Green Home Improvements That Can Make A Real Difference In Home Value

Charlotte Home Inspection What Your Charlotte Real Estate Home Is Worth To You Is One Thing; What It’s Worth To Someone Else May Be Totally Different.

If you want to boost the value of your home for yourself and in the eyes of others, one of the best ways to do that in today’s real estate market is to make green home improvements.

Going green can mean a lot of things, and it’s easy to start with small changes like switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs and unplugging appliances when they’re not in use. Not only will you be doing good for the environment, you might end up saving on utility bills and, ultimately, increasing your home’s value when the time comes to sell. [Read more...]


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Bathroom Design: It’s All In The Details

It’s Most Likely One Of The Top Reasons You’ve Been Putting Off That Bathroom Makeover Or Remodel – You’re Not Sure Where To Begin.

Charlotte Home Inspection What Should The Decor Be Like? Do you want a pedestal sink or a furniture-style vanity? Will you incorporate any water-saving faucets or fixtures? And, with all the decisions to make, will it all look good together and still perform well?

These questions, and many others, should be at the top of your list when you start mapping out your next bathroom project. Luckily, many manufacturers have made it easier in recent years for you to answer those questions in a painless, affordable way.

“We’ve created several complementing suites of fixtures and faucets,” says Kevin McJoynt from Danze, Inc. “The elements of each collection were literally made for each other, which makes your job easier.” [Read more...]


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Simple Home Fix-ups You Can Complete In A Weekend Or Less

While You May Not Know The Term “NOWISM,” You More Than Likely Live It.

CHARLOTTE HOME INSPECTIONWith our fast-paced lives, this term, coined by www.trendwatching.com, a leading trendscouting website, describes the trend of the consumer’s need for instant gratification. We want fast service, fast answers and fast results.

And, of course, this need for fast fixes extends into our homes. Luckily, no matter how pressed you are for time, you can spruce up your house by focusing on simple projects that can be completed quickly … in a day or a weekend. Don’t delay – check these easy and affordable projects off your to-do list today and soon your home will be perfectly prepared and instantly updated. [Read more...]


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Kitchen Trends For 2013: ‘Revamping Kits’ Offer High-End Results

Charlotte Home Inspection If You’re Tired Of Looking At Your Outdated Kitchen, But Feel Replacement Would Be Impractical, You’re Not Alone.

In 2013, consumers will be trying to find the beauty in the beast. Projects that help the old look new will be the next big makeover trend – especially in the kitchen where remodeling becomes more pricey.

“Revamping kits” that refinish countertops, cabinets, and appliances are already in growing demand. Here are three top kitchen kits that can easily, quickly and affordably help your existing kitchen look high end.

Granite remains the No. 1 choice for kitchen remodels, but the standard cost of granite runs from $50 to $110 a square foot (including installation). While there’s nothing functionally wrong with laminate, Corian and Formica, they’re not always what homeowners are looking for. So if your countertops need an uplift without a hefty price tag attached, try granite paint. [Read more...]


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Ten Lucky Home Decor Trends For 2013

Despite Its Negative Reputation, The Number 13 Doesn’t Always Have To Be Unlucky.

Take these top 10 decor trends for 2013 from design experts, manufacturers and trend forecasters across the country. They’re fresh, fun and sure to bring good fortune to any home.

A Splash Of Color

Charlotte Home InspectionIndustry leader Pantone’s annual fashion color report sets the tone for home decor as well as clothing, and the spring 2013 report is no exception. Its softer-hued palette of Dusk Blue, Lemon Zest, African Violet, Grayed Jade, Linen and Tender Shoots is emboldened by Monaco Blue, Poppy Red, Emerald and Nectarine. Marc Thee, founder of the No. 1 residential interior design firm in the country, also sees a move toward pure color palettes such as cream and sea glass, khaki and white, or neutral with a pop of yellow.-

Not Your Mama’s Wallpaper

Repositionable wallpaper is a decorating mainstay, says Todd Imholte, president of Murals Your Way, whose website, www.muralsyourway.com, is the top online destination for wall murals worldwide. The company’s10 collections of peel-and-stick wallpaper are available in such themes as Vintage, Dots, Flower Prints and Mostly Modern, and can be removed and reused hundreds of times without losing their adhering qualities. Because the company offers color matching, customers can match their repositionable wallpaper to an existing paint color, updated decor or the new Pantone color palette. [Read more...]


