Home Repair Projects You Should Never DIY

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The internet is rife with tutorials and ideas on how to make home repairs and renovations yourself. However, just because you’ve found step-by-step instructions doesn’t mean you’re really ready to go through with these projects. As handy as you may be, most of us do not have the experience and expertise needed to refurbish or reconstruct stuff around the house. We’re not talking about changing the hardware on your kitchen cabinets or trimming the hedges in your front yard– we’re talking about those major projects that require some sort of intervention in your home’s electrical system, plumbing, or structural integrity. These are the home repair projects that you should never DIY.

Roof Repairs or Replacement

A home isn’t really a home if your roof can’t keep your family dry. Repairing or replacing your roof is a big job that is really best left to the professionals. However, it’s also one of those projects that is most likely to be co-opted by scammers– especially if there was a heavy rain or hail that left damage across your area. To make sure you aren’t conned by storm chasers, look for the following signs when you need a roof replacement:

  • The average cost of a roof replacement is between $4,900 and $14,100. If their estimates are wildly below these numbers, the roofer will probably stick you with additional charges or hidden fees in order to scam you. If you’re unsure, get multiple estimates to make an informed decision.

  • Look for signs they’re disreputable: out-of-state licenses, outdated insurance, vague contingency agreements, short-term warranties, and a poor online reputation are all red flags to look for.

  • Ask for copies of all receipts and proofs-of-purchase for materials used in your repairs. Storm chasers have been known to buy materials on credit before they get out of town, leaving the homeowner responsible for covering the final bill and paying twice for the same thing!

Malfunctioning Plumbing

Your home’s plumbing is one of its most underappreciated features. Malfunctioning plumbing can manifest in different ways: dripping faucets, clogged drains, low water pressure, running toilets, and funky smells are all tell-tale signs. If you try to fix your home’s plumbing on your own, one little mistake in a specific area can lead to bigger problems for the whole system, and eventually, you’ll have to call in an expert for help. Skip that headache by calling a plumber over in the first place. A qualified plumber will have proof of their license, references, and liability insurance.

Installing New Lighting

It’s shocking how many homeowners think they can handle lighting installations themselves. Working with electricity is incredibly dangerous. Mishandle your fixtures, and it can lead to serious injury or even death. There are some lighting DIY projects that are safe, but these generally involve simply plugging in fixtures and hiding wires. Major projects, on the other hand, require permits and inspections from professionals. If the project requires rewiring, running cables, or installing outlets, you definitely should hire a professional electrician.

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If a project has the potential to harm you or your home, it’s best to avoid the DIY route. Jobs like roof replacements, plumbing repairs, and installing new lighting require experts who have the education and experience to do things right the first time. Trying to tackle these projects yourself can, in a best-case scenario, lead to a big mess that will require professional attention anyway. The worst-case scenario is injury or even death, so just call the experts from the start. When hiring contractors, plumbers, or electricians, look for local people who have great references on top of their licenses to ensure you get the best work for the money you pay.

Forecast for the 2019 Real Estate Market

Forecast for the 2019 Real Estate Market

All of you, my clients and friends who have been following my monthly market updates via email and perhaps experiencing the 2018 housing market first hand, know this: The 2018 real estate market has not been an easy one!!! Low inventory, skyrocketing prices, etc. have led to a plateau in total revenue for the market as a whole. Higher sale-sale prices + fewer actual sales = no change over previous year on average.

Is this a bubble about to burst? I’d say no, at least not in North Texas. The reasons for this market have been mostly driven by record-level lumber prices (thanks, tariffs!), labor-shortages, tightening credit-approval requirements in the higher price-points, and even natural disasters.

There is a new market-indicator on the scene we should all start watching, and that is growth  in real, disposable, personal income. Real wages have been on the rise in the second half of 2018. That has led to a bit of an uptick in existing home sales this fall, whereas new home sales have steadily dropped all year.

