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Posted by Brosnan Realty Group, Inc on 3/14/2021

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Preparing to list your home is a process, that when done correctly, can help you to achieve the best possible price as well as aid you in selling your home more quickly. Before you sell your home, there are a few small home improvement projects that you will want to have completed before your first showing. 

Address Any Floor Issues

Carpet stains, worn areas, scratched wood, and crack tiles, can all be a turn off for potential buyers. If you have a newer carpet, performing a deep clean may suffice, but if it is older and worn, you should consider replacing it. Tile flooring should be replaced if cracked and if in good enough condition to keep, take the time to thoroughly clean the grout to get your floors looking like new. For hardwood floors, consider having them refinished so that they can look like fresh again.

Update Your Home's Hardware

Door knobs, drawer pulls, cupboard handles, and hinges can easily make a house look dated. This is an easy upgrade that can be made and requires little labor. Choose more modern designs and finishes and make sure that the theme is consistent throughout the room in your home. 

Remove Popcorn Ceilings

If your ceilings are still covered in popcorn, now is the perfect time to be rid of it, to give your ceilings a more modern look. The good news with this improvement is that it will only cost you a little in ceiling paint and mainly requires time to complete. While scraping all of your ceilings may seem like a daunting task at first, you will be pleasantly surprised by how much it can change the look of the room.

Declutter Your Closets

Before you list our home, you will want it to seem as spacious, as organized, and as neat as possible. While most people know that closets are typically filled in most homes, when they are filled too much, it can make it hard to judge the available space. Declutter and get rid of anything that you no longer need. If your closets are still brimming, you may want to consider packing anything that you will not need until after your move and having it placed in storage. 

Address Minor Repairs

Now is the ideal time to address any minor repairs that you have been putting off. Fix any plumbing issues such as clogs and leaks, repair any damage to walls and door frames, and replace any burnt out light bulbs. You want buyers to know that the house is well-maintained. It will make them more confident that major problems are less likely. 

Tackle the small improvement projects above to get your home ready to list to help put you in the best position to get what you are looking for out of the sale of your home. 





Posted by Brosnan Realty Group, Inc on 1/17/2021

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One of the clear benefits of siding is to protect both the exterior and interior of the home. This protection is mainly against harsh elements. There are many siding options from which to choose, but the standard siding choice is vinyl siding. Homeowners looking to add this feature to their home will enjoy many benefits such as: 

Durability

Vinyl is extremely durable and long-lasting when professionally installed. Vinyl siding does not rust, corrode, or warp, and its design withstands the harsh elements. Another feature that makes vinyl siding a good possibility is it's impervious to pests, such as termites. Also, it is moisture resistant, unlike wood that is prone to rot or split.

Affordability

Another compelling reason why homeowners choose vinyl siding is the cost. Compared to other siding styles, vinyl is the least expensive, with a modest maintenance cost to boot. 

Low maintenance

The overall cost of maintaining vinyl siding is inexpensive. There is no need to paint, scrape, or apply a stain year after year. All you need is a gentle clean once a year with water and a mild mold remover or use a power washer to remove built-up mud and dirt.

Improve home value

Vinyl siding significantly increases your homes' equity. It beautifies the exterior of your home. It doesn't peel, chip or flake, which helps your home look well-maintained all the time. It can also improve your home’s value in the marketplace.

Quick installation

Vinyl siding is lightweight and often comes with pre-drilled holes for easy installation. As a result, the time required to install vinyl siding is minimal compared to the other options.

Color choices

Vinyl gives homeowners an extensive collection of options. It comes in a variety of colors and textures. Choose from narrow gauge triple-lap clapboard designs to wide-gauge Dutch-lap, faux-stone, or staggered shake styles. 

Vinyl siding is the best when looking for an excellent siding choice that is durable, affordable and easy to maintain. Visit your local building store to get more information about vinyl siding or consult with your home contractor for a recommendation.





