Tuesday, January 15, 2019

2019 bathroom upgrade ideas for Keller homeowners

New Bathroom Fixture


Craving a more beautiful bathroom? Resolve to make this the year that you finally create the bathroom of your dreams.

Fortunately, you don't need a major remodel. Consider these ideas for simple changes with big impact. With a little planning and effort, you'll add to your Keller home's value and functionality, while getting the “Pinterest-worthy” bathroom you know will make you smile every day.

Project 1: Fresh, eco-friendly style
Transitional style is today’s most popular bathroom style, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, and with good reason: almost limitless design potential. Modern sets make it easy to create a ‘put-together’ look in bathrooms of all sizes, with a full suite of fixtures and faucets that are easy to install for a stunning refresh. WaterSense-certified faucets save almost half the water of regular faucets! There is nothing better than a beautiful new bathroom that is as easy on the eyes as it is on our water resources (not to mention the little extra cash you get to keep in your wallet when a lower water bill arrives!).

Project 2: Modern flooring
When you look down, do your bathroom floors leave something to be desired? Redoing the flooring is a simple weekend project that will transform the space. Tile is a great bathroom flooring choice because it is so versatile and long-lasting, and can be created to look surprisingly like other materials, such as wood, creating unique looks that wouldn't typically be possible for the bathroom space. Want to step it up? Consider heated flooring to add comfort and a touch of luxury. This top trend works with a variety of different types of flooring material.

Project 3: Customizable shower
A restorative shower experience is at the top of the list for a new bathroom must-have. Intuitive products make it easy to control the precise amount of water with a simple push of a button. A turn of the dial allows for accurate control of water volume and temperature. This makes it easy to change modes quickly, from when you want less water while soaping up to when you want more water to rinse off.

With these project tips that involve simple product installations, updating the look and feel of your Keller home's bathroom won’t feel like an overwhelming undertaking.

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

4 ways to simplify your Keller home's decorating

Family Photos in Frames

It's here, the season of resolutions. You're making plans for new routines, working a full-time job and taking care of your family. It's a whirlwind but you wouldn't have it any other way. Now you just have to find time to refresh your décor for the year ahead With so much to do and so little time, you’re naturally looking for ways to update your Keller home without too much effort. Opt for easier with the tips below.

Add a little color to your home. In the summer, colorful flowers can make any room welcoming, but in the winter your options for foliage are ... limited. Don’t fret or forgo the opportunity to add some natural accents to your home. Evergreen sprigs added to vases can bring a flora component to any room and infuse a seasonal dash of color. Forsythia is an early blooming shrub that can provide a beautiful pop of yellow color. Place these in the same areas you would summer flowers and you'll love the fresh effect they create.

Photo-friendly options. Family photos are a mainstay in any home and this season is the perfect time to take your photo displays up a notch. Free-standing photo panels — available at CVS — provide a new and exciting way to showcase your favorite family moments. Available to order at cvs.com/photo, they offer a unique and easy way to bring these images to life.

Let there be light. Stringing lights around the outside of your home is an annual holiday tradition, but why not keep inside lights throughout winter? String lights through the main entertaining areas of your home using insulated holders, just be sure to check the wires for fraying before you do. This is a great way to add light during shorter winter days, and because so many lights run on batteries and can be equipped with timers, it's easier than ever to conserve energy.

Décor panels add a festive feel to your space. What does the new year mean to you? Whatever it is, displaying it with custom panels is an opportunity in 2019. Choose from a wide array of designs and once you find one you love, your décor panels can be personalized with text as well. Matching the perfect message with the perfect design will give you an accent piece you'll want to keep up in your house all year long.

Start your planning today
Optimizing your decorating with the tips above will keep your Keller home looking fresh without a lot of effort, and that's something that will bring you peace and joy this year and beyond.


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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Winter refresh for Keller homeowners

Homeowners Resting

Every year, Keller homeowners anxiously await spring to refresh and reset their homes. But what if we capitalized on all the time spent indoors during winter to take control of home improvements ahead of time instead? With a little thoughtful planning, you'll not only be able to give your space a simple face lift but also enjoy spring when it comes around and be outside, soaking up the weather!

