When you want a fast, affordable way to upgrade your home, our real estate agents know that painting is an excellent option to give your home a quick makeover. Fortunately, your walls aren't the only thing you can paint in your home to help it look its best. Here are a few other simple ways to use paint to enhance your home.
Interior design trends are a double-edged sword: what looks great today may look hopelessly dated tomorrow. That's why so many people are now interested in timeless home decor. Here are a few of the techniques we've picked up over the years while staging our Augusta homes for sale.
When looking at Augusta homes for sale, you're not just thinking about yourself and your family but also your pets. It's important to find a place that's comfortable for them and has the space they need. Decorate your new home in a way that is cohesive for your whole family, pets included. Here are a few tips for pet-friendly decor.
With a new year comes a new set of interior design trends. Eager to get your home looking editorial-ready? Here are a few of the biggest trends that our real estate agents expect to see homeowners favoring during 2023.
The laundry room is an often-overlooked space inside your home. You deserve to have a laundry room that is functional, organized, and enjoyable to spend time in. If the laundry room in your home is more like a messy closet than a clean oasis, then consider these laundry room makeover tips from our real estate agents.
With the fall season here, it's a terrific time to give your home a seasonal makeover. Our real estate agents suggest following these tips to update your home for the autumn months.
One of the top ways to quickly transform your home and increase its sales value is to upgrade the flooring. Nothing detracts from a home as quickly as old carpet or dated flooring. Here are a few recommendations from our real estate agents for updating your flooring.
When faced with an empty room, arranging furniture can feel like a daunting hit-or-miss task. Over the years, our real estate agents have picked up some practical tips and easy-to-apply principles from interior designers that take the guesswork out of arranging any room in the house.
Whether you're planning a move to Augusta homes for sale or just revitalizing a dull room, taking a practical approach to furniture arranging is important. Here are some tips from the design pros that will ensure a comfortable, inviting room with maximum design appeal.
Moving is more than just a logistical challenge: it can also set the stage for an unforgettable social event. Many of the people who have recently purchased a property from our Augusta homes for sale have gone on to host housewarming parties for their friends, family, and new neighbors.
These occasions are great for breaking the ice and helping you get settled into your new community. If you're interested in hosting one yourself, our list of tips will help you prepare.
For most homeowners, the term "farmhouse decor" conjures up images of an interior with rustic features that reflect a casual, rural lifestyle on a farm. However, in today's homes, our real estate agents are seeing a much more modern version of the farmhouse style that combines rustic appeal with sleek, modern design elements.
In many Augusta homes for sale, the appeal of cozy farmhouse living is combined with contemporary architectural features that bring old and new together. Take a look at some great farmhouse touches that can quickly give your home an updated, eclectic style.
Color scheme trends are always changing. If you plan on buying a new home or redecorating this year, then it is important to keep current color trends in mind. The good news is that color trends for 2022 are about as exciting as they come. This year, it will be all about bright, energetic shades. As you look at Augusta homes for sale, here are some more specific color trends to keep in mind.
Your home is a place that should make you feel comfortable and happy, so we always recommend adding a touch of your personality to your decor. Personalizing a space is truly the best way to create an atmosphere that brings you joy. If you're in the market for one of these Augusta homes for sale, it's not too early to start thinking about how you can add a personal touch to the interior of your new home.
If you're planning to sell your home, hosting an open house may attract interested buyers, but it may also be a stressful event for you. Our real estate agents can help with tips on getting organized and prepared for the big day, so you can reap maximum rewards for your efforts.
Buyers looking for Augusta homes for sale will come to your open house with high expectations. These days, homebuyers expect to see homes with clean, organized spaces, stylish furnishings, interior upgrades, and inviting outdoor areas. Here's how to set yourself up for success.
Clean and Declutter
Once you decide to hold an open house, the first step is cleaning and decluttering. The entire house will need to be deep cleaned from top to bottom:
After you finish cleaning, it's time to declutter. Although household items may be essentials for you, potential homebuyers may see them as clutter. Gather some boxes and fill them with unused clothes, extra household items, and cleaning supplies, then store the boxes in the garage or a rental storage unit until the open house is over.
Remove Personal Items and Heirlooms
Displaying personal items such as family photos, personal knickknacks, and monogrammed items can distract buyers. It's common for homebuyers to look at personal items in a home to identify who lives there, but some people form strong opinions or judgments that may impact the sale. Before your open house, remove personalized items that can be distracting, as well as valuable family heirlooms that can be stolen.
Freshen Up Paint
If you've lived in your home for a while, your home's interior and exterior may need new paint. Check interior walls, doors, and cabinets for fingerprints, scuff marks, dents, and holes. Invest in a can or two of spackling paste and touch-up paint and fix the damages. To add curb appeal, clean out your gutters, paint exterior trim, give your front door an eye-popping new color, buy a new welcome mat, and replace old, faded house numbers.
Evaluate Your Furnishings
Although it's impossible to anticipate a buyer's style, you can evaluate your own to make sure it's not outdated or too over-the-top. Over-sized furniture, outdated window treatments, ornate accessories, and worn upholstery will not appeal to most homebuyers. Items that look like they don't belong in the house will disconnect buyers because they can't see themselves living in the home.