Posted by Brosnan Realty Group, Inc on 12/13/2020

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Tired of looking at a dated bathroom day after day but dread updating it knowing the average remodeled bathroom will set you back thousands of dollars? Even if you don’t have the budget for a complete makeover, there are several DIY ways you can update your bathroom.

1. Paint Tub & Tile

For many homeowners, the most outdated area of their bathrooms is the tub and shower. The good news is if your tub and tiles are in good shape, you don’t necessarily need to remove them—simply give them a refresh.

  • Thoroughly clean tub and tile.
  • Purchase a prepackaged tub and tile kit—it’ll give you a list of supplies and tools and the right epoxy, along with detailed instructions.
  • Sand down all tub and tile surfaces so you establish a good clean base for adhesion.
  • Use quality paint designed for this type of project.
  • Thoroughly ventilate your working area.
  • Give your tub a good amount of curing time before running a bath.

This project is a little trickier than simply painting walls, but with patience and know-how, you can give your old bathroom a completely brand-new look.

2. Refinish a Dated Vanity

If your bathroom vanity looks like it came straight out of the 1980s, you can easily remedy this by refinishing it.

  • Remove all hardware, drawers and the cabinet door; put them aside to paint separately.
  • Gently sand down the vanity's surface and then clean off any dirt, dust or grime.
  • Using smooth strokes with a brush or roller (you can test to see which looks better), paint the vanity’s surface and let it thoroughly dry.

Once your newly painted drawers and cabinet door are completely dry, reattach your hardware and add on some sparkling new knobs. Voila!

3. Update Your Lighting

Many homeowners find they can easily swap out old fixtures for new ones and see their bathrooms in a whole new light. Or you can get crafty and create your own. Popular styles include:

  • Pendant lights.
  • Mason jar sconces.
  • 3 or 4 bulb bath bar.
  • Lighting can make or break a room. If you're seeking a more modern look, look to change out your fixtures.

    4. Create a Unique Bathmat

    Sometimes it’s the simple touches that add flair to a room. One easy thing you can do is ditch the regular bathmat and create one out of cedar strips. Cedar is great since it’s water-resistant and it gives your bathroom a spa-like vibe. You’ll need a 1x6x10 cedar board, measuring tape, circular saw, table saw, wood glue and teak oil.

  • Cut your board into three pieces with your circular saw for the desired length.
  • Using the remaining wood, cut out three support pieces.
  • Thoroughly sand all pieces and then position them to your liking.
  • Glue pieces in the position you choose and then nail them together.
  • Once you’ve put your cedar bath mat together, allow it time to completely dry before using it.

    Giving your old bathroom a facelift, or even some new bling, can do wonders for its appearance. Identify your pain points, apply an update and see what a difference even the smallest changes can make.




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    Posted by Brosnan Realty Group, Inc on 11/8/2020

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    Most everyone would love to gain some extra room, especially those in small homes with limited space options. Here are three home interior DIY projects to help you maximize your space.

    1. Transform a Closet into Workspace

    If you’re lacking the room for a home office, transform one of your closets into a mini-office. This is a relatively easy and inexpensive way to give yourself a dedicated workspace.

    • Remove the door and hinges.
    • Empty the closet and give it a good wipe down.
    • Disassemble hanging rods.
    • Touch up or repaint the closet’s interior.
    • Add two to three shelves—a deep one to serve as your desktop and additional ones for storage.

    If you prefer a traditional desk and your closet is wide enough, slide one in and eliminate the need for a deep shelf.

    2. Mount Your TV

    Modern styles are all about minimalism and entertainment centers don’t exactly fit this look. Besides, media consoles take up a ton of floor space. An easy way to reclaim this useful space is to mount your TV to the wall or above a fireplace.

