How to Choose the Right Materials for a House

How to Choose the Right Materials for a House

When starting a major renovation process, you may be worrying about how to find the right materials for a house. Well you’re in luck! In this week’s blog post, we will be going over how we choose materials for our fixes and flips.

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1) The Neighborhood

First, you need to look at the other houses in the area. This will help you determine if you need to put in more modern or traditional fixtures and materials.

2) Pick out your Colors

The colors are going to help set the mood for the whole house. We like to go with greys for a more modern look, and warm colors for a more traditional one.

3) The ARV

Materials change depending on what type of house you have. First, Second, and Higher end houses all require very different materials and fixtures to fit their ambiance.

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KariBuysHouses.com makes no legal representations as to the accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss, inconvenience, and/or damage because of or while making use of information in this blog.

I buy houses in Central Florida.  In Central Florida I buy houses in the Counties of Brevard County, Citrus County, Hardee County, Hernando County, Indian River County, Lake County, Marion County, Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Sumter County, and Volusia County.

In Brevard County, I buy houses in Cape Canavera, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne.  In Citrus County I buy houses in Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, Inverness, Lecanto, Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods.   In Hardee County I buy houses in Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchul,, Sweetwater, and Zolfo Springs.

In Hardee County I buy houses in Brookridge, Brooksville, Hernando Beach, Hill ‘N Dale, Lake Lindsey, Masaryktown, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill, North Weeki Wachee, Pine Island, Ridge Manor, South Brooksville, Timber Pines, and Weeki Wachee Gardens. In Indian River County I buy houses in Fellsmere, Florida Ridge, Gifford, Indian River Shores, North Beach, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Vero Lake Estates, Wabasso Beach, West Vero Corridor, and Winter Beach.  In Lake County I buy houses in Altoona, Astatula, Astor, Bassville Park, Clermont, Eustis, Forest Hills, Fruitland Park, Grand Island, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento, Tavares, Umatilla, and Yalaha.

In Marion County I buy houses in Anthony, Belleview, Citra, Dunnellon, Eastlake Weir, Fort McCoy, Hog Valley, Kerr City, Marion Oaks, Ocala, Ocklawaha, Orange Springs, Pedro, Reddick, Romeo, Salt Springs, Silver Springs Shores, Summerfield, and Weirsdale.  In Orange County I buy houses in Alafaya, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Bithlo, Christmas, Doctor Phillips, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fairway Shores, Goldenrod, Gotha, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Buena Vista, Lockhart, Maitland, Meadow Woods, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Orlovista, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Southchase, South Apopka, Taft, Tangerine, Union Park, Wedgefield,Williamsburg, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, and Zellwood.

In Osceola County I buy houses in Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Deer Park, Four Corners, Harmony, Holopaw, Intercession City, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Narc oossee, Poinciana, Reunion, St. Cloud, and Yeehaw Junction.  In Polk County I buy houses in Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Bowling Green, Bradely Junction, Brewster, Combee Settlement, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Lake, Cypress Gardens, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Fussels Corner, Gibsonia, Green Pond, Haines City, Highland Park, Highlands City, Hillcrest Heights, Indian Lake Estates, Jan Phyl Village, Inwood, Kathleen, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Mulberry, Polk City, Willow Oak, Winter Haven, Wahneta, and Waverley.

In Seminole County I by houses in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Forest City, Geneva, Goldenrod, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Lake Monroe, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Wekiva Springs, and Winter Springs.  In Sumter County I buy houses Bushnell (County Seat), Center Hill, Coleman, Lake Panasoffkee, Sumterville, Oxford, The Villages, Webster, Wildwood.  In Volusia County I buy houses in Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeLand, DeBary, De Leon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Lake Helen, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Osteen, Pierson, Port Orange, and Seville.

5 Steps to Staging Your Bathroom

5 Steps to Staging Your Bathroom

When trying to sell a home, you really want to “wow!” the potential buyers! In this three part series we will be exploring how to create the glamour effect through the magic of staging.

View the previous post here!

The bathroom is a very important part of a home, and when staging, you want to showcase its features. Potential home buyers want to see all the space the bathroom has to offer, so it is important not to clutter up the area with loud patterns and objects. Below, you’ll find our five tips to staging a bathroom to “wow” those potential buyers!

1) Declutter your vanity.

The more space the vanity has, the more appealing it is. You don’t want to have it covered in miscellaneous bathroom junk. Instead, put a couple of candles, towels, or dispensers on the vanity. This will show off the space without being overbearing.

2) Add a neutral shower curtain.

A bright or extremely patterned shower curtain can distract from the rest of the room. With a neutral shower curtain, the bathroom looks complete, but nothing is drawing the eye away from the other aspects of the room.

3) Add some decorative towels.

Adding some decorative towels is great for helping the potential homeowner picture what their bathroom could look like. Additionally, the decorative nature ensures that they won’t use them while touring the home, keeping the area looking neat for other visitors.

4) Keep a Roll of Toilet Paper in the Bathroom

This tip is more practical then anything. Visitors to the house may have to use the facilities, and you want them to be comfortable.

5) Decorate the toilet.

The toilet is probably the least naturally appealing aspect of a bathroom, but it can be spruced up with a little decoration! Add a basket with some trinkets in it to the back of the toilet, or some other small, decorative object. It will help to liven up the room.

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 While every caution has been taken to provide readers with the most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this article.  

KariBuysHouses.com makes no legal representations as to the accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss, inconvenience, and/or damage because of or while making use of information in this blog.

I buy houses in Central Florida.  In Central Florida I buy houses in the Counties of Brevard County, Citrus County, Hardee County, Hernando County, Indian River County, Lake County, Marion County, Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Sumter County, and Volusia County.

In Brevard County, I buy houses in Cape Canavera, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne.  In Citrus County I buy houses in Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, Inverness, Lecanto, Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods.   In Hardee County I buy houses in Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchul,, Sweetwater, and Zolfo Springs.

In Hardee County I buy houses in Brookridge, Brooksville, Hernando Beach, Hill ‘N Dale, Lake Lindsey, Masaryktown, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill, North Weeki Wachee, Pine Island, Ridge Manor, South Brooksville, Timber Pines, and Weeki Wachee Gardens. In Indian River County I buy houses in Fellsmere, Florida Ridge, Gifford, Indian River Shores, North Beach, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Vero Lake Estates, Wabasso Beach, West Vero Corridor, and Winter Beach.  In Lake County I buy houses in Altoona, Astatula, Astor, Bassville Park, Clermont, Eustis, Forest Hills, Fruitland Park, Grand Island, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento, Tavares, Umatilla, and Yalaha.

In Marion County I buy houses in Anthony, Belleview, Citra, Dunnellon, Eastlake Weir, Fort McCoy, Hog Valley, Kerr City, Marion Oaks, Ocala, Ocklawaha, Orange Springs, Pedro, Reddick, Romeo, Salt Springs, Silver Springs Shores, Summerfield, and Weirsdale.  In Orange County I buy houses in Alafaya, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Bithlo, Christmas, Doctor Phillips, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fairway Shores, Goldenrod, Gotha, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Buena Vista, Lockhart, Maitland, Meadow Woods, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Orlovista, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Southchase, South Apopka, Taft, Tangerine, Union Park, Wedgefield,Williamsburg, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, and Zellwood.

In Osceola County I buy houses in Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Deer Park, Four Corners, Harmony, Holopaw, Intercession City, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Narc oossee, Poinciana, Reunion, St. Cloud, and Yeehaw Junction.  In Polk County I buy houses in Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Bowling Green, Bradely Junction, Brewster, Combee Settlement, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Lake, Cypress Gardens, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Fussels Corner, Gibsonia, Green Pond, Haines City, Highland Park, Highlands City, Hillcrest Heights, Indian Lake Estates, Jan Phyl Village, Inwood, Kathleen, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Mulberry, Polk City, Willow Oak, Winter Haven, Wahneta, and Waverley.

In Seminole County I by houses in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Forest City, Geneva, Goldenrod, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Lake Monroe, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Wekiva Springs, and Winter Springs.  In Sumter County I buy houses Bushnell (County Seat), Center Hill, Coleman, Lake Panasoffkee, Sumterville, Oxford, The Villages, Webster, Wildwood.  In Volusia County I buy houses in Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeLand, DeBary, De Leon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Lake Helen, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Osteen, Pierson, Port Orange, and Seville.

3 Steps to Staging your Fireplace

3 Steps to Staging Your Fireplace

When trying to sell a home, you really want to “wow!” the potential buyers! In this three part series we will be exploring how to create the glamour effect through the magic of staging.

View part one here!

A fireplace is an excellent addition to any house, and the perfect natural showcase piece when staging a home. With that in mind, it is important to remember not to over-stage the fireplace, as it will take away from its natural appeal. With the following steps, we lay out the basics of how to stage your fireplace, helping to make your home even more appealing to future buyers!

1) Update the features to make the fireplace more modern.

A dirty and old fireplace gives all of the wrong impressions. Take down outdated features, such as a oversize mirrors or tacky garnishes. Repaint old colors with new, modern color schemes, such as white and silver.

2) Add decorations or ornaments.

Adding a candle or ornament next to the fireplace will draw the eye to it, as well as create an atmosphere of “warmth”. Candles are especially helpful, as they help buyers to envision the warmth of the fire without it actually being lit!

3) Use the mantle to create an inviting feeling.

