Simple Home Improvement Projects to Enhance Your Home

September 21st, 2018

Home ImprovementWhile it may seem like a daunting task to renovate your home, there are actually some simple home improvement projects you can do that take minimal time, effort and money and can transform your living space. 

  • Warm Welcome – Your front door is the first thing your guests will see when they come to your house, so make an impression. Painting your door a bold color can dramatically change the way your home looks and enhances the curb appeal. Add some greenery, colorful florals and lighting to further brighten the entrance.
  • Paint Job – A fresh coat of paint can give the room a brand new feel. Rich hues and soft pastels create a calm and comfort. Lighter shades can also make a room feel larger. Painting the ceiling a lighter shade of blue or silver will also help reflect light.
  • Accessorize your Cupboards – Replace generic pulls and knobs with accented pieces or add a pop of color. A new coat of paint can also liven things up. 
  • Jazz it up – Use paints, wallpapers, and fun designs to decorate small spaces like guest bathrooms or closets.
  • Out with the Old – New fixtures can modernize and enhance your kitchen and bathroom. While you’re at it, change your shower head too.
  • Bold Backsplash – Brighten the kitchen with a bold or colorful backsplash. Not only will it protect your walls from damage, but it can also change the entire look of your kitchen. For an easy backsplash look try wooden boards, stainless steel, wallpaper, tiles, chalkboard or magnetic paint or even peel-and-stick tile.
  • Crown Molding – Adds both charm and value to your home. This may be a task for a professional, but it will pay off in the end. 
  • Dress the windows – Curtains or wooden blinds help keep the sun out during warm months but also give your home a cozier feel.
  • Romance and Grace – Add a chandelier to your entryway or above your dining room table to add a touch of elegance to the room. Have a freestanding tub? Just imagine what a chandelier could do to those evening bubble baths. 
  • Dim the Lights – Adding dimmers to your lamps (and chandeliers) help create a comforting mood.

These simple home improvement tips can make any house a little homier and easier to sell. We are here for any of your real estate needs. Just give The Rhonda Gustitus Team a call at 941-426-4394.

How to Prepare for a Hurricane

September 13th, 2018

How to Prepare for a Hurricane

It’s that time of year again — hurricane season! And while it technically began June 1, it’s now that we see a lot more activity brewing in the Atlantic. Hopefully, none of those will affect us here in Florida, but it’s always best to be prepared in the event a hurricane does hit.

How should you prepare? Here is a list of things to consider as you begin your hurricane preparations: 

Water – The recommended amount of bottled water per person is one-gallon per day for at least three days. Water is important for staying hydrated, but also for food preparation and sanitation.

Food – Non-perishable food items are best. Canned fruits, vegetable and meats, protein bars or granola, and comfort foods. If a stressful situation arises, you’ll want to grab those comfort foods like chips, cookies, and candy. Don’t forget about your pets. Have at least a week’s supply of food and water for them as well.

First Aid Kit – If you have a first aid kit make sure it is fully stocked. You’ll want to have plenty of bandages in various sizes, hand sanitizer, antiseptic wipes, latex gloves, anti-bacterial ointment, a cold pack, scissors, tweezers, and a flashlight along with spare batteries.

Nonprescription Drugs – Antacids, pain relievers, vitamins, and anti-diarrhea medication.

Prescription Drugs – In the event of power failure or flooding, it’s important to have at least a week’s worth of any prescription drugs.

Cleaning Supplies – Soaps, detergents, hygiene products, bleach, garbage bags, and toilet paper are among the items you want to have on hand in the event you are unable to leave your home before or after a hurricane.

Important Documents – Keep important documents in a waterproof and portable container for easy transport. Important documents include passports, insurance policies, social society cards, bank account numbers, credit card account numbers, emergency phone numbers and an inventory of household items.

Gas – This time of year, it’s safe to always have a full tank of gas in the car. Once the threat of a storm becomes real, gas shortages and even gauging can become a real issue. If you have a generator, you will also need to fill your portable gas containers. Always remember to operate the generator outdoors and keep gas containers in a safe place.

Plywood – Depending on the strength of the storm, you may want to consider boarding up windows and doors to prevent wind damage.

Stay safe this hurricane season. Don’t forget to give The Rhonda Gustitus Team a call at 941-426-4394 for all your real estate needs.

Trends to Avoid if You Want to Sell Your Home

September 11th, 2018

“In a world full of trends, I want to remain a classic” 

Trendy Home

 

Wallpaper – Bold and kitschy prints are fun and can liven up a small space, but not everyone is looking for flamingo covered walls or metallic patterns. You are best off keeping things simple and neutral.


Tiles – Patterned tiles are all the rage and catch people’s eyes but not always in a good way. Don’t distract a potential buyer with too many patterns. This also goes for patterned floor tiles. Stay away from the brightly colored tiles and geometric shapes.


Color of the year – Purple is the color of the year and while it is a nice color, it will make a home look outdated in a few years and may only appeal to a small group of people. When choosing paint colors go with more classic neutral or pastel hues. If you can’t live without your favorite color, accessorize with it. Pillows, linens, and planters make great accent pieces and can be taken with you once you sell.


