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Life @ Home Newsletter – September C21 Sellers Edition


» Are presale repairs and improvements worth it?
» 6 stunning interior styles (that work for any home)
» Top towns for college football

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Are presale repairs and improvements worth it?

When selling your house, it’s hard to know which improvements are worth it, and which will never pay off. Everyone knows a fresh coat of paint is a good idea. But what about more expansive repairs?

The small stuff
Relatively minor problems like leaky faucets, worn-out curtains, unkept landscaping and broken or old grout are usually worth fixing. This is because:

1. You can often do the repairs effectively yourself, saving on professional fees.
2. They’re often low-cost while still improving the first impression of potential buyers.

That first impression really is everything. Pay special attention to aesthetic problems on the exterior of the home. Repainting, trimming shrubs and planting bright, inexpensive flowers are all great ways to attract better offers on your home.

The big stuff
Generally, if it’s not going to scare buyers off, don’t spend your time and money making major renovations or repairs. Steps like swapping boring light fixtures with trendy ones, replacing still-functional appliances, or remodeling rooms aren’t usually worth the price.

Be especially wary of remodeling in older homes. If your contractor guts a room and finds old plumbing or wiring, they may be required to replace them to bring the house up to modern standards. This can lead to thousands or even tens of thousands in unexpected costs.

Think pretty, not ‘perfect’
The bottom line: Spend your money making the house look pretty, and don’t worry about chasing luxury or perfection. Odds are, whoever buys your house won’t have the same opinion about what makes it perfect anyway.  

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6 stunning interior styles (that work for any home)

Interior design is about making a space to suit your needs. Understanding established styles can help you determine exactly what styles you may like in your home.

Here are 5 of the most popular interior design styles – perfect for any home.

  • Minimalism This style is about clean, airy spaces and neutral colors. To make things cozier, use some soft textures and natural accents.
  • Maximalism Similar to eclectic design, maximalism is about mix-and-match. Memorabilia appears among different colors, patterns and textures. Keep things focused and uncluttered with symmetrical layouts and a neutral color base.
  • Mid-Century Modern Original to the 1940s, mid-century modern is back in style. Clean lines, curved forms, honey-stained maple and pops of rich color define this vintage-meets-modern aesthetic.
  • Industrial Exposed pipes and brickwork get at the architectural heart of industrial interior design. Dark metal finishes and Edison light bulbs tend to feature prominently.
  • Farmhouse Do you like the work of celebrity designer Joanna Gaines? That’s farmhouse. Sunny, rustic spaces with worn-antique finishes and a dose of country charm. Bonus points for exposed roof beams!

Top towns for college football

Fall means college football, so here are 5 towns perfect for fans:

1. South Bend, IN – Notre Dame
2. Clemson, SC – Clemson University
3. Oxford, MS – Ole Miss
4. Ann Arbor, MI – University of Michigan
5. Madison, WI – University of Wisconsin

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