Small Changes, Big Differences: 5 Low-Cost Ways to Give Your Home a New Look!

There are a lot of advantages to home improvement changes. They can make your space feel more modern, larger, and increase its value. And the good news is you don’t have to be an expert handyman (or handywoman) to make easy and simple alterations. Here’s how to better the look and feel of your home.

Living Room

1. Install new handles and door knobs: Buy new handles for your cabinets and drawers when you’re changing the style of a room. Get a modern feel by adding steel handles, or achieve shabby-chic comfort with bright colors that contrast classic wood doors and cabinets. Though old-fashioned, using a faux-crystal option will create a delicate look in a room.

2. Replace old light bulbs or add light fixtures: If the light in a room is looking dim, try stronger wattage bulbs (within the safety limitations listed on your lamp or light fixture). Floor lamps will also help achieve a brighter effect. Don’t rely on decorative desk lamps to drastically improve the brightness of a room, though they can enhance the mood and decor.

3. Paint the front door: It’s recommended that you repaint your front door every 4-6 years. (Pree’s Professional Painting) Whether it’s a neutral or bold color, if you give a door a new look, it can change the outlook you have on the rest of the house.

4. Polish floors: A weekly sweeping of your hardwood floors isn’t enough. Polish your floors every three months with a urethane-based polish, which creates a protective layer against small scratches.

5. Paint an accent walls: This design technique draws the eye to one wall instead of the others. Choose a bold color or wallpaper on the wall that features the focus of your room (e.g. a fireplace, a large painting). One accent wall technique is to keep with the tone of other walls. For instance, if your room is beige, paint the accent wall a deep, chocolate brown to keep with the neutral tone.

Make these small yet significant changes to your home, and you could be on your way to have your very own redesign at a fraction of the cost.

Safety First: How to Prevent Home Accidents This Holiday Season

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Source: biggerpockets.com ~ Author: JOHN FEDRO

In the past, whenever I have made mistakes — and boy, have
there been plenty of mistakes — I always learn a lesson and feel silly for making the mistake. Some of these mistakes have cost me wasted time, wasted money, loss of a potential investment home, and even losing a very good friend by mixing business and friendship. All this I can learn and bounce back from. What I cannot live with is if my actions caused anyone else to suffer or be hurt due to my negligence.

This holiday season, remember the advice below as we cover some very important home tragedy prevention tips.

Important Tips to Prevent Home Tragedy This Holiday Season

Fire Prevention

The deaths from fires and burns are the 3rd leading cause of home death injuries in the United States. Every 169 minutes, someone dies in a fire in the United States. Of these deaths, about 85% happen at home. Most fire victims do not die from direct burns, but from inhaling and choking on smoke and/or toxic gase

Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Avoid smoking at home. Smoking is the leading cause of fire related deaths. Never smoke in bed while drowsy or while under the influence of medication or alcohol. Avoid lighting candles while sleeping.
  • Practice safe cooking because cooking is the primary cause of residential fires.
  • Change your smoke alarm battery annually and test monthly. Be sure that you have smoke alarms on every floor of your home, including your basement. They should be located outside of bedrooms.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher at home and learn how to use it.
  • Teach your children never to play with matches or lighters, and store these items away from young children.

Poison Prevention

Each year, more than 60,000 children visit emergency rooms due to medication poisoning. Common poisonings include medications, personal care products, and cleaning products.

When it comes to poison safety, remember to:

  • Use medications and vitamins with safety caps and listen for them to “click” to make sure the cap is locked.
  • Store medicines and vitamins out of the reach of young children. They should not be able to climb to reach your medication storage area.
  • Keep the number to poison control in your cell phone and next to home phones: 800-222-1222
  • Turn on the lights when you take medications to be sure you know what you are taking.
  • Dispose of expired or unused medications if you don’t need them anymore.
  • Always keep household chemicals in their original containers. Never use food containers to store chemical products.
  • Store food and chemicals in separate areas.
  • Have your furnace inspected before every heating season.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.

Slip and Fall Prevention

Young children and older adults are prone to injury and death from slips and falls. In addition, each week a child dies from a televisions tipping over, and over the past 10 years, a child on average has visited the emergency room every 45 minutes due to a television tipping over.

