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Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 3/7/2021

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Although smartphones make it easier than ever to relay a message across the household, listen to videos and blast your tunes, they simply don’t compare to a fully integrated speaker and intercom system. Although home intercoms might seem like a blast from the past, they are back and better than ever. And as a perfect complement to their key functions, whole house speaker systems have improved by leaps and bounds, creating the ideal setup for your new home. 

How Do Smart Intercoms and Speakers Work?

Smart speaker and intercom systems often use a hub in each room to relay messages from one party to another. Beyond that, they often have many other speakers situated around the room if surround sound is a priority. Otherwise, the room may only use the single speaker in the hub for all your messaging and entertainment needs.

Many of these systems are voice controlled, so you can ask to speak to someone in a different room, play your music or even hear about the weather without having to click a button. If you have many speakers set up in the room, you can even use them to funnel the sound from your stereo, TV or other devices as needed to stay well entertained.

Intercom and Smart Speaker Benefits

With an intercom and smart speaker system installed in your home, you can improve communication in your household while staying well entertained at all times.

Keep the Din Down

If your household is decorated by the sound of everyone yelling across the house to share info with each other, then an intercom system will make a huge difference in your day-to-day life. You just have to let the system know you want to chat with someone in another room, and it will create a connection between you both. Then, you just have to talk at a normal level to get your message across – all without having to get up from the couch.

Have Quick Convos

If you prefer to track down your loved ones to have conversations face to face, you likely waste a lot of time running back and forth across your house. You can skip that by jumping on the intercom and letting them know just what you need to discuss. With that, you can turn a 10-minute ordeal into a quick conversation and move on with your daily activities.

Add to the Ambiance

As you pipe music into any given room in your home, you can greatly improve its ambiance. All you have to do is let the system know what you want to play, and it’ll get to work in setting the right mood. You can have your smart speakers play upbeat tunes to give everyone energy for the tasks ahead or downtempo beats that promote true relaxation well into the evening hours.

Get a Stress Relief Boost

Music is an excellent stress reliever that can help you settle down and put your problems to the side for a moment. And since it is so quick and easy to get the tunes going, you don’t have to do much beyond letting the system know it’s go time.

Upon enjoying all these benefits and many more, you’ll undoubtedly wonder just how you lived without smart intercoms and speakers in the past.

How to Start Using Your Speakers and Intercom

New home builders are putting smart speakers and intercoms in more houses than ever before. When you buy a home equipped with these systems, the seller will let you know how to use each function. You’ll also get a user manual that you’ll want to go through to figure out how to use all the unique features. Then, you just have to try it out to master the controls.





Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 2/28/2021


Nothing completes an open floor plan better than open shelving. Open shelves present everything for the world to see. They transform what may be a cluttered, dark, hidden space into one that becomes a place of not only function but of style. 

Open shelving complements the Minimalist, Industrial or Scandinavian Modern styles. But depending on how you arrange on those shelves, it can also work with those who love something more cozy like Rural or French Country. 

On the other hand, open shelving isn't for everyone. Some prefer the convenience and privacy of tucking items away behind closed doors. They feel less need to continually ensure everything looks beautiful on those shelves. And if you live in an arid climate, doors protect dishes, cans and boxes of pasta from the dust that tends to settle.

Doors vs. shelving? That's the question you'll need to ask yourself before making a change. But if you're ready to transform your cabinets to open shelving, here's how it's done.

Clear Your Cabinets

Get everything out of the way. That includes removing those doors, which should simply require a screwdriver. Already, you'll begin to see your open shelves taking shape.

Fill Any Holes

You won't need them since you're not replacing the doors. Fill any holes with wood filler. If these look uneven, hand sand them. But paint will cover up most of the imperfection.

Remove Center Braces

A cabinet with more than one door will likely have a piece of wood where the two doors come together. You don't need it. Remove it with a saw and hammer. 

If you find any nails or staples left behind, you may need to pry them. But sometimes you'll find they've been driven in too far. If there's nothing that the claws of a hammer can grasp, force the nail back through the wood. It should only take some careful whacks to the sharp side with your hammer. 

Paint Your Shelves

You choose the color. But why stick with one? Open shelves are the perfect opportunity to add contrast. Try painting the inside a dark color like navy, black, dark gray or red. Then paint the outside a complementing light color, pale gray or white. 

Whatever you do, don't forget to seal the paint with a polyacrylic. It reduces the risk of water damage and strengthens the paint so that it's less likely to chip or fade.

Let It Dry & Organize

Don't place anything on the shelves for at least 48 hours. But once that timer dings, you're ready to assemble. If you have more dishes than you can presentably place on the shelves, ask yourself if you need them. Less is more on open shelving.

We hope you enjoy your new open shelving. To learn more about home maintenance and design, follow our blog.




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Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 1/17/2021

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4 Improvements That Increase the Value of Your Home

Home improvement projects add useability, beauty and convenience to your house, and those characteristics make the house more desirable to potential buyers. If you’re considering a home improvement project, here are four that will increase the value of your home.

1. An Addition Increases Square Footage

One of the most impactful home improvements you can make is putting on an addition. Whether a family room, bedroom or home office, an addition adds useable square footage to your house -- and extra space is something that every prospective homebuyer can appreciate. 

While not a perfect measure because value varies with the type of room, you can roughly estimate how much value an addition would have by multiplying the average sale price per square foot in your neighborhood by how many square feet an addition is.