    • Choose a mount for your TV—this will be a tilting mount, low-profile mount or full-motion mount.
    • Select a location and determine the best viewing height—be sure you have sufficient outlets and access to cable connections you need.
    • Cut out a piece of TV-sized cardboard or poster board and tape it to the wall to get a “visual” of your TV’s position.
    • Locate a stud and mark it. (If mounting to a fireplace use masonry anchors.)
    • Before you drill, use a level to ensure the wall mount is even.
    • Drill holes, attach your mount and secure it so it doesn’t collapse.
    • Add a cord cover to hide unsightly wiring.

    Media consoles were useful before flat-screen TVs became the norm, but most people today can easily get by with a wall-mount and a shelf to hold cable boxes, media players or game consoles. If you need additional storage, add a small table with cabinet space.

    3. Build Window Seats

    Adding window seats to any room eliminates the need for extra seating on the floor, gives a cozy look and offers additional storage space.

    • Buy two wall cabinets about 30 inches wide by 15 inches high. You can purchase new or, to scale back costs, check secondhand stores, such as Habitat for Humanity’s Restore, for used cabinetry.
    • Use plywood (2x4 or 2x6) to serve as a perimeter base, nailing these pieces of wood into the floor to create a toekick. Be sure your outline’s depth is large enough to hold your cabinets, and leave a little extra room to pull your cabinets away a few inches from the wall beneath the window to save space for your seat.
    • Place cabinets on top of the toekick and clamp the two cabinets together. Be sure your screws are strong enough to hold the units together.
    • Clamp and screw cabinets to the toekick.
    • Place hardwood plywood on top of the cabinets to widen your seating area. (Sand and paint, if necessary.)
    • Add cushions and pillows.

    Tip: Be sure to avoid positioning your seat over an HVAC vent or baseboard because you don’t block out your heat or A/C.

    If you’re working with some tight spaces, you can better utilize it by transforming your existing space.




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    Posted by Brosnan Realty Group, Inc on 5/31/2020

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    Whether you want to sell or just want to live in a more luxurious environment, understanding some of the key details that make a luxury home what it is can help you make the most of a new purchase or even your current dwelling. High end homes are about more than just space -- a large home does not necessarily become luxurious, simply because of its size. Learning about some of the most common luxury upgrades allows you to make the most of your space or elevate a new purchase to create something truly spectacular. While every home is different, these types of upgrades are essential components of high end, luxury homes across the country. 

    Luxury Upgrades your Home Doesn't Have...and Why you Need Them

    Smart Tech: Smart thermostats are pretty mainstream at this point, but luxury homes are far more integrated and supported by technology. Consider upgrading by investing in an entire system with components that work together -- from your HVAC to your entertainment options and home operations. You'll love having a single interface for everything and being able to configure every aspect of your home to meet your specific needs. 

    Cleaning Essentials: Central vacuum, laundry options on all floors and other high end perks do more than just help keep a home with multiple levels clean, it ensures that your space is ready for a staff or on-site team if you want them. Even if you don't use the space all that often or clean it yourself, the presence of these conveniences is a big plus when it comes to selling a high end home. High end buyers expect these details -- from docking stations for floor cleaners to dedicated spaces for cleaning staff and supplies, you'll find it easier to outsource home care when you have these essentials in place. 

    Outdoor Entertaining Space: Whether you go for a full kitchen, opt for an oversized firepit and conversation area or simply create comfortable areas for dining and seating, the outside of your home is no longer just for playing games or gardening. Outdoor spaces have gone far beyond a few lawn chairs and a grill. Build an oversized firepit and surround it with comfortable seating -- complete with wool blankets or quilts for chilly nights. Need to have some digital entertainment, too? An outdoor movie zone, complete with pedestal or hanging lounges and built in snack bar is sure to please. One of the top luxury home trends addresses the outdoors and ensures that you and your guests can have a seamless transition from the inside. Up your entertaining game and upgrade that bland porch or patio to increase the value and luxury of your home. 

    From elevated and luxurious living spaces to hotel-worthy conveniences, incorporating a few of these upgrades will make your own home an oasis of comfort -- and make it more appealing to buyers when it is time to sell. 




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