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Five Fast Home Decor Updates With Fantastic Results

Charlotte Home InspectionWith The Fast-Paced Lives People Can Lead Today, Often We Strive For Instant Gratification To Fit Into Our Busy Schedules.

So when it comes to home improvement projects, wouldn’t you love an instant update for boring home decor? Fortunately, there are numerous fast fixes that can produce fantastic results. Try these easy update ideas and realize the rewards of a fabulous and functional home makeover.

Let It Rain

Wish your basic bathroom was a relaxing retreat? You can quickly achieve serenity by simply swapping out your showerhead. The new Moen Halo rainshower, available at The Home Depot, is a perfect pick. Halo features an innovative, pivoting double-ring design which provides 60 percent more coverage than traditional non-pivoting rainshowers, while offering three spray settings – full rainshower, deep massage and relaxing massage – for a spa-like experience. With an easy two-step installation you can upgrade your bathroom in no time. [Read more...]


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Style And Sustainability: Two Ways To Really Raise The Roof

Charlotte Home Inspection While green is increasingly a factor in today’s roofing choices, having the ability to choose from a wide variety of colors insustainable roofing is also a point of great satisfaction for discerning homeowners.

One Roofing manufacturer, InSpire Roofing, of The Tapco Group, takes the combination of style and sustainability to new heights, offering the widest range of slate colors in the industry, including Standard, Premium, Blended (in-tile blends), Mixes (multi-color palettes) and Cool Roofing colors that can help homeowners save hundreds of dollars in energy costs every year. Its newest sustainable solution is the Wintergreen InSpire Cool Roofing Mix; a factory-collated blend of the traditional Evergreen, Ash Grey and Granite slate colors. This roofing can help reduce peak cooling demand by up to 15 percent to create energy savings for homeowners. [Read more...]


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Garage Door Safety Knowledge Can Protect Your Whole Family

Charlotte Home Inspection Pop Quiz: What Is Likely The Largest, Heaviest Moving Object In Your Home?

Here Are A Few Hints: it provides security and protects against the elements. If insulated and newer, it will help your home conserve energy. And it allows you and your family convenient access to and from your home.

Answer: It’s Your Garage Door.

But do you know how to operate and maintain your garage door safely? Do your kids know the potential hazards that a garage door may present? The Garage Door Safety Quiz, found at www.garagedoorcare.com, can help. [Read more...]


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Homeowners Tackling More Home Improvement Projects Themselves

Real Estate Charlotte NC On any given weekend, homeowners can be found climbing around in attics to add insulation, repairing shingles on the roof, installing new floors in kitchens and bathrooms, and handling many other home improvement projects that, with a little elbow grease, they are able to do themselves.

This trend is crossing many generations. Forty-four percent of millennials (born between 1980 and 2000) and 57 percent of Gen Xers (born between 1960 and 1980) prefer to do home improvement and renovation projects themselves, according to Iconoculture researchers.

“Small updates can make dramatic improvements to the look and feel of your home, like adding a fresh coat of paint, replacing an exterior door or installing new flooring,” says Kathy Krafka Harkema, Pella Windows & Doors spokesperson. “Renovations can also help increase energy efficiency, which may save money on utility bills.” [Read more...]


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Get High-End Looks For Your Kitchen Without The High Price

Charlotte Homes Each Year, House Beautiful Magazine Builds Its Highly Anticipated Kitchen Of The Year, A Showplace For What’s Hot In The Kitchen.

Designed around the latest trends, the annual Kitchen of the Year is the epitome of high-end style. But let’s face it. The majority of us don’t have the luxury of a 1,000-square-foot kitchen designed by a celebrated designer. Nor do we have the budget.

Don’t give up on your kitchen design dreams just yet. There are several ways to bring a high-end look to your home without the high price. With a little inspiration, research and proper planning, you can have a picture-perfect kitchen that will look as though it’s been lifted from the pages of the top home design magazines. Get started creating your dream kitchen with these tips. [Read more...]


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