2. A Finished Basement Increases Useable Space

A cheaper alternative to installing an addition, finishing a basement is relatively easy and likewise increases useable space. 

Exactly what constitutes a finished basement can vary. You might simply want some shelves, carpeting and a few games, or you may want a full in-law apartment that’s complete with a bathroom and kitchenette. However you finish your home’s basement, though, the project will add value because anything is more useful than undeveloped storage space.

3. A Complete Kitchen Remodel

If you’re tired of cooking in an outdated kitchen, remodeling your kitchen will improve your day-to-day experience and let you recoup some of your investment. You probably won’t get the full cost of a kitchen remodel back when you sell your home, but you can regain most of the improvement’s cost if you’re wise in the changes that you make. Additionally, a remodeled kitchen can help sell your house faster if you’re in a slow real estate market.

4. A Master Bathroom Remodel

A house’s master bathroom is usually one of the three main rooms that potential homebuyers look at (with the kitchen and master bedroom being the other two). Thus, a master bathroom remodel is an improvement project that many will appreciate and be willing to pay for. 

When you remodel a master bathroom, consider what high-end aesthetics and luxury features would add the most perceived value from someone else’s perspective. Then, pick the ones you think will have the biggest benefit and that you personally like.

Ask a Real Estate Agent

For help deciding how to approach any of these home improvement projects, get in touch with one of our real estate agents. We’re professionals who every day see what attracts prospective homebuyers, and we’d be glad to help you design an improvement that will add true value to your home.





Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 12/27/2020

To maximize the value of your house, you may need to perform a wide range of home improvements. Fortunately, there are many quick, easy ways to ensure you won't have to break your budget to upgrade your residence before you add it to the real estate market.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you save money on home improvements.

1. Receive Multiple Quotes from Professionals

When it comes to performing comprehensive home repairs, it generally is a good idea to err on the side of caution by hiring professional contractors. However, hiring professionals to complete home improvement projects may put a major dent in your day-to-day finances.

If you request multiple quotes for home improvement projects, you can shop around for the best price. Plus, you may be able to negotiate the price from a professional if you have various competitor quotes at your disposal.

2. Consider Do-It-Yourself Projects

In many instances, a home may not require a full overhaul. Conversely, you may only need to perform a series of minor upgrades to ensure your residence is show-ready.

When possible, it may be beneficial to try to perform home improvement projects on your own. If you complete simple tasks like removing clutter from your home's basement or mowing your front lawn, you can simultaneously enhance your residence and avoid the costs associated with hiring professionals.

If you're unsure about how to perform certain home repairs, there is no need to leave anything to chance. In these scenarios, reach out to professionals for expert support, and you can minimize the risks associated with trying to complete these tasks on your own.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

Finding the best ways to cut costs on home improvements can be tricky. Luckily, real estate agents are available who can help you get your house ready for the real estate market, even if you're dealing with a tight home improvement budget.

Typically, a real estate agent will be able to assess your house and help you establish home improvement priorities. This housing market professional then can put you in touch with the top home improvement professionals in your area, as well as provide tips to ensure you can quickly upgrade your residence on your own.

A real estate agent also will serve as your expert guide throughout the home selling journey. He or she will help you list your residence and promote it to dozens of potential buyers. Plus, a real estate agent will host home showings and open house events that enable buyers to get an up-close look at your residence. And if you receive offers on your house, a real estate agent will help you review these proposals and make an informed decision.

There is no reason to overspend to upgrade your residence. Thanks to the aforementioned tips, you can save money on home repairs and prep your house for the real estate market faster than ever before.




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Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 10/25/2020

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Adding a motion detector light outside your house contributes greatly to your home’s security.  Besides being able to clearly see any people or wildlife approaching your home, the sudden flash of a powerful spotlight turning on discourages intruders as they cannot be sure whether the light has a motion detector or was turned on by someone inside.  Motion detector lights deliver other benefits too, including safety and decoration.  For all the times you return home late at night or have guests over for dinner in the evenings, make safety easy and automatic with motion detector lights along your sidewalk or steps.  They can also be used to highlight features of your lawn like trees or flowers while your guests approach, and when no one is outside the lights will go out.

Fortunately, motion detector lights are inexpensive, easy to install, and customizable.  Where you direct the light will depend on your purpose for installing it.  Motion detection works via a mechanism in the detector that senses heat waves coming from moving objects.  Leave it on the sensor setting, or switch the sensor off during the times when you want to control it manually and keep lights on or off.  You can set a timer for how long you’d like your light to remain on after the sensor picks up something, and the sensor automatically stays off during the day.  You can also adjust the setting for the distance range of the spotlight.

Select the Right Light for Your Property

Motion sensor lights are available in a number of different options. You can customize your choice to the location and power source you'll be using. Motion sensor lights can be a purely utilitarian or decorative addition to your property. If you'd like to install one near your front door, you're likely to find a style that can blend seamlessly with the existing decor. Decorative motion lights usually use traditional light bulbs so plan on replacing those regularly. Keep in mind that these options do not function as floodlights.

Popular options are those that employ LED light because they last a lot longer and do not emit heat as traditional light bulbs do. These are very bright and powerful so they are a great choice if you're installing a motion light for security. Some options also include video capability so you can check into what activated the light without heading outside.

If you want to install a light but do not have a power source in that location, you can opt for a solar-powered set-up and avoid the fee for an electrician. This works best in a location that is not obstructed by trees or buildings. To illuminate an area that doesn't receive a lot of sunlight or have a hardwired connection, look for a battery-powered light.







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