Preparing to Buy a New Home

If you’re looking for a home for sale Las Vegas, now’s your chance! You can find yourself a great home if you follow the right tips. The first step is to find yourself a great real estate agent. Here at Lewis Real Estate, we can find you the best agent possible to fulfill your house hunting needs! We can inform you of what is available in certain areas and in the market you are looking for. Buying a home is one of the largest financial investments you may ever make in your life. It is a major commitment and responsibility, but it can also be a thrilling experience and a very exciting time of life. Here are few things to think about before buying your new home: Get qualified beforehand It is important now to prepare for the financing of your home. Start with a review of your own fiances and then work with a qualified mortgage broker or bank to get a very clear picture of affordable home options. If you’re looking for a home in a certain area, find out the price, and then talk to your banker to see if it is within your price range. This will help you to look ahead to what you can afford, without getting your hopes up too high if you can’t quite make the cut. This will help you be realistic about the purchase of your home. Prepare for your first payment – the down payment A down payment of even a few percent can make a big difference in what type of home and financing you can get. How much...

Clever Closet Ideas

Some people don’t realize the amazing potential that comes with a closet. It doesn’t just have to be used for hanging up your clothes, it can be used for a myriad of other things. Today we have some ideas on how to organize your closet, and also to use it in ways you may not have thought of on your own. If you’re wondering how to use your closet in your new home in Las Vegas, read on to find out more. Buy drawer dividers Many stores, like IKEA for example, sell drawer dividers that can help you organize your drawers in no time. If you do this, you’ll be amazed by how much extra space you have, and how easy it is to find your stuff. No more pawing through your entire drawer just find one thing. If you organize your things into categories, it will be much easier to find it all. Sharing closet space Sharing a closet with your partner can be the truest test of your relationship. The secret to keeping the peace is to divide the space in a way that accommodates the amount and type of clothing that each person has. Women tend to have more hanging clothes and shoes, while men usually need more space for folded items such as short sleeved shirts. Create a barrier between the two sections with a column of shelving and drawers or bins. Turn your closet into a home office To do this, take off the door, make a big bulletin board for the wall, and have fun buying file drawers and desk accessories. Add a...

Bedroom Decorating Tips

Decorating your bedroom is perhaps one of the hardest decorating challenges. Why is this? This is a place you may be spending a lot of time, but others may not see as much. You still want it to be warm and inviting and a place you can relax, but you may not feel as much of a push to decorate it. However, if you do decorate your bedroom in your new home in Las Vegas, you will love the results and how much easier it is to relax in such a room. Read on to find out more. Paint the inside of your lampshades If you use those greenish-tinted corkscrew bulbs, you may find yourself bathed in a green glow each night. To remedy this problem, paint the inside of your lampshades a very pale pink. This will combat the light. Make simple slipcovers for the headboard Get a great piece of fabric, cut out a front and a back, and stitch them together. Changing them up every season will help you give a spruce to your room and change it up often, without having to do a complete overhaul. Put your bed in the middle of the room One way to show your confidence is to put your bed in the middle of the room. Add bed curtains and it becomes a private domain. If you like the mattress to be a little higher (which will create more of  an ethereal feeling), purchase some bed lifts from Bed Bath and Beyond. They’re like high heels for beds. You’ll love it. Get new bedding New bedding can make your...

Dining Room Decorating Tips

Decorating a dining room is perhaps one of the most difficult tasks in your new home. Depending on how much space you have, and where the space is located, you may need to try to match the decorations with what is in your family room. This may be a difficult challenge if you’re not sure exactly how to do this. The best way to keep it simple is to match the furniture in a sense, but try as well to create the feeling of a different and separate space. Read on to find out more. Use delicate lines for small rooms If you have a smaller area for a dining room, it is important that you choose delicate lines so you do not overwhelm the small space you have. Choose side chairs without arms that require less space to maneuver in and out of. Make your own tabletop Buy a piece of marble from a stone yard and have them hone it and make it into a new top for a table you already own. This is an instant spruce to your table, and won’t break the bank. You’ll love the look it gives to the finished product. Open your armoire Shutting cabinet doors actually creates the illusion of less space. An open armoire is more interesting than a closed one, and will make your room feel more open and lively. It will also force you to have your dishes organized, because they will be on display. Turn your table into a library table If your dining table sits unused most of the time, turn it into a library...

Living Room Decorating Tips

Your living room in your new home in Las Vegas is one of the most often seen places by your family and your guests. It’s the place where you choose to gather, and, just as the name suggests – live in! It is important to decorate this room in a way that makes you feel happy and at home, and contains some great decorating items that add visual interest to the room. Read on to find out more tips for decorating your living room. Setting up the room on an angle It probably goes directly against your instincts to do anything but straight-on decorating, but turning your couches at an angle can change the entire vibe of your room. Try not only setting the furniture, but the carpet on an angle. Your room will feel completely different, it won’t have that stiff and boring feel, and you’ll love the way it changes up your view. Add a throw If you have an older couch that you’re longing to replace but just don’t have the funds for yet, try adding a throw blanket or pillow. Adding a new pop of color or texture not only creates something new and different for the room, but it will change the look without breaking the bank. Try this for some great results that you will love. Try different heights Instead of your average coffee table, try a pedestal table that is set at tea height. This is much more versatile, and you can even pull up a few chairs and eat at it. The scale and height creates a different landscape in the...