Many homeowners agree that the colder months are the perfect time to cross home improvement projects off the list, feeling more motivated to work on them during this time of year, according to a new survey (online survey conducted in September, 2018, of 1,000 U.S. homeowners, ages 18+, in partnership with Lucid, on behalf of Maytag). A whopping 78 percent of homeowners plan to make some type of home improvement in the next three to six months and young homeowners are even more motivated, with 87 percent of millennials planning to give their spaces some tender loving care during the same time frame.

Simple updates with big impact

Enhancing your home’s value and functionality does not require a full-blown remodel. Strategic updates can make a significant impact and can be completed in just a few days. Consider these smart, no sweat home updates while staying cozy indoors.

Upgrade appliances: Dated appliances can steal from a space's potential; a simple swap can completely transform the aesthetic of a room, taking it from vintage to polished in a snap. Thanks to modern technology, you don’t have to sacrifice function for style. Whether you’re partial to French door or side-by-side refrigerators, front load or top load washers, explore sleek options online and at your local appliance store. With a few thoughtful changes, you have the power to turn your home into the space you’ve always dreamed of.

Declutter: While you may not be ready to jump on the minimalist band wagon, be inspired by the movement and remove unnecessary items from your home. Donate or sell trinkets and gadgets you don't use and focus on organizing what’s left. Consider storage solutions like closet organizers and kitchen pull-outs that make organization seamless. There’s no greater joy than coming home to a clean, tidy and truly clutter-free space.

Fresh paint: A fresh coat of paint is an affordable update for any room, and with a little elbow grease, you can easily complete this project in a weekend. Whether you paint all the walls in your bedroom or just one to create a focal wall, you can customize this project to your personal tastes and preferences. While you're at it, why not paint the ceiling too? A fresh coat of white paint can instantly elevate a space by better reflecting light.

Replace hardware: The kitchen and bathrooms are typically the most frequented rooms in a home. The hardware in these spaces might seem like an afterthought, but if you want to add a little pizzazz with minimal effort, focus here. Styles go in and out of fashion and hardware becomes drab with everyday wear and tear. Replace knobs, handles and hooks with a new look that reflects your personality. Brushed metals have maintained popularity, and brass is poised to make a comeback. Other materials like wood and glass are popular for hardware, too.

Whether you love it or can’t get through it quickly enough, winter is a perfect time to take on home improvements that are simple and achievable; about three in four homeowners would rather complete home renovations during the fall and winter so they can travel in the spring and summer. With these handy tips, you have the knowledge and power to rejuvenate your Keller home and make this winter a productive one. Update now, so you can relax later!


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Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home ownership. Call 817-337-0000 for Keller Home's for sale in Keller ISD.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Pest prevention New Year's resolutions for Keller homeowners

New Years Party

From healthy lifestyle changes to productive habits, there are plenty of New Year’s resolutions that can start Keller residents' 2019 off on the right foot. Homeowners can extend those resolutions to include keeping the house in tiptop shape — and keeping out unwanted visitors. A few New Year’s resolution recommendations that can help make your 2019 pest-free.

Inspect your home
As you start the new year, it’s a good time to check if your home is fully sealed from more than just the elements. Even an opening as small as a dime is big enough for a mouse to squeeze through. Take a walk around your entire house exterior, looking for any cracks or holes, and be sure to seal any gaps you find.

Eliminate standing water
While a water feature makes for a perfect landscaping piece, be sure to be diligent about changing out water and reducing other sources of standing water. Refresh the water in bird baths, fountains and other water features at least once a week, and dump out any other unnecessary water on your property.

Be mindful when away from home
Unfortunately, places like hotel rooms can be bed bug hot spots, and these pests can be tough to guard against and easy to bring home. Be sure to do a thorough sweep of hotel rooms — along mattresses, furniture and headboards — checking for signs of an infestation such as blood spots or shed skins.

