The Holidays have come and passed, and chances are you’re thinking of those New Year’s Resolutions. If you want to finish them early in the new year, it’s best to get a head start. Check out seven resolutions to get started on now!
A popular resolution, centered around getting your home in order. But, when it becomes a challenge it may fall to the wayside. To keep yourself on track, get started now. Schedule time for this task just like you would any other. Plan to declutter, even if you can only block out twenty minutes for the task, do it! This will help make it feel less daunting, you don’t have to complete it all in one day!
Planning a room renovation
You may not have had the time –or money– to renovate a room this year. But next year, may be just the right time for a freshen up. If you’re thinking about it, start planning, budgeting, and scheduling contractors now. Often times electricians, plumbers, or other licensed contractors can become heavily booked, it’s a good idea to reach out a few months in advance.
Putting holiday decorations away early
Do you choose to leave your decorations up a little longer after Christmas? That’s totally fine, this can allow your family to enjoy the holidays a while longer. Professionals suggest that when you do decide to start taking down the decorations, look at what you have and what you plan to buy. Make sure you have the right size containers for your decorations and a good place to put them, this can make the task a little easier.
Tackling Little Projects
You know that little list you’re always adding to? Have you ever considering putting it all on your resolution list? You may find that the little tasks you consistently ignore or keep adding to really aren’t that difficult and that you may be able to tackle them all at once and mark them off for good! So, get to hanging those photos, clearing the gutters, patching the holes in the walls, or installing that ceiling fan. Mark them off!
Organizing a specific space
Narrowing your organizational resolution to a particular problem in your house may be a more achievable goal. Master closet, home office or garage sound familiar? You want to create a better system in the space but follow these few steps before running out to get those fancy bins and storage containers.
Focus on the function of the bins and containers rather than how they look
Look at what you’re keeping in the room, what will stay and what will go?
Measure and establish a plan for the best way to maximum your space for functionality and organization
Preparing your house to sell
You’ve decided that 2019 will be the year that you decide to sell, but don’t wait until the New Year comes. Contact a real estate agent to go over just what needs to happen to your home before you list it- whether it’s refinishing the floors or finishing the paint job you started last month. Often the number of listings continue to rise after the first of the year, so the sooner you list–the less competition you’ll have. Any of the professional REALTORS at Greenbrier Real Estate Service can you help you with the listing and consultation process.
Putting your house on the market
2018 is coming to a close but if your house is ready, you may be able to go into 2019 with offers coming in! With an enthusiastic REALTOR from our team, your home could sell faster than you might expect. Make sure that you’re ready to sell because buyers during this traditionally slower time of year are ready to make a deal!
Contact us if you’re ready to start your house hunt or if you’re considering listing your home. There’s no better time like the present! 304.645.2255
We recently posted a picture (see left) on our Facebook page of a kitchen that featured black cabinetry and asked our followers if they loved it or not. A few said no, but safe to say that the majority loved it! This sparked our curiosity to find out more about kitchen trends and what might stick around for the coming new year! Take a look…
Because a kitchen is such a big-ticket item, it’s one area of our homes where we’re generally more risk-averse. “There are always going to be trends we hold onto [in the kitchen],” says Sarah Fishburne, director of trend and design at The Home Depot. “We think of our childhood, of how are parents lived. There are certain pieces of we just aren’t willing to get rid of.”
But that doesn’t mean a kitchen is a boring, trendless spot. You can incorporate some of the year’s biggest trends into elements—like a throw rug or even a paint color—that are easier to swap out. And if you’re planning a major overhaul, you can count on these more sweeping changes to be relevant into 2019 and beyond.
1. Bare minimalism
Clean and uncluttered kitchens are still hot, but busy homeowners have realized that function does need to come first in a kitchen, says Jennifer Howard, owner of JWH Design & Cabinetry. In 2019, you’ll see the trend continue with a better balance between enclosed storage for everyday essentials. “Open shelves will continue to be an attractive and functional feature—in moderation—especially the floating shelf style.”
2. Quartz countertops
“Quartz has become the most popular of countertops, because it has the natural stone look, but has the indestructibility of a man-made material,” says Fishburne. Today most countertops have straight edges to create a safer, more timeless look, she adds.
3. Contrasting colors
“We’re seeing people play with contrasting color combinations, and the social nature of kitchens make them perfect spaces for having fun with color,” says Ashley Banbury, senior designer of HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams. “It’s all about creating a contrast that will hold someone’s attention.”
4. Unique Wood Finishes
“Stained or natural wood will always have a spot in many kitchens, but unique textures, grains, and finishes will make the statement, whether using specialty wood veneers or a multi-step treatment of solid wood,” says Jennifer Howard, owner of JWH Design & Cabinetry.
