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7 things you should never put in the tumble dryer
                                       
1. Swimming costumes
While they can stand the heat on the beach, the harsh temperature in a tumble dryer will leave lycra brittle and broken. Small amounts of lycra (like you might find in the band of your jeans) are fine.

2. Tights
The delicate mesh material will shrink in the heat, while the tumbling motion can also cause them to get tangled. Have you ever tried to untie a knot in a pair of hosiery? You don't want to.

3. Rubber-backed rugs
Sure, these rugs that keep you from slipping and sliding in your bathroom are small enough to fit inside your handy dryer, but the rubber on the back won't stand up to the intense heat and might even crumble. Plus, overheating it could cause a dryer fire.

4. Bras
Your delicates are, in fact, too delicate to throw in the dryer as the heat and agitation of a dryer can damage the bra's elasticity and shape. Instead lay them flat to dry.

5. Clothes with embellishments
Don't put anything with sequins or stones in the tumble cycle as these may get damaged, while simultaneously snagging other items in the process. It's far easier to hang dry them or – if the material is thin or delicate – lay them on a towel to air out.

6. Anything with a care label that warns against tumble dryers
This seems obvious, but even laundry veterans shouldn't toss in a load without double-checking the label - especially if you're not sure what sort of fabric your clothes are made of. Items with silk or wool, for instance, often shouldn't get thrown in the machine. If air-drying or dry cleaning is recommended, it's for a good reason – it'll help your items look new for longer, while preventing shrinking, warping, and more.

?7. Running shoes?
The heat can shrink the rubber, ruin your cushioning, and weaken adhesives, leaving your sturdy trainers weak and useless. However, trainers that aren't for athletic purposes, like tennis shoes, can be thrown in the dryer with several towels on a cool-air cycle.
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Posted by NE TEXAS REALTY GROUP on July 18th, 2016 12:47 PM

SHERRY DICKSON & ASSOCIATES TEAM

July Edition

Ready to own a home? Or, if you're already a proud homeowner, do you want to throw a great cookout? This month's newsletter will help you to do both in Paris plus if you're planning a move, I've got a few helpful tips for that too. Read on and have a great month.


Six Steps to Homeownership


Step 1 – Set the foundation
Before starting your home search, there are a lot of things you should think about. The first being your credit because it’s the most important factor in whether you’ll be a homeowner or renting for a little longer than you'd like. Create a budget so that you know how much you can afford to borrow, and pay monthly, for a home. Ensuring your mortgage payment is no more than 30 percent of your monthly income is a good rule of thumb.

Step 2 – Decide on what you want
Put together a list of items you want: school districts, neighborhoods, and access to highways. Research and choose the types of property features you want in a house. Don't be shy! You can narrow your list later.

Step 3 – Contact a real estate agent
You'd talk about your real estate needs, and your plans. And, you'd discuss everything from neighborhoods, schools, the mortgage and housing industries, to any other factors that affect your buying decision. Your agent can also help during the loan process.

Step 4 – Find your dream house
Using your list of must-haves, your agent will show you houses that are a good fit for you. As you tour houses, you should point out what things you like and don't like. Often, buyers amend their list of must-haves, and your agent will trim it down to the houses you'll love.

Step 5 – Negotiate the deal
It's common to receive a counter offer. You'll be empowered to choose whether or not to take the counter offer, present your counter offer, or refuse the offer.

Step 6 – Close the deal
Upon finalizing the contract, you'll work with your lender to close the loan. If you've been pre-qualified, this won't be a long process. Then, you'll get a Good Faith Estimate (GFE) detailing closing costs from your lender, and your agent will help you close on your home.

Remember that if you or someone you know will house hunt soon, let me know. You can email me at sherrydicksonteam@gmail.com or call me at (903) 361-2733 any time.


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SHERRY DICKSON TEAM / Harold Carter Realtors
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Upcoming Open Houses


Make sure to check out my upcoming open houses.
Click here to see my listings. I hope to see you there!


Planning a Move?


If you’re thinking of relocating, make sure you’ve got your ducks in a row. Here are a few to-dos that are often forgotten when you’re moving:

— Have your car serviced if you’re driving.

— Pack and label boxes that you’ll open first for each room. Using the kitchen as an example, this box would have dishwashing liquid, baggies, and a couple of pans.

— Double check with your insurance company to find out their policies on covering your belongings while you’re traveling to your new place.

— Refill any prescriptions a week or two before you leave.