Nothing is more cozy then the image of cuddling around the fire with your loved ones. By adding mantle decorations related to the home occupants, you are helping to create that image for potential buyers.

There you have it, our three steps to staging your fireplace! We hope you enjoyed reading, and learned a few insider tricks in the process! As a special offer through our YouTube channel, we are now offering a link to EXCLUSIVE free tips, tricks, and content for those interested. For more information, check out our YouTube channel 

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 While every caution has been taken to provide readers with the most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this article.  

KariBuysHouses.com makes no legal representations as to the accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss, inconvenience, and/or damage because of or while making use of information in this blog.

I buy houses in Central Florida.  In Central Florida I buy houses in the Counties of Brevard County, Citrus County, Hardee County, Hernando County, Indian River County, Lake County, Marion County, Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Sumter County, and Volusia County.

In Brevard County, I buy houses in Cape Canavera, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne.  In Citrus County I buy houses in Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, Inverness, Lecanto, Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods.   In Hardee County I buy houses in Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchul,, Sweetwater, and Zolfo Springs.

In Hardee County I buy houses in Brookridge, Brooksville, Hernando Beach, Hill ‘N Dale, Lake Lindsey, Masaryktown, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill, North Weeki Wachee, Pine Island, Ridge Manor, South Brooksville, Timber Pines, and Weeki Wachee Gardens. In Indian River County I buy houses in Fellsmere, Florida Ridge, Gifford, Indian River Shores, North Beach, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Vero Lake Estates, Wabasso Beach, West Vero Corridor, and Winter Beach.  In Lake County I buy houses in Altoona, Astatula, Astor, Bassville Park, Clermont, Eustis, Forest Hills, Fruitland Park, Grand Island, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento, Tavares, Umatilla, and Yalaha.

In Marion County I buy houses in Anthony, Belleview, Citra, Dunnellon, Eastlake Weir, Fort McCoy, Hog Valley, Kerr City, Marion Oaks, Ocala, Ocklawaha, Orange Springs, Pedro, Reddick, Romeo, Salt Springs, Silver Springs Shores, Summerfield, and Weirsdale.  In Orange County I buy houses in Alafaya, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Bithlo, Christmas, Doctor Phillips, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fairway Shores, Goldenrod, Gotha, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Buena Vista, Lockhart, Maitland, Meadow Woods, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Orlovista, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Southchase, South Apopka, Taft, Tangerine, Union Park, Wedgefield,Williamsburg, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, and Zellwood.

In Osceola County I buy houses in Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Deer Park, Four Corners, Harmony, Holopaw, Intercession City, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Narc oossee, Poinciana, Reunion, St. Cloud, and Yeehaw Junction.  In Polk County I buy houses in Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Bowling Green, Bradely Junction, Brewster, Combee Settlement, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Lake, Cypress Gardens, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Fussels Corner, Gibsonia, Green Pond, Haines City, Highland Park, Highlands City, Hillcrest Heights, Indian Lake Estates, Jan Phyl Village, Inwood, Kathleen, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Mulberry, Polk City, Willow Oak, Winter Haven, Wahneta, and Waverley.

In Seminole County I by houses in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Forest City, Geneva, Goldenrod, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Lake Monroe, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Wekiva Springs, and Winter Springs.  In Sumter County I buy houses Bushnell (County Seat), Center Hill, Coleman, Lake Panasoffkee, Sumterville, Oxford, The Villages, Webster, Wildwood.  In Volusia County I buy houses in Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeLand, DeBary, De Leon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Lake Helen, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Osteen, Pierson, Port Orange, and Seville.

The Newest Trend in Flooring: Luxury, Waterproof Vinyl

The Newest Flooring Trend

About Soto AAAA, Inc. 

Soto AAAA is a flooring company that is family-owned and operated. The company services all of Central Florida and has a wide selection of carpets, tiles, and wooden planks. The best way to contact Adan is by calling 407-722-2293 or by emailing me at  a.duranflooring@yahoo.com. 

Now here are the reasons why vinyl flooring aka luxury, waterproof flooring has become a popular flooring option for homeowners and investors alike. 

 

Durable & Resilient

Vinyl Flooring has been criticized for being outdated and flimsy. However, Vinyl Flooring has come along way in recent years. It’s now a top choice for investors and everyday people who are updating their flooring. Vinyl flooring has many great attributes. For one, vinyl flooring is resilient and durable. Depending on how well the material was manufactured and whether or not it was installed properly installed as well as maintained, vinyl flooring can last upwards 20 years. Meanwhile, the broken pieces can be easily replaced. This is due to the fiberglass in vinyl flooring. 

Easy to Clean & Maintain

Another benefit of Vinyl Flooring is its low maintenance. Due to its surface having a clear layer that acts as a barrier, vinyl is resistant to stains and spills. Even if your vinyl flooring gets dirty from people trekking in mud and grime, it’s extremely easy to clean. Also, no need to worry about your pets scratching your flooring with their nails. Vinyl flooring is so durable that it doesn’t easily get damaged.

Looks just like hardwood

Presently, vinyl flooring now closely resembles hardwood flooring even down to the little ridges you would see on hardwood

It’s inexpensive

The cost of vinyl flooring can range from high to low but always depends on the quality of the material and the design methods. Generally, the vinyl flooring that Adan provides is in the median cost-range. Even at $2.75 to $2.50 per sqft, this is at the lower end of what it cost to install vinyl flooring.

Easy Installation

Floor Prep – Give your flooring a skim coat to remove imperfections on the floor. Scrap and throw thickness on the prep. Instead of demoing the existing tile, the new tile can simply be installed over it to SAVE money.

 

In summary, if all these reasons don’t spell out why vinyl tiles is a great option for your flooring, I don’t know what will! 

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 While every caution has been taken to provide readers with the most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this article.  

KariBuysHouses.com makes no legal representations as to the accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss, inconvenience, and/or damage because of or while making use of information in this blog.

I buy houses in Central Florida.  In Central Florida I buy houses in the Counties of Brevard County, Citrus County, Hardee County, Hernando County, Indian River County, Lake County, Marion County, Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Sumter County, and Volusia County.

In Brevard County, I buy houses in Cape Canavera, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne.  In Citrus County I buy houses in Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, Inverness, Lecanto, Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods.   In Hardee County I buy houses in Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchul,, Sweetwater, and Zolfo Springs.

In Hardee County I buy houses in Brookridge, Brooksville, Hernando Beach, Hill ‘N Dale, Lake Lindsey, Masaryktown, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill, North Weeki Wachee, Pine Island, Ridge Manor, South Brooksville, Timber Pines, and Weeki Wachee Gardens. In Indian River County I buy houses in Fellsmere, Florida Ridge, Gifford, Indian River Shores, North Beach, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Vero Lake Estates, Wabasso Beach, West Vero Corridor, and Winter Beach.  In Lake County I buy houses in Altoona, Astatula, Astor, Bassville Park, Clermont, Eustis, Forest Hills, Fruitland Park, Grand Island, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento, Tavares, Umatilla, and Yalaha.

In Marion County I buy houses in Anthony, Belleview, Citra, Dunnellon, Eastlake Weir, Fort McCoy, Hog Valley, Kerr City, Marion Oaks, Ocala, Ocklawaha, Orange Springs, Pedro, Reddick, Romeo, Salt Springs, Silver Springs Shores, Summerfield, and Weirsdale.  In Orange County I buy houses in Alafaya, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Bithlo, Christmas, Doctor Phillips, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fairway Shores, Goldenrod, Gotha, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Buena Vista, Lockhart, Maitland, Meadow Woods, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Orlovista, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Southchase, South Apopka, Taft, Tangerine, Union Park, Wedgefield,Williamsburg, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, and Zellwood.

In Osceola County I buy houses in Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Deer Park, Four Corners, Harmony, Holopaw, Intercession City, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Narc oossee, Poinciana, Reunion, St. Cloud, and Yeehaw Junction.  In Polk County I buy houses in Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Bowling Green, Bradely Junction, Brewster, Combee Settlement, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Lake, Cypress Gardens, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Fussels Corner, Gibsonia, Green Pond, Haines City, Highland Park, Highlands City, Hillcrest Heights, Indian Lake Estates, Jan Phyl Village, Inwood, Kathleen, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Mulberry, Polk City, Willow Oak, Winter Haven, Wahneta, and Waverley.

In Seminole County I by houses in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Forest City, Geneva, Goldenrod, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Lake Monroe, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Wekiva Springs, and Winter Springs.  In Sumter County I buy houses Bushnell (County Seat), Center Hill, Coleman, Lake Panasoffkee, Sumterville, Oxford, The Villages, Webster, Wildwood.  In Volusia County I buy houses in Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeLand, DeBary, De Leon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Lake Helen, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Osteen, Pierson, Port Orange, and Seville.

How to Modernize Your Ceiling with Knockdown Texture

How to Modernize Your Ceiling

Now that you got rid of your dated and dare I say ugly popcorn textured ceilings, you are ready to begin the process of creating aesthetically appealing ceilings. I am here to inform you that the best way to get your ceilings looking sharp is by applying Knockdown Texture. Knockdown texture is a drywall finishing style and is one of my favorite textures. It is way less intense than popcorn texture but doesn’t exactly play it safe like a simple flat finish. It is commonly compared to orange peel texture, but in my opinion, it’s more subtle and fresh looking.

