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Landscaping, Driveways, Mailboxes… Your Curb Appeal Starts Here

        

Curb appeal is that first glimpse of a home from the sidewalk.  It determines how you feel about a house and how you’ll interact with it – is it welcoming, is it deteriorating?  The front of a home is a mirror of its interior, and when it doesn’t look good from the street it usually isn’t much better on the inside.  Why not enhance your home’s preview?  Creating an inviting entrance will not only benefit your guests but it can also significantly raise your home’s value.  Whether you’re thinking about selling your home this summer or just entertaining some friends, here are some easy ways to improve your home’s curb appeal…

  • Repair your mailbox.

Practical structures don’t need to be cheap.  Mailboxes are a great excuse to add a little glamour to your home.  Instead of going for the standard plastic or wood option, why not use this as a feature detail in your front lawn?  Line your mailbox with stone, rebuild with high quality wood, accent it with plant features, or add a hardware detail like a number sign…  Any of these options will work to upgrade and add personality to the front of your home.

  • Trash Shed

Go the extra mile by housing your garbage cans in a trash shed.  These structures are especially great for country or mountain homes looking to keep animals out.  Limit trash smells to areas other than your garage with the addition of a trash shed.

  • Driveway

Driveways don’t need to be boring.  Pour your concrete differently.  Consider staining or stamping your driveway to create luxurious place to park your cars.

  • Landscaping & Plants

Highlight the entrance to your home with some plant life.  Potted or planted, flowers or bushes, gardens are a welcoming way to usher in your home’s guests.

  • Front Door

Lastly, one of the easiest and budget-friendly ways to improve your home’s curb appeal is by adding a fresh coat of paint to your front door.  Yellow, red, or a high contrast navy or black will instantly make your home more modern and intriguing.

Maintain the investment in your home with exterior maintenance.  Curb appeal, landscaping, repairs, and paint are simple ways to improve your home.  Need help getting started?  Handyman Matters has craftsmen skilled in over 1,162 projects – call us today to started on your home 866-FIX-MY-HOME.

Color Schemes for Interior Decorations

interior-paintingRedecorating your home can be both fun and intimidating, particularly when you face all the options available to you. And when it comes to wall color schemes, things can also seem risky, indeed. But you don’t need to feel overwhelmed by the ordeal; just take things one step at a time.

Assess each room individually. Make notes as to the amount of natural light each receives, the kind of lighting you are using, and the colors that will best complement the natural architectural features of your home.

Take a close look at the carpeting, flooring and woodwork to help guide you in your choices. A particularly useful tool would be a color wheel, something you can pick up at any paint, interior design, or home improvement store. Color wheels are used to determine complementary colors for selecting the best combination of hues for a room.

When you have decided on the color palette that best suits the space, start with the lighter shades for walls, medium for furniture and windows (or contrasts).

Lighter shades like cream, whites, lemon and ivory can make a space look larger. Use lighter shades as the base or neutral color and play with contrast and bolder shades for the rest of the décor.

You should also have an “eye resting point,” where all of the colors break even. This shouldn’t be anything too big or too loud. A vase, bowl or painting that highlights the room’s accents and harmonizes the interiors will serve the purpose nicely.

People tend to prefer the boldest use of colors on fabrics like cushions, curtains and mats. Try to repeat colors in an equal proportion throughout the room, and in 3 or 4 places. As a general rule, a good color ratio is to go with 60% in lighter tones, 30% in mid-range, and just 10% in the brightest accent colors.

Play within the rules, but when it comes to creativity, don’t overlook your own power. Create a space that reflects your taste and individuality.

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Eco-friendly Bath Updates on a Budget

Bathroom on a BudgetGreen remodeling is more popular today than ever before. But creating an environmentally friendly home isn’t the only reason homeowners are undertaking green remodels. Green renovations and upgrades can be a daunting task for most homeowners and with the growing popularity in these upgrades Handyman Matters is available to support all of your needs, whether it is a small home improvement to a full remodel in some rooms in your house. According to the Wall Street Journal, certified green homes garner a higher resale value and are on the market a quarter-less time.

Think you need to be extreme to go green and make a lasting impact? Think again! There are small steps you can take to go green on a budget — and the bathroom is a great place to start. In a short timeframe and with a small investment, you can increase your home’s value and easily turn your bathroom into a healthier, eco-friendly environment.

Freshen Up

If you’re planning to add some color to your bathroom or freshen up the walls with a new coat of paint, be sure to use one with low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to reduce gaseous pollutants in your home. These non-toxic paints are not only healthier for you, your family and the environment, but they are vibrant and durable as well.

Eco-Fabulous Faucets

Bathroom faucets are the culprits of much water waste. Luckily, you can easily save water by investing a new lavatory faucet with a water-saving aerator. The professional craftsmen at Handyman Matters can install any faucet your choose specific for your bathroom.

Shower Savings

After toilets and washing machines, showers are next in line as residential water hogs. Today, flow-optimized showerheads are being produced and to help ensure they are installed properly, Handyman Matters can complete any projects you may have.

Not-So-Bright Ideas

Lighting is one of the largest uses of power in your home. Installing a dimmer in your bathroom will not only help you to set a serene mood after a long day, but also reduce energy and show green savings on your monthly electric bills. Finding the right lights can be tough and installation can be even more difficult, make sure all lights are installed correctly with Handyman Matters. Replacing incandescent light bulbs in your bathroom with compact fluorescent lighting is another small change that will make a big impact. Fluorescent lights use one-third the electricity of standard bulbs and also last up to 10 times longer.

Lean, Green and Clean

Now that you’ve finished some green updates in your bathroom, make sure to keep it clean with non-toxic organic soaps and cleaners. There are websites that list the latest lines of environmentally-friendly cleaning products. It’s a win-win situation for both your family and the environment.

Being green doesn’t mean going to extremes. With these lean bathroom updates, you’ll see the green benefits for the environment and your wallet. Handyman Matters can help you plan for upgrades and repairs that are eco-friendly. The professional craftsmen at Handyman Matters can execute all projects from repairs to remodels that suite your needs. Click Here to find a location near you.