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Tips for How to Increase Your Home's Value

There are simple ways in which you can increase the value of your home. Whether you are planning to sell or would like to keep your home's value up, tackling some of the following tips will work to instantly add value and appeal to your home.

1. Clean Up - If you have debris around your yard simply spend some time cleaning it up. A downed gutter or a piece of siding in your yard can really make your house look run-down.

2. Clear the Clutter - If you've got bikes and trash bins lined up around your home, move them to a designated area in the back of your home. If you have room to store them in your garage, it's even better.

3. Paint it - Depending on your budget and siding material, a fresh coat of paint on the exterior could be worth it.

4. Repair it - Fix downed gutters or downspouts or loose siding or shingles. Even a beginner DIYer can handle these projects and save money by eliminating the need to call a professional.

5. Landscaping - If you've got your own landscaping tools, then sprucing up your yard will be super easy and cheap. Trim trees, bushes, shrubbery and lawn to achieve a clean and manicured appearance. Plant low maintenance plants and flowers. Hanging flower baskets for the front porch add a warm and welcoming touch to a home.

6. Doors - Depending on the condition of your front door, replace, repair or paint it. A garage door typically represents 30% of the exterior of your home. If your garage door is old and worn, replace it. It will increase your home value and curb appeal. Replacing your garage door can make a huge improvement to the exterior of your home for under $1,000 for the typical standard garage door.

7. Roof - Torn or missing shingles should be repaired or replaced. If you have algae growth, hire a roof cleaner to remove it. An unsightly room can give a bad first impression to prospective homebuyers.

Nothing increases the value of your home more than kitchen and bathroom updates. Consider these simple improvements:

1. Knobs, Pulls and Handles - Changing the knobs, pulls or handles on your kitchen and bathroom cabinets can bring a fresh new look to an older cabinet.

2 Paint - Paint can be your secret tool for increasing your home's value. Anything which you decide to paint- whether it's cabinets, doors, walls or ceilings will update your home with a fresh new feeling. Bland wood kitchen cabinets can be painted in white to turn a traditional kitchen into a contemporary kitchen.

3. Lighting - Bright rooms indicate to potential home buyers that you have nothing to hide. A brightly lit home creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. Select energy-saving light bulbs and fixtures for even more value.

4. Carpet Removal or Cleaning - Many older homes have beautiful hardwood floors underneath the carpet. If your carpet is worn and stained, remove it and refinish the natural wood underneath. This type of project involves a bit more in upfront costs, but the return will be seen upon selling. If your carpets were recently updated, have them professionally cleaned to help them look their best.


Garden Finials - a Great Decorative Finishing Touch

Do you look around your outdoor living space and see that it is just crying for "something?" You're not sure what it is but the area just doesn't seem finished. There is actually a pretty easy way to finish your space and that is with beautiful garden finials. Use one for to make a decorative statement and for balance, you could use a pair.

Garden finials are a beautiful way to add a finishing touch to your yard space and they can literally be used anywhere you like. Originally, they were designed to be placed atop buildings, however they are so versatile they can add a touch of finishing elegance to the sides of a walkway, around your home, your garden to set off a tree, statue or other object; your deck, patio, cottage or in any place your choose.

How is this possible? Well, it is because garden finials are extremely decorative in nature. Generally they will be crafted out of metal, copper is the most likely choice, and will be forged into different elegant shapes to ones that simply have a point and others that have looping scrollwork. Some will even feature stained glass and most will have a polished finish, creating structures that look just like stunning pieces of artwork. What also adds to the lovely look of garden finials is what they are mounted on. Like, the same copper they are made from, or other materials like stone, and some can even be mounted with spacer balls to create an eye-catching piece that will be sure to please.

If you have an area in your outdoor space that needs a little finishing touch, it's the perfect place for a garden finials. Many people use some of the techniques used in the Feng Shui design and use pairs to obtain symmetrical around their outdoor areas. There are other people however who just place them wherever they feel like, just to spice things up a bit. For instance, you could place a few in your garden to give it some flair or you could put one atop the roof or your home to set your house apart from the rest.

Feel like garden finials are something that you're interested in purchasing for your outdoor space? If that is the case, then you can conveniently find just the ones for you through comparison shopping on the World Wide Web. Really, Internet shopping is the way to go given that for one, you don't have to leave your home to do it, and to, you can easily compare prices of the different selections that you like. That way, you can easily find deals and get the best prices possible that are available. Your selection will even be shipped right to your home, so, no wasting gas and a trip to the store.