So what goes into creating a knockdown texture ceiling, you ask? A typical ceiling takes anywhere from 1 – 3 days depending on 1) the size of the house and 2) the number of people working on the ceilings. If you are like me and don’t have the time to go it alone, hiring a professional is your best option. While it is not the most expensive job, it can cost you between $400 – $500 for materials, equipment, and labor. For those of you looking to SAVE money and prefer to do-it-yourself then my easy to follow steps are just for you!

Before you get started, you will need the following tools & materials:

How to Apply Knockdown Texture Step-by-Step:

Prep the House

Knockdown texture is an extremely messy compound and although it is easy to wash away it is better to prevent a mess than having to waste time cleaning it up. If you are in the midst of rehabbing a house then you should always start with applying the knockdown texture to your ceilings before having the floors and walls done. If the house is lived-in then you could either remove all furniture and exposed items or simply covering everything in the house with drop cloths or rosin paper. 

Mix the Spackle 

My contractors typically buy the (ready-to-go) pre-mixed spackle but if you decide to buy the regular type you’ll just need to add water to it. The amount of water you add will depend on the consistency of the drywall mix. You want to avoid creating a mix that is too thick or else it won’t spray well. As Eddie likes to say, the consistency of the mix should be akin to pancake batter! 

Set Up Your Equipment & Tools

Now that you have your spackle mixed to the right consistency, you will then set up your equipment & tools. For this project, you will need a drywall hopper gun and an air compressor which attached to each by a long hose that comes with the compressor. Once your equipment is hooked up, you will need to calibrate the air pressure on the hopper gun according to the amount of texture you are applying to the ceiling. The best way to know if you calibrated the air pressure right is to do a test run on a blank piece of drywall. You will know the pressure is right if the texture is shooting out smoothly but if you are still unsure a safe PSI is 25. 

*It is important to note that when selecting a drywall hopper you purchase one with a long trigger as oppose to a short trigger. Short triggers will create an orange peel texture while long triggers get the knockdown texture look just right.

  

Spray Away

So you made it this far and now you are ready to apply the knockdown texture to your ceilings. After you fill your hopper with the mixture, you will proceed by mounting the hopper over your shoulder and hitting the trigger to spray. Keep the hopper at least a foot away from the ceiling to avoid over-spraying any one area. For time efficiency, it is best to spray in blocks of about 3 – 5 sqft and remember to keep the gun in motion so that you don’t have heavier looking spots than others. You will also notice later as you are knocking down the splatter with your knockdown knife, the texture will spread automatically, thus why going lighter on the spray is key. 

  

Knock it down

After the texture has been applied to your ceiling, you will wait 10-20 minutes before knocking down the texture with your knockdown knife. Keep in mind the texture dries and hardens quickly depending on the room temperature so go with your best judgment. At this point, you will take your knockdown knife in straight, overlapping movements. Start from the edges of the ceiling and move inward until the entire surface area of the ceiling is knocked down. Be sure to keep a damp rag on you to whip of any build up of spackle on your knockdown knife. The goal is to create a textured ceiling that appears smooth. 

Apply Paint

At last, you can now paint your ceilings. I usually apply pure white or extra white paint to my ceilings and opt for repose gray for my walls. Depending on the temperature inside the house as well as the humidity, your ceilings can be ready in as little as 3 hours. 

Here is an example of the knockdown texture we applied in the garage (not yet painted). 

Need to Sell Your Home?

 While every caution has been taken to provide readers with the most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this article.  

KariBuysHouses.com makes no legal representations as to the accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss, inconvenience, and/or damage because of or while making use of information in this blog.

I buy houses in Central Florida.  In Central Florida I buy houses in the Counties of Brevard County, Citrus County, Hardee County, Hernando County, Indian River County, Lake County, Marion County, Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Sumter County, and Volusia County.

In Brevard County, I buy houses in Cape Canavera, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne.  In Citrus County I buy houses in Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, Inverness, Lecanto, Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods.   In Hardee County I buy houses in Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchul,, Sweetwater, and Zolfo Springs.

In Hardee County I buy houses in Brookridge, Brooksville, Hernando Beach, Hill ‘N Dale, Lake Lindsey, Masaryktown, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill, North Weeki Wachee, Pine Island, Ridge Manor, South Brooksville, Timber Pines, and Weeki Wachee Gardens. In Indian River County I buy houses in Fellsmere, Florida Ridge, Gifford, Indian River Shores, North Beach, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Vero Lake Estates, Wabasso Beach, West Vero Corridor, and Winter Beach.  In Lake County I buy houses in Altoona, Astatula, Astor, Bassville Park, Clermont, Eustis, Forest Hills, Fruitland Park, Grand Island, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento, Tavares, Umatilla, and Yalaha.

In Marion County I buy houses in Anthony, Belleview, Citra, Dunnellon, Eastlake Weir, Fort McCoy, Hog Valley, Kerr City, Marion Oaks, Ocala, Ocklawaha, Orange Springs, Pedro, Reddick, Romeo, Salt Springs, Silver Springs Shores, Summerfield, and Weirsdale.  In Orange County I buy houses in Alafaya, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Bithlo, Christmas, Doctor Phillips, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fairway Shores, Goldenrod, Gotha, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Buena Vista, Lockhart, Maitland, Meadow Woods, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Orlovista, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Southchase, South Apopka, Taft, Tangerine, Union Park, Wedgefield,Williamsburg, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, and Zellwood.

In Osceola County I buy houses in Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Deer Park, Four Corners, Harmony, Holopaw, Intercession City, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Narc oossee, Poinciana, Reunion, St. Cloud, and Yeehaw Junction.  In Polk County I buy houses in Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Bowling Green, Bradely Junction, Brewster, Combee Settlement, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Lake, Cypress Gardens, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Fussels Corner, Gibsonia, Green Pond, Haines City, Highland Park, Highlands City, Hillcrest Heights, Indian Lake Estates, Jan Phyl Village, Inwood, Kathleen, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Mulberry, Polk City, Willow Oak, Winter Haven, Wahneta, and Waverley.

In Seminole County I by houses in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Forest City, Geneva, Goldenrod, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Lake Monroe, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Wekiva Springs, and Winter Springs.  In Sumter County I buy houses Bushnell (County Seat), Center Hill, Coleman, Lake Panasoffkee, Sumterville, Oxford, The Villages, Webster, Wildwood.  In Volusia County I buy houses in Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeLand, DeBary, De Leon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Lake Helen, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Osteen, Pierson, Port Orange, and Seville.

Drab to Fab: Updating Your Light Fixtures with Paint!

Drab to Fab: Light Fixtures

Are you wanting to update the look of your home and not sure where to start? I have a suggestion: start with updating your light fixtures! As an important aspect of interior design, it is best to include aesthetically pleasing light fixtures in your home. But….before you go out a purchase new light fixtures, revisit your old ones. With a can paint that cost you less than $5 you can turn your old light fixtures from drab to fab while saving big bucks!

In this episode of Drab to Fab, you will learn:

  • How to save money by making the most out your current light fixtures.
  • How to update the look of your light fixtures with paint.
  • What spray paints to use for modern or traditional looks. 
  • The steps it takes to bring your light fixtures from drab to fab.

Steps for updating your light fixtures with paint!

Step 1: Clean your light fixtures.

It is best to ensure that your light fixtures are cleaned thoroughly before applying paint as any dust or particles left on your fixture could create a blotchy coat of paint. 

Step 2: Sand down your light fixtures.

In order to create a sleek look after you apply your spray paint, be sure to sand down your light fixture. This will eliminate any noticeable rough edges and marks.

Step 3: Choose a color & spray paint!

Before updating your light fixtures, you should decide whether you want to go for a modern or traditional look. When going modern, use brush-nickel. If you are into a more traditional look, then oil-rubbed bronze is your best choice. Also, don’t forget to spray paint the smaller pieces of your light fixture and get in between any crevices!

Step 4: Let it Dry & Reapply

Once you finished spray painting your light fixture, give it time to dry. It usually takes between 15 to 20 minutes for the paint to completely dry. If need be, reapply a second coat to add luster.

And….here is the finished look. 

Items used in this video:

Brush-Nickle, Oil-Rubbed Bronze, and Black spray paint.

3M Sandblaster Sandpaper

 For more DIY paint projects, check out this tutorial on how to freshen up furniture using paint!

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KariBuysHouses.com makes no legal representations as to the accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss, inconvenience, and/or damage because of or while making use of information in this blog.

I buy houses in Central Florida.  In Central Florida I buy houses in the Counties of Brevard County, Citrus County, Hardee County, Hernando County, Indian River County, Lake County, Marion County, Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Sumter County, and Volusia County.

In Brevard County, I buy houses in Cape Canavera, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne.  In Citrus County I buy houses in Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, Inverness, Lecanto, Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods.   In Hardee County I buy houses in Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchul,, Sweetwater, and Zolfo Springs.

In Hardee County I buy houses in Brookridge, Brooksville, Hernando Beach, Hill ‘N Dale, Lake Lindsey, Masaryktown, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill, North Weeki Wachee, Pine Island, Ridge Manor, South Brooksville, Timber Pines, and Weeki Wachee Gardens. In Indian River County I buy houses in Fellsmere, Florida Ridge, Gifford, Indian River Shores, North Beach, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Vero Lake Estates, Wabasso Beach, West Vero Corridor, and Winter Beach.  In Lake County I buy houses in Altoona, Astatula, Astor, Bassville Park, Clermont, Eustis, Forest Hills, Fruitland Park, Grand Island, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento, Tavares, Umatilla, and Yalaha.

