Sarasota FL Real Estate Blog by Lynda Ellinger, Realtor

Refreshing Ways to Spruce up your Home

Refreshing Way to Spruce Up Your Home with These DIY Ideas

Refreshing Way to Spruce Up Your Home with These DIY Ideas

There comes a time when a home can be too perfect, too staged and too purchased. In order to balance the interior, you need some DIY crafts. Finding a personable piece of furniture, artwork or décor item to bring character into your home is only a click away. Try your hand at these DIY ideas; there’s nothing like a unique piece of interior.

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How to incorporate a cozy reading nook in your home

How to Incorporate a Cozy Reading Nook in Your Home

How to Incorporate a Cozy Reading Nook in Your Home

Curling up with a good book is the perfect way to relax.  Every bookworm can agree that where you read is just as important as what you read. We can all relate to reading the same sentence for 15 minutes as a result of being in the wrong place.  Noisy, crowded and uncomfortable are not adjectives one wants to use to describe their leisure spots. Reading nooks are little areas within a home that are comfy, cozy and free of distractions. Explore the must-have elements every reading nook needs.

 

Get Cozy in a Corner

You may think you need a lot of space or to rearrange for a reading nook. All...

Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit energy.gov/energytips...

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