All White – Similar to the color of the year, all white is very popular for those looking to achieve the ultra-modern look, but too much white can feel cold and uninviting, two things you don’t want your potential buyer to feel.


Inconsistent color scheme – Painting your walls can be a fun DIY project, but stick to a similar color scheme. Too much variety can turn a buyer off.

 

Hope these tips helped. Don’t forget, if you are thinking about selling your home, call The Rhonda Gustitus Team at 941-426-4394.

12 Cleaning Hacks: Bathroom

August 30th, 2018

Stop wasting your time and money scrubbing every inch of the bathroom when there are plenty of DIY tricks for a spotless shine in no time using just a few everyday household items. Here are 12 of our favorites: 

1. Basic Bathtub and Shower Cleaning – Cover the entire surface with all-purpose cleaner and let sit for a few minutes before scrubbing. Cover hard to remove stains with baking soda and let sit for 30 minutes then wipe down with an old rag or sponge.

2. Basic Toilet Cleaning – Baking soda and vinegar are great for removing odors. Pour vinegar in the tank to also remove stains, as many of the stains actually come from the tank itself.

3. Bathtub and Shower– Add one part Dawn dish soap and one part vinegar in a dish wand, seal it, and scrub down surfaces for the perfect shine. This mixture also works great on soap scum.

4. Shower Head – Get rid of buildup by immersing the shower head in a plastic reusable bag with vinegar, secure with a rubber band and let sit for an hour.

5. Deep Clean the Grout – Mix bleach with baking soda to create a paste. Line moldy areas and let sit for at least 8 hours. Wipe away and gently scrub with a toothbrush then rinse.

6. Remove Hard Water Stains – Cut a lemon in half and brush over hard water stains.

7. Removing Mold – Mix vinegar and baking soda in a spray bottle and spray down areas with mold & mildew and wipe down with a cloth. Toilet Bowl Cleaner can also be used to remove mildew stains. Pour a generous amount of cleaner over mildew, place a rolled up piece of tissue or paper towel over it and leave for at least 12 hours.

8. Shower Doors and Mirrors – Clean off water deposits with balled up pantyhose. For thicker soap scum, use a Magic Eraser. Trust us, it really is magic! Dryer sheets will also remove water spots and are an easy way to clean up dusty areas.

9. Power Scrubbing – Still fighting those tough stains and build-up? Use a power drill with a strong bristle scrubber attached to drill away the scum.

10. Unclog Drains – Drop two tablets of Alka Selzer down the drain and then pour in a cup of vinegar, wait a few minutes then rinse with hot water. Baking soda, vinegar, and salt will also do the trick if used on a regular basis. 

11. Perfect Shine – Baby oil is great for adding extra shine to metal surfaces. Dab a little oil and rub down with a cloth and they will shine like new.

12. Deep Clean the mirrors – The tannins in black tea will help break up grime and build up.  

Hope you found these tips helpful. Don’t forget, for all your Real Estate needs, call The Rhonda Gustitus Team at 941-426-4394.

Is your home in shape for summer?

July 31st, 2018

Even though summer is officially upon us, it’s still not too late to prepare for the heat, rain, and heaven forbid hurricanes. Mother Nature throws a lot at us during these warm summer months, but here are some tips to get your home ready.

1. Air Conditioning Maintenance – The last thing you want is your AC to go out during a warm August day, so make sure you change your filters, dust off vents and clean dirt or debris from your outside unit. If you feel your system is not cooling properly after these steps, it might be time to call a professional who can test the unit and air ducts as well as check for potential leaks.

2. Prevent Water Damage – It all starts with the foundation, so take a look around your home to ensure there are no cracks where water can come in. Make sure your windows and doors are also properly sealed and caulked and test your gutters. For this, you can use a garden hose. Place it in the gutter and run it. Check for leaks coming from where they shouldn’t be. And from top to bottom, make sure there are no leaks in the roof. It’s best to call a professional to check the outside, but you can easily check for leaks inside by scanning your ceiling for any water spots. Heavy rains can cause a lot of damage to your home if the roof is already damp from previous leaks.

3. Landscaping– Strong storms can cause heavy tree limbs to weaken and break, so it’s best to trim them back and away from your home.

4. Ceiling Fans – How often do you dust your ceiling fans? Like many, probably not frequently enough. Fans are a great way to circulate air during warm months, but they can always circulate a lot of dust if not cleaned often. Another trick to help distribute air flow is to switch the rotation. During warm months, your fan should rotate counter-clockwise to create a breeze. To change the direction, look for the small black switch near the base.

5. Storm Emergency Kit – It never hurts to be prepared. Hurricanes aren’t the only storms that can knock out power, so stock up early on things like batteries, flashlights, bottled water, canned food, first aid kit, radio, duct tape, etc. Keep all these items together so they are easy to find in the event of an emergency.

For all your Real Estate needs, call The Rhonda Gustitus Team at 941-426-4394.