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By Tammy Hayes | Agent in Port Charlotte, FL
  • Home Décor Trends for 2013

    Posted Under: Remodel & Renovate in Punta Gorda, Design & Decor in Punta Gorda, Home Ownership in Punta Gorda  |  November 1, 2013 4:58 AM  |  505 views  |  1 comment

    What Are the Hot Home Décor Trends for 2013?
    Just like fashion designs and hair styles, home décor trends are constantly changing and evolving. Each new season brings a new must-have feature for your home. In order to keep your home looking fresh and chic, what are the hot trends for 2013 that you can incorporate into your décor?

    Bright Paint Colors
    Vibrant (and even neon) hues are very popular in fashion at the moment and they also look really chic on your walls. If you are looking for a way to freshen up a dull room, a bright pop of color can really do the trick. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming if you keep the rest of the room neutral and use the bright color as an accent.

    Original Artwork
    Decorating your home with unique and original works of art from funky local artists is a hot trend this year. You could find such pieces at a local art fair or on online craft auction websites. You could also check out a local art school or university art program in your area where you can buy some student artwork at cheap prices.

    1920s Inspired Designs
    With the Roaring 20s being revitalized on the silver screen in the show Boardwalk Empire and the film The Great Gatsby, designs from the 1920s are becoming more popular. Why not incorporate some gorgeous Art Deco furniture or decoration into your home? Check out auctions to find authentic vintage pieces for cheap prices.

    Simple Wood
    Another hot trend for 2013 is unfinished exposed wood furniture, with a very natural texture and feel. These simple wood pieces give your home a natural beauty that compliments any color. It works well with neutral accents to give the home a very peaceful and welcoming atmosphere.

    Stripes and Graphic Prints
    Crisp patterns, graphic prints and stripes are popular at the moment in everything from fabrics to wallpaper to furniture. If you really want to make your home décor look cutting edge, incorporate some of these eye-popping graphic designs into your décor.

    These are just a few of the hottest home décor trends of the year 2013. Which ones will you incorporate into the décor of your home?

    For more information about home ownership, feel free to contact me at any time by calling 941-276-6185 or emailing tammyhayesre@gmail.com. 

    Art Deco furniture or decoration http://www.bbc.co.uk/homes/design/period_artdeco.shtml

    artwork at cheap prices http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2010/02/16/affordable-art/

    bright pop of color

  • Easy do-it-yourself repairs for homeowners

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Port Charlotte, Remodel & Renovate in Port Charlotte, How To... in Port Charlotte  |  August 15, 2013 4:55 AM  |  620 views  |  No comments

    The best way to cut down on the potentially high cost of home maintenance is to tackle the simple jobs on your own. Here are some basic repairs that you should be able to handle without too much difficulty:

    • Plugged Sinks- Pull out and clean the sink stopper. If the problem persists, turn off the water supply under the sink before removing and clearing the trap (the curved section of drainpipe under the sink). Avoid using chemicals if you suspect a serious blockage.
    • Plugged Toilet- The first resort is the tried and true toilet plunger. If that doesn't work, use a plumber's snake to clear the pipe.
    • Electrical Failure- Check the circuit breaker to see if the circuit has been tripped to the off position. You may need to replace a blown fuse (replacement fuses usually cost less than $5).
    • Leaky faucet- Shut off the water under the sink and replace the washer on the faucet. If the dripping persists, you may need a new faucet unit.
    • Damp areas- Make sure that gutters extend away from the house and that the earth is graded away from the walls. A dehumidifier can help dry the air, but you may need to call a professional if you find cracks in the foundation.
    • Damaged caulking- Crumbling caulk around tiles, windows and doors needs to be replaced periodically. Caulking guns and caulk run about $20 total and are easy to use.
    • Gouges or holes in walls or woodwork- Holes in plaster walls and drywall are easily fixed with plaster patching compound or spackling compound, respectively. Holes in woodwork should be filled with wood putty and sanded lightly. Refinishing may be necessary.
    I hope these tips help you with the upkeep of your home! I'd be happy to give you recommendations for home repair experts should your house need additional attention. Let me know if I can be of assistance in any way.