In Marion County I buy houses in Anthony, Belleview, Citra, Dunnellon, Eastlake Weir, Fort McCoy, Hog Valley, Kerr City, Marion Oaks, Ocala, Ocklawaha, Orange Springs, Pedro, Reddick, Romeo, Salt Springs, Silver Springs Shores, Summerfield, and Weirsdale.  In Orange County I buy houses in Alafaya, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Bithlo, Christmas, Doctor Phillips, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fairway Shores, Goldenrod, Gotha, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Buena Vista, Lockhart, Maitland, Meadow Woods, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Orlovista, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Southchase, South Apopka, Taft, Tangerine, Union Park, Wedgefield,Williamsburg, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, and Zellwood.

In Osceola County I buy houses in Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Deer Park, Four Corners, Harmony, Holopaw, Intercession City, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Narc oossee, Poinciana, Reunion, St. Cloud, and Yeehaw Junction.  In Polk County I buy houses in Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Bowling Green, Bradely Junction, Brewster, Combee Settlement, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Lake, Cypress Gardens, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Fussels Corner, Gibsonia, Green Pond, Haines City, Highland Park, Highlands City, Hillcrest Heights, Indian Lake Estates, Jan Phyl Village, Inwood, Kathleen, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Mulberry, Polk City, Willow Oak, Winter Haven, Wahneta, and Waverley.

In Seminole County I by houses in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Forest City, Geneva, Goldenrod, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Lake Monroe, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Wekiva Springs, and Winter Springs.  In Sumter County I buy houses Bushnell (County Seat), Center Hill, Coleman, Lake Panasoffkee, Sumterville, Oxford, The Villages, Webster, Wildwood.  In Volusia County I buy houses in Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeLand, DeBary, De Leon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Lake Helen, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Osteen, Pierson, Port Orange, and Seville.

6 Steps to Picking Out Fabulous Kitchen & Bathroom Fixtures

How Pick Out Perfect Kitchen and Bathroom Fixtures

For most people, the kitchen is a central hub where families and friends gather to enjoy a meal and socialize. The bathroom is equally important for obvious reasons. It’s no wonder people spend so much money and time on designing their kitchens and bathrooms. While the basic essential of functionality is key when designing these spaces, there is no denying that potential buyers are also focused on the style and appearance of kitchens and bathrooms. Aiming for a fabulous look is so important. All it takes is a little know-how to find the right kitchen and bathroom fixtures!

Here are my steps to picking out fixtures that will make your kitchen or bathroom boasts style and fabulousness!

Step 1: Know Your Price Points

Before you begin the process of designing your kitchen or bathroom, you should be able to understand your price points. Your price points depend on the after-retail-value of your house. Once the value of your home is determined, you can use this number to calculate the price for fixtures per square foot. Materials for kitchens and baths can be expensive which is why knowing your price points ahead of time can save you money! 

Here is basic guide showcasing typical price points per square footage based on house value:

  • $100,000 to 200,000 = $1-2 per sqft
  • $200,000 to 400,000 = $2-3 per sqft for
  •  Anything above $400,000 = $3-10 a sqrt

Step 2: Determine Whether You Want a Modern or Traditional Look

Once you have your price point figured out, you need to then determine whether or not you want a create a modern or traditional look. Deciding on a preference means you need to stay strict when pairing your fixtures together. For instance, you would pair modern cabinets with modern flooring and traditional cabinets with traditional flooring. 

In my example, I create a modern looking kitchen piece using a white shaker cabinet with gray tile flooring and brush nickel pull fixture. You can see it here. I purchase most of my materials from Floor & Decor. For a complete list of the items I love to purchase please scroll all the way to end of this blog. 

Step 3: Lighten or Darken Your Space

If you have a lot of light coming into your kitchen or bathroom you have more options and can go with either lighter or darker fixtures. However, if the space you are dealing with tends to be darker you are going to want to create the illusion of light. You can do this by using bright, white fixtures. For example, you could opt for white cabinets with a lighter color granite and flooring.  

Here are some of other suggestions for lightening up your kitchen and bathroom:

  • Paint the ceiling white
  • Limit dark color accents
  • Unblock and lighten your window treatments
  • Use lighter color flooring
  • Use brighter bulbs
  • Reduce clutter

Step 4: Create Contrast

Anytime you are trying to coordinate your flooring, backsplash, and cabinets, creating contrast is the goal. Though, try not to go overboard creating contrast else you could wind up with an eye-soar. Creating contrast helps make the general appearance of your kitchen or bathroom pop and attract buyers to the space. 

Step 5: Stay Away from Trends!

You should stay away from anything that is in style right now and may not be in the long term. I personally avoid glass mosaics even though this type of tile is popular these days. While glass mosaics make beautiful pieces, it is hard to say whether or not they remain popular in coming years. To play it safe, you want to use materials that appeal to the most buyers. You want your buyer to be content with the fixtures in your kitchen and bathroom and not have them thinking about possibly renovating in the future. Instead, I would stick with good old-fashion stone and marble and of course, go with neutral colors.

Step 6: Add Tile Surrounds

In all of my walk-in showers, I pick tiles that are going to contrast and coordinate and I use mosaics as often as I can because they add to the intricacy of the design. If you want to play with the appearance of your space, you can use bigger tiles to create the illusion that your walk-in-shower is wider or taller than it actually is. Typically, I use 20 x 20-inch tiles to create a space that looks bigger. The opposite is also true when using smaller tiles. 

In Summary:

Creating a fabulous look in your kitchen and bathroom can mean the difference between wooing potential buyers and making them turn the other way. By knowing your price points, determining whether you are going for a modern or traditional look, focusing on pairing and contrasting items accordingly as well as staying away from trends you will be well on your way to creating a fabulous looking kitchen or bathroom!

Favorite tile from Floor & Decor:

  • Cappucino Bei/Polished Mosaic Tile/SKU#: 931100414
  • Lystera Almond/Porcelain Tile/SKU#: 100053644 
  • Princeps Tortura/Porcelain Tile/SKU#: 912103990
  • Casabalanca Sands/Porcelain Tile/SKU#: 912400338
  • MARAZZI Montagna Gunstock 6/Glazed Porcelain Floor and Wall Tile/SKU#193242
  • MARAZZI Montagna Dapple Gray/Porcelain Floor and Wall Tile/SKU#1000021086
  • MARAZZI Montagna Saddle/Glazed Porcelain Floor and Wall Tile/SKU#193520

Favorite Granite Counter Tops: 

  • White Luna Pearl
  • Amba White Purple
  • Saint Cecilia

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KariBuysHouses.com makes no legal representations as to the accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss, inconvenience, and/or damage because of or while making use of information in this blog.

I buy houses in Central Florida.  In Central Florida I buy houses in the Counties of Brevard County, Citrus County, Hardee County, Hernando County, Indian River County, Lake County, Marion County, Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Sumter County, and Volusia County.

In Brevard County, I buy houses in Cape Canavera, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne.  In Citrus County I buy houses in Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, Inverness, Lecanto, Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods.   In Hardee County I buy houses in Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchul,, Sweetwater, and Zolfo Springs.

In Hardee County I buy houses in Brookridge, Brooksville, Hernando Beach, Hill ‘N Dale, Lake Lindsey, Masaryktown, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill, North Weeki Wachee, Pine Island, Ridge Manor, South Brooksville, Timber Pines, and Weeki Wachee Gardens. In Indian River County I buy houses in Fellsmere, Florida Ridge, Gifford, Indian River Shores, North Beach, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Vero Lake Estates, Wabasso Beach, West Vero Corridor, and Winter Beach.  In Lake County I buy houses in Altoona, Astatula, Astor, Bassville Park, Clermont, Eustis, Forest Hills, Fruitland Park, Grand Island, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento, Tavares, Umatilla, and Yalaha.

In Marion County I buy houses in Anthony, Belleview, Citra, Dunnellon, Eastlake Weir, Fort McCoy, Hog Valley, Kerr City, Marion Oaks, Ocala, Ocklawaha, Orange Springs, Pedro, Reddick, Romeo, Salt Springs, Silver Springs Shores, Summerfield, and Weirsdale.  In Orange County I buy houses in Alafaya, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Bithlo, Christmas, Doctor Phillips, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fairway Shores, Goldenrod, Gotha, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Buena Vista, Lockhart, Maitland, Meadow Woods, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Orlovista, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Southchase, South Apopka, Taft, Tangerine, Union Park, Wedgefield,Williamsburg, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, and Zellwood.

In Osceola County I buy houses in Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Deer Park, Four Corners, Harmony, Holopaw, Intercession City, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Narc oossee, Poinciana, Reunion, St. Cloud, and Yeehaw Junction.  In Polk County I buy houses in Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Bowling Green, Bradely Junction, Brewster, Combee Settlement, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Lake, Cypress Gardens, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Fussels Corner, Gibsonia, Green Pond, Haines City, Highland Park, Highlands City, Hillcrest Heights, Indian Lake Estates, Jan Phyl Village, Inwood, Kathleen, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Mulberry, Polk City, Willow Oak, Winter Haven, Wahneta, and Waverley.

In Seminole County I by houses in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Forest City, Geneva, Goldenrod, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Lake Monroe, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Wekiva Springs, and Winter Springs.  In Sumter County I buy houses Bushnell (County Seat), Center Hill, Coleman, Lake Panasoffkee, Sumterville, Oxford, The Villages, Webster, Wildwood.  In Volusia County I buy houses in Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeLand, DeBary, De Leon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Lake Helen, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Osteen, Pierson, Port Orange, and Seville.

