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Posted by CENTURY 21 CUDDY on 2/2/2020

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If you’re looking to light up your house or yard using a quick and easy DIY method, a variety of solar lights fit the bill.  You can choose from many elegant styles, with no extension cords required.  Solar lights can be mounted, placed into the ground on stakes, hang as lanterns or on strings, or set on a flat surface as a votive.  Generally, they last about 4 years, and the solar batteries can be replaced to extend their life.  Going solar with your outdoor lighting makes a perfect way for renters to illuminate their porches and yards; besides being easy to install, they are just as easy to remove and take with you when you leave, with no value lost.  

Your Home

Lighting that illuminates the vertical surface of your house at night, or uplighting, adds security as well as a polished look.  Uplighting beautifully highlights your house siding and porch at night.  This can be easily achieved with solar lights on the brighter end of the spectrum mounted on stakes.  Look for individual lights without top shades to place in the ground near the base of your siding so that light will be directed upward along the face of the house.  

Your Garden

Any type of garden, from a rock garden with succulents to a less-manicured country garden, can benefit from standout flowers and greenery being lit from below.  Smaller lights placed down in between the leaves of plants and directed upward give them a soft glow, or set them beside or between plants if you want to feature the light itself.  You can use the mini covered lamps on stakes or the candle-like cylinders. 

Solar lights are also available in a holiday-like spray of tiny lights.  You can style these in mini-sprays among plants, yard ornaments, around pools or outdoor kitchens, across fences, or cover your tree trunks to highlight trees all year long. 

Pathways and Driveways

Staggered lighting from in-ground stake or cylinder lights look great along stepping stone walkways or driveways.  Lights with a metal shade on top lining paths give a classy, finished look.  Candle-like lights can sit on top of short posts along walkways or near plants, or secure them by drilling a large hole through the center of your posts to insert staked solar lights.

Predator Deterrent

Particularly if you live in a rural area and want to keep pets safe by discouraging predators from entering your yard, the more well-lit your yard is at night, the better.  Your best bet might be a motion-detector spotlight facing out in the direction where you would expect wildlife to come from.  A bright light shining suddenly on them startles and disorients predators, and they will likely decide that encroaching this far into human territory isn’t worth it.  Find a spot to post your spotlight so it will point at and expose oncoming wild animals. Mount the attached solar panel at an angle that will allow it to soak up the most overhead sunlight during the day.




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Posted by CENTURY 21 CUDDY on 6/9/2019

Upgrading the look and feel of your home doesnít mean you have to break the bank. You can actually carry out a lot of home improvement plans on your home even when you are on a budget. Check this list below for the top 7 home improvement ideas you can execute. As an added benefit, they may come in handy if you decide to sell your house and you are looking to get more value from it.

  1. Add a fresh coat of paint to your front door and rooms. Repainting any place always has that feel of newness that it brings with it. You can make even the ugliest of walls come alive by adding a new coat of paint. Little wonder repainting is the most carried out home improvement hack.
  2. Install new wallpaper. Removable wallpapers are another fancy way of making your rooms look new. If you have a great eye for matching colors and patterns, you might consider buying yourself nicely designed wallpaper that matches the rest of your decorations. You could even decide to get a piece of wall art that matches your wallpaper.
  3. Change the lighting. The ambiance light fixtures give to a house can do a great deal of changing the way a home feels. One new chandelier can definitely increase the quality of lighting in a room and make it fancier.
  4. Work on your kitchen cabinets. You can either decide to add more storage in your kitchen by taking advantage of the extra spaces you have between walls or choose to upgrade your current cabinets by replacing the handles and giving them a new coat of paint.
  5. Take your rugs and carpets to professional cleaners. While regular vacuuming just takes care of dirt, dust and pet fur, taking your carpets to professional drycleaners will get rid of long-standing stains, mold, and other allergens, and give your carpets a fresh look on the outside. 
  6. Replace old fittings. Go out on a limb and replace old and worn outdoors and door handles, electrical wall sockets, showerheads, and faucets. You would be surprised at how much better your home will look.
  7. Plant some vegetation in the exterior. An assortment of potted plants and garden-variety vegetation around your walkway wonít cost you a lot but will help to make your home look warm and inviting. Ask your neighborhood horticulturist for suggestions on plants and vegetation that donít require lots of maintenance.

Ask your real estate agent for the best upgrades to improve the value of your home.







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