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When It’s Time to Sell Your Home

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Think about window shutters in Santa Rosa Beach, FL as part of getting your home ready to be put on the market to sell. When you are in the process of sprucing up your home to sell it, there are many things that you can do to make it more attractive to prospective buyers and to increase its value so that you can get your asking price.

One thing that real estate agents drill into people who are selling their homes is that the home needs to be staged in such a way that potential buyers walk in and can imagine themselves living in the homes.

The first thing you’ll want to do to prepare your home to be sold is to give it a thorough, top to bottom cleaning. That means every nook and cranny of your home needs to be cleaned. As you go through this intensive cleaning process, you will see the areas of your home where updates, upgrades, or new items need to be added.

For instance, if you’ve lived in your home for any length of time, you will probably find that the walls and flooring have experienced a lot of wear and tear. Carpet that is tattered or stained will detract from the overall appearance of your home. Tiled floors that have a lot of chips and cracks and/or dingy grout will give potential buyers a negative impression. Wood floors that are scratched and scraped will not be attracted.

Consider replacing carpet with stains that even professional cleaning doesn’t remove or that is torn or frayed. If the carpet was installed on top of wood flooring, consider reverting to the wood flooring and having it professionally restored. The most economical route to replace chipped or cracked tiles is to have it removed and replaced with a laminate flooring. You can also cover your wood floors with laminate flooring or have them professionally restored.

Most of the time, walls simply need a fresh coat of paint to spruce them up. Be sure to have the walls prepped properly so that holes and other blemishes are corrected before painting them. Add a coat of bright white paint to the ceilings in each room to enhance light filtration and to give rooms an open and airy feel.

Another key to preparing your home for sale is to clean up clutter. Remove as many personal items from rooms as possible and make sure that rooms don’t look like you and your family are a step away from being on a reality show about hoarding.

Keep kitchen and bathroom cabinets clear of appliances, mail, and knickknacks. Make sure the stovetop is clear and clean. Remove magnets, pictures, and calendars from the refrigerator. Clean off the dining room and kitchen tables. Make sure you put some nice place settings down and a fresh flower arrangement in the middle of each table.

A final step in preparing your home for sale is to replace your window treatments. You probably haven’t thought about what’s on your windows since you moved into your home. But window coverings are a big selling point with potential buyers so what’s installed on your windows is very important.

Window shutters are a great upgrade for your home’s windows. They work well in all rooms and they give a lot of control over light filtration and ventilation throughout your home. Window shutters come in many types of materials and colors so you can get a customized look in each room, whether you’re looking for window shutters that complement a room’s theme or provide an interesting contrast.

If you’d like learn more about window shutters in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at McNeill Palm.

The Benefits of Blackout Window Shades

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Blackout window shades in Santa Rosa Beach, FL can be a very beneficial change to your home. Once you have blackout window shades installed, you may wonder why you never thought of using them on your windows before.

Blackout window shades serve a variety of purposes – and provide a variety of benefits – in your home. The beauty of blackout window shades is that having them installed doesn’t mean you can’t have natural light from the sun pouring inside your home when you want it to, but you can effectively block all outside light when you need to.

One benefit of blackout window shades is that you and your family will sleep better – whether you or someone else works at night and sleeps during the day, you have little ones that take naps in the afternoon, or you all sleep at night.

While you know that a lot of natural light comes into your house during the day, you may not be aware of how much artificial light can seep into your home at night. The night lights may be streetlights, outside house lights, or headlights, but those lights can interrupt your sleep without you or your family knowing it.

For the best sleep possible, day or night, have blackout window shades installed in bedrooms or other places in the house where people frequently nap or sleep. With light blocked out, you can sleep without disruption.

There has been quite a lot of research into health issues that can arise from lack of sleep and from poor sleep. Among these are sleep deprivation – which can affect your brain the same way alcohol and drugs do and make your judgement impaired or make you fall asleep when you should be awake – and diminished brain health.