    Tammy Hayes, Realtor
    Re/Max Palm Realty, Port Charlotte, FL
  • Easy ways to reorganize your kitchen

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Port Charlotte, Remodel & Renovate in Port Charlotte, Design & Decor in Port Charlotte  |  August 3, 2013 6:16 AM  |  562 views  |  1 comment

    The kitchen, for most of us, is a home's gathering place. It can bring to mind the smell of coffee brewing on a cold winter morning, the sensation of spice laden-steam rising from a boiling pot, or the sounds of the daily family hustle and bustle. For many homeowners, the kitchen can also be characterized by the horrors of clutter, crowded cabinets, and general disarray. If you've been trying to find ways to reorganize your kitchen without a costly remodel, here are a few quick ideas:

    Tip #1: Repack dry goods

    Most packaged food products can be more space efficient when removed from their original packaging and placed in stackable plastic containers.

    Tip #2: Free the spices

    Don't waste cabinet or drawer space on your spice collection! Spices should be handy near the stove, so install a wall rack in a convenient location. Be careful to avoid spots that will get too much heat, as this can affect the flavor of some spices.

    Tip #3: Hang ‘em up

    Hanging pot racks can both free up your cabinet space and add a chef's touch to your kitchen! If you decide against a full pot rack, consider ways to hang utensils out in the open. Preassembled racks can be attached to the cabinet undersides to accommodate your stemware as well.

    Tip #4: Tailor your cabinet shelves

    Measure your stacked dishes to find the exact height needs of your shelving, and use adjustable shelves to avoid wasting space.

    Tip #5: Add simple storage

    Most kitchens have room for small shelves between the counter space and cupboards that can store dry goods or cookbooks. Pull-out hanging rods for dishtowels can be installed in spaces between appliances and cabinetry, and wire racks can be fitted around sink pipes to hold cleaning supplies.

    I hope you find these ideas useful for your own kitchen. More homeowner tips like these can be found on home design web sites. If you have any questions about your home, or any real estate needs whatsoever, please give me a call. I'd be glad to help in any way possible.

    Tammy Hayes, Realtor
    Re/Max Palm Realty, Port Charlotte, FL
  • Changing home trends in 2012

    Posted Under: Remodel & Renovate in Punta Gorda, Going Green in Punta Gorda, Design & Decor in Punta Gorda  |  October 27, 2012 8:17 AM  |  487 views  |  1 comment

    If you are thinking of tackling a home improvement project or are buying a home and looking to renovate, here are some of the latest trends in remodeling.

    Floors – Carpet, linoleum and even ceramic tile floors are being replaced by wood flooring.

    Countertops – Laminate countertops are making a comeback versus granite.  The latest European-inspired laminate counters that offer high definition texture and natural finishes are often preferred. 

    Bathroom Fixtures – Bronze is the preference for bathroom fixtures such as faucets, towel bars, and shower heads. 

    Paint – Flashy paint colors are out and warm colors and earth tones are in.  Homeowners are adding color with accessories instead of painting the walls bright colors. 

    Outdoor Living Spaces – This is not a new trend, but is becoming more popular.  Adding an outdoor space such as a patio or deck makes the house look and feel larger. 

    Green and Energy Efficient – Environment-friendly  and energy saving features include upgrading the HVAC system, windows and doors and adding more insulation as well as radiant heating, geothermal heating and solar heating. 

  • Kitchen upgrades to help sell your home

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Port Charlotte, Remodel & Renovate in Port Charlotte  |  February 29, 2012 12:46 PM  |  543 views  |  1 comment

    Let’s face it, the kitchen is the hub of the home and to many buyers it can make or break the deal.  Here are some kitchen upgrades that you can do to help your home sell faster.

    1.    Paint - A fresh coat of paint on your walls will do wonders.  It makes the kitchen look fresh and new and it is probably one of the most affordable upgrades you can do.

    2.    Cabinets - Update your cabinets.  You don’t have to replace your cabinets.  If you have wood cabinets you can clean, sand and restain them.  If the cabinets are looking too worn, you can paint them.  Get good quality paint and be sure to lightly sand them and let the coats thoroughly dry between layers. Here are the steps of how to do it yourself from HGTV - http://www.hgtv.com/kitchens/painting-kitchen-cabinets/index.html.   Another option is to replace the cabinet hardware, knobs and/or hinges.

