Happy New Year! I hope you had a restful holiday season. Now it’s resolution season; have you created your goals for 2019? Many of us have vowed to start using the gym more often or start saving more money, but it’s also a great time to think about how you want to improve your home this year. Need a little inspiration for a home resolution for 2019? Here’s a checklist of project ideas, ranging from small to large, to get your wheels turning.
Finally spray WD-40 on those squeaky doors and cabinets Replace your old kitchen cabinet hardware with new ones. Freshen up a room with a new, colorful coat of paint
Upgrade your old thermostat to a Nest, which optimizes energy and can lower your bill. Consider getting smart outlets or smart light bulbs that
you can control by voice with an Amazon device. Add some smart cameras to your front door and/or inside of your house for extra security.
Renovate an outdated bathroom. Build a deck in your backyard. Rebuild your kitchen to add more storage and cooking space
Need someone to help you achieve your goals? We are connected to some of the best local contractors in the area. Or if you’re considering buying a new home this year rather than fixing up your current house, please reach out; we’d love to help you start this process. Give us a call. Jennifer Fuller Realty is always happy to help!
We hope that you are able to take time this season to spend with family, friends, as well as take time for yourself. If there’s anything Jennifer Fuller Realty can do to help you, please don’t hesitate to call.
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! The winter holidays will be here in a matter of weeks – are you ready? If you still have a lot of holiday shopping to do, here are some great tips for making your life a little easier and more affordable this season.
There are many apps and websites that make holiday shopping more affordable. One is RetailMeNot, which has both an app and a website. It lists deals and promo codes at top retailers, both online and in-store, and can save you big bucks on holiday gifts. It also has cash-back offers for certain retailers. Another great site to try is Ebates, which has cash-back offers at thousands of retailers, giving you savings in the form of rebates. Sometimes they also offer exclusive discounts.
If you want to skip the crowded malls and support local small businesses instead, look for the local winter holiday markets in your city. While these may be harder to find in smaller towns, most big cities have holiday markets where numerous artisans sell handmade gifts. You’ll be supporting small local businesses while purchasing unique gifts for your loved ones.
Is your house already packed to the brim with stuff? Or is money really tight this year? One way to reduce clutter and expenses — and make a positive impact in the world — is to get your family to skip traditional holiday shopping and instead each make a donation to a cause you care about. When your family gathers, go around in a circle and share what cause you chose to donate to and why it’s meaningful to you. If you can’t bear to part with gift-giving, you could make a rule that each person can give one gift for each family member, but the rest of the gift money goes toward a good cause.
Decorating for the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful – or expensive. Check out these fun, easy, and oh-so-affordable DIY projects. They’re sure to brighten your home and put a smile on your face. Bring on the holidays!
Pegboard Christmas Tree
The possibilities for fun ornaments are endless. And the messy needles and twigs are nonexistent!
Give your tired throw pillows some holiday cheer. All you need is an inexpensive fleece throw, a needle, and thread.
Gold-Dipped Bottle Brush Trees
Incredibly affordable and insanely chic. Line them up on a windowsill or mantle!
Charlie Brown Tree
Find a good tree branch, spray it white or leave it plain. Then pop it in a vase and decorate!
Chalk Pen Galvanized Buckets
Grab a few galvanized flower buckets, stuff with fresh evergreen clippings (free at any Christmas tree stand), and add a festive message with chalk.
Popsicle Stick Snowflakes
Simply arrange and glue. Spray your snowflakes white and add some glitter, or just leave them as they are. Then place them on the wall or hang them on the tree. Let it snow!
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Use poly-fil batting arranged sparsely on your tree. Looks like the real thing!
Spoon Mini Trees
This plastic spoon project is so on trend. All you need is a foam cone and a package of plastic spoons!
Fill lanterns with ornaments to warm your entry or adorn your hearth!
It’s the new mistletoe! All it takes is a foam ball, some pinecones, sprigs from your yard, and a pretty ribbon. Pucker up!
The best holiday decorations are the ones you make yourself. So get together with friends or family and try some of these easy DIY projects. You’ll be making your home more beautiful and making fun memories while you’re at it!
Here are a few ways to show gratitude to those close to you.
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, many of us have probably been thinking about being thankful.
While studies have found that practicing gratitude daily is ideal for our minds, bodies, and spirits, this is an especially wonderful time of year to cultivate and express gratitude for your family, friends, and colleagues. Here are some creative ways you can show your loved ones some gratitude this holiday season:
Is someone you care about stretched thin with parenting and/or a busy job? Offer to do some acts of service to lighten their load, such as mowing their lawn, bringing them dinner, running errands for them, or watching their kids one evening so they can do something for themselves.
Pick a morning, and as soon as you arrive at your desk, send out individual emails to all of your closest colleagues that say what you appreciate about them and why you’re grateful to have them on your team. Go into detail. This will not only make their day, but it’ll give you a feel-good boost, too.
Surprise your love with a pre-planned date night. Make all the arrangements in advance, such as a restaurant reservation or tickets to an event, and let your partner know you planned a special night together so you can show them how much you love and appreciate them. They’ll feel like a million bucks, and your relationship may be stronger for it!
Speaking of gratitude,we’d like to personally thank you for trusting Jennifer Fuller Realty as your real estate expert. It means a lot to us, and we wish you and your family the best this holiday season!
