Exclusive Interview For Floor Coverings Interntational

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I had the honor of being asked to do an exclusive interview for Floor Coverings International’s recent inspiration piece. They are a luxe flooring company that is a one-stop shop offering a full service experience to their clients. Here’s a peak!

Where do you find your inspiration?

I often follow my own trends, and I do what feels right for a space while keeping in mind what the client or future buyer wants. I love Instagram and VERANDA magazine to see what other people are doing. I find that you can learn so much from engaging with other people on the web!

Check out the rest of the interview on their website at the link here, FloorCoveringsInternational!logo

7 Ways To Get the Best of Your Home Sale

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Great guest post today about the benefits of listing your home in any season! Thanks for contributing!

The homebuying “season” may be a few months away, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t sell your property fast and at good price right now! With a little work and the right approach, you can boost the value of your home and turn it into a catch. You’re in the process of moving house to a new place and need to quickly sell your old home? Don’t worry! From pricing your home properly to making a good impression to potential homebuyers, these smart tips and tricks can help you seal the deal in record time, even during the off season.

Set The Right Price
The right pricing is essential to make a quick deal. Many sellers prefer to set a high price and lower it later if there is no interest. This is not the best strategy, as it may slow down the process. Many buyers and agents will be reticent to look up your property, because they will assume that you are unwilling to negotiate or you are not serious about the sale. The first 30 days of your house being on the market are the most active period. You need to make it worth by offering an attractive price. Research the market and see how other homes similar to yours sell.

Market Your Home Properly
To successfully sell your home, you need to offer it to the right target group. Think about what type of people might be interested in your property and then approach them. Listing your home with real estate agency and displaying it in all major online portals are not your only options. Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube are free and provide large impact.

Think Like A Buyer
If you are in the middle of relocation, you can probably put yourself in the shoes of the potential buyers. Think about the things that put you off. What do you look for in a property? These questions can give you some idea how to sell your house in the most effective way. Even if you are not currently moving house to a new place, you probably looked for a home at some point of your life. Use this experience as a guideline.

Make Your House Available
The more flexible you are bout the open house days, the more potential buyers will be able to see your home. Ensure that your house is available even during the weekends and at short notice. Leave the house when the buyers visit your home to let them move around and discuss freely the pros and cons of the estate.

De-clutter and Depersonalize
The appearance of your place can also determine how quickly you will sell the property. The homebuyers need to envision themselves living in this house. That is why you may need to remove personal items like family photos, souvenirs and kids’ artwork. Make the setting welcoming and appealing by thoroughly cleaning and de-cluttering the space.

Update Your Interior and Exterior
Another way to increase your chances for quick sale is by investing in home improvements. Repair the cracks and leaks. Swap the bright wall colours for more neutral shades. Don’t forget the exterior of your home. Your landscape will determine the visitors’ first impression. Take care of the broken fence, trim the bushes and remove any fallen branches.

Enhance Your Home’s Appearance
Home staging is not an unusual practice in the housing sector. Make your home more aesthetically pleasing by adding a vase with flowers in the living room and investing in new towel bars and trays for the bathroom. Staging can single handedly change a persons first impression of your home when they walk in.

As a realtor that offers homes staging to all of my clients, I can not stress the importance of this enough! I would love to work with you on selling your home quickly and for the best possible price! Contact me today!

