Tune Up Your Kitchen for the Holidays

The months of what seem like nonstop cooking and hosting are upon us. That means your kitchen will not only be the center of major food prep but also the spot where guests will want to chat and hang out with you—even if you’re covered in flour, or worse.

So what better time than the present to remake your kitchen into something more functional, and far more fabulous? Check out this roundup of hot modern looks that will ensure your kitchen sees a happy and merry holiday season.

Least Popular Decorating Colors

America’s least desired colors for home decoration: orange and pink. This is the result of a survey of more than 1,500 consumers by Modsy, an online interior design service. More than a third of survey respondents ranked these two colors as their least favorite, Apartment Therapy reports on the findings.

Purple and yellow also were low on the popularity list of consumers using them in home design. However, people who did use these colors tended to report positive associations with the space they live in, the report notes.

Overall, homeowners favored the color blue in home decoration, often attributing a calming effect to the color, according to the Modsy survey. The top five favorite colors to use in home decor are white, green, black, and brown.

Read more about color trends in a home HERE.

First-Time Homebuyer Hopes and Dreams That Are Completely Delusional Today

Every house hunt starts with a dream, one that can easily escalate into pure fantasy. Homebuyers, particularly first-timers, often harbor visions of purchasing the perfect house, in a great neighborhood, for a bargain price.

All that might have been achievable—with some luck—in the past. But in today’s hot seller’s market, once buyers move beyond mooning over listings to making an actual offer, things can get jarringly real all too fast.

Here are a few homebuying dreams that may need a reality check today.

What Does ‘TLC’ Mean in Real Estate? You’d Better Take Care

Buying a home advertised as needing a little TLC shouldn’t be taken lightly. Although TLC is more of a slang word than legal description, real estate brokers typically don’t add the definition to houses that need only a bit of freshening up. They know that buyers search for “TLC” when they are looking for great real estate deals, so they save that definition for properties that require a bit more courage—and cash—to buy and fix up.

Read more HERE.

What to Look for When Buying a House: 10 Major Red Flags

In competitive markets, you’ll often walk into an open house that has been deep-cleaned, upgraded, and staged with stylish furniture. That’s nice, but if you’re not careful, you may miss a multitude of problems. You shouldn’t be overly impressed by the fact that a house looks and smells nice. (You may, however, be rightly appalled by a home that looks and smells atrocious.)

If you’re a first-time home buyer looking for a starter home, or if you just need to find a house you can afford, it’s especially easy to make a mistake in the home-buying process.

No matter how hot the market is or how rushed you feel to get a deal before someone else buys the property you have your eye on, be sure you like the neighborhood and aren’t getting into a fixer you may regret.

Read more HERE.

How to Clean Refrigerator Coils and Why You Need to Do It Today

Do you know how to clean refrigerator coils? Yes, we said the coils; not just the shelves on the inside.

There’s more to cleaning a refrigerator than just throwing out 2-week-old potato salad. To keep your fridge running cold without gobbling up tons of electricity, you need to also know how to clean the refrigerator coils—those long tubes snaking along the bottom or back of your fridge. It’s more important than you might think.

Read more HERE.

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