7 Renovations That You Can Easily Live Through

7 Renovations You Can Easily Live Through

Renovate a home: Learn to Live thru it with Minimal Headaches and Dust  

Renovate a home….they make it look so easy and fun on HGTV. Here’s the news, it can be fun, and it can be a nightmare. Home renovation when you are living in the house is always a bit of a challenge. With no kitchen, you may be stuck doing your dishes in the sink for a few weeks and your children may be running around on the concrete floors for a little while.

We bought out house 4 years ago and got a heck of a deal, mainly because the house was just plain ugly inside and it needed a lot of work. “No problem,” I said. “I renovate homes for a living so surely renovating my own home will be a piece of cake.”

It’s been 4 years and the house is still ugly inside and needs a lot of work! You see, we moved in to the home with our three kids and weighed the pro’s and con’s of renovating the home while we were in it. After thinking about it we said “Ehhhhhh lets give it a couple more years to fall apart and remain ugly and we will revisit the idea of renovating.”  I had visions of my children wrestling on the bare concrete floors and cracking their heads open and us breathing in the settling dust into our lungs and I was out! 

7 Renovations That You Can Easily Live Through 

The good news is that there are ways to renovate and spruce up your home while your living in that is relatively painless. I promise, because we have done them all since buying and living in our house. 

1. Exterior Paint:

We gave our house curb appeal by painting the outside of it. When we purchased the home it was dirty, old looking and a faded. It was also just one boring color with no contrast. The trim was white, the body was white, the door was white….it was just plain white. We had a painter come in and give us some nice color combinations to choose from. When I paint houses, I like to use at least three colors- one for the trim, one for the body and one for the door. I am always looking for contrast too so I look at the roof color. Here are the colors we went with- all from Sherwin Williams

  • Body: Hopsack
  • Trim: Croissant 
  • Fascia and garage door: French roast
  • Front door: Barn Red

As a side note with the exterior paint, only go with four colors like we did, if its a larger house. We once did this color combinations on one of our renovations and, in my opinion, it made the house look too busy. 

2. Landscaping 

We added some nice landscaping. The house already had nice landscaping but it definitely needed some weeding, trimming, pruning and mulch. When in doubt, mulch, mulch, mulch. I like to use the big dark pine bark nuggets. I don’t ever use the red mulch because it looks cheap and the color fades quick. The pine bark nuggets may cost a little more, but they last longer and make your landscaping look beautiful.

Also if you have an old, ugly stone border for your landscaping like we did, just take it out. The stone gets dirty and it is a job to power wash them (Ask me how I know!) and landscaping just looks so much cleaner without the border. Also if you have ugle stone beds like some of ours were- dont try to remove the stone. There is more stones there than you think! Instead, cover the stones with plastic or weed control membrane and put the mulch on top of the stone. You will be saving yourself hours, even days, by doing it this way!

3. Bedrooms

Paint the bedrooms. This can be done in a day and if you do it first thing in the morning and keep the windows open you and the kids can sleep soundly with no fumes. I paint all of our interior walls with a color called Repose Grey from Sherwin Williams. It is a perfect hue of grey- not too purple, not too blue- and it matches everything! If you go with a different color grey, make sure to test it out on the walls. You may think it looks grey, but it turns out purple once its on all of the walls (Again- ask me again how I know!) 

4. Small Cosmetic Repairs

Small cosmetic fixes- these include anything from switching out old brass doorknobs to nice brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze pulls to replacing old vanity mirrors with nice framed mirrors 

5. Carpet

Replacing or adding carpet. I told your our house was pretty ugly on the inside, mainly because the tile on the floors was hideous. We had a carpet company come in and install carpet and a thick pad right over the tile which completely transformed our family room. Not only did it make the room beautiful but our three boys could now wrestle with each other to their hearts content without me having a heart attack. 

6. Re-facing Versus Replacing 

Re-facing versus replacing. Sometimes, you don’t necessarily need to start ripping out cabinets, countertops and flooring to get a renovated look. A lot of times, we will paint kitchen cabinets and reglaze tile and countertops to look like brand new. Google tile reglazing companies in your area to find a contractor near you. For a few hundred dollars they can make tile look brand new which will save you thousands and it usually takes just one day. They can also make formica countertops look just like granite without any demo or installation, which means you wont be doing your dishes in the bathtub! 

7. Staging

Finally, staging a home makes a huge difference in how it looks. When we first saw our house with the realtor, the seller’s furniture was still in it. We thought the home was gorgeous. However when the seller’s moved out and we put our earth tone, traditional furniture in, we realized what made the home seem so beautiful was their furniture. Their decorations matched perfectly with the tile and the paint on the walls and it all blended into one beautiful masterpiece. When we moved our furniture in, it was like someone took a paint brush and globbed on all different kinds of colors. We bought new furniture and new decorations to match the existing tile and paint and it made a world of difference. 

You’ve got Options

If you’ve got an ugly house and you’ve already moved into it- don’t fret. In my opinion, these cost saving and time saving tips will make the house look beautiful while your living in it. If your looking for tips on how to increase the value of your home with a full blown renovation, take a look at some of my other blog posts under the renovations tab. Lastly, if you don’t want to renovate your house while your living in it but you need to sell it, call us today at Kari Buys Houses and we can give you some solutions.  

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 While every caution has been taken to provide readers with the most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this article.  

KariBuysHouses.com makes no legal representations as to the accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss, inconvenience, and/or damage because of or while making use of information in this blog.

I buy houses in Central Florida.  In Central Florida I buy houses in the Counties of Brevard County, Citrus County, Hardee County, Hernando County, Indian River County, Lake County, Marion County, Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Sumter County, and Volusia County.

In Brevard County, I buy houses in Cape Canavera, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne.  In Citrus County I buy houses in Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, Inverness, Lecanto, Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods.   In Hardee County I buy houses in Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchul,, Sweetwater, and Zolfo Springs.

In Hardee County I buy houses in Brookridge, Brooksville, Hernando Beach, Hill ‘N Dale, Lake Lindsey, Masaryktown, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill, North Weeki Wachee, Pine Island, Ridge Manor, South Brooksville, Timber Pines, and Weeki Wachee Gardens. In Indian River County I buy houses in Fellsmere, Florida Ridge, Gifford, Indian River Shores, North Beach, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Vero Lake Estates, Wabasso Beach, West Vero Corridor, and Winter Beach.  In Lake County I buy houses in Altoona, Astatula, Astor, Bassville Park, Clermont, Eustis, Forest Hills, Fruitland Park, Grand Island, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento, Tavares, Umatilla, and Yalaha.

In Marion County I buy houses in Anthony, Belleview, Citra, Dunnellon, Eastlake Weir, Fort McCoy, Hog Valley, Kerr City, Marion Oaks, Ocala, Ocklawaha, Orange Springs, Pedro, Reddick, Romeo, Salt Springs, Silver Springs Shores, Summerfield, and Weirsdale.  In Orange County I buy houses in Alafaya, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Bithlo, Christmas, Doctor Phillips, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fairway Shores, Goldenrod, Gotha, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Buena Vista, Lockhart, Maitland, Meadow Woods, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Orlovista, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Southchase, South Apopka, Taft, Tangerine, Union Park, Wedgefield,Williamsburg, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, and Zellwood.

In Osceola County I buy houses in Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Deer Park, Four Corners, Harmony, Holopaw, Intercession City, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Narc oossee, Poinciana, Reunion, St. Cloud, and Yeehaw Junction.  In Polk County I buy houses in Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Bowling Green, Bradely Junction, Brewster, Combee Settlement, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Lake, Cypress Gardens, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Fussels Corner, Gibsonia, Green Pond, Haines City, Highland Park, Highlands City, Hillcrest Heights, Indian Lake Estates, Jan Phyl Village, Inwood, Kathleen, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Mulberry, Polk City, Willow Oak, Winter Haven, Wahneta, and Waverley.

In Seminole County I by houses in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Forest City, Geneva, Goldenrod, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Lake Monroe, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Wekiva Springs, and Winter Springs.  In Sumter County I buy houses Bushnell (County Seat), Center Hill, Coleman, Lake Panasoffkee, Sumterville, Oxford, The Villages, Webster, Wildwood.  In Volusia County I buy houses in Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeLand, DeBary, De Leon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Lake Helen, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Osteen, Pierson, Port Orange, and Seville.

Cost Saving Tips on a Home Renovation

Cost Saving Tips on Home Renovation

Pros and Cons of Home Renovations

Home renovations can be both fun and challenging. The fun part is picking out the fixtures and designing a space that you will love. The challenge is dealing with surprise costs and going over budget! When I walk into a home renovation, I go through this Five Step Process in my head before I put my budget together, pick out fixtures or do any demo. 

Five Step Process for your Home Renovation

1.What are the houses around me selling for and what kind of fixtures do they have in them?

There is a fine line between under improving and over improving a house.  On your home renovation, you want to be right in the middle. You can put gold toilets in the bathroom.  However,  you will still only sell that house for what the houses around it are selling for. Make sure you are picking fixtures that are not too cheap but that are not so expensive that you wont get it back when you sell. For example, I love a particular 80 cent laminate flooring from Home Depot. The laminate and the underlayment costs about $1.05 a square foot and installation cost is minimal. However, if I live in an area where houses are selling for 500k and have high end travertine floors, do I want to put this kind of flooring in that kind of home? Heck no! I always try to leave my taste out of things and put fixtures in that are congruent with the neighborhood. Is it more of a traditional type neighborhood or modern? Is it low, median or higher end? These are questions you need to ask yourself when picking out fixtures. 