— Get referrals from your doctors for new physicians in your new city.

— Keep important papers, like contracts, with you in your car.

— Remember to remove valuables from your bank safe deposit box. .

— Try to avoid stress!


How to Throw an Awesome Backyard Barbeque


Barbeque season is in full swing. In order to have the perfect cookout, you have to plan ahead and plan for a few surprises. Use these tips and ideas to make your next backyard party one to remember:

— Have plenty of trash bags and garbage cans. Label them if you want to keep recyclables separate.

— If you’re using a gas grill make sure you have plenty of fuel. Or, if you’re giving it a go on a traditional grill, make sure there’s plenty of coal and lighter fluid to keep you cooking.

— Don’t forget the repellent! Have plenty of spray and sunscreen for guests.

— Think of details that make things easier or more fun like tablecloth weights, recycle bins, outdoor lights, and games to play.

— Have a designated play area and eating area for kids.

— Ice and cups are two things that are most likely to run out in the middle of your cookout. Keep triple the amount you think you’ll need on hand.

— Assign some smaller duties to family members or a few friends freeing you up for bigger tasks.

Use these tips and have a great barbeque party with friends and family this summer.

 


Questions about buying or selling?

Give us a call at (903) 361-2733 or send us an email at sherrydicksonteam@gmail.com.
We're glad to answer questions — no obligation, of course.

 

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Posted by NE TEXAS REALTY GROUP on July 6th, 2016 11:10 AM

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May Edition


The sun is shining and flowers are blooming in Paris. This month's newsletter has a storage area clean up checklist, tips for head-turning curb appeal, and a quick list of inexpensive changes that you can make around your house for a great return in the long run.

 

Curb Appeal Guide


Putting your best foot forward when it comes to your home's presentation is one of the ways you can increase your bottom line. A well-kept house makes buyers want to get a closer look. Buyers see your home as a better buy when it looks like it's been properly maintained.

The yard is the most important part of curb appeal. It should be clutter free and green. If not, clear your property of trash, building materials or other household items left outside. Store garbage cans in the garage. For regular maintenance in preparation for, and during, the time when your house is on the market, you want to make sure your lawn is clear of weeds, leaves and grass clippings. For added detail, neatly edge your lawn.

Check out your flower beds to see how they look from across the street. You want your plants neatly pruned without weeds. If your flowers aren’t in bloom yet, use colorful potted plants around the porch to attract buyers’ eyes.

One of the cheapest but most impactful refreshers you can make to the front of your home is repainting your front door. Also, power wash the siding and check for imperfections, touching up paint, chips, and dents where needed.

Take a good look at your roof, making sure it's in good condition. Gutters should be clear and neatly secured. Overgrown brushes and trees should be trimmed to open up space around your house.

Now that you’ve completed a walk-around of the outside of your home, you’re ready to move forward with putting your home on the market.

You can use these tips even if you aren't selling. But, if you or someone you know needs help with curb appeal or with staging, give me a call at (903) 361-2733. I'm happy to help.

 



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SHERRY DICKSON TEAM / Harold Carter Realtors
(903) 361-2733

 

Upcoming Open Houses

 

Make sure to check out my upcoming open houses.
Click here to see all of my listings. I hope to see you there!

 

Update that Old House

 

These inexpensive changes can bring your older house up-to-date when it’s time to sell. Check out these quick improvements:

Update light fixtures and ceiling fans. Small changes can bring older décor into present day design. Replacing out of date fixtures with more modern designs brings your house into the current style that appeals to more buyers.

Make those tiles sparkle. Clean out grout and any rust stains on all of your bathroom and kitchen tile and fixtures. This is an easy fix that makes a big difference in how old your home looks.

Reface your cabinets. You can refinish the cabinets with a fresh coat of paint or by sanding and re-staining them. And, replace the knobs and handles too. Just make sure they fit with the architecture and style of your house.

 


Spring Cleaning: Bedrooms and Storage Spaces


The areas you'll tackle for spring cleaning are your havens: your bedrooms, as well as the places you’ve been avoiding for a while: your storage areas.  Storage areas are last because as you’ve been cleaning and rearranging things in other rooms, you’ve probably moved things to closets, moving things to the garage, up to the attic or down to the basement.

Don’t feel overwhelmed, though. You’ve probably got a group of things that can get donated to your local thrift store, charity group or shelter.

