Michelle Gillespie - Keller Williams Realty



Posted by Michelle Gillespie on 10/13/2019

If you're getting ready to rip out the outdated carpet in your home and are looking for a sleek, cost-friendly alternative to great looking floors, look no further. Vinyl flooring is a great option for you to consider for your home. Here are four reasons why you should consider it.

1. Low Cost - Buying and installing vinyl flooring is cost-efficient in comparison to traditional tile or wood flooring. Vinyl is a high-quality green floor made of recycled material that will withstand the test of time. You won’t have to compromise your look to fit your budget with these floors. 

2. Durable - Many of today's vinyl flooring options are made up of many layers. The more layer you have, the more durable your floors are. These floors do not damage easily, which makes them an excellent option for all households!

3. Options - Choose a rustic look or a modern look but get the same sturdy flooring. Vinyl flooring comes in a large variety of patterns, colors, and even shapes. Add some style to your room by choosing a vinyl floor that makes a statement. Your three options in types of vinyl flooring are:

  • Vinyl Sheets- These are great for large areas such as living rooms. Although these are typically the cheapest option for covering square footage, it is also the hardest kind to install. If you aren’t skilled at floor installation, it’s recommended to hire a professional to install vinyl sheets.
  • Vinyl Tiles- If you're looking for a DIY project, this is the perfect option for you. These tiles offer easy installation in any room. You can choose to glue them down for a more permanent floor or have a floating floor system designed to interlock, so laying them is a breeze.
  • Vinyl Planks- This kind of vinyl flooring is by far the most elegant looking, but still takes the market by storm with its affordability. It matches the appearance of beautiful hardwood flooring, which is why they earn the name "luxury vinyl." Like vinyl tiles, these also come with many installation options. 

4. Easy to maintain - Unlike original hardwood flooring, vinyl flooring is easy to clean and simple to maintain. This style of floor is not susceptible to staining from uncalled for messes. Vinyl's smooth surface resists easy penetration by water, oil, chemicals, or grease. It can maintain it's original beauty by simply dusting, mopping, and vacuuming. Each manufacturer has its own recommendation on what to use when cleaning, so when purchasing be sure to check out what's approved.

If you are ready to pull the plug on your current floors, consider switching to vinyl. Go to your local flooring installation specialist to discuss options that would work best for your home.




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Posted by Michelle Gillespie on 6/9/2019

That kitchen sink faucet needed replacing for a while, but between the cost of the new faucet and the cost of paying the hourly rate of the plumber and his helper, it is still the same old faucet. It works—sort-of—at least water comes out. Then, while watching one of those shows (that is either remodeling a house to live in or to flip and make some money), you see them change out the kitchen faucet, and you say to yourself, "I can do that.” 

So, the adventure begins.

On the surface, changing out a faucet does not seem like such a challenging project. However, if you are not doing plumbing on a regular basis, it can get more complicated. The first step is that you have to buy the faucet you want that will look good. That seems simple enough, but there are holes already drilled in the sink or the countertop, so you must get a faucet that will fit those. There are two ways to size the holes: either remove the old fixture or get under the sink to measure the distance between the holes. (This is particularly important if this is an older home.) 

Now to do the work.

Removing the faucet requires crawling under the sink. 

  • First, remove all of that stuff stored under there.
  • Turn off the hot and cold water. If there are no valves under the sink, you need to find the master valve for the house. (If this is the situation, you might decide to install valves while you’re at it, but remember, you are not a plumber, so that might be biting off more than you can chew.)
  • Now you find that the drain pipes are in your way of trying to get under the sink to reach the backside. So, you decide to remove them to get around under there. Seems logical right? Unfortunately, you find that someone else that is not a plumber replaced those drain lines and did not put them back correctly so now you are going to have to replace those.
  • Back to the faucet you finally get the water lines removed and the nuts holding the faucet to the sink. (They're corroded—apparently, there had been a leak at some point). 

Following the instructions that came with the faucet, you get it attached to the sink, and it looks GREAT! Unfortunately, you go to connect the waterlines, and the ends do not match the faucet. So, you remove the waterlines from the inlet valve and head to the DIY store to find new lines that will fit. You also remember to take all of that drain pipe with you because you are going to need to replace it and make it fit correctly.

Wrap it up!

Now you have the new parts you can get the water attached and the drain pipes reconnected. The drain pipes look a lot different, but they work, and they do not leak. Congratulations to you! 

You have finally replaced that old faucet. It looks good, but bummer it took you all Saturday morning and then some. Maybe you should have paid that plumber for an hour. You could have done something more fun. Plumbing is one of those DIY things that when you do not do it all of the time, you NEVER have the correct pieces and you end up making several trips to the store. You are not alone.

The choice is yours: spend money or spend time. DIY can be satisfying or frustrating, so remember to start a project with your eyes open to what could be involved. Good luck! 

For a referral to a qualified plumber, check with your real estate professional.





Posted by Michelle Gillespie on 1/28/2018

When was the last time you examined the lighting in your hallway? For home sellers, you may want to consider revamping the lighting in your hallway. By doing so, you can brighten up your hallway, and ultimately, help make your home more appealing to prospective homebuyers. So what does it take to improve your hallway lighting? Here are three tips to consider: 1. Add Lighting Controls. Although you may already have a light switch to control your hallway lighting, incorporating a dimmer switch or occupancy sensor into your hallway may prove to be a great option to enhance your hallway's overall appearance. A dimmer switch ensures you can brighten or dim your hallway as much or as little as you choose. The added control provided by a dimmer switch enables you to create a certain ambiance that you can share with homebuyers when they check out your residence. Comparatively, an occupancy sensor detects when a person walks through a hallway automatically. This sensor may serve as a distinct feature in your home, one that may help your residence stand out in the eyes of homebuyers. 2. Incorporate Wall Sconces. For home sellers who want to impress prospective homebuyers the moment they enter a hallway, wall sconces may serve as ideal additions. Wall sconces come in many shapes and sizes, allowing you to select lighting that matches your hallway's décor beautifully. Also, wall sconces are available that enable you to create both up and down lighting that can give your hallway a one-of-a-kind look and feel. Try to find wall sconces that deliver a sense of balance in your hallway. By doing so, you'll be able to utilize wall sconces that provide a superior mix of fashion and function. 3. Install Track Lighting. Looking to brighten up a long hallway? Choose track lighting – you'll be glad you did! Track lighting typically runs parallel to your hallway's walls and offers immense versatility. Therefore, it serves as a wonderful option for those who want to make a hallway dazzle day after day. In many instances, you can change the direction of track lighting with ease, too. This type of lighting gives you superb flexibility, and as such, remains an exceedingly popular option in many homes. When it comes to brightening up a hallway or any other area of your home, be sure to evaluate all of the options at your disposal. Remember, you'll want to do whatever you can to help your residence sparkle, and the right lighting may enable you to transform a dull hallway into an eye-catching one. Lastly, don't forget to consult with your real estate agent before you perform hallway lighting improvements or other home repairs. This real estate professional likely boasts years of industry experience and will be able to guide you as you explore ways to make your home more attractive to homebuyers. Take a close look at your home's hallway lighting, and you're sure to find many great lighting options that you can use to help your residence stand out in any real estate market.







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