Keep firewood at a safe distance
Before you light those cozy winter fires, be sure you’re storing firewood piles away from your Keller home. The wood could be an inviting home for termites and can provide an easy bridge to your home’s foundation if you don’t properly guard against these pests.

Call in the professionals
If you’re dealing with a pest problem too big to handle alone, know when it’s time to call in the professionals. Trained technicians can help you protect your home from winter pests, leaving you free to focus your sights on other goals.



Grove Team 2017/2018

Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home ownership. Call 817-337-0000 for Keller Home's for sale in Keller ISD.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Home office efficiency tips for Keller homeowners

Home Office

So, you’ve been running your business from your Keller home for some time now, and with the busy holiday season upon us, you find yourself overwhelmed, stressed and your office is a mess. When running a business, there are so many things you need to think about to maximize efficiency, from having a clean setup to ensuring that you are well equipped with the supplies you need to get things done.

Arrange Your Space

First things first. To help increase productivity and get things started, it’s time to tidy up your space. Start by going through any old files you may have and determining whether you really need them, then get rid of things that no longer are relevant. Next, start organizing and getting your layout set. Arrange your space in a way that is functional and will ensure that you are able to access the things you need easily, like your phone and computer.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Once your office is cleaned up, it’s time to take a step back and ensure that your office is equipped with the latest equipment and stocked up on supplies. Your technology and hardware are key components to running things efficiently, so making sure your computer and peripherals are up to date will be crucial. A printer is a critical component in your home office setup and it’s important that it is compatible with the latest technology and that there is enough ink to fulfill your business needs.

Increase Efficiency

When it comes to smoothly running your business, there are many things you need to help maximize productivity, and replenishing office supplies should not be a worry. As it is, the holidays are a stressful time, and buying office supplies is an added stress you don’t need on your list. Say you need to print an important document for a meeting and you’re alerted that you are low on ink, but you are completely out, and you don’t have time to get to the store to replace it. Replacement services can save you the stress.

Value Convenience

Having your items delivered right to your doorstep will help alleviate the time it would take to do this on your own and eliminate the guesswork in knowing when you need to stock up on supplies. In fact, over one-third of Americans think that ink and toner replenishment is a good idea. All you need to do is enroll in the service and you are guaranteed to get your items right when you need them. You don’t even have to know what model your printer is and what kind of cartridge it takes. Services like Amazon Dash, Brother Refresh and Best Buy Easy Replenish allow customers to quickly and easily replace their ink and toner without having to think about it.

Don’t let the busy holiday season bog you down. Get your Keller home office set up right and your supplies and equipment in order so you can get your work done efficiently and enjoy your time with the family.

Grove Team 2017/2018

Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home ownership. Call 817-337-0000 for Keller Home's for sale in Keller ISD.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Holiday home security tips for Keller homeowners

Woman Using Home Security App

For many, the holiday season means travel! In fact, many Keller residents travel more than 50 miles away from home during the holiday season. Unfortunately, burglars are also aware of these holiday season travel statistics. While many families look forward to the holidays, it is easy to get carried away with excitement and forget to prepare your home for your time away. There's nothing worse than coming back from a relaxing vacation to a stressful situation at home, so it is best to be prepared and protect your home before you travel.

Home security matters
It may sound simple, but it is important for people to remember to set their home security systems to the appropriate settings before leaving for travel. Investing in a high-quality, easy-to-use security system grants the ultimate peace of mind for travelers. If you forget to arm your system before you leave, don't panic! Some home security systems let you arm, or disarm, your system by remotely accessing it via any smartphone tablet or computer. You can also set up alerts to remind you if your system hasn't been armed.

You could also invest in a smart doorbell that automatically sends a text or email to you each time the bell is triggered. Take a look at your security cameras to make sure everything is OK, or have a trusted neighbor stop by. Smart doorbells can also trigger entryway lighting to give the illusion that someone is home.