Bedrooms

Change out your winter bedding to lightweight coverings
Clear and wipe out nightstands drawers
Flip mattress if needed
Clean out closet
Clean and organize under bed

Garage, Attic/Basement and Junk Closets

Put items in piles: Throw away, donate and keep.
Clean oil stains from the garage floor with coke, baking soda, or commercial cleaners.
If you store items in the basement, use crates or cement blocks to keep boxes dry.
Check to make sure washer and dryer pipes and cords are secure.

 


Questions about buying or selling?

Give us a call at (903) 361-2733 or send us an email at sherrydicksonteam@gmail.com.
We're glad to answer questions — no obligation, of course.

 

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Posted by NE TEXAS REALTY GROUP on May 11th, 2016 12:16 PM
               

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April Edition


It's a little warmer and a little breezier in Paris. Take advantage of the extra energy boost this season and get on top of your spring cleaning and improving your FICO score if you're house hunting. And ways to banish those allergies.

 

Spring Cleaning Checklist: Kitchens & Baths

 

Kitchens are the most utilized room in many homes and the first place most ambitious spring cleaners want to start. Tiny spaces under appliances or between cabinets and walls are havens for trapped food, splashes, and spills. Cleaning a high traffic area with a low traffic area helps you do your spring cleaning in manageable chunks without getting overwhelmed.

Use this quick checklist for getting your kitchen and bathrooms sparkling for the warmer months.

Kitchen

Wipe down countertop appliances
Clear and wipe out drawers, cabinets
Run garbage disposal with baking soda or lemon peel
Run dishwasher with vinegar
Defrost and wipe out your freezer
Dust refrigerator coils
Clean the stove and under the range
Pull refrigerator out and clean behind it
Get rid of any old food and pantry items
Clean stove and under the range

Bath

Clean tile, inspecting all seals, caulk, grout
Replace the shower curtain
Wipe down countertops and cabinets
Clear drawers and cabinets, replace liners
Clean tub
Clean toilet
Disinfect and update First Aid kits
Throw out old beauty and hygiene products


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Upcoming Open Houses

 

Make sure to check out my upcoming open houses.
Click here
to see my listings in detail. I hope to see you there!

 

Combat Spring Allergies

 

Common allergens that catch us off guard in the spring months are usually pollen, dust mites, molds, and pet dander. Here are some tips to help ease the intensity of your allergies this season:

Take a daily over-the-counter medicine, daily, as part of your morning routine.

Wash bedding often to prevent spores and other allergens from floating around your home. Vacuum daily to further reduce household allergens.

Use a damp cloth instead of a duster, that way, dust mites are confined and not spread.

See an allergist if allergic reactions or other symptoms become too severe to handle on your own.

Click here to check the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology’s website to see pollen levels in your area and say good-bye to "Gesundheit."

 

 

4 Steps to Improving Your Credit Score

 

The spring selling season is always a popular time to buy and sell. To prepare for buying a first or next home, refinancing, or if you just want to get back on track, you have to work on your FICO score.

A FICO score is a review of your years of credit history based on a model developed by Fair Isaac and Company. Most people have scores near 650, but scores range from 300 to 850. The items that impact your FICO score are your credit-to-debt ratio, the types of credit you have, the number of recent credit inquiries, and most importantly, your payment history.

With all the lending turmoil lately, lenders want to know that giving you a loan isn't a risk. Your credit score gives some insight into what type of borrower you'd be based solely on your credit history.

Building your FICO score takes time, but you can see changes within a few months. You can improve your credit score, or gain credit if you don’t already have it, by using these helpful hints:

Correct your credit report. If you discover mistakes on your credit report, contact the bureau asking that the items be removed. If you have a common name, or the same name as a family member, you'll want to make sure all of the activity reported is correct.

Keep up with payments. Late payments kill your FICO score. It's the area where people who have experienced job loss take the biggest hit. It takes longer to restore your credit this way, but it's the most reliable way to prove that you're able to make payments to a lender.

Apply for gas station cards or store credit. For those who have no credit or low credit, retail credit cards and gas credit cards are ways to obtain credit, increase your credit limits and start a solid payment history. Beware of carrying a balance because these types of cards normally have high interest rates.

Keep your credit in rotation. If you have older or unused credit cards, use your cards to keep your accounts active. But, make sure you pay them off in one or two payments if you can.

Now that you know more about credit reporting, you'll be able to improve your FICO score. Remember that when it's time to apply for a mortgage loan, contact me at sherrydicksonteam@gmail.com, and I can help you keep your credit inquiries within a two-week window to avoid a negative on your credit score.

