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HOME IMPROVEMENT COMPILED BY TAYLOR GIRTMAN, ALI LINAN & MATT STEPHENS
MAINTAINING YOUR HOME
The National Association of Home Builders oers routine home maintenance tips for homeowners looking to maintain their homes’ value and ensure their safety.
ASKA REALTOR FOR SA L E
Trisha Zadick is a Georgetown-area Realtor with 17 years of experience in buying and selling real estate. Here are some tips.
Find other useful home ownership tips at www.nahb.org.
WHAT IMPROVEMENTS SHOULD HOMEOWNERS CONSIDER BEFORE SELLING THEIR HOME? The two most important improvements for the highest return on investment are paint and ooring, followed by kitchen and bathroom upgrades. The idea and psychology involving buyer attraction would center on the curb appeal and functionality of the home. Pretty and clean makes all the dierence with home upgrades such as granite or Silestone countertops. ... Flooring is also a main consideration with wood- simulated varieties such as vinyl, ceramic and laminate. I do see a trend away from hardwood. Bathroom upgrades can be
done at fairly reasonable prices with new paint, new mirror and attention to frameless glass showers. Updating new cabinets with [countertops] and xtures will pay o. The exterior of your home and landscape is the rst thing your new buyer will see upon arrival and can make all the dierence. WHAT CHARACTERISTICS ARE HOMEBUYERS IN GEORGETOWN LOOKING FOR? Homebuyers are looking for clean-line homes with an open concept, modern paint schemes, updated ooring and countertops, updated kitchen and bathroom xtures, and updated lighting and landscaping.
1 Roofs should be inspected by a qualied roofer every three years, and skylights should be inspected so leaks do not develop. 2 Ensure downspouts and gutters do not get clogged with leaves and other debris. 3 Inspect siding each year to see if it needs repainting, and trim shrubs away so they do not touch the siding. 4 Check for split or cracked caulking on windows and doors annually, and replace the caulk as necessary. 5 Moving parts of garage doors need to be oiled once every three months.
6 Air lters require regular replacement, generally once every three months. 7 Safety and security : Regularly check security alarms and circuit breakers. Check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors twice a year. 8 Clean each faucet’s aerator every three to four months. Maintain garbage disposals by running cold water through them. 9 Masonry walls can develop a white powder that can be scrubbed o with water and a sti brush. 10 Hardwood oors without polyurethane need to be waxed with a liquid or paste “spirit” wax. Use emulsion wax on vinyl.
Trisha Zadick Broker Zadick Realty Group 124 Bastian Lane, Georgetown 512-508-3013 https://zadickrealtygroup.com
SOURCE: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERSCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
MAKE A GARDEN
Tips for choosing a container The bigger the better—larger containers allow for larger root systems and larger plants as well as holding more water for hot days. Container types can include: • half wooden barrels, buckets or baskets; • old bathtubs, galvanized metal tubs, or other tubs or troughs; and
Popular vegetables to grow:
Watch and treat for insects as needed. Support “climbing” vegetables with cages, twine or a trellis. Liquid fertilizer should be “fed” to plants at least twice per month. Add about an inch of coarse gravel in the bottom of containers to improve drainage. Plants need at least ve hours of sunlight per day and may need to be watered once or twice per day.
• hanging baskets, which are a good use of extra space and can be used for plants such as herbs or cherry tomatoes.
SOURCE: THE OLD FARMER’S ALMANACCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
ASKAN INTERIOR DESIGNER
Lindsay Cerilli Owner of Cerulean Concepts Cerulean Concepts Provides services in Leander, Cedar Park, Lago Vista, Georgetown and Liberty Hill areas 512-808-0425 www.cerulean-concepts.com
Lindsay Cerilli has 11 years of interior design experience, and she specializes in new construction design and working with builders on nishing details. HOW CAN HOMEOWNERS CUSTOMIZE A NEW CONSTRUCTION HOME TO THEIR PERSONAL STYLE? Sometimes the hardest part in choosing nishes for your new construction home using similar options that your builder may oer. If builder options are limited, I suggest going with the standard included oerings for lighting, mirrors and cabinet hardware and to replace with your own after closing. WHAT ARE A FEW WEEKENDLONG HOME PROJECTS?
home is guring out your style. Before selecting nishes, it is helpful to save images of rooms as inspiration and to nd the commonality among the inspiration photos such as color, material types or architectural elements. You can then replicate the elements into your new
six months in advance of when you are wanting your project to be complete to allow for design time and for materials to arrive. ... [All] decision-makers [should] agree on a list of the areas you are looking for help with and the budget.
shiplap, panel molding and accent paint with an all-over stencil detail. WHAT SHOULD CLIENTS KNOW OR DO BEFORE CONTACTING A DESIGNER? It is best to contact a designer four to
My favorite weekend project where the sweat equity you put in will make the most design impact is an accent feature wall. [Other ideas include] wallpaper,
GEORGETOWN EDITION • JULY 2021
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