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Posted by Millennium Realty on 7/11/2019

You get it! You know your home needs some TLC and you’d love to be giving it some, but your schedule is tight. You don’t have time to tear apart the bathroom for a remodel or rip up the kitchen while your kids are in school. Here are some simple projects you can accomplish in a day, however, to give your home that little bit of that lovin’ feeling you know it needs.

  • Paint your front door a hot new color: Brightly-painted doors give a tired exterior some new life. Choose a feng shui red guaranteed to turn heads, or ocean blue that invites in serenity and peace. Or, go funky with a limey-chartreuse or a pop of sunny yellow. Choose a high-gloss paint that’s easy to clean and designed for exterior weather.
  • Change out your door hardware. Instead of painting that door, give your beautiful wood doors a loving upgrade with new handles, kickplates and dead-bolt locks. Swapping out nickel hardware for brass (or vice versa) gives your door a whole new look.
  • Spruce up the house numbers and mailbox. If no one can find you because the house numbers are faded or were painted over with the exterior paint, add some glam to your exterior with decorative house numbers. Or, add a faux stone to the front garden with solar-lit numerals to guide your guest's way. Mail slots, receptacles, and standard mailboxes need love too. Change out that brass mail slot for a rustic cast-iron one or brighten it up to nickel to match the hardware you installed last week. Street-side mailboxes benefit from some curb-appealing flowers planted alongside or in a decorative pot. 
  • Give yourself new faucets. Upgrade the kitchen faucets to an extra tall version with a pull-out sprayer to give your kitchen some glam. Choose from traditional to industrial style to match any home style from a craftsman to a live-work loft.
  • Change the shower curtain rod. Even if you can't do that complete bath remodel with the stylish oversized step-in shower, you can give your tub-shower enclosure more space by exchanging a standard straight curtain rod with a curved hotel-style one. The extra space inside your shower will have you feeling like you're on vacation all the time.
  • Replace those mini-blinds. Look for easy to install cellular versions in a variety of color choices or swap out those dingy beige ones for bright white. Either way, you’ll perk up the room and invite the sun inside in a new way.

To keep these projects within your budget, make a list of the top three, then watch newspaper circulars or emails for which items are on sale. And don't forget to check with online sources. 

Except for paint, most things on this list are available from online retailers too, so bargain shop and have them on hand for when you've got that one day open in your schedule.




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Posted by Millennium Realty on 8/2/2018

When you're a new homeowner, it's hard to refrain from walking down the aisle of Bed Bath & Beyond and dumping everything you see into your cart. Initially, when making a shopping list for your new home it will seem like you need everything  and you need it now. It doesn't always make sense, however, to go on shopping sprees and starting several different renovation projects at once in your new home. Whether you need to be conservative with your money or you want to take your time and furnish one room of your house at a time, creating a household spending budget can be an invaluable tool. In this article, we'll cover how to make your own personalized household budget that you and your family or housemates can use to keep yourselves accountable when it comes to making your new house uniquely your own.

Set priorities

Moving into a new home can be sort of like camping out for the first few nights. Many of the basic things you take for granted might not be unpacked  or set up yet. Other items you might still need to purchase. This is a good reminder of which items matter the most when moving into a home. When you prepare to make your budget, think about the items on your list that are the most vital to your daily life. This may be different for each person. If you're an avid yoga practitioner but your yoga mat got ruined in the move, buying a new one might be higher up on your list of priorities than the average person who occasionally stretches. The best way to find out what items are high up on your list is to go through a few days in your new home and write down everything you need, then arrange it in order of importance. From there, we can start setting your budget.

Budgeting tools

Depending on how comfortable you are with technology, you have several options when it comes to ways of keeping a budget. In your Appstore you'll find a plethora of free budgeting apps that all fit a specific need. One of the most popular, Mint, connects securely with your bank account and lets you set up several budgets. It will track your income and spending and categorize your purchases automatically (groceries, gas, bills, etc.). You can set a "household" budget in Mint and make sure all your home purchases go into that category. If you're more inclined to using a spreadsheet, you can use Google Sheets, or a program like Excel to create your budget. The benefit of using Google Sheets is that it is easily shared and synced with others, allowing you to collaborate on the budget together. Your final option is to use a good old fashion hand-written budget. If you don't want it to be forgotten, you could hang it on the refrigerator or write it on a whiteboard hung somewhere highly visible in your house.

Commitment

The hardest part of budgeting is committing to it. You and your housemates will need to work together to make sure you keep track of your purchases and take the time to plan out your budget, be it weekly or monthly. The best way to do this is to set a reminder in your calendar for a budget planning day once per month with your housemates. Decide what needs to be purchased and who will be buying it. Once you've made a habit of keeping your household budget, you'll be on your way to completing your home in a way that makes sense for you financially.




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