My forecast for 2019 is a flourishing, hot market again that will likely be healthy for three reasons:

1. Existing Home Sales have been on the up-tick, pointing to a bounce-back, and will continue as long as consumer-incomes continue to grow and if we get some relief from those lumber-cost and the other issues.
2. The huge number of housing units authorized but not yet started (about 170,000 nation-wide right now according to Inman News), is a very strong indicator, because once those new-builds hit the market we will have a ton of new inventory!
3. Perhaps the strongest and most hopeful indicator for the housing market and everyone’s well-being is a continued rise in real, disposable income. Home prices may stay high, but if our disposable incomes are out-pacing the rise in home-prices, everyone can afford to buy a home.

Do reach out to me with your questions and any help I could provide for you or someone you know. I live to help you!!!!

1205 Forest Hills Drive, Southlake, TX 76092

1205 Forest Hills Drive, Southlake, TX 76092

Welcome Home!

* Wonderful Floorplan * Updated Kitchen with Island & Bar *

Relax and Entertain in the Open Family Room with Cozy Fireplace & Views of Backyard. Upstairs, enjoy the Spacious Master Bedroom with H*U*G*E closet, Bedroom 2 with En Suite Bath, Bedrooms 3 & 4 with Jack & Jill, and Game Room, & Laundry Room. Downstairs 5th Bedroom with adjacent full bath could be Study.  Formal Living & Dining Rooms. Rich Hardwood Floors.  Fresh Paint & Carpet.  3-car garage. Create the Backyard of your Dreams & Enjoy the Expansiveness of this Oversized Homesite. Move-in Ready. Walking Distance to Town Square. See your new home today!

1205 Forest Hills Drive, Southlake, TX 76092

Price: $699,900
Stories: 2
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 4
Living Areas: 3
Dining Areas: 2
Pool: No

Square Feet: 3,937
Lot Size (ac): 0.560

Subdivision: Oak Tree Estates
School District: Carroll ISD

309 Oaklawn Drive, Colleyville, TX 76034

Experience the elegant beauty of this spacious Remington Park, Colleyville home!

This home boasts exquisite attention to every detail to make it beautiful, comfortable and livable for your family including instant hot water throughout. Master bedroom, guest suite and study downstairs and 2 extra large bedroom suites, hobby room and game room up. Relax on the backyard covered patio and gazebo with plenty of room for pool and play. Gourmet Kitchen with gas cooktop, walk-in pantry, butlers pantry. Huge floored attic space on second level. Separate workshop attached to garage. Enjoy, neighborhood pool, tennis, lakes and trails. Eligible for GCISD or KISD

309 Oaklawn Drive, Colleyville, TX 76034

Price: $689,990
Stories: 2
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4.5
Living Areas: 4
Dining Areas: 2
Pool: No

Square Feet: 4,655
Lot Size (ac): 0.390

Subdivision: Remington Park
School District: Keller ISD

Breathtaking formal living area with travertine floors as your enter

Extensive wood moulding around windows, crown and baseboards

Spacious, light and open kitchen, dining, family room

Huge gourmet kitchen with 2 sinks, 5 burners gas cooktop

Large family room with back stairs to gameroom

Huge formal dining room

What a wonderful place to work!

Spacious master with curved windows overlooking the almost 1/2/ acre lot

 

Spacious master with curved windows overlooking the almost 1/2 acre lot

Gorgeous master bath

Master closet with windows and built-ins

Oaklawn Drive house in Colleyville.

Laundry room with entry to the rear

Upstairs bedroom with huge walk-in closet with drawers

Game room with wet bar

Game room with wet bar

Covered porch and covered gazebo area

The lot is almost 1/2 acre so plenty of room for pool and play space!

How to Decorate After Moving in Together Without Breaking the Bank

How to Decorate After Moving in Together Without Breaking the Bank

So, you’ve finally taken the big step and moved in together as a couple. Your head is probably full of thoughts of how your daily life is going to look now that you have more time together. However, before you start getting carried away with images of lazy Sundays in bed and at-home date nights, there is a more important consideration. How are you going to decorate the place?

You’ll have to accommodate both your tastes, and chances are you’ll have to do it on a budget, given all the hidden costs associated with moving itself. Here’s how to create a space that represents both of you while avoiding any financial strain.