Toxins accumulate in our body naturally throughout the day. The liver effectively removes these (which is why the liver is such a critical organ in the body), but toxins that accumulate in the brain are only swept away for the liver to remove during restful sleep (deep sleep is best, but cleaning can also happen during R.E.M. sleep).

If your sleep is constantly disrupted by external light, then you are not getting enough deep sleep for these neurological toxins to be completely removed. Toxins build up over time in the brain and can lead to the development of dementia as you age.

Sleep deprivation is just as serious. In our 24/7 society, sleep deprivation from too little sleep or interrupted is an emerging collective health issue. The most sleep-deprived Americans are those who work at night. The effects of sleep deprivation are responsible for many late night and early morning car accidents, many of which result in severe injuries or fatalities.

Our bodies aren’t naturally wired to work at night and sleep during the day. Our circadian rhythms work on a 24-hour clock where we are most tired when it begins to get dark outside (melatonin, the hormone responsible for sleep, production begins in the early evening) and we are most alert at day’s first light.

When you work at night and sleep during the day, that rhythm continues but your life is counteracting it. Trying to sleep during the day can be difficult under the best conditions, but when light is streaming into your bedroom, it is virtually impossible.

Blackout window shades can give you and your family an excellent way to fight sleep deprivation and poor sleep. Not only may this save your life, your overall health will benefit as will your productivity.

If you’d like to learn more about blackout window shades in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, you can speak with our experienced staff at McNeill Palm. You can come to our showroom at 1191 N. Elgin Pkwy, Ste. C, Shalimar, FL 32579, or you can call us at (850) 613-6228.

Jazz Up Your Living Room

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Window blinds in Santa Rosa Beach, FL can be part of jazzing up the style of your living room, along with other changes you can make. Look around your living room and see if it inspires you or if it makes you want to go into another room. Your living room may get used a lot or a little, but in either case, you can do some things to make it fresh and inviting.

If you’re like most homeowners, the furniture in your living room may be showing signs of wear and tear or they may just look outdated. Some furniture, such as antiques and family heirlooms, can add special touches to your living room, but sofas, loveseats, recliners and coffee and end tables can become unattractive over time.

Maybe your sofa, loveseat, and recliners were purchased years ago, and the leather or cloth is getting frayed or torn, has stains, or has faded from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. While purchasing brand new furniture is an option for jazzing up your living room, a much more affordable option is to have them reupholstered with new and updated materials (if the frames and springs are still in good shape).

Coffee and end tables get used a lot and scratches and rings from drinks are inevitable on wood finishes. Coffee and end tables that have glass coverings may have scratches or cracks in them. You can choose to replace these with new tables, or you may simply want to refinished wood or by new glass for your coffee and end tables.

Painting is another way to simply and inexpensively jazz up your living room. If your living room feels dark and dank on cloudy or rainy days, it may be the paint color that makes it feel gloomier. Choose bright colors to make your living room feel more spacious, airy, and light even when the sun isn’t shining outside.

Warm colors, such as light yellow, will be more inviting during the day in natural light and during the night with artificial light than cool colors, like blues and grays. Use bright white paint for the ceiling to give your living room a more open look.

Flooring wears out too. You may have rugs and flooring in your living room that have seen a lot of spills and dirt and mud tracked in from outside over the years, as well as a lot of ultraviolet rays from the sun, and they show it. If your flooring is wood, it can often be less expensive to repair and refinish it than to have new flooring installed. Rugs and carpet, though, can be replaced fairly inexpensively to add new vibrancy to your living room.

Now, look at your windows. Do you have dark curtains or drapes that you had installed when you bought your home? Do you have shades or blinds that aren’t operating properly because they’re broken or torn? Are all the colors faded?

Having new window blinds installed is another way you can jazz up your living room. Window blinds come in many types of materials and a wide array of colors, so you use them as an accent to the rest of your living room’s color scheme or you can use them to bring the whole style you’ve created together.

If you’d like to learn more about kitchen window blinds in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, you can speak with our experienced staff at McNeill Palm. You can come to our showroom at 1191 N. Elgin Pkwy, Ste. C, Shalimar, FL 32579, or you can call us at (850) 613-6228.



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