HOW TO FIND CHEAP OR FREE KITCHEN CABINETS

🌟 Remodeling your kitchen? 👍 Kitchen cabinets can be expensive, but here are several ways to find cheap – or even free – kitchen cabinets.

REPLACE YOUR KITCHEN CABINETS ON THE CHEAP

When remodeling a kitchen, as much as a third to half of your budget can be spent on buying new kitchen cabinets. While the cabinets make up a big part of any kitchen, it needn’t cost an arm and a leg to replace them. 

Below, we let you in on a well-kept secret: several ways to find cheap – and even free – kitchen cabinets!

CHEAP AND FREE KITCHEN CABINETS FROM LOCAL GROUPS AND/OR LISTS

The Internet makes it very easy to connect with other like-minded people in your area, and many homeowners doing remodels use the internet to advertise gently used items like furniture, clothing – and yes – kitchen cabinets. 

The downside to this kind of shopping, however, is that competition can be fierce. Everyone likes to get something for nothing, so if you’re lucky enough to find cheap or free kitchen cabinets online, you must move fast. Some good places to look for cabinets include Facebook local groups, Facebook Marketplace, and Craigslist. Check to see if your area has a Buy Nothing Initiative as this limits the advertising area to just your local area, which can lessen competition. 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RESTORE

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a great place to find kitchen cabinets on the cheap. With hundreds of stores nationwide, there’s probably a ReStore near you, and because kitchen cabinets take up a lot of precious space, you’re likely to find them at jaw-droppingly low prices. 

COMMERCIAL SALVAGE YARDS

Commercial salvage yards are where gently used pieces of houses go to find new forever homes. From bathtubs, countertops, and flooring to sinks, mirrors, and kitchen cabinets, you can find just about any type of home element you need there. Be aware, though, that although the prices are cheaper than buying new, you’ll pay a higher price at a commercial salvage yard than the other methods discussed here as selling used home elements is what they do to earn a living. 

IKEA

If you’re the DIY type, you may want to make a trip to your local Ikea store for kitchen cabinets. Ikea kitchen cabinets come flat-packed and ready to assemble, which is easy to do. They come in a variety of designs and color choices, and they are surprisingly good quality for the price. 

SHOWROOM DISPLAY CABINETS

If you’re patient and take the time to notice, you might find showroom display cabinets on sale at a discounted price. Display cabinets are designed to give you an idea of what a kitchen full of said cabinets might look and function like. They are often packed with extras like bread boxes, slide-out spice racks, etc. to entice buyers to spend more. If a certain model becomes discontinued, its display model usually goes on sale at an extremely discounted price. If you’re not against cabinets that others have touched and used for months, this is a great way to save a lot of money on your kitchen remodel.

HOW TO MAKE A TRENDIER GRAY KITCHEN

💡 Looking for a fresh, new look for your kitchen?👍 Take a look at the suggestions for using gray. Once thought to be a drab, boring color, gray is the perfect choice for any modern kitchen.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR USING GRAY IN YOUR KITCHEN

Choosing a color for your kitchen can be a bit overwhelming. There are so many color combinations that would work, but when you’re looking for something a little different, a little exciting, the typical white kitchen just won’t do. 

If you’re looking for a fresh vibe in your kitchen, consider incorporating gray. Gray cabinetry combined with white accents and other color combinations works well in nearly any kitchen design. Once thought to be a boring, drab color, gray is the new white, and here are a few ideas for using it in your kitchen. 

MIX AND MATCH GRAY AND WHITE CABINETS

Gray doesn’t have to be boring, safe, or drab, especially when you mix and match it with white to create a gentle contrast. Try painting all your cabinets gray and then installing a white countertop. Or, another option is to paint the lower cabinets gray and the upper wall cabinets white. Either look is fresh, contrasting, and exciting. 

PAIR GRAY WITH WARM COLORS

The kitchen is supposed to give off a warm and inviting vibe, but gray can be somewhat cold, so try pairing it with warm textures and colors like wood and wood accents, red, yellow, and gold. 

A good rule of thumb to remember is:

1. Darker shades of gray work well in modern kitchen designs

2. Gray and white combinations are well-suited for minimalist kitchen design

Gray can be an extremely fun and exciting color in the kitchen, as is evident by its popularity in home décor these days. Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen or building a new home, consider using gray as one of the colors as it is anything but drab and boring.

5 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE SELLING YOUR FIRST HOME

🏠 Putting your house up for sale? ⭐ Here are a few tips to help you get the most money out of your home.