2. What can I re-face versus replace?

When I first started a home renovation, I would rip everything out and start new. Of course, it would cost me! Now, I look for things that can be salvaged. Instead of replacing the cabinets, see if they can be repaired and painted.  Spruce the cabinets up with a nice brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze pulls on. Is the formica countertops in good shape? Instead of replacing them with new formica or granite, you may be able to have a glazing company come in and glaze them to look like granite at a fraction of the cost. Is the ceramic tile in good shape? A grout cleaning company can do wonders in bringing your tile back to life by cleaning and sealing the grout to a nice bright white.

3. How can I open up spaces in the house without running into costly surprises? 

Anytime you start knocking out walls, or raising soffits, you have to know going in that you might run into surprises. Once you start the work, there is usually no going back. If the soffits have electrical running through them, decide to make the space look bigger without removing them. Ways to do this are painting them or dressing them up with pendant lights. When removing walls, know ahead of time if it is a load bearing wall. If it is load bearing wall, you may have to add a header which increases your cost, or you may want to consider what other walls can be removed instead.

4. What kind of curb appeal is the home lacking?

Sometimes, a few shrubs and fresh pine bark in the flower beds makes a world of difference.  Cleaning up the landscaping out front will increase the curb appeal. If the windows are older but you don’t want to replace them, consider painting the window grids (the piece of wood or metal between the window panes) a nice bright white to make them look new from the street. Power washing the driveway with a bleach or chlorine solution will also make a tremendous difference, because no one wants to be looking at oil stains as they pull up to the house! 

5. What potential does the house have? 

We have a house we are currently selling now that sits on 1.5 acres. However, you can’t tell it sits on that much acreage because of the dense wooded area in the back of the house. We wanted to highlight the potentials of the land.  Therefore, we cleared out a small space to create the sanctuary of a backyard. We then put up a picture of the lot on our listing so buyers get the idea that they can clear the land even further to create a massive back yard. It would have cost us beyond what our budget could afford to clear all 1.5 acres but by clearing just a small portion of it and highlighting the potential.  We were able to sell the house quickly!

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 While every caution has been taken to provide readers with the most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this article.  

KariBuysHouses.com makes no legal representations as to the accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss, inconvenience, and/or damage because of or while making use of information in this blog.

I buy houses in Central Florida.  In Central Florida I buy houses in the Counties of Brevard County, Citrus County, Hardee County, Hernando County, Indian River County, Lake County, Marion County, Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Sumter County, and Volusia County.

In Brevard County, I buy houses in Cape Canavera, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne.  In Citrus County I buy houses in Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, Inverness, Lecanto, Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods.   In Hardee County I buy houses in Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchul,, Sweetwater, and Zolfo Springs.

In Hardee County I buy houses in Brookridge, Brooksville, Hernando Beach, Hill ‘N Dale, Lake Lindsey, Masaryktown, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill, North Weeki Wachee, Pine Island, Ridge Manor, South Brooksville, Timber Pines, and Weeki Wachee Gardens. In Indian River County I buy houses in Fellsmere, Florida Ridge, Gifford, Indian River Shores, North Beach, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Vero Lake Estates, Wabasso Beach, West Vero Corridor, and Winter Beach.  In Lake County I buy houses in Altoona, Astatula, Astor, Bassville Park, Clermont, Eustis, Forest Hills, Fruitland Park, Grand Island, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento, Tavares, Umatilla, and Yalaha.

In Marion County I buy houses in Anthony, Belleview, Citra, Dunnellon, Eastlake Weir, Fort McCoy, Hog Valley, Kerr City, Marion Oaks, Ocala, Ocklawaha, Orange Springs, Pedro, Reddick, Romeo, Salt Springs, Silver Springs Shores, Summerfield, and Weirsdale.  In Orange County I buy houses in Alafaya, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Bithlo, Christmas, Doctor Phillips, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fairway Shores, Goldenrod, Gotha, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Buena Vista, Lockhart, Maitland, Meadow Woods, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Orlovista, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Southchase, South Apopka, Taft, Tangerine, Union Park, Wedgefield,Williamsburg, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, and Zellwood.

In Osceola County I buy houses in Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Deer Park, Four Corners, Harmony, Holopaw, Intercession City, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Narc oossee, Poinciana, Reunion, St. Cloud, and Yeehaw Junction.  In Polk County I buy houses in Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Bowling Green, Bradely Junction, Brewster, Combee Settlement, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Lake, Cypress Gardens, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Fussels Corner, Gibsonia, Green Pond, Haines City, Highland Park, Highlands City, Hillcrest Heights, Indian Lake Estates, Jan Phyl Village, Inwood, Kathleen, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Mulberry, Polk City, Willow Oak, Winter Haven, Wahneta, and Waverley.

In Seminole County I by houses in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Forest City, Geneva, Goldenrod, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Lake Monroe, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Wekiva Springs, and Winter Springs.  In Sumter County I buy houses Bushnell (County Seat), Center Hill, Coleman, Lake Panasoffkee, Sumterville, Oxford, The Villages, Webster, Wildwood.  In Volusia County I buy houses in Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeLand, DeBary, De Leon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Lake Helen, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Osteen, Pierson, Port Orange, and Seville.

Part II of How to Transform Your House into a SMART home for Under $500!

How to Turn Your Home Into a Smart Home Part 2

Hey Guys!

This week’s FB live video is a continuation of last week’s “How to Turn Your House into a SMART home” video.  Last week I introduced you to the some of my favorite smart home products with the HubWink app, and I shared their prices.  You can view that episode here:  https://www.karibuyshouses.com/smart-home/

Today’s Episode

In today’s episode I show you how to use this system and its smart phone App. You will see me put to test the Schlage Door Lock, the HomeBrite LED light bulbs, the Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener and last put not least the Leviton Power Outlet.   

It should be noted that in order to automate your household and control your smart products all in one place you will need to purchase a HubWink as well as download the HubWink app to your smartphone or tablet. Also, as I learned through trial and error, be sure to check your smart products’ packaging to see if they have the HubWink Logo. This will save you an unnecessary return.

Lock it up, and throw away the key….

The first smart product I cover is the Schlage Deadbolt Exterior Door Lock. To access any smart product you first need to open your HubWink app on your smartphone or tablet. As you will see in the video I am using my smartphone.

Once you open the HubWink app, you are prompted to your list of paired smart products. If you haven’t already paired your door lock, you’ll need to do so before proceeding to the next step. Scroll down your list of products until you see an icon that looks like your door lock. By tapping the icon, you will be given access to your door lock’s controls and settings. The door lock is set up so that you can swipe right (unlock) or left (lock). 

There are other features you will access to via your door lock dashboard. For example, you will have the ability to check, in real time, whether or not your door is locked. You can also set alarms and notifications when someone is accessing your door. The Schlage Door Lock has some of its own features as well.  For example, you can create passcodes for multiple users.

I find this especially helpful as I am in the business of rehabbing houses and often have dozens of contractors needing access to my properties. There is no more worrying about lost keys or making additional copies – I just create a passcode whenever I need.

Let there be light!

Next, I show you how to use the WinkHub to connect to and control your smart bulbs. Here I am using the HomeBrite LED Light Bulbs. Much like with the door lock, the HubWink provides you with a user-friendly dashboard to control your lights.

The app shows you which Wink connected lights are on or off and allows you to dim or brighten them. Not only do you have the ability to control individual bulbs, you also have the option of grouping your lights to turn off or on simultaneously.

What’s more is that you can automate your lights to fit your schedule. Perhaps you want your lights to dim around 8 pm before putting the kids to bed, or you want them to turn on at 7 am as a helpful way to get you waking up in the morning. The HubWink app makes this possible for you to do.

Open Sesame!

After showing you how to control lighting with the HubWink App, I move on to my smart garage door opener. In my home, I use the Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener. When accessing your garage door on the HubWink app, you will see an icon of a garage door. By tapping the icon you can either close or open your garage door.

The MYQ Garage Door Opener is a family favorite because it has built in safety measures such as a customized time lapse before closing or opening and a sensor that signals to the garage door opener when there are objects in the way, immediately putting it to a halt. It doesn’t stop there!

The HubWink app also provides information on how long your garage door has been opened and you can set alerts to notify you when your garage door has been opened for an extended period of time.

Power on!

Lastly, I have the Leviton Power Outlet to show you. This is one of the more simpler smart products to navigate. From the HubWink app, you can control the power reaching the outlet with just a tap of your finger.

As with the smart bulbs, you can set timers, schedules and notifications to be sent directly to your phone. The best part is the Leviton Power Outlet can be used anywhere in your house and connects power to almost any appliance or device.

I covered a lot in this video and I hope you enjoyed it and learned a thing or two on how to transform your house into a smart home. To see the first part of this blog, click here!
Enjoy!

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 While every caution has been taken to provide readers with the most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this article.  

KariBuysHouses.com makes no legal representations as to the accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss, inconvenience, and/or damage because of or while making use of information in this blog.

I buy houses in Central Florida.  In Central Florida I buy houses in the Counties of Brevard County, Citrus County, Hardee County, Hernando County, Indian River County, Lake County, Marion County, Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Sumter County, and Volusia County.

