variety of colors and designs, ensuring that you can bolster your home's décor and show off your personal style.

      Today’s Most Popular Window Style Options

      Gone are the days of only choosing between plain roller shades and ornate drapes. Now there is everything in between, so you can go with an option that matches your home’s décor.

      • Faux Wood Blinds: Faux wood blinds replicate the appearance of wood perfectly and are available in a variety of finishes and styles. They are available at a fraction of the cost of their wood counterparts and offer superior moisture resistance for long-lasting durability.

      Unlike traditional wood blinds, faux wood varieties consist of a synthetic material that is easy to clean. That way, you won't have to worry about allocating significant time and resources to keep faux wood blinds looking great.

      • Patterned Drapes and Shades: Window treatments that feature stripes and bold prints have become exceedingly popular over the past few years, and it is easy to understand why. As homeowners search for ways to reinvent their living spaces, patterned shades and curtains allow property owners to go bold with their décor without having to worry about breaking their budgets.
      • Silk Panels: For those who appreciate the finer things in life, there may be no better option than silk panels.

      While silk panels may prove to be more expensive than many other window treatments, they can bring a touch of luxury and sophistication to a setting's décor instantly. Options abound with silk panels that consist of embroidered silks, plaid silks and jacquard paisley designs represent timeless choices for homeowners who want to create an elegant living space. When combined with shades or blinds, panels can provide style as well as privacy.

      • Environmentally-Friendly Window Treatments: Did you know that some window treatments can help you fight off allergies? Environmentally-friendly window treatments that consist of mildew-, mold- and stain-resistant fabrics are gaining popularity among allergy sufferers nationwide. Allergy sufferers can reap the benefits of "green" window treatments without having to sacrifice their personal style.

      Environmentally-conscious homeowners also can choose shades and curtains that feature non-toxic dyes and fabrics.

      • Honeycomb Shades: Honeycomb shades consistently rank among the top window treatment options for homeowners. These shades deliver superb insulation and noise reduction, along with light-blocking and light-filtering capabilities. Plus, top-down and bottom-up honeycomb shades are available for supreme light and privacy management.

      Honeycomb shades come in numerous pleat sizes and can be paired with drapes to maximize style and privacy.

      Today’s options can fit into any style and budget. Maximize style, efficiency and privacy with a combination of today’s most popular window treatments.

      Katie Laird is the Director of Social Marketing for and a frequent public speaker on Social Media Marketing, Social Customer Care and profitable company culture. An active blogger and early social technology adopter, you can find her online as ‘happykatie’ sharing home décor, yoga, parenting and vegetarian cooking tips. To learn more about the variety of faux wood blinds and other window treatments like those highlighted in this article, visit the website.


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