MAXIMIZE YOUR HOME’S SELLING POTENTIAL

So, you’ve decided it’s time to sell your house. What an exciting, and often overwhelming, time. Selling a home takes time and effort, from running a successful open house to bringing in serious offers, you’ll need to stay on top of things. Below, I’ve put together a few tips to help you with the selling process, so you get the best deal possible when selling your first home. 

1. DON’T FORGO THE REAL ESTATE AGENT – ME

Although it’s tempting to not hire a real estate agent when selling your home, resist the temptation. A local agent knows your neighborhood inside and out. I know the other homes for sale in the area and what yours is up against. Furthermore, I will handle all the hard work, from running the open houses to finding potential buyers, which can take a lot of stress off the table for you. 

2. DO YOUR HOMEWORK

The Internet is an important tool when selling your home. There is a lot of information at your fingertips including the going prices for other homes in the neighborhood, average time on the market and current inventory in your price range.

3. DON’T LET EMOTIONS GET IN THE WAY

Without a doubt, selling a home is an emotional event, but emotions have no place in the home selling process. That’s why it’s best to leave it up to the professionals (me and my team) to handle as much of the sale of your home as possible. After all, I have no sentimental ties to the property, and getting the highest dollar in the sale is my job. It’s just another day at the office for a real estate agent, so let me do what I love to do…. Take care of YOU!

4. SPRUCE UP THE PLACE

First impressions are everything, so make sure the outside of your home looks tidy and welcoming. Keep the grass mowed, pressure wash the outside of your home, and place plants and flowers outside the front entrance to make it appear as if buyers are entering a warm and welcoming home. 

On the inside of your home, give the walls a fresh coat of paint and get rid of any clutter to create a blank slate that interested buyers can use to picture themselves and their belongings in your home. 

5. STAGING – IT’S A GOOD THING!

Creating a blank canvas inside your home doesn’t mean it should be empty, however. If you’ve already moved your things to a new location, consider adding a few pieces back in for staging. Staging a home can help your home sell up to 80 percent faster and for as much as 20 percent more money. 

If you’re selling a home for the first time, take the tips above into consideration. They will help you get the most out of the home selling process. And, of course, call me!

5 HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS TO DO BEFORE LISTING YOUR HOME

HOME IMPROVEMENTS TO MAKE BEFORE LISTING YOUR HOME

If you’re like most homeowners, you want to get the most money when you sell your home. To do that, you need to put some effort forth to make your home as appealing as possible to potential buyers. Here is a list of five important home improvement projects you should make before listing your home. 

1. UP YOUR HOME’S CURB APPEAL

First impressions are everything, so the first thing you should do is up the curb appeal of your home. Give the exterior a fresh coat of paint, trim the hedges, keep the grass mowed, and power wash wooden fences. Give potential buyers a reason to want to come inside for a closer look. 

2. GIVE THE INTERIOR A NEUTRAL, BLANK SLATE

When selling your home, you want potential buyers to be able to picture their belongings in your home. To make this easier, you should create a blank slate that enables them to use their imagination. 

Give the walls a fresh coat of paint using neutral tones such as gray, beige, and white. The nice thing about light, soft neutral colors is they also make rooms appear larger, too. 

3. UPDATE LIGHTING FIXTURES

If the light fixtures in your home haven’t been updated since the 1980s, it’s time to do it now. Take a look at Pinterest for trendy inspiration and replace those old light fixtures with something modern and fun. 

4. GIVE FLOORING NEW LIFE

Your home’s floors make a big statement, so if yours is dingy, pet-stained, or otherwise unattractive, make it a point to replace it with something warm, shiny, and inviting. 

Dark-stained hardwood floors are always a plus, but there are many laminate flooring options that are just as beautiful and more cost-effective. Just be sure to allot more of your flooring budget to high-traffic areas such as the kitchen and living room to ensure durability and beauty. 

5. GET RID OF POPCORN CEILINGS

Popcorn ceilings have exceeded their appeal, so if your home has any, be sure to get rid of them before putting it on the market. While no one wants to spend an entire afternoon scraping the ceiling, the result is so worth the effort. Not only will the ceiling look better, but buyers can’t use it as a reason to not make an offer on your house. 

Like most homeowners, you want to get the most money possible when you sell your home. To do so, you need to consider addressing all the areas listed above before placing your home on the market.

THE BEST WAY TO CLEAN A FIREPLACE

🔥 Not sure how to keep your fireplace looking and working well?➡️ Here’s a step by step guide to cleaning it.


