Jay Self's Blog

Posted on 06/19/2021
A Beginner's Guide to Rustic Design
Rustic design is frequently mixed with other interior design styles, but is an entire style on its own as well. While it might be easy to point out the rustic parts of other designs, narrowing down what “rustic” truly means can be difficult. Here we will go over the key elements of rustic design so you have a...
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Posted on 06/12/2021
Try These Fun Virtual Game Night Ideas
If you’re looking for inspiration for your next virtual game night, try picking a specific theme. With the right preparation and details, a virtual theme party can be just as fun as an in-person one. Here are some ideas for throwing a fun party all while staying at home: Casino Night A virtual casino night with friends or...
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Posted on 06/05/2021
What You Should Know Before You FSBO
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay If you’re considering selling your home by yourself, you will need to keep track of every detail of the process. Some details like price, time management and logistics are at the forefront of decision making, while other elements of the process are harder to remember. There are some important and often-overlooked things...
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Posted on 05/29/2021
Energy Efficient Tips for Older Homes
Photo by Vivint Solar from Pexels When your pocketbook determines you can’t afford a new, energy-efficient home, you can still satisfy your preferences by upgrading an older house. Try these options for improving energy efficiency in your home. Apply for the FHA’s Energy-Efficient Mortgage program. With an EEM, you can finance an already energy-efficient home or use funds...
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Posted on 05/22/2021
How to DIY a Kitchen Center Island
Image by Solomon Rodgers from Pixabay Installing a kitchen center island ranks among the most significant changes homeowners make to the house's most used space. The benefits of increased surface area and the idea you can design a kitchen center island to include a breakfast counter make this improvement attractive. But the cost can of an installation can...
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Posted on 05/15/2021
Should You Buy a Fixer-Upper?
Photo by Anete Lusina from Pexels The concept of buying a fixer-upper can tempt brand new homebuyers. For those on a budget who enjoy DIY projects, it might make perfect sense to spend less up front on a home you can fix up yourself. However, there are some disadvantages to consider before making this important choice. Here we...
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Posted on 05/08/2021
4 Quick Fixes for Cabinet Doors that Won't Shut
Photo by Nick Magwood via Pixabay There's nothing more annoying than a cabinet door in the kitchen or bathroom that won't close properly. It squeaks. It catches. Plus it makes the space look less "put together" no matter how clean it otherwise is. Ignoring a door that won't close correctly, can do damage to the hinge or door....
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Posted on 05/01/2021
Maintenance Details That Can Impact a Home Sale
Photo by Quang Nguyen Vinh from Pexels As a responsible homeowner, home maintenance should be at the top of your list of important things to do. However, with a busy life and a lot to manage, certain home-maintenance tasks can be easily disregarded. While there are some things you may be able to get away with for a...
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Posted on 04/24/2021
Regular Home Maintenance Can Reduce Costly Repairs
Photo by Steve Buissinne via Pixabay As a homeowner, it is important to complete preventative home maintenance on a regular schedule. Home maintenance is necessary because it ensures potential problems are identified before they become costly repairs. Not every issue will be caught ahead of time, here are a few common examples of home maintenance issues that could...
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Posted on 04/17/2021
Design in 2021: The Next Step
Photo by RF._.studio from Pexels Once the floor plan has been finalized and construction work begins, you can start looking ahead to the interior design of your new home. When you take advantage of the styles that are trending today, you will be able to enjoy a fresh, contemporary look in every room of your house for years...
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Posted on 04/10/2021
The 5 Best Plants for Springtime Curb Appeal
Image by _Alicja_ from Pixabay If you’re planning to put your house on the market you’ll want to make sure your landscaping looks as lively as possible. This can mean anything from a well-kept lawn to simple shrubs or to entire flower gardens. If you want to make the most of the plants that are blooming in the...
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Posted on 04/03/2021
DIY: Adirondack Chair
Image by Susan Lowry Hare from Pixabay Adirondack chairs are popular on decks and for outdoor living, though they also look great in a rustic living room or cabin! Rather than being straight-backed and uncomfortable, their design make them a joy to sit in. However, a finished Adirondack chair can up to $700 dollars, whereas materials will run...
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