Remote locks are also useful if you are planning on going away for the holidays, but still need to allow certain visitors into your home while you're gone. You'll be able to lock and unlock your doors remotely and be alerted every time the door is unlocked. This means if you happen to forget your house keys you'll be able to let yourself in when you return from vacation. If you're leaving your teens or young adult children behind this holiday season, you can get alerts for when they leave or come home. You can even set up an emergency automation that unlocks your doors if a fire is detected.

If you're still likely to worry with a home security system, smart doorbell and remote lock, then consider video surveillance. You'll be able see live video of your home from your smartphone, tablet or computer and sync your cameras to motion detectors so you can receive video clips of movement as soon as the sensors are triggered.

Don't let your home look abandoned
If your Keller home looks like it has been abandoned (temporarily), that is often a green light for a passing burglar.
It's one thing to arm your home security systems before you leave, but it's another step entirely to make sure your home looks lived in when you're gone. However, there are a few ways you can create this illusion:

* Ask a neighbor, friend or family member to help collect mail and packages, shovel snow and move cars. Trick burglars into thinking you are there.
* Use a smart lighting system that lets you program lights to come on at specific times each day. This is an easy way to make it look like you're home.

Grove Team 2017/2018

Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home ownership. Call 817-337-0000 for Keller Home's for sale in Keller ISD.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

5 questions for Keller homeowners considering a new deck

Patio Deck

When planning a deck project, choosing the right material is key to the enjoyment and value you'll get from your outdoor living space. Today, there are more choices in decking materials than ever before, including high-performance composites, which are increasingly replacing wood in backyards throughout Keller.

As you weigh your options, here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about composite decking:

What are the key benefits of composite decking?
Unlike wood, high-performance composite decking resists fading, scratching and mold - and won't rot, warp, crack or splinter. Wood decking does not age gracefully, even with regular maintenance - including washing, staining and sealing that can take several days and a considerable number of materials and tools. Composites require minimal upkeep. You never need to worry about painful splinters or the laborious sanding, staining or painting - just an occasional soap-and-water cleaning will do the trick.

Does composite decking look natural?
The aesthetics of composite decking have evolved considerably over the years. Today's offerings feature high-definition wood-grain patterns that are nearly indistinguishable from real wood textures. Additionally, composite decking comes in a wider variety of color options to complement the exterior of any home. Ranging from rich browns and warm umbers to spicy reds and pristine grays, composites are more natural than ever before and boast a vibrancy that remains unchanged without having to stain and re-stain year after year.

How do composite costs compare with wood?
Initially, composite decking costs more, board for board, than pressure-treated lumber. But rather than deteriorating over time, composite decking delivers more long-term value due to its minimal maintenance requirements. When you consider the cumulative costs of power washing, sanding, staining and painting a wood deck every season, composite decking proves a much better value over time. According to HomeAdvisor.com, maintenance for a wood deck costs an average of $540 to $1,050 per year compared with just $15 to $20 for a composite deck.

Are composite materials environmentally friendly?
Wood might be a natural material, but the chemical coatings used to protect the wood from rot and mold are not. Composite decking, on the other hand, uses few chemicals in its manufacturing and the upkeep is simple - just soap and water. Additionally, Trex decking is made from 95 percent recycled materials, including plastic film recycled from a variety of items, such as grocery bags and newspaper sleeves. The company repurposes more than 400 million pounds of plastic and wood particles annually that would otherwise end up in landfills.

What's the difference between "capped" and "uncapped" composites?
Early generations of composite decking were "uncapped," leaving them vulnerable to staining, fading, mold and mildew. The leading composite products available today are "capped" with a protective outer layer that is bonded to the core during the manufacturing process. This "shell" contains UV inhibitors and other ingredients to ensure the deck boards retain their aesthetics and durability. In addition to resisting fading, staining and mold, they won't rot crack or splinter like wood and require minimal maintenance. For Keller homeowners, the choices are plentiful.


Grove Team 2017/2018

Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home ownership. Call 817-337-0000 for Keller Home's for sale in Keller ISD.