HOW TO CLEAN A FIREPLACE THE RIGHT WAY

Regardless of how clean the room is, a dirty fireplace can make it look unkempt. Cleaning the fireplace might be a dirty job, but the result is worth it, and it’ll keep it in good working order. 

Cleaning the fireplace regularly will make it easier to clean. Here’s what you’ll need when cleaning your fireplace.

  • Broom and dustpan
  • Paper towels
  • Dropcloth or tarp
  • Coffee grounds (optional)
  • Scrub brush
  • Vacuum with the brush attachment
  • Gloves
  • Cleaning solution
  • Goggles

STEP 1: DON PROTECTIVE GEAR

You’ll be surprised at how far soot and dust from your fireplace can travel, so be sure you wear gloves and protective eyewear while you clean. 

Also, cover the hearth with a drop cloth or plastic tarp to protect as much area in front of the fireplace as possible. 

STEP 2: REMOVE LOGS AND ASHES

Remove any unburned logs and use a dustpan to scoop out the ashes. To keep dust from spreading too far, cover the ashes with coffee grounds first and then scoop it all into a bucket to dispose of later. 

STEP 3: SWEEP AND VACUUM

Sweep out the inside of the fireplace and then use your vacuum with a soft brush attachment to get all the ashes and debris from every nook and cranny. 

STEP 4: MIX THE CLEANING SOLUTION

Ideally, you’ll want to use a green cleaning solution on your fireplace as they are gentler on the brick and better for the environment. You can try a solution of warm water and trisodium phosphate, baking soda and detergent, cream of tartar, or plain water and vinegar. 

STEP 5: SCRUB THE FIREPLACE

Starting at the top of the fireplace and working your way down, dip the scrub brush in the cleaning solution and begin scrubbing the brick. Use small, circular motions to loosen soot and ash. You may need to repeat this step a time or two to get the interior of your fireplace clean. 

The best way to keep your fireplace looking good and working properly is to clean it regularly. Wait a day or two after burning a fire before attempting to remove the ash and sweep it out. Plan a thorough cleaning as outlined above regularly throughout the year to keep your fireplace in good working order.

🌳 THINGS TO CONSIDER ABOUT OUTDOOR SPACE WHEN BUYING A NEW HOME

🏡 When buying a new home 🌳 Here are a few things you should consider about outdoor space 

With the COVID-19 pandemic still underway and people still quarantining at home, there’s a growing new appreciation for private outdoor spaces. If you dream of owning a home with a big yard and plenty of room to relax and play, make sure you consider the following to ensure you get exactly what you want. After all, COVID isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and we all need some space to get out and enjoy the sun and fresh air. 

WHAT TYPE OF OUTDOOR SPACE WORKS BEST FOR YOU?

Your outdoor space is what you make it, but if having somewhere in the sunshine to spend time is important to you, the type of outdoor space you envision can help narrow down your search for the perfect home. 

Do you like to entertain? Perhaps you just need a patch of yard for a swing set? Maybe you’re happy to have a simple quiet patio or balcony with a table and chairs for watching sunsets with loved ones and a nice glass of wine. Take a moment to think about what kind of outdoor space suits your lifestyle and preferences best and use that knowledge to find the right home for you.

HOW WILL YOU USE YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE?

Whether your outdoor area dream space includes a sprawling backyard or a small balcony off a second-floor apartment, you need to decide how you’ll make the most of the space you have. If it’s a large backyard, are you financially and physically capable of caring for it? If it’s just a terrace off your apartment, will you do more than just watch sunsets there? 

HOW OUTDOOR SPACE ADDS VALUE TO YOUR HOME AND YOUR LIFESTYLE

As the pandemic rages on, more and more people are coming to realize how important having an outdoor space is to enhance the stay-at-home orders issued by the government. 

In years past, you may have used a gym membership to workout and swim laps, but these days, staying home means staying safe. Can adding a pool in your backyard add value to your life? 

Homeowners with spacious backyards are now creating backyard oases to make spending time at home more fun and functional to keep themselves and their families safe (and sane). 

Ultimately, it comes down to how we can make our homes enjoyable and comfortable places to pass the time, both inside and out.

WHY SKYLIGHTS ARE AN EFFICIENT WAY TO LIGHT A HOME

☀️ If you’re looking for green ways to upgrade your home, consider skylights throughout the residence. 🏡 Skylights are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and save money at the same time. Here’s why.