5. Integrated finger pulls and appliances
Integrated finger pulls, the chamfered edges of a cabinet door or drawer that you grab with your fingers to open it, are here to stay, says Anderson Kenny, owner of Anderson Kenny Architecture. “Really chic kitchens [also] have refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, hoods, and other appliances behind panels that allow them to blend with the millwork.”
6. Two-toned cabinetry
“Families are using these colors not only on the walls, but also on kitchen islands and shelving,” says Sue Kim, senior color designer for Valspar Paint. The colors may change, but the general concept will remain relevant.
7. Mixed metals
“You don’t have to stay with one color across fixtures, hardware, and lighting,” says Fishburne. You might see stainless steel, satin brass, and chrome all in one kitchen—and that’s perfectly acceptable. “Mixing colors lends sophistication.”
Article from apartmenttherapy.com
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Imagine you’re preparing to host your annual holiday party, and you’re past the point of no return. The veggies and meats have been bought. Guests are already braving busy airports and crowded highways to get to your home — and then your oven won’t turn on. Your home-cooked meal has quickly turned into a microwave dinner.
That’s just one of many hosting nightmares that can end your holiday party before it even begins. Thankfully, some of the most damaging mishaps easily can be avoided. We collected five of the most prevalent issues and give you preventative tips to keep your holiday party on track.
Problem: The Oven Doesn’t Heat
For any holiday occasion, the oven is the most important appliance in your house. If it fails to work, the centerpiece of your meal could go from roasted beef, ham, duck, or Tofurky to Peking Duck from the local Chinese takeout joint.
How to avoid:
There are any number of reasons a stove can break, but one common cause of disaster is easy to prevent. Don’t self-clean your oven until AFTER the holidays. You risk blowing a fuse or a thermostat, and tracking down an oven technician around the holidays can be tough.
Problem: The Kitchen Sink Clogs
The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest of the year for plumbers. The prime cause of this clog-a-thon is the mistreatment of drains when cooking holiday feasts. We hope your Thanksgiving went well, and that you avoid clog-a-thons for the rest of the holidays.
How to avoid:
Fats and cooking oils can solidify in your pipes, so never dispose of them in your kitchen sink.
If you have a garbage disposal, make sure it’s running before anything goes in it, and never feed it any stringy, fibrous, or starchy foods like poultry skins or potato peels.
To fix, don’t rely on chemical drain-clearing products that can harm your pipes. Use a snake instead, available for $15 at your local hardware store. Best to keep one on hand.
Problem: The Heat Goes Out
As the party’s host, you’re supposed to hang guests’ coats — not apologize to them for having to keep them on. A lack of heat can stop a holiday party dead in its tracks.
How to avoid:
The key to avoiding freezing your party to a standstill is regular maintenance of your HVAC. Every 90 days, a new one-inch pleated furnace filter should be installed. If you haven’t done it in a while, now’s a good time to replace it.
Also inspect insulation on refrigerant lines that are leading into your house. Replace them if they’re missing or damaged.
Problem: The Toilet Stops Up
Toilets have a way of clogging up at the worst times, such as during parties and when you have overnight guests. This is especially true if you have a low-flow toilet from the early 1990s.
How to avoid:
Don’t flush anything other than sewage and toilet paper down the toilet. And there’s nothing wrong with putting up a polite note to remind your guests to do the same.
Problem: The Fridge Doesn’t Cool
Without a properly functioning refrigerator, your meat could get contaminated, your dairy-based treats could go sour, and you may not be able to save your yummy leftovers. To avoid discovering a warm fridge after it’s too late, take these simple precautions.
How to avoid:
Get a thermometer for your refrigerator to make sure each shelf stays below 40 degrees and you can be aware of any temperature changes.
Also make sure the condenser coils located on the back of the unit or beneath it are free to breathe. Coils blocked from circulating air by cereal boxes atop the fridge, or dirtied by dust or pet hair can prevent a fridge from keeping cool.
Article from HouseLogic.com we hope that you found these good tips helpful!
Top 10 Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays
The holiday season from November through January is often considered the worst time to put a home on the market. While the thought of selling your home during the winter months may dampen your holiday spirit, the season does have its advantages: holiday buyers tend to be more serious and competition is less fierce with fewer homes being actively marketed. First, decide if you really need to sell. Really. Once you’ve committed to the challenge, don your gay apparel and follow these tips from FrontDoor.
Deck the halls, but don’t go overboard.
