Summer Dcor Trends: What to Look for When Decking out Your Deck or Patio
This year, itrsquo;s all about color, texture, and a little something different. Here are the six looks we canrsquo;t live without for summer.
1. A fancy seating area
We love the intricacy of the pattern on this rattan set second chair not shown, and it was surprisingly comfortable. Beware red wine drinkers and those with kids: Those white pads may not stay white for long. Also, beware those with animals: itrsquo;s pretty delicate. Especially if you have cats that like to, you know, claw stuff. You might want to go with something more sturdy. Still, we love the idea of this for a balcony or private outdoor space that doesnrsquo;t see a ton of kid/pet traffic.
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3. Fun little pillows
If yoursquo;ve ever been to HomeGoods, you know itrsquo;s filled with aisles and aisles of pillows in every shape, size, and color. You can go the expect route with a neutral color story 100 different ways for your pillowshellip;or you can take a little leap this summer. After all, you can always go back to the store in the fall and change out this inexpensive item. Donrsquo;t you love how fun that palm tree pattern is and how the color gives you an unexpected punch?
4. A whole lotta color
Of course, why stop at just a little color? Seating in a rich huemdash;one that also happens to be inspired by nature, like this greenmdash;can give your outdoor space the jolt it needs.
5. Modern lines
The squared-off shape and gray color gives this set a modern, updated touch, while the worn, wooded touches bring that farmhouse chic vibe. This one is definitely Chip- and Joanna-approved.
6. A bushel of baskets
Woven baskets in a variety of colors and shapes are the perfect way to introduce a worldly, bohemian feel to your outdoor spacehellip;except that these arenrsquo;t woven at all. Like two of the seating areas above No. 4 and No. 5, these baskets are made of an easy-care material that only looks like fragile rattan.
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5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Kitchen Remodel Design Team
Before putting money down for a deposit on your new kitchen remodel, you need to look at several factors including the years of experience, previous customer reviews, availability, option for cabinets, flooring, and other components, and the cost.
1. How Many Years of Experience Does Your Kitchen Contractor Have?
It doesnt matter if youre doing a small kitchen remodel project or if youre looking at completing a total overhaul; in every situation, you want to hire a kitchen contractor that has the experience to get the job done the right way the first time. While every kitchen contractor and design team has to start from somewhere, you are taking a significant risk allowing someone that hasnt been in business very long to do the work.
The ideal way to select a kitchen remodeling company that has enough knowledge and skill to assist you is by looking at those that have at least five years of work in the industry. That says that they have been able to keep their operation up and going through providing quality work to their customers. If they werent capable of doing what they say they can, then the likelihood of them still being operational after five years isnt very high.
Additionally, if you select a kitchen design team that isnt well-established yet, you could be asked to pay for some or all of the cost of your new kitchen up front. While in some instances there is no issue with getting the work done that way, its another risk youre taking. After you pay your kitchen contractor, theres no reason for them to hurry up and get the work done, or do it all, unfortunately. You could be stuck with an unfinished kitchen remodel for much longer than you expected, or they could disappear with your money.
2. Are There Enough Positive Customer Reviews On Your Kitchen Design Team?
Thanks to technology, the internet, and social media, it isnt hard to find out what other customers experienced when working with a specific kitchen remodeling company. All you really have to do is type in the name of the kitchen contractor youre considering, and within seconds youll see anything positive or negative that others have said about them. While you have to be careful if the reviews seem like they might be scripted, if there are poor ones, you can trust that they are factual.
If there arent any reviews on the kitchen contractor at all, that should also make you leery of hiring them. They might not have as many years of experience as they claim, or perhaps they had to change their name because of all the negative things people were sharing about them. Negative reviews online are nearly impossible to get rid of, so kitchen contractors that have them have been known to change the name of their business instead of trying to get rid of them.
You can always skip the internet enti>
3. Will Your Selected Kitchen Design Experts Be Available?
Some of the best kitchen contractors near you are likely going to be booked out several weeks, months, or even longer in advance. Think about when you want the project done. Also, take into consideration how long you are going to want the kitchen design team in your home. There are plenty out there that will be able to give you an accurate estimate of how long its going to take from start to completion. If they hesitate on being able to share the details with you, then you could be looking at a company that isnt dedicated to completing the job promptly.