Bathroom Decorating Tips

If you have just acquired real estate Las Vegas, you may find that you are stuck on how best to decorate your home. It is important to incorporate your own style while keeping it fresh, beautiful, and modern. Today we have tips on how to best decorate your bathroom. Follow these tips and you’ll love the results. Contain clutter The secret to keeping order in the bathroom is to keep all small, loose items that are used there in separate containers. Put a real rug in front of your bathroom sink This is a better and more lovely option than a bathroom rug, and it will hold up just fine. Keep towels off the floor To do this, you need to keep not only dry towels off the floor, but wet ones too. Add some lovely hooks or racks to the back of the door. Make your bathroom feel like a spa To do this, buy fabulous oversized towels in a new color. Add a few small candles and light them at night when you have guests. This will give your bathroom an ethereal feel that you and your guests will love. Have crisp, beautiful colors. It’s not all about matching, but creating a place where your guests and you can feel relaxed and at peace. A bathroom shouldn’t be too busy, it should be calm and peaceful. Find a great mirror Antique mirrors are great options for the bathroom or powder room. The slight molting of vintage glass minimizes the appearance of lines and wrinkles. When people know they look great, they’ll have more fun at your home....

Easy Kitchen Decorating Tips

If you’ve just moved into your new home in Las Vegas, you may find yourself stuck on how best to decorate it. Decorating can be a difficult thing, if you want your home to look like your personality has been applied, but also that it’s not too over-the-top or impractical. The most important thing is to consider many simple pieces to make things all come together. Read on for some tips on decorating your kitchen. Consider glass front cabinets These cabinets provide great incentives for forcing you and your family to be organized. Any clutter or dishware put back in the wrong place will be visible for every eye to see. Try storing everyday dinnerware above the work surface, while hiding the clutter of pots and pans behind closed doors. It is difficult to organize those in a lovely way. Displaying dishes, however, is a beautiful thing to do in the kitchen. Create your own island Buy one of those stainless-steel or wire mesh trolleys by Metro shelving and get a big slap of stone or butcher block to put on top. This will instantly brighten up your kitchen and make it more conducive to cooking. You will love the extra “counter” space! Using attractive containers Finding containers for the items you keep on the kitchen counter, such as canisters for flour and sugar; even pasta! Think about finding a matching tray for oils and vinegar. You will love the look this creates. Double everyday items as storage A stylish way to store things in your kitchen is to use items you already have. Try using bread baskets or...

Money Saving Tips for the New Homeowner, Part 3

Our Las Vegas real estate specialists have just helped you get into your new home, and now you’re wondering how best you can save money on your energy costs. We have a lot of tips for you today that will help you save energy in your new home. It’s never too early to begin saving money on your new home! Read on to find out more. Choose energy efficient appliances Even if you have to pay more upfront, this will help you greatly in the long run. Choosing energy efficient appliances will drive your costs down, and you may even find that those appliances last longer than the average, regular ones. A refrigerator that uses little energy and lasts for twenty years is far cheaper than a fridge that runs for seven and guzzles your electricity. Think about the cost for the long haul. Set up your home with a power strip If you’re looking forward to setting up all your electronics, you should make sure that you do this with proper surge protection. If you choose a Smartstrip, this will control the amount of power that flows to your devices whether they are on or off. If your TV is off, for example, a smartstrip will cancel power flow to that device. This will keep power costs down on your bill. Air-seal your home It is wise to look for places where air may be leaking directly out of your home, or into it as well. These aren’t just air leaks, they’re money leaks as well. Fixing air leaks is pretty easy. Just use weatherstripping. Plant shade trees...

Money Saving Tips for the New Homeowner, Part 2

If you have found a new home through North Las Vegas real estate, you may have just gotten settled and are now wondering how you can best save energy in your home. Luckily, we have tips for you today on how best to accomplish this. Read on to find out more about maximizing the energy benefits in your home. Hang a clothes rack in your laundry room A clothes dryer can really eat up your energy costs, though it is convenient for many people. Battle that convenience and save a lot of money by hanging a clothes rack from the wall in the laundry room at use it for some items like t-shirts and underwear. If you hang up to 20% of clothes on the rack, you will save yourself about 20% of the cash. Check all toilets and under the sink for leaks or constant running It is important to do a survey of your home plumbing before you completely settle in. If you find a toilet that is running constantly, it will quickly jack up your utility bill. It’s also wise to peek under all the faucets in your home, just to make sure there aren’t any leaks. Be sure to repair any of these, because even a small yet constant drip from your faucet will cause your energy bill to be driven up. Replace your air handling filter When you first move in, be sure to replace your air handling filter. Be sure to take down the measurements, and then go to a hardware store to pick up the right size. If your filter is dirty,...

Money Saving Tips For the New Homeowner, Part 1

As soon as you’ve moved into your new home in Las Vegas, you may wonder what you should do next. If you’ve unloaded your boxes, unpacked you things, and are wanting to feel settled, look no further! We have just the tips for you. Right when you arrive is actually the perfect time to start a checklist of ways to save money in your new home. Start on these things as early as possible, and watch your savings grow. Check the insulation in your attic If you have an unfinished attic, stick your head up there and take a look around. You should definitely see some insulation up there, everywhere. There should be at least six inches around the area, and more if you live in the northern part of the United States. If there is not an adequate amount of insulation up there, or if your insulation appears to be damaged, install new insulation immediately. Having the right amount of insulation will drop your energy bill when it comes time to pay it. Lower your hot water heater temperature If you lower this to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, this is the optimum temperature for your hot water heater. Most people do not utilize water that is hotter than that, and this means energy used to keep the water that hot isn’t effective. Lower the temperature on your water heater and you’ll never miss a beat. Toss a water heater blanket over your water heater While most modern hot water heaters are well-insulated, some are insulated much better than others, and many older heaters aren’t insulated well at all. If...