These Updates Add Value To Your Home

If you’re a homeowner considering a move, you may be wondering what’s next. Do I need to renovate the kitchen? Repaint the exterior? Replace the flooring? Before taking on a costly remodel, consider this: these measures don’t always recoup the highest percentages in return. Many sellers have much more success by investing in upgrades that boost their home’s value in the process. The best part? Both sides of the transaction profit. Consumer Reports recommends completing these updates: Paint key rooms. In the grand scheme of things, painting is one of the least expensive ways to freshen up your home for sale, but it can cost up to $300 a room if you’re hiring a pro to do your entire home. Save

Time To Upsize?

Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. What may have initially worked fine for a single person, a young couple’s starter home, or a family with a newborn can quickly become too small as families expand and multiple generations live under one roof. Remodeling and adding to your home is one option for creating more space, but it can be costly, and the size of your property may be prohibitive. That’s when moving to a bigger home becomes the best solution. WHERE DO YOU NEED MORE SPACE? The first thought when upsizing your home is to simply consider square footage, bedrooms, and bathrooms. But it’s important to take a more critical approach to how your space will actually be used. If

Go Green At Home

If you're a home owner, take a look at these energy-friendly tips. You'll be lowering your bills and helping the environment all at once! Small changes can make a big difference! Lighting & Electronics 1) Switch to Energy Star CFL bulbs, which use 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer than standard lightbulbs. This small change will make a big impact on your utility bill. 2) Replace light switches with dimmers to save big throughout the year. 3) Turn off electronics completely before going to bed. Many electronic devices, like computers, have a standby mode, but by powering down completely, you'll help prevent the draw of extra electricity. Water 1) Run a full dishwasher when you c

Freshen Your Home This Spring

With spring in full swing, you may be feeling that well-known urge to freshen up your home! We’ve got 5 great ways to give your home a fresh feel today. 1 - Remove And Replace Take a quick look around your home for anything that may be showing wear and tear. Rugs, doormats, baskets, throw pillows - all of these items are among those that may not be meant to last for years. Replace those pillows with a bright floral or print to give your living room some life! Welcome guests to your home with a fresh new mat. You’ll be feeling refreshed in no time. 2 - Say Hello To Color A happy wreath is a wonderful thing to come home to on your front door. We love these spring and summer wreath ideas from G

What To Do When You've Scratched Your Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are highly desirable for most homeowners, but they come with their share of challenges when it comes to cleaning, maintenance, and repairs. After a few months or years of heavy use from kids playing with toys and chairs being shuffled around, it may be time for some DIY fixes. Hiding scratches If you’ve got a good eye for matching colors, you can actually use crayons or markers or purchase wax sticks from the hardware store to fill-in scratches. Try to match the stain color on your floors, but don’t worry if it’s a little off. If the color is close, once the scratch is filled, it’ll look like a variation in the wood grain. Polishing Floors You can make a polish solution for y

Texas Homestead Exemption - Deadline April 30

If you bought a home in the past year or have never filed for your homestead tax exemption, you still have time to take advantage of the Homestead Exemption. If you lived in your home as of January 1, 2017, and the home is your primary residence, you can file to receive this break on your property tax. The homestead tax exemption lowers the taxable value of your home. In order to claim the homestead tax exemption, you must fill out the Application for Residential Homestead Exemption (PDF file) and sent into your local appraisal district. Be sure to fill out the form completely and read the instructions carefully – there are several items that you are required to furnish in addition to the co

Your April Garden

It's April - a beautiful time to be outside in South Central Texas. The weather is wonderful. So, what should you plant in April? Fruit: Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Watermelon (in the end of the month) Vegetables: Eggplant, Lima Beans, Beets, Spinach, Radishes, and Summer Squash Herbs: Chives, Sesame, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme Annuals: Cosmos, Cypress Vine, Gourds, Impatiens, Mooflower, Sunflower, Periwinkles, and Zinnias Perennials: LOTS! Including Black-eyed Susan, Coneflower, Shasta Daisy, Lantana, Plumbago and Salvia This is also your last chance to plant trees before the fall! Lawn Care You probably haven't had to mow much during the cooler months in San Antonio. Now, after two spring mows, yo

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