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Adding A Mudroom To Your Louisville Home

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Are you sick of winter yet? Even if you love cold and snow, you may be sick of seeing people track up your hardwood floors with their boots and then throw their wet coats on the chair. When you look at your home, you may realize that even in better weather, shoes, coats, and other outdoor paraphernalia gets the best of you. Your answer may be in setting up a mudroom. 

A Handy Transition To Your Home 

The mudroom is a designated area for outdoor wear, including not just jackets, coats, boots, and shoes, but also hats, gloves, scarves, and even sports equipment and backpacks. Ideally located in the side or rear entrance, the mudroom can be a transition into your home and a way to keep dirt and clutter out of your living space. 

When you look at the layout of your home, there may be an area you can transform into a mudroom without much work. It might even be a matter of adding some hooks to the wall, with shoe racks down below. The trend these days is to have it separate form the laundryroom. 

Even if you need to do some major or minor reorganizing to create a functional mudroom, it might be worth it. Not only will it make your house more functional, but it will be a good selling point to a future owner. A mudroom might not be in the top of the list for potential buyers, but is definitely one of those things that they're happy to get.

 A Nice Complement To Open Floor Plans 

Why? Even people who claim to be in love with open floor plans want a sense of order in their homes. Having a mudroom, a designated area for coats and other things that people have when they enter or leave the house, keeps these items out of other living spaces. While the homeowner has to keep...

Don't Get Too Trendy When You Are Remodeling To Sell Your Home

January is traditionally a slow month for real estate. Although I've been fairly busy, I know that when spring comes, life will become even crazier, as buyers want to buy a house that they can close by June, so they can spend the summer in their new home before school starts in the fall for the kids. Meanwhile, sellers want to list, in hopes of finding a perfect match with a potential buyer. 

Preparing Your Louisville Home For Sale 

If you're getting ready to sell your Louisville home, you may need to put some money into it to make it more attractive to buyer. What exactly are buyers looking for, especially those looking for "move up" houses? When they buy the second or third time around, people may have different expectations than first-time buyers. In any case, they most likely have more money to work with so their expectations of amenities may be more reasonable. 

Top Designer Trends 

What do you need to do to make your home appeal to one of these move-up buyers in 2014? According to a remodeling firm from Portland, Oregon featured on the National Association of Realtors blog recently here are several bold trends that buyers like. Here they are: 

  • Embellished showers: With glass frameless enclosures, glass tile walls, and curbless design, separate showers rock!
  • Built-in USB ports (U-sockets): Equipped with USB ports to power up phones, tablets, cameras, and more, these sockets are often coupled with an AC plug and will turn off the porch when the device is charged
  • Standalone bathtubs: Louisville has loved clawfoot tubs for ages, but other standalone designs are popular as well.
  • Bold appliances: Though stainless is still popular, brighter colors such as cobalt...

Seven New Year’s Resolutions For Buying A Louisville Home In 2014

Is buying a new home on your list of resolutions 
 for 2014? You might not want to face Louisville's bitter cold and snow right now, but it's a good time to think carefully about what is on your list of "must haves." Based on what we've  picked up  from watching The Property Brothers, Love It Or List It, and other TV home shows here are a few things to keep in mind.

 7 New Years’ Resolutions To Remember When Buying A Louisville Home

  1. Keep in mind that Louisville offers good housing values, but as the real estate market recovers, prices are increasing a bit. You want to get a deal, but the seller wants a fair price for their home too. Just as we counsel sellers to be realistic about their asking prices, as buyers, you need to offer a fair price as well. 
  2. Your perfect home may be out of your price range, but is often attainable if you're willing to do some renovations. By obtaining a 203 mortgage rehab loan, you can have much of the work done before you move in. The total amount for the property and the renovations cannot exceed what your lender will offer you. If you have a long list of renovations, choose the ones that will make the house functional and that will be more difficult to add later.
  3. Another way to get the home you want is to be flexible with where you live. While you want good schools, convenience, and amenities, you may be able to find a good mix of these assets in a neighborhood a few blocks away from your dream location.
  4. Compromise is usually a part of settling on a new home. In the process of compromising, however, be aware of what you need. If you or your spouse make most of the family income from home, you need a decent office that offers privacy and quiet. This means that you should not settle for a home that offers just a little office space in the master bedroom or in the midst of the family room or other noisy location. If you have...

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