To prevent injury, follow these tips:

  • Remove clutter from stairs and walkways; toys, clothing, shoes, and other items are tripping hazards and should be put away properly.
  • Clean up spills immediately to avoid slipping on wet surfaces.
  • Check walkways and stairs for damaged steps.
  • Install hardware-mounted safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs if you have a baby or toddler in the home.
  • Ensure that your television sets are stable. Flat screen televisions should be mounted on a wall, while large CRT television sets should be placed on a low, stable piece of furniture and secured to a wall if possible.
  • Remove loose carpets or floorboards to avoid trips.
  • Never use screens to keep children from falling out of windows.

Burn and Cut Prevention

To prevent burns and cuts at home:

  • Avoid holding children while cooking on the stove. Place them in a high chair nearby instead.
  • Enforce a “kid-free zone” of 3 feet around the stove unless children are actively helping you cook.
  • Teach children safe cooking procedures when they are old enough.
  • Adjust your water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent accidental scalding.
  • Do not leave hair curlers or curling irons unattended.

Choking, Suffocation, and Strangulation Prevention

Choking is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death in children under the age of one. Hazards can include food or household items, including balloons, coins, and lights.

In order to avoid tragedy, remember the following:

  • Adult supervision is the most effective way to avoid choking, strangulation, and/or suffocation.
  • Cut food into bite sized pieces and encourage children to sit still while eating.
  • Do not allow children to eat while walking, playing, or riding in a car.
  • Encourage older adults to chew foods slowly and avoid laughing, talking, or drinking too much alcohol while eating.
  • Consider installing cordless window coverings.
  • Practice Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) safety. This includes laying your baby on his or her back and avoiding soft bedding such as stuffed animals, blankets, and bumpers.
  • Follow age recommendations when buying toys, and check toys for loose or broken parts.

Electrical Safety

In the United States, an estimated annual average of 47,000 home structure fires per year involve electrical failure or malfunction. These fires are dangerous and cause 455 deaths, 1,500 injuries, and $1.5 billion in property damage. Often, these fires are preventable with proper home maintenance and inspections of electrical systems.

You can help prevent electrical accidents by keeping the following in mind:

  • Have your electrical system inspected every 10 years or less if your home displays warning signs such as power outages, dim or flickering lights, sparks, buzzes, or odors.
  • Check for frayed wires. Repair or replace damaged wires on electrical devices.
  • Major electrical appliances should be grounded.
  • Consider adding electrical outlets instead of relying on extension cords. Extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis anyway.
  • Install ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in your kitchen, bathrooms, laundry, basement, and in outdoor areas.
  • Avoid overloading your electrical system. Avoid plugging more than one high-watt appliance into a single outlet.
  • Watch appliances for warning signs including overheating, unusual smells, shorts, and sparks.

The above list of precautions are only a few of the safety concerns to consider implementing in your personal home and investment properties. While we cannot control what our tenants or buyers do, or how they treat our homes, we can decide to only sell to low-risk residents who are safety conscious and follow basic instructions.

It may be prudent to print out a “safety list” of your own safety procedures checklists and provide this to every tenant upon moving in to your properties. However, be the best example you can by implementing these improvements at home first.

Stay safe this holiday season and if you are in the market to buy (or sell) a home in  Northern California, Realtors associated with Century 21 M&M look forward to walking you through the process. Rest assured that Century 21 M&M Realtors will do their best to make sure that both Buyers and Sellers are protected during the transaction.

How to Save on Your Heating Bill

Source: quickanddirtytips.com ~ Author: Amanda Thomas

How to Save on Your Heating Bill

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I love my husband, but there are some times I love him more than others. Over the past (almost) decade of being together, I have fallen in love with his passion for energy efficiency. See, Mr. Domestic CEO was a mechanical engineer. For 10 years, he designed heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems, so he knows a thing or two about how to use the least amount of energy possible in a building.

I admit, his tips and explanations used to go right over my head. Honestly, I didn’t really care about saving money on my energy bills because I was living in small apartments and already had low electric bills. When we moved into our 3 bedroom, two-story house, though, things changed. I started talking with friends who had similar homes, only to find out that they were paying two to three times the amount we were for our heating bills. Why? Because we put into place a few small changes around our house that save us big, year after year.

