New Year, New (Home) Resolutions


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The new year always serves as a catalyst for personal resolutions and goals: lose weight, save money, volunteer, get organized, etc. Essentially, the same objectives could be set for your home.

 

We’ve transformed Time magazine’s Top Ten Commonly Broken New Year’s Resolutions into the top list of what the resolute home owner should accomplish in 2017 and beyond.

 

Don’t worry, you’ve got this!

 

1. Cut Your Energy Use (lose weight)

 
2. Purify Indoor Air (quit smoking)

 
3. Budget for Improvements (get out of debt)

 
4. Educate Yourself on Home Finances (learn something new)

 
5. De-clutter (get organized)

 
6. Support Your Community (volunteer)

 
7. Slash Your Water Use (drink less)

 
8. Share Home Improvement Projects (spend more time with the family)

 
9. Exercise Your DIY Skills (get fit)

 
10. Use Maintenance-Free Materials (be less stressed)

 

Happy new year!

New Year, New (Home) Resolutions


 

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The new year always serves as a catalyst for personal resolutions and goals: lose weight, save money, volunteer, get organized, etc. Essentially, the same objectives could be set for your home.

 

We’ve transformed Time magazine’s Top Ten Commonly Broken New Year’s Resolutions into the top list of what the resolute home owner should accomplish in 2016 and beyond.

 

Don’t worry, you got this!

 

1. Cut Your Energy Use (lose weight)

 

2. Purify Indoor Air (quit smoking)

 

3. Budget for Improvements (get out of debt)

 

4. Educate Yourself on Home Finances (learn something new)

 

5. De-clutter (get organized) 

 

6. Support Your Community (volunteer)

 

7. Slash Your Water Use (drink less)

 

8. Share Home Improvement Projects (spend more time with the family)

 

9. Exercise Your DIY Skills (get fit)

 

10. Use Maintenance-Free Materials (be less stressed)

 

Happy new year!

Happy Holidays!


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At the holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible – our clients and our agents. No matter how you choose to celebrate, we wish all of you the very, very best for today and the coming new year.

Keep Your Home Clean in 2015


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A fresh, new year is the perfect time to implement a new schedule that will keep your home in tip-top shape. Maintaining a clean home with minimal effort is all about routine and organization. Try out these tips to make 2015 the year of clean!

Keep Your Home Clean in 2015

1. Procrastination is the Enemy: Leaving a dish in the sink overnight or failing to put away today’s clothes may not seem like a big deal, but it can be if you let it become habit. Get in the “do it now, then it’s done” mindset and you’ll be surprised at how tidy things stay with little effort. (Pictured property: 6326 Lakehurst Ave., Dallas)

 

Keep Your Home Clean in 2015

2. Family Affair: Whether you’re living with family members or roommates, the best way to tackle chores is to divide and conquer. Assign tasks like taking out the trash, cleaning dishes, and folding laundry to each person and hold them to it. (Pictured property: 9729 Shadydale Lane, Dallas)

 

Keep Your Home Clean in 2015

3. 10-Minute Tidy-Up: Take 10 minutes at the end of each day to clean up small messes. A walk through the house before you go to bed is an easy time to toss toys in bins, put away coats and shoes, and straighten up to insure a fresh space when you wake up in the morning. (Pictured property: 3311 Blackburn St. #124, Dallas)

 

Keep Your Home Clean in 2015

4. Divvy Up the Days: Assign one big task to each day and stick to it. For instance, use Mondays for ironing, Tuesdays for vacuuming, Wednesdays for dusting, Thursdays for sprucing up bathrooms, Fridays for kitchen cleaning, Saturdays for cleaning and remaking beds, and Sundays for laundry. (Pictured property: 9744 Dartridge Drive, Dallas)

 

Keep Your Home Clean in 2015

5. Identify Problem Areas: Find the areas in your house that seem to get messy the fastest and implement rules to keep that mess in check. Have your children put their toys away before bedtime, always put away coats and shoes at the end of the day, or simply quit using that table or chair as a pile up spot for excess items. (Pictured property: 3960 Davila Drive, Dallas)

