5 Styles Fixer Upper Has Dropped

Chip and Joanna Gaines are home renovation royalty. They’ve gone from the debut of their smash hit, HGTV show “Fixer Upper,” in 2013 to running their own network, Magnolia.

A large part of their success (aside from their adorableness as a couple) is their keen sense of design, which they’ve honed into a highly marketable style known as modern farmhouse. And while the tenets of their signature style have endured (think: reclaimed wood, white paint,  comfortable no-frills furniture), their aesthetic hasn’t remained static by any means, and has evolved over time.

Curious to see how Chip and Joanna’s decor style has changed over the years? Here’s a look at some of their early fads that have since faded from their repertoire, and the new styles that have taken their place.

Want to Buy a Fixer Upper?

If you watch a lot of shows on HGTV, the idea of buying a home in need of some TLC for a bargain and sprucing it up sure can sound appealing. Many among us fantasize about embracing their inner interior designer, taking a rundown home and giving it the Chip and Joanna Gaines treatment.

Smaller-scale home-improvement projects might have a better return on investment. For instance, a can of paint or two costs hardly anything, and research shows that painting the rooms in your house the right color can add as much as $3,000 to the home’s sale price.

With anything bigger than that, you’re unlikely to recoup your investment.  Read more HERE.

5 Color Trends That Will Dominate This Year

With COVID-19 vaccines rolling out and the promise of a not-so-distant future where life is normal again, now seems like the perfect time to bring your place out of the dark ages of decor and into the bright and beautiful light of 2021.  Fixr surveyed 68 of the nation’s top influencers and designers about the year’s top color trends, and we’re sure these exciting new palettes and design schemes will help inspire your next interior styling session. Read more HERE.

What To Expect in 2021’s Housing Market

With vaccines rolling out, the days of the deadly pandemic that bludgeoned the nation’s economy seem to be numbered. Good riddance! But the soaring home prices that became a hallmark of the COVID-19 crisis may be here to stay.

Realtor.com®’s 2021 housing forecast predicts record-high prices will continue rising in 2021, delivering a blow to first-time buyers and those on a budget. Mortgage interest rates, which hit historic lows this year and helped fuel the go-go growth in U.S. housing markets, are also expected to tick up again, making monthly housing payments ever more expensive.

Read more HERE.

How Long Does It Take to Build a House?

How long does it take to build a house? It’s a question often posed by people looking to buy an idyllic piece of land so they can construct their dream home from the ground up. If this describes your current housing sitch, you’ve come to the right place!

So before you invest in that spacious lot with stunning views and mature trees, it’s wise to consider the time it’ll actually take to build the place you’ll be living in.

Depending on the site and zoning classification, it typically takes from three to six months to build a house.

Read more HERE.

Should You Hire an Architect?

If your house is about to go through a major construction project, you’ll need some helping hands. You may already have a contractor in mind, but is that the only pro you need to hire? Depending on the project, you may also need to hire an architect.

But hiring an architect is not a small cost to consider. In fact, according to ImproveNet, the average cost of an architect is nearly $5,000, which, for most people, is a significant amount of their project budget.

So is an architect worth all that money? And how do you know if you can get by without one? We turned to the experts to find out.

Read more HERE.

How To Hire a Home Builder

Building a home is a huge investment of time and money. The exciting part: You’ll get exactly what you want in your dream home. But building something from nothing can also become a terrifyingly messy process if you aren’t prepared.

The upshot is, you need to hire the right builder so your project goes as smoothly as possible.

An experienced homebuilder will help you every step of the way—from planning the design, coordinating with an architect, handling permitting, and helping you set a budget to keeping the project on track. But how do you find this key team player?

Read more HERE.

Questions To Ask Your Partner Before Buying a House Together

If you’re hoping to buy a house with your significant other, it can be easy to get caught up in the fun stuff, like deciding the style of home you’d love (Victorian, midcentury modern, Cape Cod?) and finding the perfect neighborhood (downtown or middle of the woods?).

It’s a cliche among successful couples that communication is key, and that’s especially true if you’re planning to buy a house together. So before you get too serious and start poring through real estate listings, pop these four questions first.

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