The New Year is here! When it comes to creating the perfect living space, the design elements you choose can make or break your home’s entire aesthetic. So… what trends will dominate home decorating in 2019? The Lippincott Team predicts what you should keep on your radar in the New Year.
In 2018, we saw an uptick in casual, farmhouse-chic trends that pay homage to Chip and Joanna Gaines and their remodeling style on HGTV’s hit show, “Fixer Upper”. This year, we’re predicting that trend continues with a more sophisticated twist. Elegant comfort can be achieved with warm wall colors and antique wooden furniture with a tarnished look.
Along with the physical coziness that this home décor style achieves, people are also seeking emotional comfort in their home too! Our surroundings tend to feel more welcoming and “at home” when we’re among warm neutrals and comfy favorites, like furniture with big, soft, rounded arms. Cozy beds with upholstered headboards and footboards will be covered in comfortable textiles, making bedtime your new favorite time of day!
We’re also predicting antiques continue to make a comeback and grow increasingly popular in 2019. Handcrafted authenticity and pieces with history behind them will be more common this year. Your home will have personality and tell a story by adding a few unique pieces from your favorite local secondhand or antique shop.
2019 is going to have some fantastic home design trends! Will any of these make their way into your home this year? Let the Lippincott Team know what you’re planning to update and stay engaged with us on social media! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter by following the links below. We look forward to connecting with you this year!
Happy New Year! As we welcome 2019, most of us begin to think about goals we’d like to achieve in the new year. While we can’t help you cut back on fast food or make it to the gym more often, we can most definitely help you make your next move!
If you’re in the market to buy this year, The Lippincott Team proudly boasts some of the hottest properties on the market in the most desired subdivisions and neighborhoods in Northwest Houston! You can browse through our current listings here. Our team of friendly, experienced agents are ready to show you the property of your dreams and we’re looking forward to helping you find your dream home in 2019.
If you’re looking to sell your home in the new year, there’s no time like the present! January is an excellent time to list your property because people looking for a new home now tend to fall into the ‘serious buyer’ category. Typically, we tend to find that more homes are sold with less viewings during this time. While spring is traditionally a very popular time to list your home, the market is more congested. Let the Lippincott Team list your property now and we’ll market your home to stand out from the crowd!
We wish you good health, prosperity, and best wishes sticking with those New Year resolutions! If moving tops that list for you in 2019, The Lippincott Team would be delighted to help you. Store our number in your phone and give us a call when you’re ready! 713-494-8818
Make Sure You’re Taking These Simple Steps for a Safer Home
We’ve all seen the news about wildfires raging in other parts of the country, destroying thousands of homes and businesses in their paths. While we’re not in any immediate danger of a wildfire here in Houston, seeing these events serve as a good reminder about taking steps to fireproof your home as best as possible, especially during the holidays when fire-related instances tend to grow.
1. Install Smoke Alarms
This is critical role in fireproofing your home can help ensure your family can get out if your home is on fire. While most homes already have smoke alarms installed, properly maintaining them is up to you. Make sure you’re testing your smoke alarms often and changing the batteries routinely.
2. Keep Fire Extinguishers Close By
Strategically placed fire extinguishers around your home can help stop a fire before it gets out of hand. We suggest storing one in your kitchen area, near your fireplace, outdoor grill, or where flammables are kept in the garage. Don’t forget to check expiration dates on them; you won’t use them often – maybe never – before they expire and need to be replaced or refilled.
3. Winter Holiday Fire Safety
We decorate our homes inside and out with beautiful Christmas lights, often without checking to make sure no damage occurred while they were stored away. Be sure to inspect holiday lights each year before you put them up, and throw away light strands with pinched or frayed wires. If you have a live tree, make sure you water it daily, and avoid placing it too close to a heat source, like your fireplace or mantle with lit candles.
While these are just a few ways to get started fireproofing your home, they are all simple steps that you can do today. They won’t make you completely invulnerable to fire dangers, but you’ll be better prepared to protect your home, your loved ones and your property this holiday season. The Lippincott Team happily provides references for electricians and more to our clients! Call our office any time at 713-494-8818 to speak to one of our experienced real estate agents for more information.
Are you trying to decide whether you should list your home now or wait until the new year? We get it — the need to sell your home doesn’t stop when the hustle and bustle of the holiday season picks up. In fact, selling during the holiday season can actually offer some unique benefits that sellers during the more active listing seasons won’t get to take advantage of.
For instance, your home will have less competition during the holiday season. Your home will be more prominent to buyers looking to buy during this time, so your house could potentially sell quicker than in spring or summer, when the competition in real estate is at its peak. Plus, buyers during this time are usually serious buyers with the intent to purchase soon; they tend to have a specific reason for house hunting now, like relocation or making a purchase by year’s end for tax purposes.
Plus, what better way to show your home than during a festive season? Take advantage of subtle, warm lighting and tasteful holiday decorations to make your home look inviting. Buyers will be able to imagine themselves cozying up at your home during the holidays, and consequently, could become more attached to your property.
Ultimately, selling your home during the holidays is no different than selling any other time with a solid plan and an experienced real estate agent. With the Lippincott Team listing your property you’ll benefit from experience, expert advice, and sound guidance required for selling in today’s market in the Northwest Houston area. If you’d like to know more information about who we are and how we can help you sell your home this holiday season, give us a call today at 832-392-8818. We look forward to working with you!
Are you looking into buying your first home? Congratulations! If you’re ready to put down some roots in Cypress, The Lippincott Team is here to help you every step of the way. But before we get started, there’s a few questions you should ask yourself to make sure you’re ready to take the leap into home ownership..
1. Do you have a stable income?
You wouldn’t be able to make a monthly mortgage payment without one, and you probably wouldn’t be approved for one either. If you haven’t established much of a work history, it may not be the right time for you to buy a home. While you work on beefing up your resume, don’t forget to build up your financial snapshot too! This way, you’ll be fully prepared to apply for a mortgage and buy a home when the time is right for you.
2. Credit matters!
Is your score good enough? It’s a major part of your financial picture. Get familiar with your credit score and read more about how it affects your home buying options in our previous blog post.
3. Have you been saving?
Did you know some mortgages require the buyer to save up to 20% of the price of a home? While some down payments are less, a considerable amount needs to be saved before you can purchase a home. Don’t forget – a down payment isn’t the only thing you need to be saving for during the home buying process. Inspections, appraisals, titles, and closing fees can all be costly for a first-time buyer.
If you answered “yes!” to all three questions, it may be time to buy your first home. Buying for the first time can be overwhelming and confusing, but The Lippincott Team stands prepared for today’s market and every buyer’s unique situation. We look forward to working with you! Get started today by calling our office at 713-494-1818.