360renos - Home Improvement & Decor

How to make your home stand out when selling

We can help your house sell quickly and at a good price -- even in a slow market.

It takes a lot more than sparkling windows, scented candles and chocolate-chip cookies to sell a home in today's market.

Improvements should be made so that the property shows well, is consistent with the neighborhood and does not involve capital investments.

Beyond any doubt, the best investment you can make is new paint. Painting can make a room or an exterior façade look brand-new, and totally transform the look and feel of a room or the entire residence. It is always wise to be somewhat restrained when choosing colors for a home-staging paint project. Avoid choosing colors that are too individual or flashy and favor neutral colors and schemes. This does not mean painting everything white, however.

Use subtle color schemes to accentuate the home's strengths and minimize weaknesses. Dark colors, for example, tend to make a room feel smaller, while lighter colors and pastels can make a room feel bigger.

There is another benefit to painting as well: the process of preparing the interior or exterior surfaces of a home for painting automatically allows us to go over the entire area receiving paint in great detail, and this can often expose items or areas requiring repair. It seems you always discover where the caulking has let go, where the wall is dinged.

It is always preferable that we discover and deal with these items before the real estate agent (or worse, the prospective buyer) points them out to you!

Dave - 360renos

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Appraisal Institute of Canada's Home Renovation Survey

The following renovation projects provide the highest payback potential for homeowners.

Bathroom Renovation
Kitchen Renovation
Painting - Interior/Exterior

Whether you're planning to sell your home soon or to stay put for a while, you'd probably rather have any improvements you make to your home add as much value as possible. Here are some projects for which the Appraisal Institute of Canada's members projected average payback value ranges.

The twenty most frequent renovation projects were:

Top four greatest payback potentials

Bathroom renovation (75-100%)
Kitchen renovation (75-100%)
Interior painting (50-100%)
Exterior painting (50-100%)

Ten average pay back potentials

Roof shingle replacement (50-80%)
Furnace/heating system (50-80%)
Basement renovation (50-75%)
Recreation room addition (50-75%)
Installing a fireplace (50-75%)
Flooring (50-75%)
Constructing a garage (50-75%)
Window/door replacement (50-75%)
Building a deck (50-75%)
Central air conditioning (25-75%)

Six lowest payback potentials

Landscaping (25-50%)
Interlocking paving (25-50%)
Building a fence (25-50%)
Asphalt paving (20-50%)
Adding a swimming pool (10-40%)
Installing a skylight (0-25%)

Monday, February 25, 2008

Nanotechnology comes to your home as extra insulation

Tired of sky-high energy bills?

What if you could save money just by painting a clear coating onto your walls? Well, according to the makers of "Nansulate" you can.

Nansulate HomeProtect ClearCoat uses miniscule particles, which have been manipulated through nanotechnology, to give you superior insulation (plus mold protection) in the form of a thin odorless coating.

Water-based, non-toxic, and safe for exterior and interior walls, including attic spaces, the nano coating can be applied with a brush, roller, or paint sprayer. The exterior version is clear, and can be painted over. The interior version is white and can be tinted to your favorite color.
The benefit? According to the maker, consumers who applied Nansulate in their homes reported 20-40% energy savings.

This definitly will require investigation. Does it actual do what it is claimed to represent? Stayed tuned.


Dave - 360renos

Friday, February 22, 2008

Add an Element of Surprise

Sometimes you walk into a room that is perfectly decorated, only to get the feeling that things are just "too perfect." Sometimes all that's needed is a little surprise--something that doesn't really belong but adds a touch of whimsy.

In this type of situation, I like to add the unexpected.

In a perfectly traditional room with matching sofas, matching end tables, matching side chairs, and matching lamps, consider adding something ultra modern. A modern painting, a minimalist chair or table, or a contemporary sculpture could be just what's needed to jolt your eye away from the boring.

In a very contemporary interior with stark white walls, black furniture, sleek and smooth surfaces, try a textured area rug in fuscia, add a bold-patterned pillow on a chair, place a pair of classic silver candlesticks and colored candles or a traditional floral arrangement on a dining room table.

Just something enough to break the tedious look of everything matching

Dave - www.360renos.ca

Friday, February 15, 2008

Make a Room Look Larger with Paint

It is often true that a current living situation does not allow you to have the luxury of huge spaces in your home. Therefore, the question of how to make a small space look larger often arises. With some simple painting techniques and attention to decorating, any room can be transformed from a small cubicle to a luxurious living area that seems much larger than it really is.

Paint can significantly aid in making a small room appear to grow in size. Cream and white, icy blues, pale greens, and butter yellows are perfect selections of paint that not only appear to open up a room in size, but aid natural shades that will make the room feel warmer.

When these colors are transferred to furnishings, larger furniture items will appear to almost be part of the walls, and therefore, create a more open feel to the room. Furniture pieces can be distinguished with ornamental trim, such as stenciling, handles or brackets, but the shades of the furniture can aid in the “growth” of the room.

A room may also be made to look larger when the furnishings that are selected for the décor do not block doorways, windows or other pathways that lead throughout the home. These spaces are important to creating a larger space because they are generally areas of light. Light has the ability to appear to expand the size of the room, as well as enhance the richness or tone of that colors that used.

Therefore, whenever possible be sure to allow natural light, as well as manufactured light, to be part of a small space. Lights can also be added to bookshelves, corners of the room or to showcase artwork.

Light is also a consideration when selecting curtains. Most professional designers recommend using sheer draperies that will allow as much light into the room as possible. Sheer drapes also have the ability to reduce the feeling of clutter and weight in a space.

The chosen colors of the room can be transferred to upholstery, as well as large pieces of furniture. When covering upholstered furniture, it is best to either use a complimentary shade of the wall paint, or use neutral tones that are solid, not patterned. The more simplified the colors of the upholstery, the less “busy” and cluttered the room will feel. Splashes of color can be added with accessories, such as pillows if needed.

Dave - www.360renos.ca

Remodeling and Renovation Articles

The following are sizing and positioning guidelines to help you to select the correct chandelier.When choosing a chandelier for the dining room: It should neither overpower your table nor look too small. Measure your table (if it's round, measure its diameter, if it's a rectangle, measure its width), and then subtract 12" (30 cm) from that number. For example, if you have a 42"-wide (107 cm) table, your chandelier should be 30" (76 cm) in diameter. A properly proportioned chandelier comes to within 6" (15 cm) of each edge of the table. Using this easy formula will help you achieve that balance. Some manufacturers offer oval chandeliers for extra long rectangular tables.

Proper positioning is very important for a balanced look. Since a chandelier is the focal point in your dining room, it should hang over the center of your table. If the electrical connection in your ceiling doesn't match up with the table's center, insert a heavy duty decorative hook into the ceiling above the center of the table, then attach a length of decorative chain to carry the wiring from the electrical connection to the hook. The bottom of your chandelier should be 30" (76 cm) above the tabletop if you have 8' (2.4 m) ceilings. If your ceilings are higher than 8', raise the chandelier 3" (7.5 cm) for every extra foot (30 cm) of height.

Chandeliers for other rooms - the chandelier should be placed higher than 8 feet above the floor in the middle of the room. When placing a majestic chandelier in the foyer, take into consideration the height of the ceiling and size of the space. If there’s a window above the front door, you may want to center it in the window for maximum curb appeal and aesthetics. Optimal placement would be at least 9 feet from the floor.Information on selecting the correct size fixture.

Dave - www.360renos.ca