    3.    Lighting - Add more lighting.  Everyone likes to see what they are doing while cooking in the kitchen.  You should have lighting above the kitchen sink and above the stove and work surface.  If you only have one light in the middle of the kitchen, you may want to think about adding can lights, pendant lights or under cabinet lighting. 

    4.    Fixtures – Adding a new faucet will spruce up the look of the sink.  If your sink has a lot of scratches you may want to replace it too.  Replacing the sink strainer or stopper is a good idea as well and they are very inexpensive.

    5.    Countertops – In today’s market most people are looking for granite or high end counters.  You can get a great looking laminate counter for much less.  It will totally update the look of your kitchen if your counters are old and worn.  They now have high definition laminate and laminate that looks like granite.  Here are some examples from Wilsonart - http://www.wilsonart.com/.

    6.    Backsplash – Adding a little bit of backsplash will make your kitchen look complete.  It doesn’t cost very much and you can do it yourself.   Here is a slideshow of a variety of ideas from Better Homes and Gardens - http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/backsplash/kitchen-backsplash-ideas/.

    7.    Appliances – Many buyers are looking for stainless steel appliances, but if your appliances are in good working order, don’t replace them.  Just give them a good cleaning. 

    If you can’t or don’t want to tackle these projects yourself, hire a contractor to do it for you.  Here is a web site you can go to for services in Charlotte County, FL and surrounding areas.  http://www.cdbia.com/default.aspx  Just click on Directory and it will take you to a list of members.  You can search by type of business and the results will give you complete contact information.  Be sure to hire a licensed contractor for all of your home projects. 

    Tammy Hayes, Realtor, Green Lion Realty, Port Charlotte, FL

  • List of technology trends in homes today

    Posted Under: Remodel & Renovate in Punta Gorda, Design & Decor in Punta Gorda  |  March 1, 2011 10:34 AM  |  793 views  |  1 comment

    Modern technology is evolving and allowing home owners to have never heard of items in their homes today.  Here is a list of some of the technology gadgets. 

    • Tap faucets and infrared faucets
    • Wall oven with touch screen
    • High tech showers - water, lighting, sound, steam, massage
    • Ewash cycle on washer - energy saving
    • Television mirror
    • Smart sound systems - change with the touch of a key pad
    • In home patient monitoring systems
    • High-definition televisions
    • Home automation - program lights, HVAC, blinds and more
    • Wireless connectivity
    • Home security  - manage from your iPhone
    • Home monitoring via computer
    • Electronic air cleaners
    • Video-conferencing
    • Automatic vacuum cleaners
    • Infrared trashcan


    Watch some of these new tech trends in appliances and products at HGTV






    Tammy Hayes, Sandals Realty, Punta Gorda, FL  tammyhayesre@gmail.com

  • Wood fence or vinyl fence?

    Posted Under: Remodel & Renovate in Punta Gorda, Property Q&A in Punta Gorda  |  December 8, 2010 5:01 AM  |  606 views  |  1 comment

    Are you planning to put up a fence in your yard and are not sure whether to go with wood or vinyl?  First of all you need to decide the purpose of your fence.  Is it being used to keep out people, to have a safe place for children and pets, or to add beauty to your yard.  There are several types of fencing available today.  Here are some of the advantages of wood and vinyl. 


    Wood fence

    • It blends with the landscaping
    • It is more natural
    • It is easier to make yourself if you are handy and have the right tools
    • It is less expensive initially
    • It is biodegradable
    • It is easier to cut to unusual sizes or shapes


    Vinyl fence

    • It is easy to assemble
    • It is durable
    • It will not crack, rot, or mold
    • It is weather resistant
    • It may come with a warranty
    • It will not discolor with age
    • It is bug resistant
    • You can clean it easily
    • It is less expensive in the long run


    A good fence can help make your home and yard more attractive.  You can do it yourself or hire a contractor.  If you plan to live in the house for more than 15 years, vinyl fence is your best bet.  If you plan to sell your home in less than 10 years, wood is a wiser choice.  Whatever you choose, make sure to follow your local set backs and get a permit if it is needed. 


    Tammy Hayes, Realtor, Sandals Realty, Punta Gorda, FL  tammyhayesre@gmail.com


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