Homes often look their best during the holidays, but sellers should be careful not to overdo it on the decor. Adornments that are too large or too many can crowd your home and distract buyers. Also, avoid offending buyers by opting for general fall and winter decorations rather than items with religious themes.
Hire a reliable real estate agent.
That means someone who will work hard for you and won’t disappear during Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s. Contact our team of professionals, we are ready with snow boots and shovels to list and sell during this time! This will ease your stress and give you more time to enjoy the season.
Seek out motivated buyers.
Anyone house hunting during the holidays must have a good reason for doing so. Work with your agent to target buyers on a deadline, including people relocating for jobs in your area, investors on tax deadlines, college students and staff, and military personnel, if you live near a military base.
Price it to sell.
No matter what time of year, a home that’s priced low for the market will make buyers feel merry. Rather than gradually making small price reductions, many real estate agents advise sellers to slash their prices before putting a home on the market.
Make curb appeal a top priority.
When autumn rolls around and the trees start to lose their leaves, maintaining the exterior of your home becomes even more important. Bare trees equal a more exposed home, so touch up the paint, clean the gutters and spruce up the yard. Keep buyers’ safety in mind as well by making sure stairs and walkways are free of snow, ice and leaves.
Take top-notch real estate photos.
When the weather outside is frightful, home buyers are likely to start their house hunt from the comfort of their homes by browsing listings on the Internet. Make a good first impression by offering lots of flattering, high-quality photos of your home. If possible, have a summer or spring photo of your home available so buyers can see how it looks year-round.
Create a video tour for the Web.
You’ll get less foot traffic during the holidays thanks to inclement weather and vacation plans. But shooting a video tour and posting it on the Web may attract house hunters who don’t have time to physically see your home or would rather not drive in a snowstorm.
Give house hunters a place to escape from the cold.
Make your home feel cozy and inviting during showings by cranking up the heat, playing soft classical music and offering homemade holiday treats. When you encourage buyers to spend more time in your home, you also give them more time to admire its best features.
Offer holiday cheer in the form of financing.
Bah, humbug! Lenders are scrooges these days, but if you’ve got the means, then why not offer a home loan to a serious buyer? You could get a good rate of return on your money.
Relax — the new year is just around the corner.
The holidays are stressful enough with gifts to buy, dinners to prepare and relatives to entertain. Take a moment to remind yourself that if you don’t sell now, there’s always next year, which, luckily, is only a few days away.
As always, our team at Greenbrier Real Estate Service is always ready to help you with your real estate needs. We always offer FREE consultations, contact us today if you may be ready to sell your home. 304.645.2255
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Don’t miss out on the fun this weekend in Lewisburg, WV. This Friday and Saturday are sure to offer a good time with friends and family, all while braving the chilly weather and enjoying all offerings of these events.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 7TH: HOLIDAY FIRST FRIDAY’S AFTER FIVE
Downtown Lewisburg celebrates a Holiday First Fridays after Five on Friday, December 8th!Join the fun … free horse drawn carriage rides, a Santa visit, artist receptions and tasty treats throughout town …. all free to the public. Everyone is welcome! To start off your evening, bring the family to the downtown Lewisburg Branch of Premier Bank for a visit with Santa Claus from 3pm to 5pm. 1085 Washington Street East, 647-3216.
Then, The Shops & Restaurants of Downtown Lewisburg are excited to offerfree horse drawn carriage rides from 5pm to 7pm along festive main street, filled with holiday lights & decorations. Catch your ride in front of City Hall and enjoy!
Lee Street Studios welcomes West Virginia ceramic artist Sean O’Connell with a show titled “In It Together”, a solo show of new ceramic and mixed media sculpture. Sean lives in Alderson and maintains a working studio at Lee Street Studios. 232 Lee Street North, 681-318-3551.
“You’re an Angel” at Harmony Ridge Gallery. Stop by to take a pic of yourself & your friends with the Wings of an Angel! Enjoy complimentary holiday refreshments & wine specials! 886 Washington Street West, 645-4333.
The Greenbrier County Convention & Visitors Bureau is partnering with Greenbrier County Schools to present the 5th annual “Sharing the Gift of Our Talents” exhibit. The exhibit, featuring artwork from middle and high school students. Complimenting this year’s art show will be the display and silent auction of select historical school desks that have been transformed into functional and captivating works of art by partnering artists of Lee Street Studios. Proceeds will go to the United Way of Greenbrier Valley’s Project Apple Seed, supporting purchases of classroom supplies and basic student needs items. Please join us as we celebrate the talented students of Greenbrier County Schools and the community that supports art programming in our schools. 905 Washington Street West, 645-1000.
