Easy DIY Landscaping Projects

Ever get the itch to do a DIY project? Whenever we do, our favorites involve getting outdoors and mixing up our landscaping features. Whether its as simple as installing some lighting or a little more time-consuming like replotting plants, a fresh look for the lawn always gives your home a fresh look as well. Here are our top five easy landscaping projects!

  1. Create a pathway. To guide you and visitors throughout your yard and link different areas together, install a pathway. You can use materials from a variety of materials, including reclaimed pallet wood, flagstones, gravel, and more to add texture and color.
  2. Add a wall or border. Installing a flagstone, rock, or brick wall around flower beds or trees adds a sleek, clean look to your landscaping and helps separate different sections of your yard.
  3. Install a water feature. Nothing says zen quite like the sound of trickling water as you relax in your backyard. You can start simple with by purchasing and installing a small feature powered by a solar panel or create a larger focal point in your yard by installing a waterfall wall or small pond.
  4. Light your way. An easy way to transform your yard is to strategically use lighting. Place cool-colored lights high in trees to recreate a moonlight feel, use pathway lights to naturally guide the eye, or highlight objects or plants.
  5. Plant upwards. Expand your yard space by drawing the eye to the sky with a trellis fence or screen made of wood or metal. Once you install your trellis, select your climbing plants and vines and get to planting!

Coldwell Banker Open Houses: Saturday 07/21 & Sunday 07/22

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2322 SOUTHGATE BLVD , HOUSTON, TX 77030 – 4 Bed, 3 Bath – $995,000

Open House: Sat Jul 21, 3:00PM-5:00PM

More Info: https://www.har.com/katieday/listing_detail/13346820

Beautiful 2-story home built in 2015 near Rice Village/Rice University/Texas Medical Center. NEVER FLOODED! Spacious open living areas, large dining room next to kitchen with large windows & solar tubes providing abundant natural light all year round. 10 foot ceilings down, laminated wide plank wood look floors in the living, dining, stairs & upstairs game room and bedrooms. Tile in kitchen, utility and baths. 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 half-baths. Master down. Game room and 3 bedrooms up . The house features a relaxing front porch (14×5), covered back patio (16×8) and a magnificent balcony upstairs (34×12) overlooking a grassy back yard. This newer home has a great location in a traditional, quiet neighborhood with easy access to local shopping, parks and restaurants. Must see!

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50 Silent Circle Dr, Sugar Land, TX 77498 – 3 Bed, 2 Bath – $650,000

Open House: Sun Jul 22, 2:00PM-5:00PM

More Info: https://www.har.com/katieday/listing_detail/43998604

This beautiful home in prestigious Imperial has it all! Backing up to Oyster Creek, this open concept floor plan is made for entertaining! You will LOVE the wine grotto room- it is spectacular! Upgraded kitchen with custom cabinetry and 2 wine coolers – 1 in kitchen and 1 in wine room. Wired for surround sound too! All 3 bedrooms are on 1st floor with en suite baths as well as 2 half baths! Media/game room and a half bath are up. 3 car tandem garage with an 18 X 13 covered patio in the back. Very energy efficient home with spray foam insulation too! No flooding during Harvey – no water even in the backyard per seller. COME SEE this BEAUTY today!!

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142 S Arrow Canyon Cir, Spring, TX 77389 – 5 Bed, 3.5 Bath – $469,000

Open House: Sun Jul 22, 2:00PM-4:00PM

More Info: https://www.har.com/katieday/listing_detail/96105032

Terrific Location and one of the largest lots in the Community. Very Livable/Versatile Floor Plan; the First Floor features Study w/View of the Neighborhood, Large Formal Dining adjoining Fab Kitchen w/Gorgeous Mahogany Cabinetry, Stainless Appliances & View of the Very Large, Heavily Treed Backyard. First floor Master with Wall of Windows, ensuite Bath, Huge Master Closet & Hardwood. The Wrought Iron Balusters lead up to 2nd Flr Game/Video Room, four Bedrooms, and 2 Full Baths; all with light-filled space. This home is in Mint Condition, 2Car Garage.