To learn more, visit www.myFICO.com and get a free report at www.annualcreditreport.com.


 


Questions about buying or selling?

Give us a call at (903) 361-2733 or send us an email at sherrydicksonteam@gmail.com.
We're glad to answer questions — no obligation, of course.

 

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Posted by NE TEXAS REALTY GROUP on April 5th, 2016 12:28 PM
               

SHERRY DICKSON & ASSOCIATES TEAM

March Edition


This month's newsletter is full of ways to help save you money around town and get organized. I've got a guide for lowering your property taxes and a handy checklist to get you started on your spring cleaning.


3 Steps To Lower Your Property Tax


Property tax is an expense that most homeowners consider a “given” that they can't change. Most homeowners don't know that they can file an appeal to have their property taxes lowered.

The first step to lowering your property taxes means you have to understand how the county tax assessor determines taxes in our area. Once you have this information, you'll know if you want to file an appeal on your own or use my help as a real estate professional.

If you want to try this yourself, bring up details of your home that the assessor may have over looked. You can look for features that make your house less valuable like an odd layout or being next door to a cemetery. Also, make sure the assessor has the correct dimensions of your home and the correct valuation. To do this, get comps of homes recently sold in your immediate area that are similar to your home. If you don't know how to get these, I can assist you.

Last, and most importantly, you want to make sure you have all of your research and documents in order so that your appeal as a better chance of getting approved and your property taxes lowered.

Following these steps can help you lower your property tax. It also gives you a clearer understanding of how County calculates your tax. If you decide that you want to use a real estate professional, I'm available through SHERRY DICKSON TEAM / Harold Carter Realtors to help you. Contact me at sherrydicksonteam@gmail.com or (903) 361-2733 for advice.

 



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SHERRY DICKSON TEAM / Harold Carter Realtors
(903) 361-2733

 

Tips and Tricks

De-clutter your house. This is the time to get started on your spring cleaning.

Touch up the paint. Paint your interior rooms a neutral color, touch up your exterior paint and repaint your front door.

Develop a green thumb. Start caring for your yard from the beginning of spring for great curb appeal.

 

 


Spring Cleaning Checklist


The idea of spring cleaning can be refreshing and pretty daunting at the same time. The thought of cleaning your home from top to bottom while targeting every dusty and questionable corner isn’t one most people smile about, but the result leaves you feeling pretty accomplished.

Spring Cleaning is a large-scale task, and most people want to start with the kitchen or the garage. But, I’ve found that it’s better to start small, building your momentum. There are some tasks you can do to prep every room. Cleaning a high traffic area with a low traffic area helps you take on the task in manageable chunks.

Here’s a checklist for putting a dent in that spring cleaning. This first group of areas you’ll tackle in this three part spring cleaning list will be the living areas, dining room and small tasks for every room.

Living Areas

Clean furniture with a vacuum cleaner
Rearrange furniture, cleaning under and behind it.
Clear out and wipe drawers, cabinets and book shelves

Dining Room

Wipe and polish table tops and buffet tops
Polish display silver
Wipe down china and other ceramic display item
Clear and wipe out drawers, china cabinets

Every Room

Dust walls, ceilings, corners and vents
Dust & wipe photographs, decorations and ceiling fans
Spot clean the walls
Wash drapes and rugs
Wipe windows and window sills. Caulk if needed
Vacuum and shampoo the carpet
Polish anything metal
Wax anything wooden
Get re-organized using boxes for donations, recycling and trash
Turn rugs the opposite direction for even wearing

Once you’ve finished these tasks, the rest is a breeze. Next month, I’ll give you a checklist for taking on your kitchen and bathrooms. Remember, de-cluttering is the first step in selling your home. If you or someone you know needs a sellers’ agent, email me at sherrydicksonteam@gmail.com me or call me at (903) 361-2733 and I'll be glad to help.

 

Spring Selling Tips


Kitchens are the heart. Remember that your kitchen is your home’s biggest asset and you should present it as such. As the saying goes, "kitchens and baths sell houses."

Model your home. Take the best and clearest photos for your home. Homes with more and better pictures hook more buyers and make them more interested.

Set the Stage. Arrange your furniture to maximize the available space in all of your rooms. For quick shot of color, put out a bowl of fruit or fresh flowers to invite buyers to tour the home.

 


Questions about buying or selling?

Give us a call at (903) 361-2733 or send us an email at sherrydicksonteam@gmail.com.
We're glad to answer questions — no obligation, of course.