Establish Ground Rules

You need to have an honest conversation about how you envision the different areas in the house and how much you are willing to spend on decorating. Share your decorating ideas with each other, looking to find common ground where available. Listen to and respect each other’s opinions, and don’t force an idea the other hates. Check out this guide to decorating as a couple by Houzz for more advice. In terms of money, it’s a smart idea to set a budget. This will keep you from going overboard while also encouraging you to find creative, money-saving ways to make the place look great.

Shop Smart

Whatever you do, don’t just walk into a home store and start piling things into your cart — this is the best way to guarantee you overspend. Instead, do your research first by either looking online or going into the store just to browse (leave your credit card at home to resist temptation). Then, head back online to find the best deals on the items you have selected. Remember to check various sources. For example, Bed Bath and Beyond is a classic for everything from towels to kitchen appliances, but be sure to check a few different websites before buying. Ebates, for example, offers cash back, and the store itself often has clearance sales.

Have a Crafts Day

Crafting together is a wonderful way to create low-cost decor that holds meaning for both of you, and a great activity for your first weekend in your new home. Look up a few easy decorating crafts that you can make with cheap items, such as these potato print cushion covers or these colorful garlands. Another cute idea is to get out your art supplies and draw each other. It doesn’t matter if neither of you is particularly good, you might still end up with something colorful, playful, and personal for your wall (especially if you do a few tries). If you’re too scared of offending one another, heading out into your neighborhood to create sketches, photos, or quick watercolors of the area around you can also be a fun project. Find great deals on art supplies at a store like Hobby Lobby.

Overall, the secret to decorating a new place together is to take it slow and not take it too seriously right away. Moving is complicated, and it often takes several weeks to settle in completely. You’ll be able to slowly build the decor of your dreams throughout the next few months, allowing yourself more expensive items once in a while.

Until then, a money-savvy approach will keep you from going overboard and is likely to make the place feel far more personal than if you had just bought everything you wanted right away. Just remember to check in on each other’s opinions and to work towards something that feels like home for both of you, not just whoever is more excited about the decorating.

Article provided by Ray Flynn from DIYGuys.net.

900 Raven Bend Court, Southlake, TX 76092

900 Raven Bend Court, Southlake, TX 76092

Full-acre, landscaped and updated, 1-1/2 story home with pool in the heart of Southlake! No HOA! 

This meticulously cared-for home sits on a fully-landscaped acre in the heart of prestigious Southlake, yet there’s no HOA! The darling little Raven Bend cul de sac community is tucked in among the best Southlake neighborhoods and schools, convenient to Hwys 1709 and 114, Bicentennial Park and Carroll ISD schools. At the end of the cul de sac, this home boasts expansive outdoor lifestyle space for lounging, playing, swimming, gardening, sports, and games for all ages! The gorgeous interior is up-to-date with four bedrooms down and one up. Wood, marble, stone and carpet flooring. Fridge, washer and dryer stay with the home!

900 Raven Bend Court, Southlake, TX 76092

Price: $725,000
Stories: 2
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 4.5
Living Areas: 3
Dining Areas: 2
Pool: Yes

Square Feet: 3,781
Lot Size (ac): 1.01

Subdivision: Raven Bend
School District: Carroll ISD

 

 

Curb Appeal Gives Homeowners an Advantage When It’s Time to Sell

Curb Appeal Gives Homeowners an Advantage When It’s Time to Sell

You are probably familiar with the expression, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.”  When it comes to selling your property, your home’s curb appeal is going to make that vital first impression.  Here is how to enhance your property with DIY projects that give your home a competitive edge.

Why curb appeal is so important.  Most homebuyers make a snap decision when they glance at a house.  They either like it, or they don’t.  Frequently this choice is made based on photos of your property, and sometimes it’s based one what is seen when driving by.  Either way, the exterior of your home is presenting the majority of information being used for the evaluation, and it’s how a potential buyer decides if the home’s interior is of interest.

As some experts say, your curb appeal tells the buyer if the home is visually appealing, if the property is well-kept, and whether the seller pays attention to details.  When you’re selling your house in a competitive market you need every advantage you can gain.  Homes in Southlake, Texas, sell at an average price of $605,000, and so it’s important to make your home look as good as possible.

