Increase Your Home’s Value with these Renovations

If you’re planning to renovate your home, you want to get the biggest bang for your buck, right? When it comes to increasing your home’s value, and getting the best return on your investment, some renovations should be at the top of your list.


      1. The Kitchen: The kitchen is the heart of the home – Which is why it should be the first reno on any homeowner’s list. Kitchen renovations can be as simple as upgrading appliances and countertops and replacing cabinet knobs or they can be as involved as knocking down walls to give the room a more open feel. Whichever renovation route you choose, an updated kitchen is sure to add value for potential buyers.
      2. The Bathroom: Similar to the kitchen, the bathroom is one of the most important rooms in a house. Renovating existing bathrooms or adding new bathrooms are both great ways to increase the value of your home. No space to add a bathroom? No problem. Simple upgrades to existing bathrooms, like re-glazing a tub, replacing the toilet and upgrading the fixtures, are great ways to add value.
      3. Go Green: Over the last few years, the demand for energy-efficient, green homes has steadily increased. Luckily, you can make a few changes to increase efficiency and attract buyers to your home. Add ceiling fans and storm doors for simple changes or go all out by replacing windows with double or triple panes.
      4. Surround Sound: High-tech homes will stand out and impress potential buyers. To cash in, consider centrally wiring a sound system in your home with speakers in each room that can be controlled by a single remote.

Whether you’re thinking about selling your home now or making plans for the future, it’s important to understand which renovations you should focus on for the biggest return on your investment. Have you renovated your home? Which projects did you focus on to increase value?

Choosing Pet-Friendly Flooring

At Rusmur Floors, we love our furry family members – And we’re not alone. According to this survey from the Humane Society of the United States, there are currently 78.2 million dog owners and 86.4 million cat owners in the U.S. What we pet-owners don’t love, though, is the havoc our four-legged friends can have on our floors. Lucky for us, there are a number of flooring options that are durable enough to stand up to even the toughest cats and dogs


Vinyl sheet or tile flooring is long-lasting and resistant to moisture, scratches and dents making it an ideal choice for pet-owners. Vinyl flooring is also easy to maintain and comes in a variety of colors, patterns and styles so you don’t have to sacrifice style.

Laminate flooring gives you the look of hardwood with added durability that is ideal for pets. With laminate flooring, you don’t have to worry about scratches or moisture as much as with traditional hardwoods, but you should still attend to any messes quickly to avoid long-term damage.

Give your floors a longer life by keeping your pet’s nails trimmed and attending to any spills or accidents quickly. If you’re considering updating the floors in your home, keep your furry friends in mind – At Rusmur Floors, we offer an array of options in vinyl and laminate to fit your style and your pet’s needs! Stop by one of our convenient locations today – You’ll be thankful that you did.

Tips for Decorating Small Spaces

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Small spaces can cause major design headaches for decorators, both professional and amateur – Whether you’re living in an apartment, condo, bungalow or other small home, it may take some work to make your cozy space feel like home.

How can you create extra storage space? What to do with the itty bitty nook in the kitchen? What about closets?  Today, we’ll explore some projects and tricks you can use to make the most of your square footage.

  1. Waste No Space: The key to maximizing square footage is not letting any space go unused. If you have a small nook in your kitchen or bedroom, or an extra small closet, install a floating desk and shelving for a convenient work space. HGTV offers a great tutorial for building a compact workstation anywhere in your home.
  2. Try Smaller Furniture: Don’t try to fit large pieces into tiny rooms. Instead, opt for smaller furniture pieces in lighter colors to make the room feel, and appear, larger. You may also want to consider modular furniture systems, like these from Smart Furniture to maximize your space.
  3.  Use Space Efficiently: It’s not actually how much space you have, but how you use the space that you do have. Store clothing under the bed, install inexpensive shelving or invest in a headboard with hideaway storage. Apartment Therapy has curated this list of unique storage solutions for smaller spaces to get you started.
  4. Light and Color are Your Friends: Make a space look larger by using ample lighting, natural or artificial, and decorating with light or muted colors. If your space looks and feels bigger, you’ll feel more at home. Try a soft color palette, like this one, from our Color Inspiration board on Pinterest.
  5. Add a Mirror: One of the best ways to expand a small space visually is with a mirror. Whether floor length or part of an art gallery-style installation, a well-placed mirror (or mirrors) gives the illusion of more space. This post from Apartment Therapy has some genius ideas for using mirrors in your home.

No matter where you live, small homes are not without their challenges. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make your home feel larger if you’re willing to get just a little bit creative. Happy decorating!