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The DuPree Team knows that most sellers want to get the most they can for their home when it comes time to sell it. Besides maintaining your home to keep it clean and appealing there are several fairly easy DIY upgrades most people can do with little instruction that will increase the value and marketability of the home. If you love to DIY and have the time to undertake some of these upgrades, you’ll be well on your way to walking away from your sale with a little more cash at closing. The following list is intended for the weekend warrior however if you experience level is more towards “entry level” google yourself a few YouTube videos on the topic and you may be surprised at just how easy some of these upgrades can be to complete yourself.

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The DuPree Team know if you’re planning or even just considering your next home renovation project, a few details probably come to mind: Your budget, your timeline and the contracting team who can make it happen. Finding the right person for the job is not easy and should not be taken lightly. It requires research and planning, it can be overwhelming, intimidating or just plain frustrating. The guide below will help to take the guesswork out of finding and hiring a contractor that will make your home renovation dreams come true!

Finding Good Contractors

The first question you need to ask yourself is what type of project needs to be done. If it is a small, specific project, such as cabinetry, your best bet would be with a contractor who

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Homeowner's insurance is a necessity and not just because it protects your home and possessions against damage or theft. All mortgage companies require borrowers to have insurance coverage for the full or fair value of a property and won't fund a real estate transaction without it. The DuPree Team knows that the world of insurance can often be confusing, and we have provided a guide for you below to explain the benefits and limitations as well as some helpful tips on how to reduce your insurance costs.

All polices are not created equal so make sure you read the fine print on your policy before you sign on the dotted line. The following guide will cover what a typical homeowner's insurance policy will cover but is not meant to be an all-inclusive guide.

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The DuPree Team knows that selling a home can be intimidating and is one of the biggest financial transactions of a person’s lifetime. We compiled some interesting information that we wanted to share with you about selling your home for top dollar. As you know The DuPree Team loves to educate our buyers and sellers about ways to maximize their potential and this is some great reading even if you are not currently in the market. These ten tips will help you to get top dollar when if/when you decide to sell your home.

Pricing it right

Find out what your home is worth, then shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. You’ll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids — even in the worst markets — and they’ll bid up the price over what it’s worth. It takes

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The DuPree Team knows that owning a home for some, is a dream come true, for others, it can quickly become a costly investment they pour their money into every couple of months when things break. In Florida many of the home are older and require some additional care to keep them in top shape. The old adage “If it aint broke, don’t fix it.” does not apply here. Preventative maintenance is the key to ensure your home operates efficiently and to minimize unforeseen and costly repairs down the road. Regular service and care will prolong the use of home components and systems. Additionally, damage from weather throughout the year can take a toll on the exterior of a home, just as daily use can wear on the interior and mechanical systems. As a homeowner it is

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I recently discovered this beautiful home designed by Alyssa Kapito Interiors and I was taken aback by how effortless the large black and white abstract art work looked with the simple and cozy home decor. Incorporating artwork in your home decor is very personal and can also be tricky! Its important to not overcrowd all the walls in your home with art, unless you absolutely love each and every art piece. If your having a hard time committing to artwork and are tired of seeing the walls in your home bare, i recommended installing some black and white pieces, whether they are are abstract sketches or black and white photos.

Interior from Alyssa Kapito Interiors 

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There's nothing like being on a beach vacation surrounded by sand, water, and tropical plants. The decor of your home should always incorporate items and a mood that gives you feelings of joy, peace, and relaxation. Today I am sharing interiors that incorporate coastal design elements in a subtle way. 

This bedroom from Design Villa gives that instant vacation relaxation feel. You can almost hear and smell the ocean breeze. The design feels unique and coastal with the focal point on the blue coral artwork combined with Morroccan style patterns and textures. The key to not making a design style too themed like is incorporating subtle accents of different styles. 

This Living room via Home Bunch is a serene balance of white and tan textures

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Bedroom from Gallerie B Interiors

The color Psychology on the color blue proves that if you want to add a bold look to your bedroom, blue is the way to go. The color blue is one of the most commonly liked due to its positive aspects. Studies shown that the color blue induces calmness, clarity, and inner serenity. It can lower the heart rate and even improve creativity! Enjoy these beautiful and bold bedrooms that would be so comfortable to curl up in. 

Bedroom via Domino Magazine

Bedroom via Domino Magazine

Bedroom via Apartment Therapy

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Do you love a classic white and timeless kitchen as much as I do? Colors and patterns are a blast to incorporate in your home but sometimes a design style just calls for a classic white kitchen. I'm breaking down the design details on finishes that will keep a crisp white kitchen feeling warm and cozy.

Starting off with the white cabinets, the key is to select a cabinet style that incorporates some type of paneling or molding detail. One of my favorites is a classic shaker style door. 

Kitchen via Kae L Interiors

Next up are the countertops. To keep the fresh & light look, you'll want to choose a slab material that the majority of the coloring is white or light gray with contrasting veining. Try to avoid using a solid white countertop as it

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Have fun when selecting your kitchen backsplash! Don't get me wrong, I love the classic marble subway tiled backsplash but there are so many fun patterns, textures, and colors of mosaic tiles to incorporate in your kitchen! Today's feature are kitchens with a bold backsplash while maintaining a calm and fresh feel. And if your not feeling a bold backsplash, be sure to check back next week and for more simple and timeless options. Happy Friday and enjoy!

Designer, Jennifer Muirhead, shows how to go bold in pattern and calming on color with this inspired Cuban tile backsplash. 

Image via Pinterest

The bold tile can also just be an accent in your kitchen. At the stove wall or near the sink is a great location for featuring a fun mosaic

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