In today’s episode, I’m going to give you the tips that Mr. Domestic CEO told me, although I’ll spare you the “Put on more clothes” tip. If you are looking for ways to save on your heating bills this winter, then these three tips are for you.

Tip #1: Think Small

The first thing people tend to do when they want to heat their space is turn up the furnace. The problem with this is the furnace likely heats your whole home, and why would you want to heat rooms that you aren’t using? If you aren’t in the space, but you’re heating it, that’s wasted energy. Instead of rushing over to your thermostat to crank up the heat, consider using something smaller than a giant oil burner.

In our home, unless we have company over, or are using multiple rooms at the same time, we keep the furnace turned down, and use space heaters in the rooms where we spend most of our time. If I am working in my home office, I turn the heat up on my feet. After all, I’m probably going to be there for a while, so there’s no use heating my living room, kitchen, dining room, or bedroom just to keep myself warm while I’m working on the computer. Just make sure to turn the heater off when you leave the room, and follow all the safety precautions. Space heaters can cause a fire hazard, but if you use them correctly, they are perfectly safe.

The “think small” principle applies to sleeping, too. When we go to bed, we are likely going to be there for at least 7 hours, so why would we want to heat the office, kitchen, and living room during that time? Instead, we have a heated mattress pad that we turn on about 20 minutes before going to bed. Not only do we get to save electricity by having our bed heated instead of the entire room around us, we also never have to get into a bed with freezing cold sheets.

Tip #2: Maximize the Air

Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “What about when you wake up?” Few things are worse than waking up on a dark, winter morning, and having to get out of a toasty bed into a freezing cold room. How do we make the morning bearable? Simple: programmable thermostats! Our heat automatically turns down at night when we are sleeping in our heated bed, then it kicks back on about an hour before we get up so that we don’t freeze our tootsies off when we get out of bed. We also have the heat set to turn down during the day when we are out of the house. After all, it seems silly to heat the house if no one is home, right? A programmable thermostat can be purchased at any home improvement store, or online. They are fairly inexpensive, and you can make your money back in a month or two if you set it to only heat your home when you are there.

Another tip that can help you maximize the air in the room is a ceiling fan. Ceiling fans can be put on the Reverse setting. Instead of pushing air straight down, it pulls the cool air up, which pushes the warm air back down to where you are. And the higher the ceiling, the bigger the difference this can make. If you really want to know why that is, we should probably call Everyday Einstein to see if he can help explain.

Tip #3: Seal the House

When it comes to those cool breezes you feel around your home in the winter, both Mr. Domestic CEO and Everyday Einstein would be disappointed in me if I didn’t stress that this is from the heat escaping, not the cold air coming in. So, your goal in sealing your home is to do everything you can to keep the hot air inside your home.

Every window or door of your home that isn’t properly sealed is an opportunity for heat to escape. Keep the heat in your home by making sure to seal up all the openings you can. If you can see light around your door in the middle of the day, you have gaps where heat can escape. Self-adhesive weather stripping can be purchased at home improvement stores and applied to door frames to seal those gaps.

If it feels like there is a breeze coming under your doors, door sweeps can be installed at the bottom of the door to keep heat in. If your windows are where you feel a breeze, window insulation film is your solution. It’s like a shrink wrap for your windows. If you want a more expensive, but more fashionable, option, updating your window treatments to cellular shades or heavy drapery will keep the heat from going out the windows, too.

Now that you have a few tips to get you started, it’s time to make preparations for the weather months. With the weather changing fast, the sooner you can make these small adjustments, the sooner you can start saving money on your heating bill.

If you are in the market to buy (or sell) a home in  Northern California, Realtors associated with Century 21 M&M look forward to walking you through the process. Rest assured that Century 21 M&M Realtors will do their best to make sure that both Buyers and Sellers are protected during the transaction.

Is your home ready to keep you warm this winter?

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Source: Zillow.com ~ By Michael Franco

The crisp snap of autumn weather is a reminder that even colder days lie ahead. Get ready for them by performing a few simple chores now that will keep you toasty all winter long.

Install weatherstripping

Weatherstripping can save you up to 20 percent on heating bills — especially if you have drafty windows or doors. Plus, it’s quick and easy, and doesn’t cost a lot of money. Place weatherstripping along doorjambs and in the gaps between windows and sashes to keep chilly breezes out and heat in.