Top 10 Design Ideas for a Glam Game Room

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  1. Ample seating and tables for drinks and snacks, but be aware of not making it look too cluttered if the room is small!
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  3. Black out drapes to block light when watching movies and dimmer switches to create ambience
  4. Cabinets or shelving for games and moviesdan kurtz, katie kurtz, katie kurtzmn, katue kurtz rowhouse showdown, rowhouse showdown, fyi network, dan kurtz, dan kurtz mn, keller williams, mn designer, mn realtor
  5. Stepped floors in theater rooms so everyone in the room has a prime view
  6. Hide the electrical cords by having outlets placed on the wall where the tv will go, hides the cords and clutter and assures no one will trip over the loose cords!IMG_2653real estate blog, interior design blog, nkba, dan kurtz, katie kurtz, katie kurtzmn, katue kurtz rowhouse showdown, rowhouse showdown, fyi network, dan kurtz, dan kurtz mn, keller williams, mn designer, mn realtor, spaces magazine, fyi network, kkurtz, mnrealestate, staging mn
  7. Designated area for the electronics, many people use a closet, but one that allows the pieces to breathe. They produce heat and need to stay cool!IMG_2656 IMG_2652
  8. If you’re space allows, have designated areas for large games; pool table, skeeball, pin ball etc. A unique game will keep your guests interested!
  9. Remember comfort is important in these rooms, the room should encourage people to hang out and relax!IMG_2647 IMG_2650
  10. Friends and Family! Invite everyone over for an opening night get together. Show them a good time and you can be sure they will return!

Sprucing Up Guest Baths~Necessity For Resale

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Sprucing up a guest bath to get the best resale potential is huge! Often forgotten but still important are the guest bathrooms in your house, especially when selling. Buyers are often looking for spaces where their kids will get ready for school and functionality as well as design is important.

If you are worried about the state of your second bathroom for resale then this remodel is for you! There are many things you can do to give this space a quick facelift. In this remodel, we gave the whole room a work-up but the refinishing of cabinets, new fixtures and fresh paint can easily be done to refresh the room and help your home sale.

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This bathroom had double vanities which is great for resale but the rust had taken over. The sinks, toilet and shower were crusted in it and cleaning could only do so much. We replaced everything except the vanity cabinet itself which was refinished and sprayed with fresh white paint. When painting wood work a sprayed finish will give you the best result; durable and smooth. The sprayer you use makes a big difference, $800 can get you a refurbished one, prices go up from there but if you are doing a lot of painting it is well worth the money! Double vanities is a huge selling point, for master bathrooms and kids bathrooms. It means more space, more storage and less headache from sharing a space!

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As you can see, all of the tile was replaced. A neutral floor and subway tile for the walls. The angled ceiling of this shower added a cool effect and a more custom look when the tile was applied to the whole surface. Durock is a building material that is needed to help keep out moisture and give the tile a solid surface to sit on. Tile isn’t as expensive as you may think. Explore your local hardware store, you can find inexpensive tile that will add value to your home for resale.before after, bathroom, bathroom design, granite countertops, gray bathroom, katie kurtz, adorned homes, nkba, minnesota, north oaks mn, bathroom remodel, luxe living before after, bathroom, bathroom design, granite countertops, gray bathroom, katie kurtz, adorned homes, nkba, minnesota, north oaks mn, bathroom remodel, luxe living, tile shower, subway tilebefore after, bathroom, bathroom design, granite countertops, gray bathroom, katie kurtz, adorned homes, nkba, minnesota, north oaks mn, bathroom remodel, luxe living, tile shower, subway tile before after, bathroom, bathroom design, granite countertops, gray bathroom, katie kurtz, adorned homes, nkba, minnesota, north oaks mn, bathroom remodel, luxe living, tile shower, subway tile

What to do to update your bath without a complete remodel like this one? Beautify the space. Add countertop decor. Replace old mirrors with framed versions. Fresh paint in a neutral color. New towels! Change out old lighting. Granite countertops and new bathroom fixtures were added to this remodel to complete the look but a small facelift in a bathroom that is not in such need of repair can do amazing things. This goes for any room in your home and the bathrooms are very important to buyers. Alittle work will go a long way in helping your home to sell fast and for top dollar. Buyers see it as less work for them and eliminates the need for the buyer to see past the old, outdated rooms. These upgrades are easy for anyone to do, even the least handy homeowner! Give it a try, your realtor and future buyer will love you!before after, bathroom, bathroom design, granite countertops, gray bathroom, katie kurtz, adorned homes, nkba, minnesota, north oaks mn, bathroom remodel, luxe living, interior design, decor, storage baskets, chrome faucet, delta before after, bathroom, bathroom design, granite countertops, gray bathroom, katie kurtz, adorned homes, nkba, minnesota, north oaks mn, bathroom remodel, luxe living, interior design, decor, storage baskets, chrome faucet, delta, double vanity, double sinkbefore after, bathroom, bathroom design, granite countertops, gray bathroom, katie kurtz, adorned homes, nkba, minnesota, north oaks mn, bathroom remodel, luxe living, tile shower, subway tile

 

3D drafting: Photo or Fake?!

