Daniel Asks…. We want to spruce up our house so we can sell it this spring, but only have about $1000 to spend – what can we do that will make some impact?

You can improve any room without breaking the bank—here are 3 simple steps to transform your space:

Conquer That Clutter and Make a GREAT First Impression.

  • The foyer can be the messiest catch-all in the house. Hang hooks along one wall and try a bench with baskets underneath for easy shoe removal and storage.
  • Eliminate multiple items. Especially in the kitchen, one of every gadget is really all you need.
  • Shop with intent, not on impulse. Take a list with you every time you shop and don’t bring home frivolous items that take up valuable space.
  • Don’t procrastinate. You’ll never create a peaceful room if there’s clutter everywhere. Attack it now and take 10   minutes every day to keep it tidy.

Perk Up Walls With Paint

  • Paint is the most dramatic and least  expensive way to make an impact in a room. It adds color and character and can give the illusion of extra square  footage.
  • Paint an opposing wall a rich hue. This will add depth and make the room feel larger.
  • Lighten up ceilings. A pale shade of cream or yellow in a semi-gloss on low ceilings will create the illusion of light & height.
  • Create stripes by using two shades of one color paint and a roll of painter’s tape. Vertical stripes make a room feel taller; horizontal stripes make a room feel wider.
  • Choose low contrast between your furnishings and wall color. This is easier on the eye and gives the illusion of space.
  • Live with the color before you commit to it by applying it to a poster board and   taping to your wall for a few days to get a sense of how it will look.

Mix & Match Your Movables

  • A budget-friendly way to get out of a decorating rut is to rearrange your existing furniture.
  • Enlist a friend to give you a second opinion and help with any heavy lifting.
  • Get a new perspective. Move your bed to another wall; waking up to a fresh view will make you feel like you’re in a new room.
  • Play with space. Pull your furniture away from the walls or place some pieces on the diagonal.
  • Display collections together for the biggest impact. A grouping of black-and-white photos on one wall will make a stronger impression than various, mismatched frames all over the house.
  • Repurpose, reuse and recycle items from your home for a brand-new take on accessorizing. Hang a rug on the wall or transform a folding screen to a headboard.

Great creative and enlist friends to help – maybe even borrower furniture – check out estate sales and look for new ideas! You WILL be able to accomplish your goals and stay within your budget!

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About Cheryl

As a successful business owner and community leader, Cheryl Braunschweiger is known and respected for getting things done with a degree of skill and enthusiasm that bring out the best in those around her - colleagues, clients and friends. The name of her business, ALMC Mortgage, reflects Cheryl's philosophy and personality. She says it stands for All Loans Must Close –a reflection of her determination to do whatever it takes to serve her clients. Cheryl has been in the mortgage lending business for 20 years. Read More About Cheryl
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