Fix drafty doors

If your doors need extra draft protection, add a door sweep along the bottom. These flexible rubber strips seal the gap at the bottom of the door to keep howling winds at bay. If cold air is still getting in, buy or DIY a door snake — a tube of fabric filled with sand, rice, or other material — to lay on the floor and plug the gap.

Add insulation

The attic and basement are two spots where you can lose a lot of heat. By insulating your basement ceiling and attic floor, you can prevent warm air from escaping the house. Also check around the exterior of your house for cracked foundation, gaps or cable holes, and seal them or fill them with spray foam insulation.

Check your furnace

Like any piece of machinery, your furnace works better if it’s properly maintained. Some utility companies offer a free annual checkup for your furnace, but if yours doesn’t, it may be worth paying a technician to ensure that your furnace is in top condition. But you can also improve your furnace’s performance with simple maintenance that you can do yourself, like replacing filters and cleaning registers.

Swap your thermostat

Standard thermostats can lead to wasted energy. If you opt for a smart thermostat like the Nest, you could cut down on your energy use — and your utility bills. Among other features, these smart thermostats can sense when you’re away and automatically adjust the temperature to save you money.

Seal ducts

If you have forced-air heat, leaks in your ducts could be costing you hundreds of dollars. Seal them with specially designed metal tape and keep your ducts — and your wallet — more secure.

Embrace fabrics

While a cool tile floor might feel nice underfoot in summer, it’s not so appealing when it’s sub-zero outside. Cover your floors in throw rugs and runners for the winter months. You can also hang heavy insulating drapes in front of your windows to keep warm air in and the cold out where it belongs.

If you are in the market to buy (or sell) a home in  Northern California, Realtors associated with Century 21 M&M look forward to walking you through the process. Rest assured that Century 21 M&M Realtors will do their best to make sure that both Buyers and Sellers are protected during the transaction.

Tips for Living in a Staged Home while you are Selling it

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Model homes make us dream about living there, but living in your own home while it is being staged is tougher than it looks. The key is to easily contain and hide your personal items – not just to showcase your home better, but also to keep your personal life, well… personal!  Below are a few tips for homeowners who are living in their staged home while it is on the market.

Kitchen

In the kitchen, keep the countertops and sink clean. It is fine to have 1-2 appliances that remain on the countertop, assuming there is ample space and they are in good condition. Try to get in the habit of keeping dirty dishes out of the sink by either washing the dishes or placing them in the dishwasher immediately after use. Ideally, the counter dish drain should be hidden from view, but as long as it is neat and not bulging with dishes, it can remain on the counter during showings.  Keep that pantry clean and neat as well. And, yes, expect that buyers will open doors to kitchen pantries, so prepare accordingly.

On the kitchen floor, reduce the number of scatter rugs to ONE in front of the sink, preferably in a solid color, and toss all of the others.  Too many rugs in all types of patterns can make the floor look like it needs work, even when it doesn’t!

One more thing about kitchens – cooking! If you tend to cook with lots of spices, fry often or prepare foods with heavy scents, have a plan to neutralize the scents immediately afterwards. There are easy ways to do this like boiling a few sliced lemons on the stove or leaving out cups of white vinegar to absorb the scents and odors overnight.  It is important that your home smells fresh for prospective buyers and not like last night’s meal.

Bathrooms

stagesd bathroom-toteRemember living in college dorms and sharing bathrooms, which meant having to tote bathroom items to use in the dorm bathroom?  Yep, it’s time for the bathroom tote to make its return tokeep the bathrooms neat.  Give each family member a tote to store their toothbrush, toothpaste, wash cloth/hand towel and all creams, gels, sprays and makeup that normally lives on the counter around the sink, tub and/or shower.  Use the tote to store items under the bathroom sink, in closed door bathroom cabinet or linen closet, thereby keeping the bathroom countertops free from personal items.  Start using the totes daily – it will save you lots of time and worry.

Bedrooms

Most of the clutter in the bedroom is found near nightstands and closets. To help remedy the clutter, hide items in a closed cabinet or nightstand. Or, purchase a basket with a lid that will slide easily under the bed. Place all of your bedroom clutter in the basket  – tissues, reading glasses, pens, journals, gels, creams, etc. You can leave 1-2 books on the nightstand with your lamp and alarm clock but anything personal should be hidden from view. It also goes without saying that you should make your bed EVERY DAY once you rise to keep your bedroom looking its best.