Declutter your property.  Decluttering is an important and simple step toward improving your home’s curb appeal.  When in reference to your home’s exterior, this refers to the miscellaneous personal belongings that inhabit the landscape. Items such as skateboards, gardening equipment, trash bins, and your garden decor items should be eliminated.  Leave only very select items, such as a few pieces of outdoor furniture and potted plants.

Refresh your entryway.  If your front door is looking tired, it’s time for a spruce up.  A couple of coats of paint can breathe new life into your home’s entrance. DIY Network recommends selecting a bold color that stands out from the rest of your home, which sends a cheerful and welcoming message.  Choose a hue that compliments the rest of your home’s exterior.  If your door’s hardware is scratched, dingy or weathered it’s a good time to replace it with a shiny, new selection.  While you’re at it, replace your doormat with a new one.

House number.  Replacing your house number is a simple DIY project with big impact on your home’s curb appeal. Tired, worn out numbers give a negative impression to potential buyers, so install shiny new ones.  HGTV points out that the style of the numbers should reflect the overall style of your home, so keep that in mind when looking at various fonts.

Light fixtures.  Out-of-date lighting can make a property feel as if it hasn’t been kept up to date.  Purchase and install new light fixtures to catch the interest of home shoppers.

Siding, trim and hardscape.  Your home’s trim should be clean and fresh, so give it a new coat of paint.  Siding and shutters should be cleaned as well, and roofs and gutters should be free of debris.  Walkways and patios should be washed and tidied up, and any repairs should be made in advance of listing your home.

Landscaping.  Your landscape is a big part of your home’s curb appeal, and some professionals feel it can be a pivotal piece of your presentation.  Start with a good tidy up.  Overgrown, outdated shrubbery conveys neglect to potential buyers.  Dig up old shrubbery and replace it with tidy, modern selections.  Remove evidence of pets and remove damaged plants or grass.  Also manicure your lawn so edges are crisp and weeds are eliminated.  Plant some blooming flowers and add a fresh layer of mulch.

Make a great impression!  Your home’s curb appeal is a key element in enticing potential buyers.  Enhance your home’s exterior with cleaning, refreshers and updates.  You’ll create a competitive edge to help sell your property for top dollar!

Article provided by Ray Flynn from DIYGuys.net.

10249 Candlewyck Street, Fort Worth, TX 76244

10249 Candlewyck Street, Fort Worth, TX 76244

The pride-of-ownership really shows in this fine home on a third-acre lot! Office, dining room, wide-open, large-island-kitchen with granite and gas cook-top, stone fireplace, game and media rooms, upgraded light-fixtures and fans. Neutral colors, no pets ever, roomy 3-car garage with epoxy floors. Flooring is engineered hardwoods in dining, study and master. Upgraded ceramic tile in wet areas. WIFI-powered, Rachio Smart-sprinkler system for convenience and water-savings. Brand-new fence! Roof was replaced in 2015. Did you know? Park Vista (Ray White) is now totally connected all the way north thru Golden Triangle (by the new Wal-Mart and CVS) to Hwy 170, providing easier access to Kingsridge, your new neighborhood!

10249 Candlewyck Street, Fort Worth, TX 76244

Price: $365,000
Stories: 2
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3.5
Living Areas: 3
Dining Areas: 2

Square Feet: 3,545
Lot Size (ac): 0.306
Pool: N

Subdivision: Kingsridge
School District: Keller ISD

 

What Dog Owners Need to Know About Buying and Selling a House

What Dog Owners Need to Know About Buying and Selling a House

Moving is no one’s favorite thing, your dog included. From strangers entering your home to the chaos of packing, the moving process is nearly as stressful for your dog as it is for you. Instead of trying to navigate the hectic process of moving house with your dog in tow, follow these tips for keeping your pet happily out of the way as you buy, sell, and move.

Selling

Signs of pets in a home can turn away prospective buyers. Before you list your home, ask your realtor or a trusted friend to walk through your house to look for pet damage. There may be minor issues you haven’t noticed because you live with them every day. A fresh pair of eyes is better suited to spotting these common pet-related damages:

  • Carpet stains.
  • Marks on walls.
  • Scratches in flooring.
  • Scratches on doors and cabinets.
  • Urine damage to hardwood floors.