3dpic3D drafting has come a long way! It used to be lines and colors but a real effect could only be achieved from hand drawn perspectives. Now computerized perspective drawings can be made to look like a real photo of a room!

These programs are priceless. It can be hard to tell a perspective from a real photo and that can be a make or break when selling a design to a client. Most clients have a hard time visualizing the design before it is complete and the new realistic programs give designers the opportunity to show their ideas before they happen, in a very “real” way. This bathroom shows the actual photo of the bathroom “before” renovations, the floor plan then the 3D perspective created from the floor plan!

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These programs are complex. Architecture and interior design schools have classes focused primarily on teaching students how to navigate their CAD programs, without the schooling it can be hard to produce quality drawings, nonetheless, it is difficult for someone who is untrained to do drafts that follow codes and normal building standards. My program was focused on kitchen and bath design (NKBA accredited) so the measurements, codes and good design standards for these rooms were the top priority. I found this to be the best program for me as I already had so much hands on experience and the kitchen & bath are the most important rooms in a home! We were taught Chief Architect. They have different levels of the program you can purchase, the base level being a standard program that the general public can use without much training for diy projects around their own homes. The top level program can draft an entire house top to bottom; including landscaping, furnishings, material pricing and foundations!

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Often times I complete a 3D drafts(perspectives) for clients who want the designer touch but do not have the money to spend on a full design follow through. I put together my design, draft it on Chief and create 3d perspective views for the client. They can then use the draft to show subcontractors what they want, get bids and complete the design on their own. This has been one of the most often chosen route to go with many of my real estate clients. They come to me for the sale because of my experience with renovation and investment properties then follow through with some aspect of design services for their home, whether it be assistance from me in preparing their home to sell (staging, paint colors, carpet, etc) or buying a new home that needs their personal touch with some help from a designer.

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These programs are ideal for almost any project big or small. Pricing varies greatly from project to project based on the size and detail of the space and the designer you choose. Have questions about your real estate needs or design desires, give me a shout!

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Holiday Decorating Done Right

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Choose your color and stick with it; silver, gold, red, green, blue….even pink! There are many color options for Christmas decor but stick with only a couple throughout the house to avoid a Christmas decoration hodge podge. Love your keepsake ornaments that are in a variety of colors? Use them, but add large bows or globes in your color theme to tie it together with the rest of your Christmas decor.katie kurtz, dan kurtz, turtle, bulldog, bulldog puppy, holiday decorating, mn realtor, interior design, mn interior design, adorned homes, holidays, red christmas decor

Start the season off with a family photo. Its a great way to watch everyone grow each year and a better way to keep in touch by sending out a photo Christmas greeting to friends and family! We haven’t sent out a holiday card in a few years but being that we just added Turtle to the fam, thought it was time! You can have photos done or take them yourselves. Just make sure you have good lighting and time to take multiple shots. Your photos will turn out great if you have options to choose from!katie kurtz, dan kurtz, turtle, bulldog, bulldog puppy, holiday decorating, mn realtor, north oaks mn realtor, keller williams realtor, interior design, mn interior design, adorned homes

Poinsettias are classic and a must at Christmas time! The beautiful, deep red flower is the perfect accessory to any room. A pop of red can truly bring out the Christmas spirit!IMG_6780

Cinnamon scented pine cones, yessssss! These can be used throughout your entire house. Stick them in wreaths, on shelves or in the tree! They take the place of room fresheners and fill the house with a wonderful holiday scent!katie kurtz, dan kurtz, turtle, bulldog, bulldog puppy, holiday decorating, mn realtor, interior design, mn interior design, adorned homes, holidays, red christmas decor, table settings

An awesome tree skirt is a must. Faux fur, ruffled ribbons or a simple quilt….match your decor theme and go for something that really finishes off the tree. It hides the ugly tree stand legs and functions as a place to highlight the presents under the tree.