 

Keep Your Home Clean in 2015

6. A Place for Everything: And everything in its place. Too many blankets strewn about the living room? Buy a basket. Shoes won’t fit in neat rows in your closet? Buy a shoe rack. If there’s a place for everything, it’s so much easier to stay tidy and organized. There is a solution for every clutter problem, and in some cases that solution is to part with things you no longer need or use. (Pictured property: 3218 Jubilee Trail, Dallas)

 

Of The Day: Radiant Orchid Is The Color Of 2014


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A new year means many things, new resolutions, new fashion trends, new home trends, and a new Pantone Color of the Year.

Last year, Pantone dubbed Emerald as the color of 2013, a stunning hue of green. For 2014, Pantone has chosen Radiant Orchid, a rich and vibrant mix of fuchsia, purple, and pink. Their yearly color tends to be an indicator of future trends across all kinds of industries

To show you how Radiant Orchid might be incorporated in your home, we gathered the above inspiration. We love the color and the fact that it is very versatile. It’s just one more reason to get excited about  the year ahead of us! Thanks for catching up with OTD!

Of The Day: Get Updated In 2014


Happy New Year from the Ebby Blog! We thank you all for making 2013 our best year yet, and we hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! To start of the new year, we’re bring you five tips, big and small, for adding value to your home. Even if you’re not selling, we hope these tips will inspire you to update and make 2014 the best year yet for your home.

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1. Light and bright: Light and ambiance are important in every home, no matter the size.

Keep it simple: Add table and/or floor lamps, having light at different heights is important in achieving the right ambiance. Open your blinds and pull back your curtains to make the most out of natural light.

Go big: Knock down a wall to create a more open floor plan, which will allow natural light to flow more easily around your home. Or widen doorways, which should be less costly and will also allow more light in.

For inspiration: A Place to Build or A Place to Entertain

 

2. Curb appeal: They say don’t judge a book buy it’s cover, but most of us still do.

Keep it simple: Mow your lawn. It’s really that easy. Invest in a lawnmower, or borrow one from a neighbor, either way it will make a huge difference in an unruly yard. Plant some flowers and maybe some bushes, too. No matter the color or variety, they will add life and interest to your yard.

Go big: Add a path to your front door or fix up your driveway, you can find many DIY’s online or hire someone to help you out. Then, plant some trees to add interest and height. They’ll take time to grow, but, like so many other things, your home is a worthy investment for time and money.

For inspiration: A Place to Notice

 

3. Outdoor space: A deck or patio creates an entirely new way to experience your home.

Keep it simple: If you’re pinching pennies this year, you can find cheap outdoor furniture at many of the big box stores. Throw down an outdoor rug, some chairs, and a table to create a gathering area in your backyard.

Go big: DIY or hire out to create a wood deck or laid-stone patio. From there the possibilities are endless- cozy furniture, a fire pit, an outdoor kitchen, an arbor- let your imagination run wild!

For inspiration: A Place to Go Outdoors

 

4. Apply a fresh coat: Paint is one of the most inexpensive ways to update your home.

Keep it simple: Apply some fresh of paint, in the same or a new color, to refresh your walls. You’d be surprised at the difference a few coats it can make!

Go big: Buy painter’s tape or hire a pro to detail your walls in the latest chevron or whatever design tickles your fancy.

For inspiration: A Place to Create or A Place to Welcome Others

 

5. The kitchen: Many say it’s the heart of the home, so give it the attention it deserves.

Keep it simple: Buy some new stools or chairs to change things up. Or paint your cabinets and switch out the hardware.

Go big: Islands are all the rage and don’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. If you have the space and the budget, consider adding an island with some seating. Updating your appliances and your backsplash are also very effective ways to update the look and feel of your kitchen.

For inspiration: A Place to Cook

 

We hope these tips will help you start your 2104 on the right foot. If you need some inspiration for updating your home or a specific room, head over to our Pinterest page. Thanks for joining us for OTD!