7 Tips to Increase Your Home's Value

7 Tips to Increase Your Home's ValueRemodeling to increase your home’s value is easier than you think. There are things you can do to improve your home that only cost a few dollars, or a few thousand dollars. That means, regardless of your budget, there’s always something you can do give your home’s worth a boost. Myrtle Beach is one of the fastest growing metros in the country, and that means stiff real estate competition. While it may be a buyer’s market, new homes and new developments seem to go up every day. So if you’re looking to sell your home, here are a few things you can do to stand out among the rest:

1. Update your kitchen. The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the home that buyers will look at. Update the kitchen with a new backsplash (that we can install for you), flooring (again call us), or even some new, modern appliances to appeal to a younger demographic.

2. Paint. The simplest thing you can do to add value to your home is give it a paint job. You can hire professionals or do it yourself to save on the costs. Keep in mind that neutral colors are the most appealing to buyers.

3. Make your home energy-friendly. Modern home buyers are looking to purchase a home that will save them on utility bills. Make sure there aren’t any gaps near the windows that allow the hot summer air inside and drive up your electric bills. If your water heater is old, think about a replacement to impress buyers.

4. Improve your floors. We always see the value that brand new floors have in the minds of buyers. If you have cheap flooring, expect your home to be worth less than if you had a quality floor installed. That’s especially true if your flooring is buckling, looks worn, or has spots on it.

5. Invest in landscaping. Whether your plant some flowers, a tree or bushes, adding a “wow” factor to your home’s exterior is vital to its value. The outside of your home is the first impression you will make on buyers, so make sure your curb appeal will delight open-house visitors.

6. Update your bathroom. A full remodel can do wonders, but if your budget is smaller, simple fixes can bring new life to a bathroom. Install a new shower, or even swap out the wallpaper with a textured, modern look. Even replacing the lighting in the bathroom will improve the look, and the value to a potential buyer.

7. Take care of basic maintenance issues. Have a leaky faucet (or God forbid, roof)? Been putting of fixing the dishwasher? Whatever simple problems that you have around the house can be glaring holes in the mind’s of buyers. Take care of the small problems with the house and see a big reward later.

If you’re looking to improve your home to sell, we can help! Our local experts have been improving the flooring, bathrooms, kitchens and patios in homes all over the Grand Strand for over a decade. Contact us for a free estimate, and for more home improvement tips, like us on Facebook!

vinyl flooring pros and cons

vinyl flooring pros and consVinyl flooring is one of the most popular choices in American households. Since the 1950s vinyl has been a top choice, especially in bathrooms and kitchens. Vinyl flooring is available in sheet or tile and is one of the most durable flooring you can have installed in your home. Tiled vinyl is found more often in commercial settings, like restaurants, while sheet vinyl is most popular in homes. Vinyl offers many benefits, however it’s not right for every home, or home owner. If you are thinking of vinyl flooring in your home here are a few pros and cons to consider before instillation:

Pros of Vinyl Flooring

One of the main pros of vinyl flooring is it can handle lots of foot traffic. If you have a large family, pets or are very active people, vinyl stands up to activity more than other flooring. It’s the most durable flooring and, if properly maintained, can last decades. Vinyl has a soft texture that is comfortable for most people to walk on.

Speaking of durability, vinyl goes great with most décor. Vinyl comes in lots of different colors and textures. You can also find different styles of vinyl, so you can incorporate your flooring into the flow of the home.

Vinyl offers a lot of water resistance. That’s why it’s a popular flooring choice in the kitchen. It also works well in the bathroom or laundry room. And vinyl makes sense in humid climates like ours.

Vinyl is also less expensive than other flooring options. Again, families with young children, or messy adults who spill a lot will find vinyl a better option. Why invest in an expensive floor that you have to keep young children away from? It’s a losing battle. The home is meant to be enjoyed, and vinyl removes headaches and worry.

Vinyl is also one of the easiest flooring to clean. A simple sweep and mop when dirt starts to build is all you need to maintain this durable flooring.

Vinyl is very easy to install. That means you can save not only on the flooring itself, but instillation fees.

Cons of Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl is made from chemicals that can cause a toxic out-gassing coming out of the floor after instillation. While it’s obviously approved as safe in the home, if you’re environmentally conscientious you may want to avoid this material.

