Color in the Kitchen

A little color in the kitchen can add inspiration and fun to one of the most used rooms of the home. Adding color to your kitchen doesn’t have to be a daunting task with these helpful ideas.

  • Start Small – Are you afraid of adding color to your kitchen? Start with accents and pops of color. Think accent tiles, dish towels, rugs, bar stools, small appliances and visible dishes and cookware.
  • Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment – Though it would take time and some money, things like wall paint, hardware and cabinet colors can be changed more than once if you try something and don’t like or just want to change it up.
  • Know What You Like – If you prefer neutrals to bright colors, there’s nothing wrong with that! Embrace it by layering neutrals and textures, or consider using muted or pastel colors to introduce color in a subtle way.
  • Mix and Match – You don’t have to stick to one color in the kitchen if you love color. Just try to limit it to less than 4 colors and vary the amounts of each color —for example, use one color as an accent color—so you don’t overload the senses.

The best advice is to follow what you like and what suits you and your family! Don’t follow trends just because they’re trends – Only do so if you like them!

How to Know When it’s Time to Refinish Your Floors

Hardwood floors are a beautiful part of a home, but they will eventually need refinishing. Scratches Refinishing Hardwood Floorsand dings from every day wear and tear don’t always mean that your floor need refinishing, so how will you know when it’s time to refinish them? There’s a simple test to see if your floors need to be refinished:

  • First, pick out a part of the floor that gets the most daily wear and tear.
  • Pour a small amount of water – about a tablespoon – on the floor and watch what the water does.
    • Does it form droplets and sit on top of the wood? If so, your floors are in good condition and don’t need refinishing.
    • Or does it slowly soak into the wood? Your floors will need refinishing in the near future.
    • Or does it quickly soak into the wood and leave a dark patch on the floor? Your floors need to be refinished as soon as possible.
  • Make sure to completely wipe up any remaining water from the floor.

Keep in mind, if your floors are warped or split in places, they may need to be replaced instead of simply refinished.

If you’ve determined your floors need to be refinished or if you aren’t sure, give us a call today!

Home Organization for a Small Home

Small homes require a little extra creativity when it comes to keeping them clutter-free. Use these tips and tricks to ensure your small home stays nice and tidy!

  • Everything should have a place where it belongs. From remotes to kitchen stuff to knick-knacks, it should have a place – this can be a drawer, a box, a closet or somewhere else that works for you. This method will require you to cut down on clutter in your home, which is helpful for smaller homes.
  • Colorful trays and boxes can serve as decoration while keeping things out of sight.
  • Hooks and open shelving are your friends. They allow clutter to be kept off the floor, so you can get the most out of your room.
  • Include storage spots that are kid-friendly so children can put their own things away easily – helping to keep the home organized.
  • Multi-purpose furniture and storage is ideal for a small home. Think storage ottomans, benches with cubbies, etc.
  • Under the bed storage is must for off-season or rarely used items. This allows them to stay out of sight and gives you extra storage.
  • Behind closet door storage can hide and organize a multitude of items – shoes, cleaning products, craft supplies and more.

Do you need more organization tips? Visit our “Get Organized” Pinterest board for ideas!

What Every New Homeowner Needs to Know

After celebrating the purchase of your first home, there are plenty of things you need to start

learning about homeownership to ensure you get the most out of your new home, stay safe and save yourself money.

  • Budget for unforeseen expenses – Hopefully nothing goes wrong with your home, but you never know. Things will also need to be replaced at some point, especially if your home is older. It’s wise to put aside some money each month to be able to pay for replacements or repairs.
  • Inspect frequently – Inspect areas of your home that can create expensive problems such as the furnace, attic, basement and roof frequently to avoid little problems becoming big, expensive problems. Consider hiring a professional home inspector annually to get a thorough inspection.
  • Tax credits – There are many tax credits that homeowners can take advantage of. Do some research about which many apply to you. As a bonus, you can use the money you get back from these to save for the unforeseen circumstances we mentioned before.
  • Keep records – Keep track of all the repairs and improvements you make to your home. If you sell your home you can easily point to these improvements to increase resale value.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – Test (or purchase!) smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. There should be at least one of each on every level of your home. While you’re taking care of this – make sure you have working fire extinguishers in your home.
  • Find out where the main water shutoff valve is – A broken or burst pipe can ruin your home rapidly. Knowing where your water shutoff valve is and how to use it can save your possessions from water damage and save you money on repairs.
  • Call 811 – Before you dig any holes in your new yard, call 811! This free hotline will send local utility companies out to your property to mark the locations of pipes, wires and cables to allow you to dig safely.
  • Where to drill into your walls – Before you start hanging artwork and shelves, you need to take precautions not to hit any plumbing pipes, ductwork, wires or cables. A stud finder can help, but just in case – avoid drilling more than 1¼ inch into the wall, locations above and below switches and the lower part of the wall near outlets.

Are you a homeowner? What tips do you have for first time homeowners? What didn’t you expect when you bought your first home?