Choosing a home improvement project is a major decision with many questions that need to be answered. One essential question is, “will you get an ROI on your home upgrade?” Three common improvement projects include remodeling or finishing a basement, kitchen remodels and bathroom, take a look at the ROI.
Every home and every market is different. We’d be happy to talk about your home and how a home improvement project of any room could help you increase the value of your home. If you need a trusted professional to get the project done, We’re connected to some of the best contractors in the area. Give me us a call, text or message on Facebook. Jennifer Fuller Realty is always happy to help.
I hope you’re having a wonderful fall. The holiday season is full of joys: surprise gifts, delicious meals, colorful lights, and nostalgic movies. But if you’re in charge of hosting out-of-towners, it may not be quite as joyous.
Getting to spend more time with visiting family and friends is wonderful, but it can cramp your style — especially if your home isn’t quite large enough to comfortably accommodate them. If you’re hosting this holiday season, here are a few easy ways to create a little more space for them so you’re both more comfortable.
This could be the excuse you need to donate or sell an old couch and replace it with a sleeper sofa. These look and function like couches but unfold to reveal a bed, saving you major space when guests arrive. In the mornings when they wake up, ask them to put the bed back up so the couch can remain functional for the household.
If your couch is staying put, consider instead buying a high-quality air mattress, which folds up and takes up very little space when not in use. Just make sure you have enough space for it; you may have to move some furniture around.
If your guests are staying in the living room on a couch or air mattress, it can help to get some form of a divider to give them a sense of privacy and to make you feel like your space isn’t being completely overrun. A great way to do this is to purchase a folding screen, which is available online in all shapes and sizes.
If you have a yard and live somewhere with a moderate climate, why not pitch a tent and camp out back so someone else can have your room? You can inflate a comfy air mattress or curl up in sleeping bags. Or if you’d rather not give up your bed, you could see if your visitors would be willing to have a campout.
Before they arrive, pick up the house as much as you can, and try to make some space for their belongings. This could mean clearing a little room in the nearest closet or having a garment rack where they can store some of their belongings. You can also have a luggage rack or a chair handy that could serve as a luggage rack so their suitcase has a dedicated spot. This will keep your home from feeling as cluttered with their stuff.
If your living room doesn’t have space for guests and camping isn’t an option, consider having your family bunk up in order to free up a room. If you have kids, ask them to sleep in the same room for a couple nights, or with you, so your family members can have a bedroom to themselves. Just make sure you have the belongings out of there that you need, or that you have boundaries set up around when you can go in there to get your things.
Whether your home will be packed with houseguests or you’re having a quiet break all to yourself, We are sending our best wishes for a joyous holiday season. If you need more space for guests, we are here to help with all of your real estate needs. Jennifer Fuller Realty got your Real Estate needs!
Have you thought about your holiday budget? These apps will help you save money.
It’s hard to believe that we’re in the middle of October already. Before we know it, the holidays will be here and the shopping season will be in full swing. Whether you’re gearing up for holiday shopping or just looking for some ways to cut down on spending, I wanted to share some apps that can help. Two will help you replenish your savings, and the other two help you save when you shop and eat.
You link it to your bank account and it will analyze your spending and determine the perfect amount to automatically set aside each day. It aims to divert an amount small enough that you won’t even notice it, but over time, the savings can add up drastically.
This nifty app allows you to roll your spare change into an investment account that has the potential to grow much faster than a savings account.
You can link it to your debit card, and when you spend less than a whole dollar amount, it will round up and automatically reinvest the remainder into your account (for example, if you spend $4.75, it would invest 25 cents). You can also add money on a one-off basis.
Never pay full price on clothes or shoes again with this app.
You’ll save big bucks by buying pre-owned (sometimes brand new) items from other users. On top of that, you can sell your own gently used clothes, shoes, and accessories like jewelry and sunglasses to make some extra bucks.
These are just a few ways to save money this holiday season. If a new home is on your shopping list, we’d be happy to help you. Please give us a call at your convenience time and Jennifer Fuller Realty is always happy to help.
Give your bathroom continuity by matching the cabinet knobs to the shower head and water faucets. And don’t be afraid to explore new options. Hint: brass is back!
Retro colors in old bathrooms can be quirky and fun. Usually, though, they just don’t work. Rather than replacing that green tub or pink sink, consider having them re-glazed by a professional for a lot less money.
It’s thriftier than tile, less maintenance than wood, and adds casual cottage charm. The water-resistant variety will stand up to the inevitable splashes and never needs painting.
Framed bathroom mirrors are a hot trend. It’s easy – just pick up a decorative door trim kit and fit it around your existing mirror glass. The look is polished and finished
A new or vintage chandelier and medallion add a little unexpected glamour for not a lot of money. If you’re installing it over the tub, make sure it’s eight feet above the rim of the tub to comply with electrical code.
An antique dresser and mirror can make a one-of-a-kind bathroom vanity. Find a dresser with a distressed paint treatment. Then, make a cutout in the top and drop in a sink!
Don’t let the bathroom be the “forgotten” room. Keep it up to date with plenty of function and a little pizzazz. Above all, make sure it’s always squeaky clean!
If you are thinking about selling, Jennifer Fuller Realty can help. Give us a call for all of your real estate needs. We are always happy to help!