In addition to damages, inviting an outside party to inspect your home lets you discover if your house has the dreaded dog smell. While pet owners rarely notice these odors in their own home, some buyers can tell you own a pet the moment they walk into your house.

Take these steps to remove pet odor from your home before your first showing:

  • Shampoo carpets and rugs. You can even hire professional cleaners to come in and clean your carpets. In Southlake, TX it will cost you between $126 – $166 to have your carpets cleaned. Please keep in mind that the price will depend on the square footage of your home and other factors.
  • Clean upholstered furniture.
  • Launder curtains, throw blankets, and other linens.
  • Remove pet waste from the yard.
  • Store pet food in a sealed container.
  • Bathe your dog.

Now that your home is smelling and looking fresh, you just need to make sure all your pet’s stuff is up before prospective buyers enter the home. Don’t forget to pick up:

  • Food and water dishes.
  • Dog toys and treats.
  • Pet beds.

Finally, plan to have your dog out of the house when prospective buyers are coming by. Scheduling a long walk with a dog walker keeps your pet busy without adding to your to-do list.

Buying

You should also be aware of dog etiquette as you shop for your new home. Dogs usually aren’t welcome at showings and open houses, so you’ll need to make other arrangements for your pet before visiting houses.

For weekends with several open houses on your itinerary, consider booking a day at doggy daycare to make sure your pet gets exercise while you’re busy. If you notice an open house while you’re visiting nearby parks and dog-friendly restaurants with your pet, write down the address and hours so you can stop by after dropping your dog off at home.

However, just because your dog can’t come with you doesn’t mean you can’t consider his needs as you house shop. When you’re looking for the perfect house for your family, look for homes with these dog-friendly amenities nearby:

  • Off-leash dog parks.W
  • Dog-friendly restaurants and coffee shops.
  • Pet stores.
  • Trails and sidewalks for dog walking.

Moving

The last hurdle during your relocation is moving day. When you hire professional movers, it’s important to keep your dog out of the way so the moving crew can do their job safely and efficiently.

In the early stages of a move, a spare room is plenty for containing your pet. However, when it comes time to move large items, send your dog to a pet sitter for the day to avoid these risks:

  • Your dog escaping through open doors.
  • Movers tripping over your pet.
  • Inappropriate excitement or aggression toward movers.
  • Your dog becoming anxious during packing.

Your dog is a big part of your life, but moving is one process he should stay out of — for his sake and yours. Selling your home and moving is stressful enough without the added challenge of pets, and your dog will appreciate spending this busy time on a doggy vacation instead.

8413 Stonybrooke Court, North Richland Hills, TX 76182

8413 Stonybrooke Court, North Richland Hills, TX 76182


The TLC really shows in this cozy, darling home! The large, tree-shaded front and back yards provide plenty of room to play, and the street is a quiet, friendly cul-de-sac! Great neighbors! Fine perennial beds line the perimeter of the back yard, and both front and back have covered sitting areas. The HVAC is 13 yrs old, home is all-electric, and a NEW ROOF is coming for the buyer to choose their own color! The secondary bath has an updated counter, sink and faucet. Home is in terrific condition! Nearby Smithfield Elementary and Middle score far above average 9 out of 10 on test scores, student progress and equity. 


8413 Stonybrooke Court, NRH, TX 76182

Price : $180,000
Stories: 1
Square Ft: 1,526
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Living Areas: 1
Dining Areas: 1
Garages: 2
Pool: No
School District: Birdville ISD


Painting Hacks That Will Make Your Project Look Professional

Painting Hacks That Will Make Your Project Look Professional

Deciding on whether to DIY or hire a pro can be tricky. There are several tasks that are no-brainers, like putting in lighting fixture yourself or hiring a pro to do foundational work on your house. Then there are a lot of tasks that fall into a gray area. Variables like skill level and experience definitely play a factor in that gray area and it’s important to understand your skill set and what you’re capable of before undertaking a DIY project. One task that falls in this gray area is painting. Painting is deceiving because anyone can do it, but it’s not so easy to have a paint project look professional without incorporating some effective painting hacks.

