Category: home tips (27)

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Sure, you could leave that cluttered room as a shrine to your university student, but wouldn’t you love to use that space? Break the news to your kid gently, don’t throw anything out without consulting them and keep some closet space open for when they come back to visit. Then consider one of these redecorating ideas for your empty nest.

1. Guest room

A fresh coat of paint, new linens and the relocation of the trophy collection to the basement is sometimes all you need to repurpose a child’s room into a guest-friendly bedroom.

2. Man cave

Haul in the big screen and a mini fridge, swap the bed for a comfy couch and lounge chairs and you’re ready for the big game. A pool or ping pong table could be a great addition to larger spaces.

3. Hobby room

Finally, a practice room for your bluegrass band! Or a scrapbooking oasis where you can leave supplies out all the time. Bring in bright lights and a work table and you’ve got hobby heaven.

4. Gym

You’ll be amazed how much space is in that bedroom once you get rid of the bed, dresser and desk. Install some full-length mirrors so you can check your form, buy rubber floor mats, set up the speakers and a TV. Then get ready to sweat.

5. Office

Replace your kid’s furniture with an expansive desk, good lighting and some file cabinets and you’re on your way to productivity.

If you’ve tried the ideas above and still have space to spare, it might be time to think about downsizing. When you’re ready, find an experienced agent to work with here.

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Now that we are well into October, the countdown continues as people wait in anticipation for the creepiest night of the year: Halloween. Want to give people the chills as they wander past your house on All Hallow’s Eve? Here are a few décor tips.

Outdoors

Tombstones: Give guests the creeps with a small graveyard in front of your house with tombstones. For a spookier effect, add some fake bones sticking out of the ground.

Smoke: A fog machine may be pricey, but it can really up the level of haunt your house will have. Think the graveyard scene from Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

Carved Pumpkins: A Halloween classic for a reason. The soft light fits right in with your spooky vibe…and will light the way for guests.

Sound effects: Scratching on windows, blood-curdling screams, witches cackling. Say no more! Play some sound effects to get guests pumped for their journey inside of the house.

Indoor Décor:

Set the tone: The most important part of a haunted house is the feeling people get when they enter. Play some eerie music as guests walk through. Dim the lights or light some candles for a haunting atmosphere.

Cobwebs galore: Decorative cobwebs always add that old, chilling element to a haunted house. Dry some flowers and put them on your mantle or table with the cobwebs. Or string the cobwebs in corners and over mirrors or lights with some fake spiders.

Bones and more: Adding a few skulls or skeletons around the house will really add to the effect. Extra props for putting a big one in a rocking chair.

Paintings/pictures: Make people question, “Are those eyes following me?” Check out your local thrift store or yard sales for some old portraits that induce chills.

Crystal Ball: Scavenge for a crystal ball and give this Haunted Mansion inspired prop a try.

Ghosts: Have an extra sheet lying around? Throw it over a light and put it in the distance to add an element of mystery to your décor.

Child’s Play: There’s something chilling about a porcelain doll’s stare. Put them out to give adults a flashback to The Twilight Zone.

Looking to buy or sell a home? A RE/MAX agent can help – find a frightfully good one!

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In recent years it’s become a trend for friends who stay in town to gather together for Thanksgiving, where in the past it has been a traditionally a family affair. If you can’t make it home for Turkey Day, consider gathering your crew for a “Friendsgiving” meal.  Here are a few tips:

1. Invite early
Send an invitation (electronic or stamped) to your friends before the feast to be sure they can join you. However, always make room for last-minute guests – it’s Thanksgiving so the more the merrier! 

2. Delegate
As host, etiquette dictates that you provide the turkey and gravy (and in some homes, a special cocktail for the occasion). Your guests can provide everything else potluck style. An online list can help your friends divide up dishes to avoid any repeats.

3. Empty your fridge
It’s a good excuse to start feasting before the festivities. You’ll need room in your fridge and freezer on the day of the party and afterwards, for all those leftovers.

4. Make a schedule
Breaking down the event into small tasks you can schedule (some even before the big day, like setting the table the night before) reduces the stress of hosting duties. Follow your steps, stick to the timeline and have fun.

5. Don’t forget the gratitude
Set out a bowl and index cards during appetizers and have guests list things they’re grateful for – sincere or silly. Between dinner and dessert, take turns reading the cards out loud.  And remember to make this task – easy and fun! For example, three of the staff from RE/MAX Caldwell Agencies wanted to pass along why they are “thankful”:
   “I’m thankful for time with my grandkids” – Joanne Kitt
   “I’m thankful for family and friends” – Rea Jarrett
   “I’m thankful for Katie being home for the weekend” – Lauriss Caldwell

Looking for a new home in a friendly neighborhood? Find a local RE/MAX agent who can help you find the perfect place.

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