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Candles, candles, candles! They creat ambiance when watching Christmas movies or having intimate family dinners and I can’t get enough. Scented soy candles are available everywhere now and assure that you are burning healthy candles in your home. Another option I love are dollar stores tall, thin pillar candles in a clear glass vase. They go with any decor and I like to refill the vases with soy candle wax once the old wax is burnt away! *Adding dimmer switches is also a great way to create holiday ambience.DSC_0044

A perfect holiday drink when entertaining is a must. It can be a simple feature cocktail of egg nog and brandy or something a bit more fancy such as a holiday spiked punch or a craft cocktail. A drink station with a clear liquor option, charged water, simple syrup and flavored syrups is an inexpensive way to dress up your party. Making your own simple syrups and putting them in cute serving bottles saves money and adds style! I also love a champagne with a splash of elderflower liquor!

Selling 2016~ Staging Tips & Trends

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Beautify the Entrance! Give this area as much attention as the interior. I tend to lean towards neutrals but a bold door color can be ok on the right home. Avoid pinks, purples and multiple colors mixed together. One pop of color is enough…yellow, green, orange is too much! Planters and nice lighting will help to make the entrance fell welcoming and more upscale.DSC01021DSC01047

Hang Some Photos! Bare walls can be easily decorated with artwork and photos. Just make sure they aren’t of you or your family. Home Goods, Michaels, and many more shops have affordable artwork to use in staging your home. Want to forgo buying new stuff? Replace your current photos with generic ones printed front he internet. Landscapes, maps and flowers are all good options!real estate blog, interior design blog, nkba, dan kurtz, katie kurtz, katie kurtzmn, katue kurtz rowhouse showdown, rowhouse showdown, fyi network, dan kurtz, dan kurtz mn, keller williams, mn designer, mn realtor, spaces magazine, fyi network, kkurtz, mnrealestate, staging mn, eden prairieadorned homes, real estate blog, katie kurtz, katie kurtz mn, keller williams, mn designer, mn realtor, kkurtz, mnrealestate, staging mn

Showcase the Eating Area! Whether you have a formal dining room or an eat in kitchen, it is a good idea to make this area a focal point. Potential buyers need to be able to visualize spending time in this area as most people spend a lot of time eating!IMG_4574

Tidy Up! Make the beds, clean out the closets, and declutter! Make it look like a “show home”. It is ok for the home to feel lived in with furnishings and decor but the old coffee pot and shampoo bottles should be put away.IMG_5617_2katie kurtz, staging, minnesota realtor, mn realtor, minnesota home staging, north oaks mn realtor

Paint the Walls! If the walls are in good shape and are a neutral color you may be able to avoid repainting. But if they are not then don’t scrimp on this portion of the house, fresh paint does a world of difference! Grays are still trending but are moving towards warmer tones with brown and taupes undertones to the grey rather than the blue-gray of the recent past.IMG_4159

Accessorize!  The house should be clean but decorated. Pillows on the beds and couches. Books, vases, candles and art pieces placed on the tables and shelves. Floral arrangements add style to any room. Just don’t overwhelm a table with too many of the same things, multiple colors and textures will create an interesting look!IMG_4872IMG_2658IMG_2725 - Version 2 adorned homes, real estate blog, interior design blog, nkba, katie kurtz, katie kurtz mn, keller williams, mn designer, mn realtor, kkurtz, mnrealestate, staging mn If your realtor doesn’t do staging, which most don’t and that is totally fine as most realtors are trained to sell real estate not trained in design, ask for recommendations! The money you will spend on staging will be made up for in a quick sale and a good purchase price. Looking to buy or sell?  Contact me for an all-inclusive sales experience!adorned homes, real estate blog, interior design blog, nkba, katie kurtz, katie kurtz mn, keller williams, mn designer, mn realtor, kkurtz, mnrealestate, staging mn