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3211 HOLLY MEADOW DR , HOUSTON, TX 77042 – 3 Bed, 2.5 Bath – $330,000

Open House: Sat Jul 21, 1:00PM-3:00PM

More Info: https://www.har.com/katieday/listing_detail/79733889

Located in Westchase between BWY-8 and Galleria. Never Flooded! Ready for immediate move-in. Gated complex just moments away from fine dining and shopping. Hardwood floors, crown molding and recessed lighting throughout the den and dining room on the 1st level. Luxurious granite and tile backsplash with extended wood cabinets in the kitchen. Huge master suite with executive en suite master bath.and secondary bedrooms on the 2nd level. The Master en suite bath features double sinks, separate shower and jetted tub as well as walk in closet. There is a game room / TV room upstairs or could be used as music room, hobby room, office or study. This open floor plan offers the elegance of arches, crown molding, a fireplace, and lots of windows for natural light. Each of the bedrooms have ample natural light from windows. The deck on the back offers the ability to grill or for outdoor sitting for that morning coffee or glass of vino in the evening.

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615 W Drew St , Houston, TX 77006 – 2 Bed, 2.5 – $289,900

Open House:  Sat Jul 28, 12:00PM-3:00PM

More Info: https://www.har.com/katieday/listing_detail/98100729

Fantastic location in the heart of Montrose, this adorable 2-story townhouse has it all. First floor living has spacious living/dining with wood burning fireplace and beautiful tile floors. Updated kitchen with sparkling granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and enormous breakfast bar. Adorable powder room with vessel sink. Just off the living room is a private and serene gated patio. Second floor has 2 large bedrooms and utility room. Master bedroom suite has 3 closets and master bath with dual sinks and updated walk-in shower. Spacious secondary bedroom has ensuite bath and closet. Attached 2-car garage. Community has pool and sun deck. Walk to neighborhood restaurants such as Boheme, Baby Barnaby’s, Lankford Grocery, and Max’s Wine Dive. Refrigerator, brand new LG high efficiency washer/dryer, and flatscreen TV in living room are included. Please see list of improvements/updates by seller.

 

 

Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® – Metropolitan
Katie Day, REALTOR®
2 Greenway Plaza #150 Houston, TX 77046

Phone: 832.317.6006
Email: katie@movemetotx.com
Web: http://www.katiedayteam.com | http://www.movemetotx.com

Need to Knows for Smart-Home Technology

Homeowners have the ability to automate anything from locks to lights to air conditioning and more. With new technology popping up every day, it’s hard to stay up to date on the smart-home trend.

We had the opportunity to tour the Reliant Smart Home in the Heights, where they showcase tons of different home automation systems and choices.

If you are considering installing smart-home technology in your home or looking to buy a home that is equipped with some of those devices, you want to ensure you do your research so you can make educated decisions. Here are three important factors to consider!

  1. Security. Because a large percentage of smart-home devices rely on Wi-Fi, they are vulnerable to being hacked. Although this may not be much of a concern for devices controlling your lighting or sprinkler system, it may be for automated locks or garage openers.
  2. Cost vs. Value Add. The initial setup costs for some smart-home technology can be daunting for homeowners, so it’s important to thoroughly map out the upfront cost versus your savings and its value to you over time. Many of these can help you be more energy efficient, reduce monthly bills, and save you time and stress. Plus, if and when you are ready to sell, smart-home technology can help improve your home’s resale value.
  3. Compatibility. With so many companies throwing their hats into the smart-home ring, it is can be difficult to select the right devices for your home. If you are considering automating various features in your home, you may want to take a look at the big picture and try to choose devices that are compatible with one another or that can be controlled by a singular hub.

