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9 Low-Cost Decorating Ideas for Your New Home

Flower arrangement

  1. Buy inexpensive bud vases to to stretch a bunch of flowers a long way. Arrange the vases in an interesting way for a dramatic effect.
  2. Create a wall arrangement with varying hues and textures within the same color family. There are many inexpensive things, such as plates and placements, that you can hang on the wall as decoration.
  3. Buy decorative paper, use photocopied pictures or tissue paper to fill a frame for something to hang on the wall.
  4. To create a rustic look, place seashells, driftwood and other beach materials around the room in place of candles or expensive knickknacks.
  5. Take an inexpensive lamp shade and glue ribbon around the edges to create a custom look.
  6. Scour flea markets and re-sale shops for decorative mirrors to help define a space.
  7. Stack books on a flat surface, such as a shelf, bench or end table, to draw the eye towards them.
  8. Add a pop to your room with white vases and vibrant-colored arrangements.
  9. Make a room feel cozier with small throws and blankets placed on ottomans and couches.

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3 Furniture Arrangement Tips for Your New Home

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Even in a newly built home, you’ll likely have some furniture-arranging challenges to deal with. Check out the following tips to create the rooms of your dreams:


Take time to measure your rooms before bringing in all of your furniture. In addition to the room, measure the hallways, stairways and doorways to evaluate whether you’ll be able to easily bring pieces in. This can help determine whether your existing furniture will work and fit into the room. It will also help in buying new furniture — just be sure to bring a tape measure to the store with you!

Consider scale

The size of pieces relative to each other and the space is their scale. Although a piece may “fit” into the space, the scale may be too large or too small in comparison with the other furniture and the room once you’ve placed it inside. You want your rooms to ultimately feel comfortable and harmonious.

Create balance

Think of how your room will look — will it be symmetrical or asymmetrical? Symmetrical refers to two of everything, while asymmetrical is intentional imbalance. Each type of balance creates a feeling inside of a space. Symmetry is calming, whereas asymmetry adds visual motion and excitement.

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9 Tips for Winterizing Your Michigan Home

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The winter season is just beginning for many Michigan residents. What does that mean for your home?

There’s still time to take steps to winterize your home, although the winter season is already upon us.

Follow these tips to ensure your house is ready for the cold temperatures, snow and ice this season:

  • Caulk or add weather stripping to areas (such as windows and doors) where drafts come into your house.
  • Replace your furnace’s filter to ensure it will continue working optimally throughout the cold season.
  • Insulate your exposed basement pipes with insulating material or heat tape.
  • Add insulation plates to electrical outlets to reduce heat loss from air leaks.
  • Clean your registers to ensure heat can travel through your home quickly and efficiently.
  • Test the flue on your fireplace(s) to make sure seals tightly when closed.
  • Bring in an HVAC technician to check out your furnance is running optimally.
  • Prepare an emergency kit should your pipes freeze or a major snowstorm hit the area. Include bottled water, canned food, flashlights/candles, blankets and batteries in the kit.
  • Reverse your ceiling fans to push the warm air downward and allow it to circulate better.

Do you have any additional tips for winterizing your home? Please share them in the comments!

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3 Ways to Make Your New Ann Arbor House Feel Like a Home

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Put up photos and decorations

One of the best ways to personalize a space is to bring in your own decorative touch. Hang up photos and paintings on bare walls, place frame on tabletops and warm up the space with flowers and plants. Your house will feel like a home once you’ve had a chance to put up your own touches throughout.

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Buy rugs for wood and tile floors

To instantly warm up a cold area, such as a kitchen, bathroom or laundry room, buy area rugs to define the space and add a punch of color. Rugs are great for tying together a look or theme in a room and putting a personal touch on a newer home with builder details.

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Arrange rooms according to how you use them

When you first move into a new home, the rooms are bare and often not arranged for your particular lifestyle. Once you move in, it’s important to arrange furniture, appliances and kitchenware according to how you’ll use the room.

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13 Tips for Moving Into Your New Home

Congrats! You’re almost done purchasing a home, whether it’s new construction or an existing house. What do you need to know before, during and after your move into your new place?

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Before the move

  • Make sure all of the utilities are turned on, set up and functioning properly. You don’t want any surprises once you’ve moved everything in!
  • If you’re buying an existing home, change all of the locks and garage door codes.
  • Connect and test all appliances: the furnace, water heater, washing machines, dryer, water softener, etc. If you’re buying an older home, check the water filters (replace if necessary) and clean the ducts.
  • Familiarize yourself with the electric panel and valve shutoff locations.
  • Look at the home safety: fire extinguisher(s), smoke detectors, outlets, stairs.
  • Budget for unexpected expenses during the move and after you move in.

During the move

  • Clean everything thoroughly before moving in boxes and heavy furniture. This will be your one chance to do so before the house is full of stuff.
  • Set up all of your large furniture and bedding before unloading all of your boxes. You need some place to relax and sleep while unpacking, which can take several days or weeks.
  • Wash sinks, toilets and bathtubs with cleaner before using, especially if you’re buying an existing home.
  • Pick up basic household tools if you don’t already have them, such as a vacuum cleaner, wrenches, a hammer, lawn mower, rake, cleaning supplies, etc.

After the move

  • Address any issues with the home or yard with the builder immediately after noticing them. Many builders will run over to fix something in your new home to assure you’re satisfied and happy. (Of course, if you’re buying an existing home, this should be done during the negotiations and home inspection.)
  • Live with the existing home for a while before making any major floor plan or decorative changes.
  • Enjoy your new home!

Current homeowners, anything would you add to this list?

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