WV Fine Artisans presents Rose Dobbins, well known for her portraits in pastel. She will be demonstrating her techniques with oil paint. Rose will be working on a Monroe county scene featuring Sunset View Farm and their llama, “Spooky” (affectionately known as Tony). Please stop in for a complimentary cup of mulled apple cider and chat with an artist or two! 1042 Washington Street East, 667-0320.
Wish List Party at Wolf Creek Gallery. Prizes will be drawn throughout the evening. Enjoy their special punch, while making your own holiday list.967 Washington Street West, 645-5270.
Bella’s holiday tradition includes Jeff’s Breads Chocolate Cherry Bread and a sip of the new December wines added to Bella’s Shelf! Talk about an elf on the shelf! 1017 Washington Street East, 520-4921.
The Asylum welcomes Iron Lion World starting at 9pm. Check out their new December cocktail list. Make this your final stop on First Friday and enjoy some great tunes! 399 Randolph Street East, 681-318-3515.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 8TH: GIRL’S DAY OUT IN LEWISBURG, WV!
It's Holiday time and you just might be expecting house guests in the coming days. Fun! It's always nice to welcome friends and family into your home. You want them to feel welcome & comfortable--you can easily achieve this and impress them! Take a look at this list of 10 Simple Comforts for you house guests...
#1 Stock Up on Extra Chargers and Cords
A dead phone equals getaway misery. Set out a bowl with power strips and cords, outlet converters, and even an iHome speaker. Your guests will thank you, especially if they forgot theirs!
Another great tip---Post your Wi-Fi name and password in the guest room so they don’t have to bug you.
#2 Offer Sample-Size Toiletries in Your Bathroom
Put your stockpile of samples and hotel toiletries to good use. Tiny shampoos and lotions arranged in a basket or vintage apothecary jar are as welcoming as they are practical. Guests will be relieved if they forgot their own, but even if they didn’t, they’ll love the luxury of washing their hair on the house.
#3 Raise Your Cleanliness Standards
When you miss a dust bunny at home, you may not think too much about it- but to guests, it’s disgusting at best and insulting at worst.
So clean it all. Airbnb even tells hosts to scrub the entire bathroom, not once but twice, including the toilet, sink, bath, and floors after every guest.
One Airbnb host said, “We make sure you can smell the cleaner.”
#4 Give It Your Personal Touch
Family and friends come to town and choose to spend the night at your house rather than sterile hotel rooms because, in part, they want an authentic, personal experience.
So give it to them!
Scatter pictures and family treasures throughout your space. Frame a couple of your childhood photos and hang them up alongside some mementos from your own travels.
#5 Put a Radio in the Bathroom
Your guests may like to sing along in the shower, but the real reason for putting some tunes in the bath is to provide them with plenty of, well, privacy. Add an essential oil diffuser — or poo-pourri drops — and you’re in business.
#6 Set Up a DIY Cafe
If your guests are early birds — or will just want some occasional alone time — put a coffeemaker in their room along with a well-stocked basket of coffee and tea. Maybe even blow their minds with a mini fridge full of snacks.
To pull this off right, ask how they take their coffee in advance, and stock up appropriately.
#7 Designate Drawer and Closet Space Just for Guests
If your guest room closet could be featured on Storage Wars, it’s time to rethink your stuff strategy.
Maybe donate your to-be-regifted pile and sell those designer jeans you've been holding onto since....highschool — to make room in the closet and dresser for guest to have plenty of space (and the key word is plenty).
Label a few guest drawers and crack the closet so they can see there’s space to hang their clothes.
#8 Fancy Yourself a Travel Agent
Give guests a local’s-eye view by filling a basket with menus from nearby restaurants, brochures from local businesses that cater to tourists, and a current issue of your community newspaper. It’s a great way for guests to feel like a local and customize their time in your town.
#9 Hang a Robe – or Two – in the Closet
Help your guests feel right at home by hanging a couple of cozy (and freshly laundered), one-size-fits-all robes in the guest-room closet.
Not only can they wear their pajamas to breakfast without feeling self-conscious, but they’re also super-comfy and great to wrap up in after a shower.
#10 Expect the Unexpected with Extra Personal Supplies
And let your guests know where they are so they won’t feel guilty for bothering you (or worse, go without!). Here’s a list of things that great hosts always keep in stock:
Toothbrushes and toothpaste
Towels, pillows, and extra blankets
Replacement light bulbs
Being the perfect host is perfectly achievable. With a little forethought, you’ll start racking up your own stellar reviews from your friends and family. Get ready to be the house everyone vies to visit.