Now, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and find that finishing touch you need in garden finials. With them, you'll finally feel like your outdoor space is complete.


Convertible Sofas Can be Magical

For most of us convertible sofas convert into beds. These handy pieces of furniture are great for many people. If you do not have a spare room for guests, use the convertible sofa. If you live in a studio apartment, then a sofa bed may be perfect for you. If your kids like to have sleep overs, a sleeper sofa in the family room would be a great solution. If you need a "spare" bed for when your spouse is in the dog house, then a convertible sofa may be the answer (but it is best to never go to bed mad). But in all these cases, the sofa part is for sitting and the bed it converts into is for sleeping. But what if you asked a child what they thought convertible sofas should convert into, what would they say? Well, I talked to some kids, and this is what they said they thought convertible sofas should change into.

The first was a little boy, he was about three, almost four, years old. He was a very typical little boy. I asked him that if he had a couch that could change into anything, what would it be? He gave it a moments thought and then said, "a race car". Why? I asked. "So I can drive fast like my Daddy," was his quick answer. Little boys want to be like their Dad's, and driving is something we just take for granted as an adult. But driving for a kid means so much more, it means going fast and being able to do what you want, and being like your Dad.

When I asked a group of four little girls what they thought would be cool for convertible sofas to change into, they conferred for a little while and came with the consensus that it should be something that could fly. "Oh," I said, "like the bed on Bedknobs and Broomsticks?" I only got a bunch of blank stares with that comment. So instead I compared it to Aladdin and a magic flying carpet. That got me a bunch of smiles and nodding heads. Then they went off (all at once) about how great it would be to swoop through the air, flying over fields and lakes. I remember when I was a little kid, and dreams where I could fly were the best! Yes, a sofa bed that could fly would definitely be high on my list too.

I asked another group of older boys and girls, who were about 7, what they thought would be cool to have convertible sofas convert into, and their quick answer was a time machine. That's cool, so my next question was, "If you could all just go to one time, when would it be?" This took a bit of discussion, especially since both boys and girls were involved, but they soon decided on Medieval times. Why? Well, boys like battle and little girl's want to be princesses, so that time period seemed to offer everything that everybody wanted. Especially since the boys could battle dragons to save the princesses!

Convertible sofas may not be quite that magical to most of us, but remember that it could be, especially if you ever get to play make believe with a four year old. It is amazing what you can do with a blanket and sofa. It can become a magical cave, a flying carpet, a fast race car,or yes, convertible sofas even make great time machines.


Apple Pie, Grandma, and an Outdoor Porch Swing

An outdoor porch swing is such a fundamental fixture in the American experience. I don't really know why for sure. Maybe it is because young romance can blossom there, or because it is the perfect place to sip on an ice cold lemonade and watch a lazy summer day go by. In fact, one of my earliest fond memories is from the mid 60's when I was four years old, eager and excited. I was sitting on the porch swing with my family watching the classic American parade go by. So many vivid colors, big horses, candy, happy sounds, and of course, the waiving beauty queen. And I took it all in from an outdoor porch swing. There is just something classic about that scene. I guess most people have some sort of memory like that. I hope so.

Another great thing about a porch swing is how old friends can sit there for hours and talk about nothing; talk about anything. Or maybe it is because when you're on the swing it means that you are not out in the garden weeding, or in the house cleaning, or slaving over laundry.

To me, an outdoor porch swing is about relaxing from the cares of life and finding peace, even if only but for a moment. The way the gentle motion of the swing slows the clock is magical. I could sit and swing for hours and it would only seem like minutes. And as I think back over the years I realize that there is just something comforting about an outdoor porch swing, something wonderful and warm, like the homemade cookies and bread I'd enjoy when I visited my Grandma's house in my youth.

One of the things I remember most about being excited to visit Grandma was that I knew her swing was waiting patiently for someone to visit, someone to comfort. Sometimes it was the cat. Sometimes it was people. I remember the old chains that suspended it from the rafters, how they seemed so faithful and strong. Sometimes when I would really get swinging too fast I would be worried that they would break, but they never did. I remember swinging on it with her as we watched the day go by without a care in the world; just me and Grandma.

There was something about that old outdoor porch swing that the cat seemed to like as well. I noticed that the cat spend more time on it than anyone else. Maybe it liked the warmth of the sun-room and the quiet...who knows, but when we'd come along and want to perch there Ginger would slink away like only a cat displaced can. What a funny cat.