 

The TRUTH About Viewing Homes Online

It’s so easy to get sucked into looking at home listing after home listing online, drawn to the stunningly filtered photos of manicured lawns, sharp-looking kitchens, and giant bedrooms. Although this is a great place to begin, it’s important to keep in mind that all may not be as it seems.

Here are our top tips to avoid getting duped by listings online.

  • Photos don’t always capture the full picture. Real estate photographers are very good at highlighting the best features of the home and often use wide angle lenses to make spaces appear larger than they really are. But, be aware that there may be less photo-worthy features they aren’t displaying. Don’t forget to look at the property features listed below to gather a better idea of what the home has to offer.
  • Ensure you are looking at current listings. Nothing is worse than falling in love with the perfect home, only to check out the listing date to find it was posted two years ago. Make sure you use websites that are pulling information daily from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and have your real estate agent verify it is available.

One GREAT feature we’re able to provide for you is our exclusive HAR.com App, where you can view Premium Content not normally accessible on the HAR.com, such as Sale Prices on nearby listings, and Property History Reports.

Use your real estate agent as a resource. If you find a seemingly great listing online, always run it by your agent to confirm you aren’t missing something important. They can also provide neighborhood details, price comparisons for similar properties just sold in the area, additional listings that match your criteria, and more.

Once you a find a home you’re ready to view, make sure you bring them with you to answer questions and be an extra set of eyes.

If you’re in the market for a new rental or want to buy a house, reach out today! We’ve got a team of agents, ready to work for you.

Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® – Metropolitan
Katie Day, REALTOR®
2 Greenway Plaza #150 Houston, TX 77046

Phone: 832.317.6006
Email: katie@movemetotx.com
Web: http://www.katiedayteam.com | http://www.movemetotx.com

Coldwell Banker Open Houses: Saturday 07/07 & Sunday 07/08

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239 Forest Peak Way Montgomery TX 77316 – 4 Bed, 2 Bath – $259,900

Open House: Sat Jul 7, 2:00PM-4:00PM

More Info: https://www.har.com/katieday/listing_detail/61280389

Beautiful single story Perry Home in Woodforest! This charming home offers 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and an excellent floor plan. It sits ideally at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac street. Home is upgraded with granite in the kitchen and bathrooms, lovely dark wood cabinets, neutral over-sized tile throughout the home and a covered back patio. Refrigerator will remain with the home. Please call for the full list of upgrades! Enjoy all of the amenities that Woodforest has to offer- golf, pools, tennis, walking/jogging trails, sports courts, parks, and more! This beautiful home is priced to sell; make your appointment today!

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5135 Trevors Trace Lane Katy TX 77494 – 3 Bed, 2 Bath – $280,000

Open House: Sun Jul 8, 2:00PM-4:00PM

More Info: https://www.har.com/katieday/listing_detail/18668139

Who wouldn’t want to live in this perfect home! the whole family is going to love it! On a fun-filled Cul-Du-Sac, next to the Cinco Ranch green trails! There is so much to offer! This home is like a model the moment you walk-in with great designer colors & updates. KISD’s pride elementary, Kilpatrick, is an easy walk or bike ride away. The neighborhood park is around the corner! Be sure to check out the 3D tour, then call to schedule your own private showing! Your new home is waiting for you!

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5135 Trevors Trace Lane Katy TX 77494 – 4 Bed, 3.5 Bath – $284,500

Open House: Sun Jul 8, 1:00PM-3:00PM

More Info: https://www.har.com/katieday/listing_detail/93548392

Lovely well kept home, nestled on a cul-de-sac. Features include: granite counters, all carpet recently replaced (May, 2018), recently painted inside and outside (April, 2018), lots of cabinets in kitchen, spacious living room, leaded glass front door, master downstairs, blinds throughout, close to schools, shopping and entrance to freeway!