THE MANY BENEFITS OF INSTALLING SKYLIGHTS IN YOUR HOME

Most interior design experts agree that the more natural lighting that enters your home, the warmer and more appealing its ambiance. While windows do an alright job of allowing natural light in, skylights give you more options for allowing natural lighting to flood your home. At the same time, skylights can reduce your dependency on artificial lighting, heating and cooling systems, and save you money on your utility bills. As a result, your home is more sustainable and eco-friendlier. 

BENEFITS OF HAVING SKYLIGHTS IN YOUR HOME

Skylights can be installed in virtually any room in your home. The natural light they allow in enhances the atmosphere throughout the house. No matter where you put skylights in your home, the benefits are the same. 

REDUCED NEED FOR ARTIFICIAL LIGHTING

Obviously, one of the biggest benefits of having skylights is your decreased need for artificial lighting throughout the day, and at night when the moon is full and bright, you won’t need to turn on the lights then, either. 

CONTROLLED LIGHTING SOURCE

Skylights come with some additional equipment that makes them extremely versatile. They often include blinds and/or covers so you can control how much light enters your house and when. If the sun entering a skylight is too hot, simply close the blinds to block it out. 

Another benefit of having a skylight is that you can choose what angle it faces to increase or decrease the amount of light and heat that enters your home. Flat skylights let in the most natural light, while angled skylights reduce the amount of light and heat that comes into your home. 

PASSIVE HEATING SOURCE

Since skylights allow for direct sun exposure, you can heat rooms naturally simply by opening the skylight’s blinds. Even on cold days, if the sun is shining, you can heat a room significantly simply by allowing the skylight to do its job, thus reducing the need to run your furnace. 

Skylights reduce your need for natural lighting and decrease your dependency on your home’s heating/cooling systems. As such, you reduce the impact running your home has on the environment. As a result, your home is eco-friendlier, and you save money each month on your utility bills.

5 ISSUES YOU ARE LIKELY TO FACE WHEN REMODELING A HOUSE

🏡 If you’re planning a home remodel, you’ll want to read the following information so you’re prepared for the things that could make the process a bumpy one.

COMMON ISSUES THAT COME WHEN REMODELING A HOUSE

Remodeling a house can be an exciting time. The prospect of a fresh, new look is fun to think about, but the reality is the whole process is time-consuming and hard work. 

Everyone hopes for their remodeling project to go smoothly. Unfortunately, that’s rarely the case. Here are several issues you are likely to face when you remodel a house. 

1. UNDERESTIMATING THE COST OF THE PROJECT

Whether you do the work yourself or you hire a contractor, many people tend to underestimate the cost of a home remodeling project. It’s a good idea to keep a buffer of at least 20 percent of the cost of the project to be able to afford any surprises that crop up. Also, if you’re using a contractor, be sure he’s a reputable one that won’t skimp on quality or service to save a buck or two. 

2. NOT COMMUNICATING WELL WITH THE CONTRACTOR

Not everyone gets along well with everyone else. It’s important to find a contractor that you like and can communicate well with. If a contractor gives off a bad vibe or doesn’t seem to be concerned with your ideas, you might want to find a different one. Lack of communication with your contractor can lead to major headaches if he doesn’t understand or refuses to understand exactly what you want. 

3. PROJECT DELAYS

Things happen to delay even the most well-planned home remodeling project, especially if your project includes some specialty items. Delays in the delivery of materials are the most common excuse for project delays, so it’s important that you have an open mind and not get too excited if the project takes a little longer than you anticipated. 

4. PROCRASTINATION

You have a lot of decisions to make in terms of materials, décor, etc. with your home remodeling project. It can become overwhelming having to decide everything, which can lead to procrastination. If you begin feeling overwhelmed with all the choices you need to make, take a step back, take it one decision at a time, and work through the process in a methodical manner to keep the project moving along. Avoid looking at the big picture as it can leave you feeling exhausted and cause you to put off making important decisions. 

5. NOT UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS

If you’ve never worked with a contractor before, it’s possible that you don’t understand how the process works. Before any work begins, have your contractor go through the contract with you so you understand what’s going to happen every step of the way. Ask as many questions as it takes to fully understand the scope of work so you can set your expectations accordingly. Not understanding the process can lead you to have unrealistic expectations that could delay the process. 

If you’re planning a home remodeling project, be sure you have a clear understanding of how it works and what to expect so there aren’t any delays and it goes as smoothly as possible.