There are a lot of factors that make paint jobs look unprofessional, like dripping, bleeding and staining, to name a few. It will be difficult to mimic exactly what a painter does because they have a lot of experience and ingrained muscle memory. Lucky for you we have some painting hacks you can incorporate to make up for your limited experience. Follow these tips to get the job looking professional, despite your novice standing.

1) Petroleum Jelly

One of the common things you’ll see across the board with DIY paint jobs is screws and hinges painted over. Something that small and subtle makes a paint job look really unprofessional. It’s virtually impossible to paint around it or effectively use painters tape. Luckily, there’s a simple painting hack for this: Apply petroleum jelly with a cotton swab on all these areas, this will effectively seal the spot and you can easily wipe it off once everything’s dry.

2) Hair Dryer

Painter’s tape is probably the number one thing that keeps a job looking professional if used right. Once you’re done the job and it’s time to remove the painter’s tape, you’ll notice the line won’t come out crisp because the tape will take some of the paint with it. An effective painting hack is using a blow dryer on low to warm the tape. This will cause the adhesive to soften and the tape comes off easy, exposing perfectly straight and even lines.

3) Push Broom Handle

It’s very important to maintain a smooth, zig-zagging, up and down motion when painting. The object of the game is minimizing strokes for consistency. This can present a problem when painting the upper portions of the wall; you will need a ladder which will interrupt the motion from down all the way up. Luckily, a push broom handle fits into most rollers. You could alternatively use an extension pole, but they can cost upwards of $60, free sounds better to me,

4) Cotton Swabs

Cotton swabs are good for a variety of painting hacks; For applying petroleum jelly (as discussed above), for quickly removing accidental splatter spots and most importantly, smoothing out the occasional drip or imperfection. Even after you’re done, you should do a walkthrough immediately to ensure you didn’t miss anything or if new problem areas precipitated.

5) Saran Wrap

Spilling on furniture isn’t a concern because everyone knows to cover it and get it out of the way. Awkward pieces like vanities and toilets are immovable and even more susceptible to drips. A simple painting hack is wrapping items such as these in saran wrap; it will ensure no staining and allow you to paint freely.

Smart Home Update: Integrating The Newest Tech

Smart Home Update: Integrating The Newest Tech

In today’s day and age, one of the most enjoyable parts of buying a new home is integrating smart home technologies. It truly makes you feel like you’re living in the future and simplifies your daily tasks. When you finally have everything integrated and establish a routine there so many things you can accomplish with little effort. You can have your morning coffee waiting for you when you wake up, program your thermostat so that it runs efficiently, monitoring your home’s security for peace of mind, the list goes on and on.

Smart home features integrate into your daily life, making everything flow as seamlessly as possible. At the end of the day, all we have is time and we should always be striving to maximize it. Don’t be afraid to upgrade parts of your current configuration with the coolest and latest technologies.

 

1) Smart Hubs

If you’re smart home hasn’t been upgraded in a while, odds are you don’t have a smart hub. Smart hubs, like the Amazon Echo, can be taught to integrate with most of your smart homes features. As opposed to physically changing your preferences, smart hubs allow you to do it via voice command. Not only will you be able to adjust your thermostat, brew some coffee or dim the lights with a simple voice command, you can do things like ask it questions and have it play music for you.

2) Smart Bulbs

Smart bulbs, like the Philips hue white LED, have the ability to be turned on, off or dimmed remotely via a hub. The bulbs come with unique serial numbers that you can program into your hub for full remote control from anywhere! On vacation? Turn your lights on and off or program them to intermittently turn off and on during normal hours to ward off burglars. You can bridge the hub with your main hub (like an Amazon echo) and control it all via voice command.

3) Sous Vide Cooking

Sous vide cooking is the newest craze to cook your food to perfection. The process is as follows; vacuum seal the food and dip it into a controlled water bath that cooks it for a precise time at a precise temperature. For example, can’t cook your steak to perfection? Set it for ‘medium rare’, once done all you need is a quick searing with your favorite spices for a perfectly flavoured and balanced steak. The Anova Culinary Precision Cooker works on wifi and can be integrated into your current network. Now you can monitor all the important steps of the cooking process from the comfort of your couch.

4) Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat

There’s a variety of smart thermostats on the market, but the Ecobee4 takes the cake. Like all smart thermostats it has wifi and can be remotely controlled with your phone or tablet. Beautifully designed with great features like hot and cold spot detection, the biggest departure from its predecessor and all other smart thermostats, is that it has a built-in Alexa (the voice assistant from the Amazon Echo).

818 Stratford Drive, Southlake, TX 76092

818 Stratford Drive, Southlake, TX 76092

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Gorgeous home in Stone Lakes! This home has a HUGE Lot, Circle Drive and Overlooks Lake and Fountains. This Highly Desirable neighborhood close to schools, shopping. The backyard is huge, with pool, basketball ct and plenty of rm to play. When you enter into this home you will be greeted by beautiful new flooring, and you will quickly notice how spacious this home is. Double Staircase, Oversized Rooms upstairs will WOW you! HUGE Master suite upstairs, with attached office or sitting rm and Oversized Master Closet! The Kitchen has a large island, lots of counter space with SS Bib front sink and beverage fridge. Great Built in Desk with Storage for Your Home Command Center. Laundry Rm has extra Storage!

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818 Stratford Drive, Southlake, TX 76092

Price: $675,000
Stories: 2
Square Ft: 4,201
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3.5
Living Areas: 3
Dining Areas: 2
Garages: 3
Pool: Yes
School District: Carroll ISD

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Essential Downsizing Tips to Make Life Less Complicated

Essential Downsizing Tips to Make Life Less Complicated

Downsizing, or the practice of minimizing your living space and/or physical possessions, is something that can enrich the life of anyone of any age. We often think of downsizing as something people do when they get older or suffer a financial setback, but the benefits of downsizing are not limited to people in these situations. In fact, downsizing can help you declutter, save space, save money, and save time on cleaning and home maintenance. Here are some tips to get you started.

Get started with the easy stuff
If you try to start your downsizing by going through old boxes of family photos, heirlooms, and mementos, you’re going to have a rough time. It’s hard to get rid of our belongings. So start with the easy stuff, for example going through everything you haven’t used in a year and any items of which you have duplicates. This includes clothes, tools, games, and appliances. Technically, you probably haven’t read every book you own in the last year, for example, but you can hold onto those, for now. Here are over 100 things you can get rid of right now with no regrets.

Go digital
We live in an amazing age where you can house an entire book or movie library on a device the size of a piece of paper. Use this to your advantage. You can severely minimize your media collections by investing in an e-reader, tablet, or simply a reliable computer. What do you do with your unwanted books, DVDs, and CDs? Try selling them on an online marketplace like eBay or through an app like DeCluttr. Check here for more apps to help you make money from your old stuff.

Remember that photos also take up more physical space than you realize. You can scan and digitize your old photos. If you miss the physical copies later on, you can always print them again.

Make a “keep” list
Downsizing is one of those tasks that is made much easier with a list, but not just any list. Instead of writing down all the things you want to throw away or donate, make a physical list of what you want to keep. This small shift in your mindset can make all the difference. Start with these essential items. After that, start listing everything you cannot live without. Next, think about what you would save in a fire. It may sound morbid, but it works.

Plan for your new physical space (and make it precise)
When you’re ready to downsize to a smaller home, reach out to your knowledgeable realtor, Lisa Efthymiou, who serves Southlake, Colleyville, Keller, and Trophy Club areas.  When you’ve found your new home it’s important that you actually use it as a downsizing guide. Plan your new home layout before you begin the downsizing process. Use floor plans and blueprints. Every single item that you decide to keep and take with you when you move should have a designated place in your new home. Every single item—no exceptions. When you’re ready to move make sure that you’ve done your research and have hired a reputable moving company to get you from point A to point B.

Downsizing may be your ticket to freer living, both physically and emotionally. It may be a way to save money and save time on housework. No matter why you decide to take this step to declutter and minimize your own life, make sure you go about it with a solid plan. The only thing worse than taking no action is to take chaotic, haphazard action.

Article provided by Gene Ramsey from DownsizingDad.com.