In Brevard County, I buy houses in Cape Canavera, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne.  In Citrus County I buy houses in Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, Inverness, Lecanto, Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods.   In Hardee County I buy houses in Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchul,, Sweetwater, and Zolfo Springs.

In Hardee County I buy houses in Brookridge, Brooksville, Hernando Beach, Hill ‘N Dale, Lake Lindsey, Masaryktown, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill, North Weeki Wachee, Pine Island, Ridge Manor, South Brooksville, Timber Pines, and Weeki Wachee Gardens. In Indian River County I buy houses in Fellsmere, Florida Ridge, Gifford, Indian River Shores, North Beach, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Vero Lake Estates, Wabasso Beach, West Vero Corridor, and Winter Beach.  In Lake County I buy houses in Altoona, Astatula, Astor, Bassville Park, Clermont, Eustis, Forest Hills, Fruitland Park, Grand Island, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento, Tavares, Umatilla, and Yalaha.

In Marion County I buy houses in Anthony, Belleview, Citra, Dunnellon, Eastlake Weir, Fort McCoy, Hog Valley, Kerr City, Marion Oaks, Ocala, Ocklawaha, Orange Springs, Pedro, Reddick, Romeo, Salt Springs, Silver Springs Shores, Summerfield, and Weirsdale.  In Orange County I buy houses in Alafaya, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Bithlo, Christmas, Doctor Phillips, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fairway Shores, Goldenrod, Gotha, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Buena Vista, Lockhart, Maitland, Meadow Woods, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Orlovista, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Southchase, South Apopka, Taft, Tangerine, Union Park, Wedgefield,Williamsburg, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, and Zellwood.

In Osceola County I buy houses in Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Deer Park, Four Corners, Harmony, Holopaw, Intercession City, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Narc oossee, Poinciana, Reunion, St. Cloud, and Yeehaw Junction.  In Polk County I buy houses in Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Bowling Green, Bradely Junction, Brewster, Combee Settlement, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Lake, Cypress Gardens, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Fussels Corner, Gibsonia, Green Pond, Haines City, Highland Park, Highlands City, Hillcrest Heights, Indian Lake Estates, Jan Phyl Village, Inwood, Kathleen, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Mulberry, Polk City, Willow Oak, Winter Haven, Wahneta, and Waverley.

In Seminole County I by houses in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Forest City, Geneva, Goldenrod, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Lake Monroe, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Wekiva Springs, and Winter Springs.  In Sumter County I buy houses Bushnell (County Seat), Center Hill, Coleman, Lake Panasoffkee, Sumterville, Oxford, The Villages, Webster, Wildwood.  In Volusia County I buy houses in Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeLand, DeBary, De Leon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Lake Helen, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Osteen, Pierson, Port Orange, and Seville.

Part 1 – Turn your home into a SMART Home for under $500

Transform your Home into a Smart Home Part 1

What is a Smart Home?

Are you someone who is on the tail end of chaotic mornings? Do you find yourself in a time crunch getting ready for work?  Meanwhile, racing about making sure your kids are prepared for school and dog has been taken outside for a walk. If this describes your morning, chances are something gets missed. After you drop the kids at school, do you ask, “What have I forgot?”  Maybe it’s a light not turned off (or two). Perphaps it’s worse?  You forgot about closing the garage door!

Looking for innovative ways to increase the attractiveness of your property?  Are you in real estate and want to meet the needs of your clients? If you fall into either category then I may have found a solution for you. It’s called turning your house into a SMART home. Whether it’s lighting, security or temperature control, there is a way to automate your home and the best part is you can control everything from your phone, tablet or computer with a touch of a button wherever you are.

This is a great way to create convenience in you live busy lifestyle or if you’re trying to increase buyer interest in your property.

Let’s start off by answering the question: “What is a Smart Home?”

A Smart Home is equipped with WiFi enabled smart products connected to your internet that allows you to automate and control various functions of your home including thermostats, lights, garage doors and locks as well as appliances. Essentially, any device in your home that uses electricity can be connected to your phone or computer using a WiFi/Bluetooth network – all you need is broadband internet connection, a smartphone or computer and specific apps.

Why transform your house into a Smart Home?

What used to seem like a futuristic fantasy is now a reality. Tech companies are ramping up their product lines to include smart home products, and for good reason. Consumer demand for Smart Homes has seen an increase in recent years with Coldwell Real Estate reporting that in a sample of 1,250 Americans, 54% percent say that if they had to choose a house with smart technology, the other without, they would choose the smart home. A similar survey by John Burns Real Estate Consulting found that out of 22,000 home buyers, 65% percent said they would be willing to spend more for homes that were equipped with smart technologies.

Smart Homes are now a big deal in the market and their popularity will continue rise. Therefore, It makes sense when you think about the payoffs. Being able to control your home’s appliances, security, temperature and more from the touch of a button is appealing to home buyers. Home automation adds so much more comfort and convenience to people’s lives. In the hectic world we live in, people are constantly in search of ways to automate their lives – and this is why Smart Homes will soon outpace traditional homes in the market.  

Now, let’s discuss what you will need to transform your house into a Smart Home

Ultimately, to get started you’ll need to purchase a smart hub. First, a smart hub provides you with the ability to automate your smart products. While there are tons of Hubs to choose from including Amazon Echo ($179) and Google Home ($129), the one I recommend is the WinkHub ($49) or WinkHub 2 ($99).  Both products are extremely affordable and easy to set-up. The major difference is that the WinkHub 2 allows you to work with a wide range of smart home devices and can be controlled using Amazon Alexa. Either of these products can be purchased on Amazon or at Home Depot.

WinkHub

Once you set up the WinkHub you can connect any Wi-Fi enabled smart products via your phone, tablet or computer. All you need to do is download the Wink app via your Android or iPhone device or if you are using a tablet or computer you’ll need to download the app via Google Play Store. After downloading the app you’ll be prompted to connect your smart hub to your device. The set-up is extremely easy with 3 steps before you can pair your smart home products to your device. You can either search for the product on your “list of products” or use the barcode scanner on the app to begin the pairing process. Your smart devices will pair in no time and then you are ready to control your home from a touch of button.

The most popular smart home product on the market right now are smart bulbs. While it’s true that high quality smart bulbs can cost you upward of $100, there are less expensive top notch options. For example, I like to buy the Feit HomeBrite A19 60 Watt Bluetooth Smart Led Bulbs. They cost between $15 to $20 and can be purchased at Home Depot. While $15 to $20 bucks might sound steep for a light bulb, you should know that these bulbs have an estimated life expectancy of 22 years and use 80 percent less power than traditional bulbs. You can also purchase a plethora of other smart home products that are compatible with the WinkHub.

Some of my favorites:

Chamberlain MYQ Garage Door Opener ($129)
Schlage Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt ($199)
Sensi WiFi-Programmable Thermostat ($140)
Leviton DZC Plug-in Appliance Module ($55)

For a complete list, visit www.wink.com/products/

These products range from garage door openers to appliances to thermostats. The options are virtually endless!

Turn it SMART!

Of course, embracing new technologies, smart home products, is essential.  Smart homes add comfort and convenience for the everyday person. For realtors and sellers, adding smart technologies to your properties helps drive up their value.  Furthermore, it also provides you with a way to meet the needs of your clients. Add comfort and convenience to your life .  Create a good selling point for your property. Finally, deck out your whole house with smart products, and turn it SMART!

For part 2 of this series, click here!

Need to Sell Your Home?

 While every caution has been taken to provide readers with the most accurate information and honest analysis, please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this article.  

KariBuysHouses.com makes no legal representations as to the accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss, inconvenience, and/or damage because of or while making use of information in this blog.

I buy houses in Central Florida.  In Central Florida I buy houses in the Counties of Brevard County, Citrus County, Hardee County, Hernando County, Indian River County, Lake County, Marion County, Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Sumter County, and Volusia County.

In Brevard County, I buy houses in Cape Canavera, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne.  In Citrus County I buy houses in Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, Inverness, Lecanto, Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods.   In Hardee County I buy houses in Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchul,, Sweetwater, and Zolfo Springs.

In Hardee County I buy houses in Brookridge, Brooksville, Hernando Beach, Hill ‘N Dale, Lake Lindsey, Masaryktown, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill, North Weeki Wachee, Pine Island, Ridge Manor, South Brooksville, Timber Pines, and Weeki Wachee Gardens. In Indian River County I buy houses in Fellsmere, Florida Ridge, Gifford, Indian River Shores, North Beach, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Vero Lake Estates, Wabasso Beach, West Vero Corridor, and Winter Beach.  In Lake County I buy houses in Altoona, Astatula, Astor, Bassville Park, Clermont, Eustis, Forest Hills, Fruitland Park, Grand Island, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento, Tavares, Umatilla, and Yalaha.

In Marion County I buy houses in Anthony, Belleview, Citra, Dunnellon, Eastlake Weir, Fort McCoy, Hog Valley, Kerr City, Marion Oaks, Ocala, Ocklawaha, Orange Springs, Pedro, Reddick, Romeo, Salt Springs, Silver Springs Shores, Summerfield, and Weirsdale.  In Orange County I buy houses in Alafaya, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Bithlo, Christmas, Doctor Phillips, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fairway Shores, Goldenrod, Gotha, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Buena Vista, Lockhart, Maitland, Meadow Woods, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Orlovista, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Southchase, South Apopka, Taft, Tangerine, Union Park, Wedgefield,Williamsburg, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, and Zellwood.