 

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Posted by NE TEXAS REALTY GROUP on March 7th, 2016 5:08 PM
10 Coolest Hidden Doors and Secret Passageways
  

Home Theater Ticket Booth Hidden Door

If you are big fan of unique hidden doors and cool home theaters, the Home Theater Ticket Booth Door from Creative Building Resources (CBR) combines the best of both worlds. CBR's elaborate hidden door features a programmable, scrolling LED sign built into the top of the frame, while the interior of the hidden door functions like your traditional ticket booth, complete with recessed lighting. On the front of the ticket booth, a detailed wood inlay displays the high level of craftsmanship involved in constructing this hidden passageway, although we'd recommend ditching the frosted comedy and tragedy faces on the front ticket booth glass. For those who intend to staff the ticket booth, or at least fill it with a costume-draped dummy, the interior is accessed through a full sized cabinet door at the back. As this hidden door is a custom creation from CBR, we'd recommend ordering yours to match your own home theater decor. (Source | Via)



Bookcase Hidden Door

The room showed above is one couples' unusually creative gift to their very excited teenage daughter. The bookcase, holding rows of books, a stuffed dachshund and a volleyball, silently swung outward, revealing a tiny, well-lighted room. Containing a desk, a chair and a laptop computer, it serves as her study area. (Source)



Staircase Hidden Door

When Louise Kircher, a retired teacher, and her husband, Dennis, a former accounting manager at Boeing, moved into their year-old, 4,300-square-foot contemporary home in Mesa, Ariz., the staircase in the master bedroom was something extra that came with the house. It rises to reveal a hidden room, where she and her husband store an antique bedroom set and a replica of a gilded mummy's coffin. A remote control amazingly lifts an entire staircase out of the way revealing the hidden passage. (Source)


Drawer Hidden Vault

To make sure your hidden door stays hidden, Creative Home Engineering offers a number of non-traditional hiding machines. Sure, they've got the standard revolving bookcase and sliding wall panels. But, the company also constructs hidden doors from grandfather clocks, fireplaces, paintings, stairwells, and other household fixtures. They also offer an option that allows your hidden door to double as a vault door, so your valuables stay double protected. Priced from $5-$250K, you'll probably want to make sure you've really got something big to protect to make the purchase worth your while. But, even if you don't, Creative Home Engineering claims that a quality hidden door can make a solid investment from an appreciation standpoint. (Source)



Mat Hidden Wine Cellar

Ever wanted a wine cellar but didn't have the space or money to build one? The Spiral Cellars design/build firm will dig a hole right in whatever room you want your cellar in and haul the dirt right out the front door. In the remaining void they infill a highly functionally and visually dazzling spiral-staircase wine cellar to fit all your favorite vintages and go with your favorite funky furniture designs. The cellars are kept at ideal temperatures, insulated on the sides and top. Cool air is piped in and warm air is piped out. Even when no air flow is needed for temperature purposes it is kept moving to keep the air fresh. Customers have had these installed in all kinds of ways, from flush- and hidden-door versions to entrances that intentionally boast their presence. (Source | Via)



Narnia-like Wardrobe Hidden Playroom

This wardrobe is actually a secret entrance to a playroom. The owner of the house had the wardrobe and figured he might as well add a touch of magic to the house for a pretty amazing result. Sorry, lion and witch sold separately. Still, the stage is set much like many of us imagined when we read the children's classic as kids: a dark-painted room with wood-trimmed windows and antique wooden furniture, with a large dresser that looks strangely both foreboding and inviting. (Source)



Fire place Hidden Door

Also another creation from Creative Home Engineering. (Source)



Staircase Hidden Door

(Source)



Victorian Façade Hidden Garage

McMills Construction approached Beausoleil Architects for help installing a garage in the bottom floor of a property on Oak Street in San Francisco's Upper Haight district in order to maximize the tenant's rent. By hiding the space behind a retractable facade indistinguishable from the rest of the historic Victorian apartment house, they were able to avoid running afoul of the city planning department strict appearance codes.

(Source | Via)



Painted Wall Hidden Door

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Posted by NE TEXAS REALTY GROUP on February 24th, 2016 12:09 PM

SHERRY DICKSON & ASSOCIATES TEAM

February Edition


For most, Feburary is about Valentine's Day. I see this month as the true start of the year for Paris. From winter home sales, to redecorating on the cheap, I've got great ideas for getting back into the swing of things and starting your year off right.


