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2021 Color Forecast

Color Forecast This just in- Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2021 is A.I Aqua. It boasts an intense color saturation that works well in digital formats as well as fashion and design. The inspiration for this color is found in nature, the sparkling crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean, it is sure to make a splash in your home. But Pantone’s choice is not indicative of the other major color trend setters. Last year’s bold blues are fading in favor of more grounded earthy tones. Global events have changed the way we live and work and there is a definite push towards creating a calm, serene atmosphere for our homes in the year ahead.  The biggest change for the year ahead is the move away from gray. Various shades of browns are the main colors in the forecast for 2021. At first glance, brown might not seem like the most exciting color, but color psychology suggests that brown often conjures up feelings of stability and naturalness. Richer hues, such as Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze, crea
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Outdoor Kitchen

Image by Pixabay Spending More Time At Home? Create An Outdoor Kitchen Without Overspending by guest blogger:  Curtis Fisher Social distancing protocols continue to leave us spending more time at home than ever before. Because of this, we're still spending as much time outside as possible, especially with warmer temps dwindling. With so much uncertainty around the pandemic, this type of lifestyle will likely spill into 2021. With that in mind, adding an outdoor kitchen to your space is a great way to enhance your time at home in a way that not only boosts your home’s value but significantly enhances your lifestyle. Getting Started Your outdoor kitchen does not have to be anything fancy. You could start with something as simple as a grill and an outdoor cabinet to keep supplies in. As you add accessories to your culinary space, make sure to look online for deals and discounts to help you squeeze every last penny out of your dollars. If you’re fairly handy, you can DIY outdoor cabine

Curb Appeal

Photo Credit: Unsplash FAQ: What is Curb Appeal and How Do I Increase It? by guest blogger Emma Croft If you’re about to put your home on the market, you’ve probably come across the term “curb appeal.” A Goode Start Decorating can help you stage the inside of your home, but you have to consider what kind of impression your home gives from the street as well. A home with great curb appeal can be on and off the market in a second. Bad curb appeal can leave you desperate for buyers, which is a position no seller wants to be in. Here’s everything you need to know:  Q1: What is curb appeal? A1: Simply put, curb appeal is how attractive your property is from the street.  The Keys to Creating Killer Curb Appeal 5 Homes With Great Curb Appeal and the Stories Behind Them 7 Curb Appeal Mistakes You Should Avoid Q2: How much of a difference can it make? A2: First impressions can make or break a home sale, so it’s pretty vital.  The Importance Of Curb Appeal To Selling A House 4 Effective Tact

Staging Success

Manageable Tricks to Get Your Home Selling Quicker by guest blogger Patrick Young Photo Pexels.com Staging can be a key to making your property attractive to house hunters. It is an opportunity to showcase your home’s best features prior to hosting an open house, or listing your property on a realty website. With some simple planning and the proper home staging strategies , selling your home can be a rewarding experience that pays off with a better offer and a quicker sale.   Visit other open houses for staging ideas.   To develop your staging strategies, don’t underestimate the value of researching the local market. Check out online listings and photos in your neighborhood and city, and consider visiting other open houses in your area, especially those that fall within your home's expected price range (homes in Annapolis have been selling for $485,000 on average). Take note of welcoming tactics like abundant light , seasonal decor, intimate seating arrangements, and enticing ent

Staged to Sell

Photo courtesy of Unsplash   Staged to Sell: How to Declutter a Home That’s on the Market by guest blogger Natalie Jones In today’s competitive real estate landscape, it’s crucial to make a lasting impression. Decluttering and staging your home can help it stand out from others in your area. By keeping your home neutral and depersonalized, you’ll help buyers picture themselves living in the space. These simple, budget-friendly tips will help decrease the amount of time your home spends on the market.   Research Your Local Market This first step is crucial. Before listing your property for sale, do your homework. Research similar properties in your local market. Look for similar listings that are close to your home. How are the rooms staged? What are the price ranges? Bear in mind that homes in Annapolis have been selling for $486,000 on average over the last month.   Savvy sellers will sometimes attend a few open houses in their local market. In doing so, you can see first-hand how ot