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219 Whispering Ridge Terrace, Houston, TX 77094 – 2 Bed, 2.5 Bath – $285,000

Open House: Sun Jul 8, 1:00PM-3:00PM

More Info: https://www.har.com/katieday/listing_detail/96958508

Wonderful Trendmaker townhome located in highly desirable Green Trails! The gated community offers mature trees, manicured landscaping and a neighborhood pool! Close to the Energy Corridor and West Houston Medical Center with easy access to Katy Freeway and lots of shopping! Rich wood floors sweep you into this well maintained, immaculate home. 2 bedroom/2.5 bath home. The open floor plan features a formal dining, island kitchen and family room! Spacious master suite bay window has dual closets! Great storage! Don’t miss the laundry chute to spacious laundry room with extra storage. Washer/dryer and exterior refrigerator included. Enjoy the private paved patio-a wonderful place to enjoy a cup of coffee or relax after a busy day! Call today to see this great home!

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28326 Madelin Manor Ln, Spring, TX 77386 – 4 Bed, 3 Bath – $300,000

Open House: Sat Jul 7, 12:00PM-3:00PM

More Info: https://www.har.com/katieday/listing_detail/60521159

Welcome to this Lovely & Immaculate Darling Built, 1 Story Stone & Brick Home in the Master Plan Community of Spring Trails! Close Proximity to Shopping, Major Roadways for Commuting, & Zoned to Highly Desireable Conroe Schools! This Well Maintained Beauty Featuring a Stunning Open Floorplan, High Ceilings, Fresh Paint Throughout and 2 Car Garage. The Home also has a Spacious Study w/French Doors. A Large Family Room Overlooks the Private Backyard, Extended Covered Patio, & Sparkling Pool/Spa. Breakfast Area & Huge Island Kitchen Features Corian Countertops, Abundance 42″ Cabinets, Walk in Pantry & Updated Appliances. Lovely Master Suite has Beautiful Hardy/Wood Flooring, 2 Oversized Walk in Closets, Private Master Bath w/Soaker Tub, Separate Seated Shower & His/Her Sinks. 2 Addtional Bedrooms, One with In-Suite Bath, Feature High Ceilings & Spacious Closets. The Greenbelt Provides Added Privacy to the Backyard & Features an Access Gate to the Walking Trails & Fitness Stations.

 

Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® – Metropolitan
Katie Day, REALTOR®
2 Greenway Plaza #150 Houston, TX 77046

Phone: 832.317.6006
Email: katie@movemetotx.com
Web: http://www.katiedayteam.com | http://www.movemetotx.com

#HomeTips: Maximizing Outdoor Space

You’ve found the perfect home and it has everything you’ve ever dreamed of. Spacious, modern kitchen. Gloriously open floor plan. Giant bedrooms. Great location and neighborhood. The only downside is the backyard is slightly smaller than you’d hoped. But no reason to stress. There are many ways you can optimize your outdoor space to make it feel much larger! Check out a few of our favorites below.

Separate Your Space

Breaking up your outdoor area into separate spaces or nooks can help make your backyard feel larger. Place items like planters, small walls, or outdoor light fixtures in between the spaces or separate them by installing different ground surfaces, such as decking, gravel, grass, and concrete.

Use Plants Creatively

Place plants throughout your backyard to help open up the space. Use plants with larger leaves to create depth, place warm-colored plants, such as red, yellow, or orange, near the front or in the center of the yard to catch attention, or install a trellis or plant taller plants to draw the eye upwards.

Incorporate Strategic Decor

Use big structures like pergolas and arbors to frame your outdoor space and give it a grander feel. Add a large sculpture or water fixture in the center or towards the back of the yard as a focal point, then arrange your furniture around it. Finally, hang large mirrors with steel, stone, or wooden frames to reflect light and trick the eye.

By using these techniques and more, you can alter perception and make your small yard feel like the large one of your dreams.  Ready to find a home with a yard of your dreams? Call us today!

Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® – Metropolitan
Katie Day, REALTOR®
2 Greenway Plaza #150 Houston, TX 77046

Phone: 832.317.6006
Email: katie@movemetotx.com
Web: http://www.katiedayteam.com | http://www.movemetotx.com