In Osceola County I buy houses in Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Deer Park, Four Corners, Harmony, Holopaw, Intercession City, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Narc oossee, Poinciana, Reunion, St. Cloud, and Yeehaw Junction.  In Polk County I buy houses in Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Bowling Green, Bradely Junction, Brewster, Combee Settlement, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Lake, Cypress Gardens, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Fussels Corner, Gibsonia, Green Pond, Haines City, Highland Park, Highlands City, Hillcrest Heights, Indian Lake Estates, Jan Phyl Village, Inwood, Kathleen, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Mulberry, Polk City, Willow Oak, Winter Haven, Wahneta, and Waverley.

In Seminole County I by houses in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Forest City, Geneva, Goldenrod, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Lake Monroe, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Wekiva Springs, and Winter Springs.  In Sumter County I buy houses Bushnell (County Seat), Center Hill, Coleman, Lake Panasoffkee, Sumterville, Oxford, The Villages, Webster, Wildwood.  In Volusia County I buy houses in Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeLand, DeBary, De Leon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Lake Helen, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Osteen, Pierson, Port Orange, and Seville.

7 Painless Ways to Renovate a Home While Your Living In It 

How to Renovate a Home

Renovate a home….they make it look so easy and fun on HGTV. Here’s the news, it can be fun, and it can be a nightmare. Home renovation when you are living in the house is always a bit of a challenge. With no kitchen, you may be stuck doing your dishes in the sink for a few weeks and your children may be running around on the concrete floors for a little while.

We bought out house 4 years ago and got a heck of a deal, mainly because the house was just plain ugly inside and it needed a lot of work. “No problem,” I said. “I renovate homes for a living so surely renovating my own home will be a piece of cake.”

It’s been 4 years and the house is still ugly inside and needs a lot of work! You see, we moved in to the home with our three kids and weighed the pro’s and con’s of renovating the home while we were in it. After thinking about it we said “Ehhhhhh lets give it a couple more years to fall apart and remain ugly and we will revisit the idea of renovating.”  I had visions of my children wrestling on the bare concrete floors and cracking their heads open and us breathing in the settling dust into our lungs and I was out! 

7 Renovations That You Can Easily Live Through 

The good news is that there are ways to renovate and spruce up your home while your living in that is relatively painless. I promise, because we have done them all since buying and living in our house. 

1. Exterior Paint:

We gave our house curb appeal by painting the outside of it. When we purchased the home it was dirty, old looking and a faded. It was also just one boring color with no contrast. The trim was white, the body was white, the door was white….it was just plain white. We had a painter come in and give us some nice color combinations to choose from. When I paint houses, I like to use at least three colors- one for the trim, one for the body and one for the door. I am always looking for contrast too so I look at the roof color. Here are the colors we went with- all from Sherwin Williams

  • Body: Hopsack
  • Trim: Croissant 
  • Fascia and garage door: French roast
  • Front door: Barn Red

As a side note with the exterior paint, only go with four colors like we did, if its a larger house. We once did this color combinations on one of our renovations and, in my opinion, it made the house look too busy. 

2. Landscaping 

We added some nice landscaping. The house already had nice landscaping but it definitely needed some weeding, trimming, pruning and mulch. When in doubt, mulch, mulch, mulch. I like to use the big dark pine bark nuggets. I don’t ever use the red mulch because it looks cheap and the color fades quick. The pine bark nuggets may cost a little more, but they last longer and make your landscaping look beautiful.

Also if you have an old, ugly stone border for your landscaping like we did, just take it out. The stone gets dirty and it is a job to power wash them (Ask me how I know!) and landscaping just looks so much cleaner without the border. Also if you have ugle stone beds like some of ours were- dont try to remove the stone. There is more stones there than you think! Instead, cover the stones with plastic or weed control membrane and put the mulch on top of the stone. You will be saving yourself hours, even days, by doing it this way!

3. Bedrooms

Paint the bedrooms. This can be done in a day and if you do it first thing in the morning and keep the windows open you and the kids can sleep soundly with no fumes. I paint all of our interior walls with a color called Repose Grey from Sherwin Williams. It is a perfect hue of grey- not too purple, not too blue- and it matches everything! If you go with a different color grey, make sure to test it out on the walls. You may think it looks grey, but it turns out purple once its on all of the walls (Again- ask me again how I know!) 

4. Small Cosmetic Repairs

Small cosmetic fixes- these include anything from switching out old brass doorknobs to nice brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze pulls to replacing old vanity mirrors with nice framed mirrors 

5. Carpet

Replacing or adding carpet. I told your our house was pretty ugly on the inside, mainly because the tile on the floors was hideous. We had a carpet company come in and install carpet and a thick pad right over the tile which completely transformed our family room. Not only did it make the room beautiful but our three boys could now wrestle with each other to their hearts content without me having a heart attack. 

6. Re-facing Versus Replacing 

Re-facing versus replacing. Sometimes, you don’t necessarily need to start ripping out cabinets, countertops and flooring to get a renovated look. A lot of times, we will paint kitchen cabinets and reglaze tile and countertops to look like brand new. Google tile reglazing companies in your area to find a contractor near you. For a few hundred dollars they can make tile look brand new which will save you thousands and it usually takes just one day. They can also make formica countertops look just like granite without any demo or installation, which means you wont be doing your dishes in the bathtub! 

7. Staging

Finally, staging a home makes a huge difference in how it looks. When we first saw our house with the realtor, the seller’s furniture was still in it. We thought the home was gorgeous. However when the seller’s moved out and we put our earth tone, traditional furniture in, we realized what made the home seem so beautiful was their furniture. Their decorations matched perfectly with the tile and the paint on the walls and it all blended into one beautiful masterpiece. When we moved our furniture in, it was like someone took a paint brush and globbed on all different kinds of colors. We bought new furniture and new decorations to match the existing tile and paint and it made a world of difference. 

You’ve got Options

If you’ve got an ugly house and you’ve already moved into it- don’t fret. In my opinion, these cost saving and time saving tips will make the house look beautiful while your living in it. If your looking for tips on how to increase the value of your home with a full blown renovation, take a look at some of my other blog posts under the renovations tab. Lastly, if you don’t want to renovate your house while your living in it but you need to sell it, call us today at Kari Buys Houses and we can give you some solutions.  

 

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I buy houses in Central Florida.  In Central Florida I buy houses in the Counties of Brevard County, Citrus County, Hardee County, Hernando County, Indian River County, Lake County, Marion County, Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Sumter County, and Volusia County.

In Brevard County, I buy houses in Cape Canavera, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne.  In Citrus County I buy houses in Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Crystal River, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, Inverness, Lecanto, Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods.   In Hardee County I buy houses in Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchul,, Sweetwater, and Zolfo Springs.

In Hardee County I buy houses in Brookridge, Brooksville, Hernando Beach, Hill ‘N Dale, Lake Lindsey, Masaryktown, Ridge Manor, Spring Hill, North Weeki Wachee, Pine Island, Ridge Manor, South Brooksville, Timber Pines, and Weeki Wachee Gardens. In Indian River County I buy houses in Fellsmere, Florida Ridge, Gifford, Indian River Shores, North Beach, Orchid, Roseland, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Vero Lake Estates, Wabasso Beach, West Vero Corridor, and Winter Beach.  In Lake County I buy houses in Altoona, Astatula, Astor, Bassville Park, Clermont, Eustis, Forest Hills, Fruitland Park, Grand Island, Groveland, Howey-In-The-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Okahumpka, Paisley, Sorrento, Tavares, Umatilla, and Yalaha.

In Marion County I buy houses in Anthony, Belleview, Citra, Dunnellon, Eastlake Weir, Fort McCoy, Hog Valley, Kerr City, Marion Oaks, Ocala, Ocklawaha, Orange Springs, Pedro, Reddick, Romeo, Salt Springs, Silver Springs Shores, Summerfield, and Weirsdale.  In Orange County I buy houses in Alafaya, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Bithlo, Christmas, Doctor Phillips, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fairway Shores, Goldenrod, Gotha, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Buena Vista, Lockhart, Maitland, Meadow Woods, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Orlovista, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Southchase, South Apopka, Taft, Tangerine, Union Park, Wedgefield,Williamsburg, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, and Zellwood.

In Osceola County I buy houses in Campbell, Celebration, Champions Gate, Deer Park, Four Corners, Harmony, Holopaw, Intercession City, Kenansville, Kissimmee, Narc oossee, Poinciana, Reunion, St. Cloud, and Yeehaw Junction.  In Polk County I buy houses in Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Bowling Green, Bradely Junction, Brewster, Combee Settlement, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Lake, Cypress Gardens, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Fussels Corner, Gibsonia, Green Pond, Haines City, Highland Park, Highlands City, Hillcrest Heights, Indian Lake Estates, Jan Phyl Village, Inwood, Kathleen, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Mulberry, Polk City, Willow Oak, Winter Haven, Wahneta, and Waverley.

In Seminole County I by houses in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Forest City, Geneva, Goldenrod, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Lake Monroe, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Wekiva Springs, and Winter Springs.  In Sumter County I buy houses Bushnell (County Seat), Center Hill, Coleman, Lake Panasoffkee, Sumterville, Oxford, The Villages, Webster, Wildwood.  In Volusia County I buy houses in Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeLand, DeBary, De Leon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Lake Helen, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City, Osteen, Pierson, Port Orange, and Seville.