Sell Your Home in Winter

If you find yourself selling your home at the tail end of winter, the best way to make your Open House a success is to think about ways to make your home a cozy safe haven for potential buyers.

First, you want visitors to have a clear path to your home. This seems like a no-brainer, but with the stress of preparing for an Open House, it’s easy to overlook the simplest things. Make sure you keep snow and ice in check and have a safe walkway from the street through to your doorstep. If you have a deck or patio in your backyard, make sure there’s a clear and safe place to stand. (Last month, I talked about ways to remove snow and ice. Email me if you want a copy of that article.)

For maximum curb appeal, you’ll want to stage a winter garden. This doesn’t mean bringing the zest of summer into the still of winter, but you’ll want to place seasonally appropriate plants in weather-proof urns. Some ideas include ferns, shrubbery, and other evergreens. Doing this brings life and color to the outside of your home.

Setting your thermostat a couple of degrees warmer than usual inspires a cozy feeling. Reinforce this by using plush throws on your sofa, chairs and beds. If you have a fireplace, light it. Make your guests feel even more at home with baked goods available for them. Think about providing warm cookies, hot cocoa or coffee, and bottled water. Plus, these goodies give your home a pleasant smell that most people enjoy.

Last, avoid stress. I know first-hand that selling your home in an “off” season can feel discouraging, but it’s not impossible. Think of the positives: you’ll have less competition and have to keep up with less yardwork!

Remember, if you need a selling agent, SHERRY DICKSON TEAM / Harold Carter Realtors will give your listing the marketing boost it needs to sell quickly and for a great price. Contact me at sherrydicksonteam@gmail.com or call me at (903) 361-2733 for free information.

 



SHERRY DICKSON & ASSOCIATES TEAM
SHERRY DICKSON TEAM / Harold Carter Realtors
(903) 361-2733

 

Upcoming Open Houses

Be sure to check out my upcoming open houses. Hope to see you there.

Valentine's Day Ideas


  • Prepare your family’s favorites for dinner.
  • Send Thank You cards to inspirational people in your life.
  • Deliver home-baked cookies or a cake to your neighbors.
  • Have your kids make and give Valentines to friends and family members.
  • Put special notes in family members’ cars or lunches along with a favorite treat.
  • Give your kids what they’ve always wanted – ice cream for breakfast!
  • If you’re single, have a small get-together with friends.
  • Not into Valentine’s Day? Get a like-minded group together and watch scary movies.

 


How To Redecorate on a Few Dollars

If you want to redecorate, but new furniture isn’t an investment you to make just yet, you can use your imagination along with a few inexpensive techniques for a refreshed look room to room.

Small changes:

  • Change the knobs, handles and drawer pulls on your dressers and cabinets. This makes an overall impact, especially in small spaces like your bathroom.
  • Use real fruit, seasonal flowers and live plants as centerpieces on your dining room tables or in your entry way. It’s a small touch that gives color, texture and aroma.
  • Buy ceramic figurines from a dollar store. Spray paint them all one color and present them in sets of three as knickknacks on a bookcase or end table.

Noticeable changes

  • For a quick punch of color, change out the pillows and throws on your sofa and bed. It’s inexpensive and brings a mood change to your room.
  • Books make great decorations. If you have a few large ones, stack them high enough to be an end table and place a lamp on top. Or, use them as “legs” for a coffee table.
  • Pull your sofa away from the wall and closer to the center of your room. It gives your room depth because you can add tables and lamps behind your couch.

Large-scale changes

  • Rearrange your furniture. Look at design books and try those arrangements. Though styles change, the basic elements of design and layout stay the same.
  • Look to your local or online classifieds and second-hand shops for furnishings. It’s a great way cut down on waste, plus these items are often less than $50. It’s a good idea to think about selling or donating some of your old items.
  • Painting is the easiest, cheapest and most dramatic way to makeover your room. You can go as bold, as cool or as neutral as you want. If you’re not ready to commit to a shade, try painting an accent wall to "try on" the color.

With these affordable ideas, you’ll be able to change the look of any room when the mood strikes. If you need tips on staging for an Open House, call me at (903) 361-2733 for advice.

 


Questions about buying or selling?

Give us a call at (903) 361-2733 or send us an email at sherrydicksonteam@gmail.com.
We're glad to answer questions — no obligation, of course.

 

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Posted by NE TEXAS REALTY GROUP on February 3rd, 2016 7:39 PM

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