You also have to consider the subfloor when installing vinyl. You need a smooth, flat surface to work on. Even a small grain of particles underneath the flooring will wear it over time, causing it to lump on the surface. That will eventually lead to rips and tears.

While vinyl is durable, it has some limitations. It’s prone to cuts, so you have to avoid dropping anything sharp on the surface of the floor. Vinyl is difficult to repair because it can’t be refinished.

And even though vinyl is resilient to stains, it can discolor. Vinyl can’t come in contact with rubber (like mats) and should be avoided in rooms that get a lot of sunlight. Sunlight will cause the vinyl to yellow.

If you are considering flooring in the Myrtle Beach area and are unsure if vinyl is right for your home, ask us! Contact us today for a free estimate, and be sure to like us on Facebook for more flooring and home improvement tips!

Investing in a new floor for your home takes a lot of thought and consideration. There are several popular types of flooring that you can pick from. So how do you know which one is right for your home? Picking the right floor depends on a lot of variables based on your lifestyle. To help you choose here are a few things to consider before installing new flooring in your home.

The first question to ask yourself is, “What do I use this room for?” In high moisture areas, it may be best to go with your favorite type of tile. Many bathrooms, for example, use tile rather than other types of wood to avoid mold buildup and to maintain the quality of the floor. You may want to opt for tile in the kitchen as well, especially if you’re prone to spills.

Your lifestyle is another important consideration. If you have kids or pets, for example you’ll want to skip carpet and opt for tile or laminate. Laminate flooring and tile will offer a more resilient surface, able to handle the messy members of your family. Hardwood flooring can be an option as well. Remember wood floors scratch easier, however most scratches can be buffed out.

Consider how much you want to upkeep your home when choosing a new floor. If you’re going to invest the cost of a new floor in your home, be realistic about how you plan on caring for it. Don’t like spending a lot of time maintaining your floors? Go with vinyl. Vinyl flooring, whether tile, sheet or plank doesn’t require as much maintenance, meaning your good to go with a simple mop or sweep. Other flooring, especially laminate, sometimes need special cleaners to maintain their quality over time.

The location of where you want the flooring installed is another important factor. You want to have that wow factor in the entrance of your home, but you also want the floor in your entryway to be able to withstand the elements. Many people opt for tile in the entrance for that reason. Flooring in the bedroom should be comfortable for your feet, while flooring in a basement should be resilient to water.

The décor in your home will also dictate what flooring you should get. Wood floors work great in home with rustic décor and natural colors. Pick a floor that considers your personal preferences, like what kind of patterns you like. That way you will avoid needing to completely redecorate your home after installing a floor.

Creative Flooring Designs understands you have questions when renovating your home. If you are considering new flooring in any room in your home, don’t hesitate to contact us and we will help guide you in the right direction. For more home improvement ideas and to learn more about our services like us on Facebook today!

Creative Flooring Designs announced it has received the “Best of HomeAdvisor” award for 2017. The award, given out annually to HomeAdvisor members, honors the top professionals in the home improvement and maintenance industries.

“We’re extremely honored to HomeAdvisor for this award,” said Bob Terrell, Creative Flooring Designs owner. “This award reflect our commitment to serving the Grand Strand with professional and personal service.”

“The Best of HomeAdvisor winners are among the highest rated service professionals in the HomeAdvisor network,” said Chris Terrill, CEO for HomeAdvisor.  “Professionals who receive this prestigious award should be proud and honored as they truly represent the exceptional quality of the HomeAdvisor network.”

HomeAdvisor chooses the award winners in each city based on three different criteria: Quality, service and value. HomeAdvisor honors those businesses that offer “superior work practices,” “commitment to providing the best assistance,” and doing work at affordable prices for the service provided. HomeAdvisor collects over two million reviews and compiles its best-of list based on positive reviews in each city it serves.

To be eligible for the award professionals must have a 4.0 rating on HomeAdvisor and all reviews must have been submitted by homeowners who have been refereed by HomeAdvisor.

Creative Flooring Designs has been a partner on HomeAdvisor for almost a decade. In order to join HomeAdvisor, businesses undergo comprehensive screening to ensure quality and reliability.

HomeAdvisor has been used by over 35 million homeowners since its inception in 1998. Currently almost 100,000 businesses across the United States are partners with HomeAdvisor. Less than 10% of its members win the annual “Best of” award.