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Family room

Closed storage can be your best friend in keeping your family room neat.  Keep children’s toys and play items in a cabinet, basket or storage ottoman, for easy containment during a quick showing. Reduce the stack of magazines on the coffee table to 1 -2 latest issues, along with your remote.  Routinely sort the mail as it comes in. Mail that needs a response is immediately stored in a drawer or basket; junk mail is immediately tossed. It will help you keep your family room, kitchen or office area neater and keep wandering eyes from your personal items, too. If you are still receiving the daily newspaper, don’t keep yesterday’s issue on the coffee table, move it to recycling area in your home on a daily basis.

As you will quickly learn, living in a staged home is not easy, but it is manageable.  The key is to change you and your family’s behavior daily, rather than trying to “clean” when you get the call that a showing is happening in 15 minutes.  It will make those showings feel less intrusive and the perfect buyer will walk right in and fall in love with your well-kept home!

If you are in the market to buy (or sell) a home in  Northern California, Realtors associated with Century 21 M&M look forward to walking you through the process. Rest assured that Century 21 M&M Realtors will do their best to make sure that both Buyers and Sellers are protected during the transaction.

 

How You’ll Pay for Ignoring Home Repairs

How You’ll Pay for Ignoring Home Repairs

Source: zillow.com

Source: Zillow.com ~ Author: HomeInsurance.com

First-time homeowners sometimes find themselves surprised at how much maintenance they need to do on their houses — even new ones. Sometimes maintenance is as simple as plunging a toilet or touching up paint on a wall or stain on a deck. Other times, however, home maintenance means bigger projects. These are the kind you might not be willing to undertake right away — either because you lack the expertise or the money.

But skipping these projects could wind up costing you in the long run. How? Because neglecting some maintenance or repair projects could mean expensive home insurance claims. That means paying a deductible now and facing the prospect of higher premiums in the future.

Here’s a look at some common maintenance projects, their price tags and the potential cost of ignoring them.

Start at the top

The last windstorm that blew through town sounded pretty vicious, and you remember thinking that the hail was pounding your house particularly hard. Do you know whether the wind or hail loosened or damaged any of your shingles?

It matters. Roof damage can remain hidden until the next storm strikes. What could happen? Plenty. A loose shingle or two could evolve into a hole in your roof, inviting major water damage.

What you can do: Break out the ladder and inspect your roof after particularly violent storms and every time the seasons change. It won’t cost you anything but time. Better yet, have your roof professionally inspected. How much will that cost? About $200, sometimes less depending on how extensive a procedure you request. And if you need to replace or repair shingles? That can run about $200, depending on the damage.

The other threat to your roof comes from tree branches. A branch can smash through your roof (or for that matter, a window or side wall), resulting in the need for major repairs.

What you can do: Check your trees for dead, diseased or damaged branches. Hiring a professional to remove them will cost roughly $250, depending on how much work you want done. You should also check trees on neighboring yards and alert owners to any problems.

What if you ignore these tasks? The average cost of a weather-related homeowners insurance claim is more than $7,300.

Where there’s smoke

More than 64,000 structure fires in the U.S. in 2011 (the latest year for which statistics are available) happened because of faulty heating or electrical distribution equipment, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. You’ve got a real stake in making sure that your heating and cooling system is maintained properly and that you’ve got an updated electrical distribution system.

What you can do: If your heating system is more than 10 years old, have a professional inspect and clean it. It will cost about $100, possibly less. Replacing your HVAC system, of course, will cost much more, depending on the type of system you select.

What else you can do: Hire a professional to upgrade your electrical wiring. It should cost between $400 and $500. If you have electrical outlets that need replacing, bite the bullet and get it done at the same time. The cost is roughly $100 an outlet.

Before you light the fireplace: Your chimney is another major fire risk. Before you light the first fire every winter, hire a chimney sweep. Cost: about $125.

What are the potential consequences of ignoring these tasks? You increase the chances of fire in your house. The average home insurance fire claim is more than $34,200.

Water your options

It’s easy to ignore your plumbing and gutters — until something goes wrong. Broken pipes and appliance failures (think water heater and washing machine) can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home by the time you get everything fixed.