When do your research, look for kitchen contractors that have guarantees on their time projections. Many of them will even offer a discount or money back if they go over their time terms. Those are the ones that you can bet will get the job done when they say they will.
4. Does Your Kitchen Contractor Have the Options Youre Looking For?
You might be inclined to think that every kitchen contractor in your area can complete the same tasks and offer you whatever materials and products you want. That isnt necessarily true. Some kitchen remodeling companies will only handle cabinets and flooring, for instance, while others are capable of completely changing the footprint of the room. Here in the Treasure Valley area where our company operates, North Star Kitchen and Bath Remodels pride ourselves in being a full-service remodeling company, that can handle just about any kitchen remodelnbsp;customers are looking for.
Check for kitchen contractors that will give you personal attention, and preferably your very own design team or expert to work alongside from the start to the finish of the job. That way, you can have someone that you will be able to easily describe any custom kitchen cabinets, flooring options, countertop choices, and appliances you have in mind. They should be able to quickly offer you alternatives or let you know that its not something that they are capable of doing.
Select a kitchen remodeling company near you that starts you off with a free estimate. Thats when you can go over in detail exactly what you have in mind, and youll know right away if theyre going to be able to get the job done for you or not. With a free estimate, if they cant, youre not out any money.
5. What is Your New Kitchen Design Going to Cost?
The last thing you want to think about is cost. You dont want to pay prices that are way out of the ballpark compared to the other ones, but you should never go with the cheapest one you find either. If a kitchen remodeling company can offer you a meager price in comparison to the rest youve looked at, its likely they are cutting corners on quality, labor, or the processes that they use.
It is recommended to get at least three different quotes before choosing any one company to work with. That way, you can have a clear idea of how the kitchen design and remodeling industry works, and you can get the results you deserve for your investment.
Scott Merriman is the owner of North Star Kitchen and Bath Remodels which operates in Boise and the greater treasure valley area. nbsp;He has over 18 years of experience working in the remodeling industry and knows how to bring the most value to any remodel when a realtor or homeowner is looking to buy or sell.
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What Happens When Your Sales Contract and Appraisal Dont Agree
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Most often the appraisal reflects the sales price. When an appraisal is ordered, the appraiser receives a copy of the sales contract showing the amount the buyers and sellers agree to. Before the appraiser steps one foot outside there is some initial research completed. The appraiser looks at recent home sales in the area that are similar to the subject property.
In most states, this information is readily available via entries in the public record. Some states however keep this information private. If someone has access to the Multiple Listing Service, this information is easily available. Either way, the appraiser does some initial homework before inspecting the property.
Itrsquo;s important to note there the appraiserrsquo;s job is to establish value and is not the same individual who will physically inspect the property for any seen and unseen defects that need some attention. The appraiserrsquo;s job is to establish value based upon recent sales of homes in the area. If the sales contract says the agreed to price is 250,000 then the appraiser will research other homes in the area and compare them all. Sometimes the appraised value comes in higher than the sales price.
But what some think is this extra value is immediately available to the buyers in the form of equity or even help out with the down payment. Neither applies. If the appraised value comes in higher, well, thatrsquo;s great for the buyers. Itrsquo;s when the appraisal comes in lower that can cause some problems.
The lender will always use the lower of the sales price or appraised value when evaluating a loan application. If the sales price is 250,000 and the appraisal 260,000, the lender still uses 250,000 as the value. If the price is 250,000 and the appraisal 240,000, the lender will use 240,000. This leaves the sellers with a dilemma. Either come in with the extra 10,000 or walk away from the transaction enti>
There might be another option which is to order another appraisal, but the new appraiser will be using the very same information the first one did. Or, the sellers will agree to a new, lower sales price. Most often this is the result because the sellers know theyrsquo;ll more than likely face the same issue with the next offer and understand their property might just be overpriced for the area.
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