The Humphrey Team

THE HUMPHREY TEAM

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Discovering Second-Hand Treasures

Mar 04, 2015 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Discovering Second-Hand Treasures

Carefully selected second-hand furniture can add character to a collector’s home. If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at breathing new life into an old piece, check out these tips. Learn where to look for older pieces, how to find the best bargains, and what to avoid.

Bring Cash

The majority of venues where you’ll make finds won’t accept credit cards or checks. It’s likely you’ll lose the piece by the time you’ve found an ATM and made your way back. Cash also imposes a mandatory budget, so you may think twice about impulse purchases.

Keep a Flexible Goal in Mind

It’s a good idea to have an actual picture of what you want before you start scouring shops and flea markets. However, finding an exact match is difficult. Instead, note what you like about your inspiration piece. Does it have clean angles or flowing lines? How does it make you feel? Your final score may not look like what you thought it would, but you’ll be satisfied with it because it meshes with your original concept.

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Hiring a Decorator on a Budget

Mar 02, 2015 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Hiring a Decorator on a Budget

Hiring an interior designer is an investment towards your home’s look and feel. An experienced decorator can jumpstart your project and enable you to express yourself through the decor you choose. Use these tips to make the most of your decorating budget.

Lay the Groundwork

During your initial consultation, if you can give your decorator an idea of what you want, it can save you both time and money. If you’re having trouble narrowing it down, at least eliminate the colors or styles you don’t want. You might draw inspiration from a favorite piece of clothing or a work of art.

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Faux Finishing Techniques

Feb 27, 2015 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Faux Finishing Techniques

Thanks to faux finishing techniques, it’s possible to add texture and character to pieces or rooms that need a little pick-me-up. Here’s an overview of some different techniques and the tools and materials you can use to create beautiful textures in your home.

Choosing Paint

More often than not, you get what you pay for. It may be tempting to view a $10 gallon of paint as being on par with a $35 selection, but the truth is that you’ll often use twice as much (or more) of the cheap stuff to cover the same surface area. When creating a faux finish, invest in mid-grade paints at minimum.

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Designing an Appealing Rental Unit

Feb 25, 2015 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

Designing an Appealing Rental Unit

To obtain a profit on your rental property investment, it’s vital that you attract tenants. Designing an attractive model unit can be a good way to use an empty apartment. You can take photos for realty listings, and it can be showcase ready at a moment’s notice. Use these tips to make sure that your apartment attracts your target demographic.

Boost Curb Appeal

The first step to convincing potential renters to check out the interior of your unit is to make sure that the outside is well maintained. Try these quick and inexpensive fixes:

-Repair any stairs, light fixtures or railings that aren’t in good condition.

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First Things to Do in Your New Home

Feb 23, 2015 in Homeowner . 0 Comment

First Things to Do in Your New Home

Everyone goes through the same basic steps when moving into a new home. Unpacking and arranging your belongings is an intuitive process. In the hustle and bustle of moving, it’s easy to overlook steps that are important but not as obvious. Use this checklist to organize your move-in and get the job done right.

Change the Locks

Securing your new residence is top priority. You don’t know how many people have a key to your place, who they are, or when they’ll show up. Call a locksmith or tackle the job yourself as soon as you get the keys. If you’re renting, be sure to check with your landlord first.

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