Don't Forget the Yard
In today's market, buyers pay close attention to outdoor spaces. They're looking for well-maintained yards with inviting areas to spend time outdoors. Before your open house, plan to mow the grass, trim the hedges, get rid of weeds and debris, and plant seasonal flowers for lovely pops of color.
Optimize Your Date
Avoid planning an open house during holidays and major sports events when people are preoccupied. Your real estate agent will likely take charge of marketing your open house with flyers, neighbor signs, and local multiple listing services that attract buyers.
If you're thinking about selling your home in the Augusta area, contact us for more information on planning a successful open house that will attract homebuyers.
As you discuss with our real estate agents the best home improvements to undertake before adding your house to Augusta homes for sale, one likely topic will be curb appeal. After all, the house's exterior is the first thing everyone sees when driving by or even looking at a photograph online. The driveway is a significant part of this image. At the least, you'll want it to be clean and in good repair. Starting with that baseline, let's consider some additional options.
Along with historic museums and festive city events, Augusta is full of nature trails, beautiful gardens, and scenic landscapes. At Sprague & Curtis, our real estate agents work with many buyers who are drawn to Augusta for its natural beauty and charm.
Houseplants offer so many benefits! Bringing a bit of nature into our home environments can help us feel calmer, more rested, and more at peace. Houseplants can also be used to accentuate or bring attention to the finer points of your decor.
But which houseplants will work best? There are a good many to choose from, and some are more demanding when it comes to growing conditions.
If you've been looking at Augusta homes for sale and planning on decorating them your way, you might be seeing the walls as that perfect canvas for the accent wall you've always wanted. But if you're getting ready to sell, our real estate agents will caution you to make sure you're staging your home correctly.
An accent wall makes a beautiful addition to any home. Here are a few tips to help guide you, whether you are buying or selling.
If the kitchen is the heart of the home, it needs to be clean and organized for the entire home to function well.
Considering that all family members utilize the kitchen throughout the day, it's easy to understand how it can accumulate a lot of clutter. Taking the time to declutter will make it easy to maintain a clean, organized kitchen. Whether you're a talented home chef or mostly use your kitchen for heating up leftovers, follow these tips for an organized kitchen.
If you're like most book lovers, you might find it hard to part with your favorite reads. This is one reason why many of us book lovers eventually turn into book hoarders. Keeping a collection of your favorite books isn't necessarily a bad thing, but books do take up a lot of space in your home. If your books are collecting dust in the corner or filling up space in your closet, you might want to consider transforming your collection into a stylish display.
Our real estate agents are big readers, and they compiled a list of their favorite, most creative ways to show off their book collections.
If it's time to replace the flooring in your home, two of the top options are carpet and hardwood floors. While both options can look lovely in your home, the best selection will depend on your specific circumstances. Our real estate agents know that buyer preferences will vary. Here are some things to keep in mind as you make your decision.
Riding the waves of the real estate market can sometimes feel like trying to predict the future. Our real estate agents get it right often, but there's always an element of surprise. Interior design trends are closely linked to real estate trends, and as we look forward to a new year, we're keeping an eye on both.
These are the paint colors we expect to play a big role in 2021. Whether you're making some improvements before listing your Augusta home for sale, or you simply want to revive your living space, be sure to consider these unique shades!
Making your own wreath is a fun and simple way to spruce up your home for the holidays. Since decorations can be overpriced this time of year, our real estate agents came up with five inexpensive ways to make your own holiday wreath.
Before you get started, you'll want to head over to your local craft store and pick-up a few supplies. In addition to the base material you select (more on that below), it's usually a good idea to have an abundance of twine, pins, glue, and floral tape on hand.
As a homeowner, you'll find yourself working on numerous DIY projects over the years. These can range from taking care of simple repairs to making important improvements to your home and yard, and you'll need to have some basic tools to help you tackle these projects.
Our real estate agents suggest investing in the following tools before you start on a DIY project:
Hanging wall art can seem daunting. Fortunately, you just need to ace the basics and you'll be hanging art like a gallery pro.
Are you aiming to create a salon effect with your artwork, as you list your home among Augusta homes for sale? Or maybe you've just moved into a new home, and you're looking for a way to display paintings, family portraits, or found art in frames. Whatever your motivation, you'll be happier with the results if you follow these steps.
With a global pandemic keeping most Americans at home this year, kitchen remodeling has become a major focus for homeowners with new design trends emerging in 2020. For those sheltering in place, there couldn't be a better time to start a DIY home improvement project or revamp your living space.
Remodeling your kitchen is a great way to not only make your home more comfortable but increase its overall value as well. You'll notice many of this year's design trends reflected in these Augusta homes for sale. If you are looking to remodel your kitchen before putting your home on the market, consider these 5 trends that continued to gain popularity this year:
Research indicates that clutter is detrimental for both your physical and mental health; not only does excess clutter allow for the build-up of dust and mold spores, but it can drain your emotional energy and contribute to feelings of depression. Clutter also impacts the appearance of your house, making it look less attractive than other Augusta homes for sale. Follow these simple tricks provided by our REALTORS® to help you tame the clutter in your home.
If you're looking for vintage or retro décor for your next home, Hallowell, Maine, has been a wonderful antiquing destination for decades. Their many unique antique stores have a wide variety of items big and small dating back from the 1800s and beyond. Our real estate agents at Sprague & Curtis Real Estate love getting lost in the relics of yesterday and have picked out a few of our favorite Hallowell antique shops for you to check out!