SELL THE BENEFITS OF YOUR SMALLER HOME

🏠 Think your small home doesn’t stand a chance of selling quickly? ⏫ Cheer up! Today’s homebuyer is looking for smaller homes. Here’s how you can sell your small home’s best features.


HOW TO SELL YOUR SMALL HOME’S BEST FEATURES

If you’re planning to sell your home soon and think it doesn’t stand a chance of selling quickly because of its small size, think again. Today’s homebuyer is looking for smaller homes. The average home size is shrinking as most budgets can’t accommodate the expense of owning a large, sprawling home. 

So, if your home is on the smaller side, how do you play up its best features? Here’s how. 

LOWER COSTS

Your smaller home’s greatest feature is the fact that it costs less to own it. Utilities cost less each month and property taxes are lower thanks to its smaller lot. Be sure to include these aspects in brochures and online ads for your home to attract budget-minded buyers. 

EASY TO MAINTAIN

Due to its smaller size, your home is easier to maintain. Mowing the lawn takes no time at all, and when it comes to watering, it doesn’t require much. If your home has any new systems (air conditioning, furnace, appliances, etc.), highlight these as well as homebuyers look favorably on these as it means no maintenance and/or warranty coverage. 

ECO-FRIENDLY

If your home has any eco-friendly features, be sure to make it known. Place signs on eco-friendly appliances, the hot water heater, and special insulation that save money and are kind to the planet. Also, get rid of any old paint cans you have sitting around before you show the house. If your home isn’t all that “green,” focus instead on it being low maintenance and cost-effective instead. 

LET IT BE KNOWN THAT THERE IS ENOUGH SPACE

With many homebuyers looking to cut back on expenses and extra space, you need to show them that your smaller home has plenty of space for their needs. You can do this in a few different ways. 

  • Let there be light – Open all the window shades and allow as much light as possible to flood the home. The more light there is, the larger the rooms seem. 
  • Get rid of clutter – Clutter has a way of making even the largest room feel cramped and small. Before you begin showing your home, get rid of the clutter. Rent a storage unit or donate/throw out anything that isn’t necessary to make each room appear larger. 
  • Let buyers know there’s plenty to do – If your home is close to amenities and entertainment, be sure to let buyers know this, too. Selling the location is just as important as selling the home. 

At the end of the day, many homebuyers are looking to downsize and save money. Your smaller home may be just what they’re looking for. Use the tips above to sell them on your smaller home to sell it quickly.

CREATE YOUR WISHLIST IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR YOUR NEW HOME

🏠If you’re in the market for a new home, create a wishlist of features you want.


THINGS TO INCLUDE ON YOUR NEW HOME WISHLIST

Now that you’ve likely spent a fair amount of time in your home thanks to COVID-19, you’ve probably come to realize how much you like or dislike some of the features in it. For example, those stairs you climb a dozen times a day – maybe you’d rather not have stairs in your next home. Or perhaps that yard you initially thought you could do without now is a necessity in your next abode. 

If you’re planning to buy a new home in the coming months, it’s time to evaluate the features of your current home to determine what’s working for you now and what isn’t. Here are a few questions to ask yourself that will help you create a wishlist of features you’d like to have in your next house. 

WHAT FEATURES ARE WORKING, AND WHICH ONES AREN’T?

  • Rate your current home on a scale of 1-10
  • What’s your favorite feature in the home? Which one do you like the least?
  • Are you good with the style of home or do you want something different?

HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN YOU’RE AT HOME?

  • Do you have enough room or too much?
  • Does the floorplan suit your lifestyle?
  • Are there enough bathrooms and bedrooms?
  • What about the number of levels? 
  • Is there enough natural lighting in the home?

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME?

  • Do you enjoy spending time in the outdoor spaces of your home?
  • Do you like taking care of a yard or would you prefer to not have to do yard maintenance?
  • What about curb appeal? Does your home have any?
  • Is it difficult maintaining the exterior of your home? Do you mind doing tasks like painting, staining, etc.?

HOW WELL DO YOU CONNECT WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS AND THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY?

  • Are you happy with your neighborhood? Do you get along with your neighbors and is the neighborhood walkable? Is it close to the amenities you use?
  • How far do you have to travel to the grocery store or other important appointments?
  • Is your commute time acceptable?
  • Are you happy with the types and number of activities in the community?

If you’re looking to move soon, now’s the time to make a wishlist that contains all the features you’d like your new home to have. Evaluate the things that work for you and those that don’t in your current home, so you are sure to find the perfect home this time around.