What you can do: Check the supply hoses on your appliances. If they’re worn or leaking, replace them. You can buy PVC pipe for about $20; better yet, spring for braided steel hoses. That will cost about $100. As for the gutters, you can clean them yourself or hire a pro to do it for around $200.

If you don’t take these steps, you could face serious water damage. The average water damage claim comes in at nearly $7,200.

Remember, while your home insurance likely would cover all these claims, you’d still have to pay the deductible. Plus, you stand to lose your claims-free discount, which means your premiums will be higher for years.

Putting in a little work or money on the front end means you stand a better chance of avoiding costly repairs down the road. It also will pay off when you want to sell your house. If you keep up maintenance on the home, you likely won’t have to make a lot of costly repairs — or drop the purchase price to account for them — before you close on the sale.

If you are in the market to buy (or sell) a vacation home in  Northern California, Realtors associated with Century 21 M&M look forward to walking you through the process. Rest assured that Century 21 M&M Realtors will do their best to make sure that both Buyers and Sellers are protected during the transaction.

Update your bathroom for under $100

Update your bathroom for under $100

Source: styleathome.com ~ Author:  Martha Uniacke Breen

Bathroom renovations don’t need to cost a fortune. Freshen up your bathroom with an inexpensive facelift.

From time to time, even the most elegant bathroom can use a facelift. But you don’t always need to go whole hog and do major bathroom renovations; there are many ways to freshen it up for under $100. Here’s a list of inexpensive spirit-lifters, from quick and cheerful impulse-buys to jobs that take little more than an afternoon (or two) of your own efforts to pay off.

1 Paint it. Unless your bathroom is truly palatial, it only takes a quart or two to change the wall colour. If you already have paint equipment in the house, such as trays and brushes, this bathroom renovation transformation will be even cheaper. Use painter’s tape and plastic drop cloths to tape off fixtures and floor.

2 Buy new hand towels in a bright colour; nothing cheers up a bathroom faster and more easily. If you still have some cash left, throw in some matching facecloths and bath towels too, perhaps in a contrasting shade. Finish with a matching bathmat and it will look like you had a major bathroom renovation.

3 Most shower curtains tend to get tattered after a while. Treat yourself to a new one and buy some pretty shower curtain rings – either plastic ones in a cheery colour or sleek chrome ones. Finish off with a tieback made with an oversized tassel.

4 Change the faucet. Yes, that’s right. Local building stores have many styles for under $100 and most are designed for easy DIY installation, using only basic tools, and it’s great way to add to your minor bathroom renovations.

5 Bed-and-bath stores are wonderful places for accessories of all kinds. Buy a toothbrush holder, soap dish and wastebasket in a slick style, such as stainless steel, bright retro plastic, or a pretty Victorian pattern. Wicker baskets and trays are great for displaying rolled-up towels or facecloths, toilet tissue rolls or tiny soaps – the classic hotel look.

6 The drugstore is another great place to splurge on inexpensive decorating finds. Buy a set of toiletries in pretty bottles and jars and arrange them together on a shelf. Or stock up on loofahs, delicious-smelling soaps and other bath accessories for the edges of the tub.

7 Spend an afternoon detailing your bathroom; even the most immaculately kept bath is vulnerable to hidden grime. Take an old toothbrush and scrub around faucets, whirlpool jets and insides of cabinets. Use grout cleaner to clean up tile grout. Finish with a really good, overall cleaning.

8 Visit a poster store or IKEA and buy a grouping of inexpensive framed black-and-white prints, or have a photo store reprint some family photos in black and white and frame them yourself. It’s an instant lift without major bathroom renovations. (If the backs are sealed, and they’re not in direct contact with water, humidity is not generally a problem, but to be safe, avoid hanging valuable or irreplaceable pictures in the bathroom.)

9 Update drawer handles and knobs. Nowadays, you can get everything from plastic starfish and other sea creatures to elegant old-fashioned porcelain knobs with reproduction transfer patterns. Or, if you like, splurge and get some really elegant ones from a design store; chances are you only need five or six at most, so why not treat yourself?

If you are in the market to buy (or sell) a vacation home in  Northern California, Realtors associated with Century 21 M&M look forward to walking you through the process. Rest assured that Century 21 M&M Realtors will do their best to make sure that both Buyers and Sellers are protected during the transaction.