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Posted by Judy Moore on 1/2/2022

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Building a custom new home allows you to create a home thatís well-suited to your needs and lifestyle. Floor plans, color choices and fixture options are just some of the ways that you can adjust a home to your liking. Here are five other major ways to make a custom home truly yours.

Make the Basement Bigger With a Deep-Pour Basement

A deep-pour basement increases your basementís height by digging the foundation down deeper. Depending on how deep you want it, the increase in depth may just be 1 foot or it might be several feet.The purpose of a deep-pour basement isnít so much to increase storage space beneath your home, but rather to make your basement more comfortable to use. The increased height can be helpful if you eventually want a finished basement with overhead lighting fixtures.

Add Space to Rooms With Elevated Ceilings

Elevated ceilings increase the height of first- or second-floor rooms, usually for an aesthetic effect. Higher ceilings can make rooms look larger without increasing square footage, and higher ceilings can let in more natural light if oversized or additional windows are installed.

Depending on a homeís design, slightly elevated ceilings might be used throughout an entire floor. Alternatively, a single room might have an elevated ceiling that looks up to the second floor. 

Create Storage With Built-In Bookshelves

A home can never have enough storage, and you can increase your new homeís storage by adding built-in bookshelves. While you always have the option to buy standard bookshelves from a furniture store, they wonít be quite as nice as custom ones that are installed when the home is built. You can design every aspect of the shelves both so they look the way you want and accommodate your oversized books or personal touches.

Upgrade to an Expanded Garage

Upgrade your garage from a standard one- or two-car garage so that itíll better accommodate your future (or present) storage and vehicle needs. Even if you donít expect to need another parking space, you might still extend the length of your garage so that it can provide more room for large tools and gear.

Go for a Jacuzzi

A jacuzzi tub is a pleasant luxury anytime you feel sore, are cold or just want to relax. Itís also a fairly easy upgrade to put in when building out a master bathroom. Go for a jacuzzi in your master bath, and youíll reap the rewards every time you relax in the tub. You might also get a better selling price when you eventually move out, as master bath upgrades have some of the highest returns on home sale prices.

Make Your New Home Truly Yours

If any of these upgrades or customizations sound like something youíd appreciate, talk with your home builder about putting them in. A few customizations like these can make a big difference in how much you enjoy your new house.




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Posted by Judy Moore on 9/10/2017

De-cluttering your home is an essential part of the process of prepping your house for the real estate market. It also may require you to find a place to store antiques, photographs and other personal items that you'll need to remove from your house in the immediate future. Fortunately, storage units are available that enable you to protect your personal items while you sell your current home and work toward relocating to a new residence. There are many great reasons to use a storage unit while you sell your house, including: 1. You Can Free Up Space in Your Current Home. Want to show homebuyers the full potential of your house? Rent a storage unit, and you can free up lots of space in your residence instantly. A storage unit gives you plenty of room to safeguard your personal items while you're going through the home selling process. Plus, you'll be able to de-clutter your house accordingly, ensuring you're able to clean every nook and cranny of your residence and ensure your home looks great for prospective homebuyers. 2. You Can Keep Your Personal Belongings Safe and Organized. Let's face it Ė no one wants to put their treasured belongings in a storage unit that's not secure. But with a storage unit, this is never a problem, as this unit typically is easy to lock and is designed for advanced protection against a number of everyday dangers. For example, a standard storage unit facility is equipped with security cameras, and some facilities are monitored by security personnel 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Moreover, storage units are designed to protect your belongings against inclement weather, as they often are temperature controlled to ensure your items will maintain their quality. 3. You Won't Have to Break Your Budget to Rent a Storage Unit. Selling a house can be an expensive process. And as you spend money completing home improvement projects and cleaning up your residence, the last thing you need is a hefty bill for the rental of a storage unit. Usually, a storage unit serves as an affordable option for home sellers. The cost of a storage unit is frequently based on the size of the unit you need; therefore, if you're only storing a few items, the cost likely will be minimal. It also is important to keep in mind that the cost associated with the rental of a storage unit may only be temporary. If you dedicate the necessary time and resources to enhance the appearance of your house, you'll be able to sell your current residence quickly and move your belongings from a storage unit into your new home. Storage units represent wonderful choices for home sellers, and your real estate agent may be able to help you explore the storage unit options that are available. This real estate professional might even be able to ensure you can score the best deals on storage unit rentals in your hometown. Rent a storage unit as you get ready to add your home to the real estate market, and you can keep your personal belongings safe and organized at all times.




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Posted by Judy Moore on 11/6/2016

If you like to garden, chances are that you have invested quite a bit of money in tools to make your gardening easier. Now that winter is nearing, itís time to think of storing those garden gadgets away. Donít just throw them into a pile, or worse, leave them lying around the garden area. (You donít do that, do you?) They served you well during the growing season, right? Donít they deserve a little cleaning up and organizing? But seriously, folks, if you donít clean and wipe the garden debris away, the metal part will rust and you may not be able to use them next year. It also makes you feel good that you are so organized and neat. Wash and dry the smaller tools in soapy water. Then moisten a rag with linseed oil and wipe the metal parts down. After you are satisfied that they are in good shape, arrange them neatly in a storage area. A pegboard hung on the wall or a canvas shoebag is a great way of keeping the smaller tools neatly stored. When spring finally arrives, you are ready to take your gardening tools out and start the process all over again. You will be glad you took the time last fall to set things up for an easy start to the next planting season.




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