As I've grown older I've kept my fascination with swings and porches. My outdoor porch swing is made out of redwood and brings me a lot of happiness when I spend time on it with kids and friends. Someday I'll be a Grandma and will share some swing time with my own grandchild. I hope I can make it as memorable as my grandma did for me.


Glass Door Knobs - It's Time To Go Green With Them

We're in a world where every day we are being told to try and make a difference for the environment. We're inundated with information about the damage that is being done to the environment on so many levels, and being told we are the culprits. They say the only way to change things, is for all of us to make a change. You may be wondering what this has to do with home décor. It's about ways to make a smaller environmental impact, while still redecorating.

There are actually companies out there who focus their business on taking the old and making it new again. Some of these people are called antique dealers. You've seen them and may have thought they only have trinkets and clothes from generations past. But many carry more than just bric-a-brac, they also carry old pieces of hardware such as glass door knobs that are generations or centuries old.

There is another kind of company that is forward thinking. They are not the end dealer, waiting to get a good buy on something old, but they are out there finding these great old pieces, before they are destroyed. You have probably seen this happen a time or two - an old building in town is demolished to make way for a new mall, condo, or skyscraper. While the original building may have been a little run down, does that mean everything in it was trash? Not necessarily. Think of an old theater from the 1920's. Theaters of the time were very classy establishments, with the best in décor and accents throughout, from glass door knobs to ornate hardware accents, all those things are likely still inside the building as it's being destroyed. Those glass door knobs and other pieces are completely functional pieces of history that are being tossed aside in the name of progress. This is where salvage companies come in.

There are a few companies out there that search for these buildings, set to be destroyed, and salvage what they can for others to bring back to life in their homes. Many of these are old turn-of-the century and pre-war buildings that have lived out their usefulness, but thanks to these salvage companies some of their parts will live on, long after the building is gone.

For those looking to recreate a historic period of time, or just looking for old world style in their home, these salvagers are a godsend. While you can get a lot of reproductions of pieces on the market today, nothing really takes you back in time like the pieces of hardware and architecture that really were back in time. Even if you just want to add a small bit of flare to your new world home, many of the hardware pieces such as glass door knobs and pulls, can be put on your modern day doors and cabinets, and not only give your home a piece of history, but also save the resources that it would have taken to make a new piece.


Tips To Have Beautiful Smile

A sincere smile tells people that they are appreciated and loved when they come around you. It makes others feel at ease with you. It is also a powerful tool of intimate communication between great friends. You can get things done faster with a sweet smile on your face always. Insightfully, it is has been reported that smiling consistently, especially when things are not going well, can reduce your stress level.

The value of smile is much more than we think. It cost nothing, but creates much. It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give. A smile happens in a flash and the memory of its sometimes last forever. It could be the start of a lifetime relationship.There are several reasons to smile. Smiling makes you attractive. People are generally drawn to those who smile. There is an attraction factor. Smiling changes your mood.

The most important thing is for you to feel comfortable, and for your spine to be in an up-right position. Let your eyes gently close. Take a couple of deep long breaths, and as you exhale say (either out loud or internally) "aaah." As you exhale and say "aaah," feel any unnecessary tension in the face, jaw, neck & shoulders simply melt away, like a series of thin silk scarves, flowing off of your body, down to the floor. Notice a feeling of spaciousness in your mouth, as though the roof of your mouth were the dome of a temple.

A great smile starts with great dental care so a restorative dentist may recommend that you get a teeth cleaning or have other basic dental procedures done prior to having any cosmetic or restorative procedures performed. Once your teeth are as health as possible, there are a number of ways a Cotuit dentist can restore teeth so that you look and feel better about yourself.

Contemporary society seems to stress teeth care as a crucial point of our life, both from a hygienic reason and an aesthetic one. Digestion begins in the mouth due to the chemical action of various substances located there and also because of the more mechanical function of teeth. Chewing should never be understated.

A perfect compliment to a beautiful masterpiece is an ideal frame. When looking at the Mona Lisa, it is likely that you don't remember the frame of the piece, but you'd be assured to remember if the frame looked out of place. Gums, much like pictures, affect the appearance of great teeth to make an overall beautiful smile. The appearance of gums can often differentiate between a mediocre smile and a stunning smile.

To improve the health of your gums, it is necessary to have an expert look at them and the treatment often includes daily home care and frequent cleanings. Some more difficult cases may require specialized care. To treat receding gums, gum grafting is often used. Cosmetic dentists can sculpt gummy and crooked smiles using lasers or other methods. When you have your smile made-over by an expert, this is routine procedure and sometimes sculpting is the only thing necessary to fix on an otherwise beautiful smile.


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