Helena Talbot’s blog – Lighten Up Your Space for Summer

Now that summer is in full swing, you’re finally ready to open your home; the screens are going on the doors, and your windows are sliding back. However, with natural light now pouring in, you may be noticing your home is not as ready for summer as you are. Here are a few tips for lightening your space for summer.

De-clutter. According to the National Soap and Detergent Association, removing clutter from a home will decrease the amount of time spent on housework by 40 percent. Start by sorting through the contents of closets and cupboards and donating those items that you no longer use. Clearing out closet space will allow you to find a new home for items that are congesting your living space, giving you more room to enjoy and utilize space for BBQs and summer visitors.

Swap fabrics. In addition to clearing away the clutter, clear out dark, heavy bedspreads and curtains. Replace them with colorful bright patterns. You can extend this further by swapping out dark throw pillows for bright ones, and even ridding the floors of heavy rugs. Instead, lay down light cotton or sisal floor mats. In addition to a summery look, lighter rugs will retain less heat in your home than heavy ones, which will help to keep your home cooler.

Upgrade your windows. According to dailyfinance.com, direct sunlight can raise a room’s temperature by 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit, so improving your window coverings will cool your home. Consider some of the following options:

  • Drapery – Drapes installed around windows will not only add elegance and texture to a room, they can also reduce heat gain by as much as 33 percent.
  • Screens – Improving windows by adding retractable screens will help your family capitalize on the cooler times of the day and reduce AC use. Screens can also be added to porches to allow you to experience the warmth and sun of summer without fear of invading pests.
  • Window Film – Investing in window films, especially high-reflectivity films, will both protect your furniture from sun-bleaching and help reduce heat gain while still allowing you to keep your summer view. Window films are especially important for East and West facing windows which attract the most direct sunlight.
  • Solar Shades and Blinds – Solar Shades are designed specifically to help shield against the sun’s heat and reduce glare inside your home. And, according to Energy.gov, horizontal or vertical slat-type blinds are particularly effective at reducing heat gain by as much as 45 percent.

I specialize in helping buyers and sellers invest in real estate in Loudoun County and Northern Virginia.

I have over 25 years experience in the real estate industry.  As a Broker/Owner with Exit Realty Talbot and Company, I bring special tools and solutions that enable me to exceed the expectations of my clientele.  If you are considering listing your property in Loudoun County or the nearby areas, ask me about our latest internet marketing systems.  I would appreciate the opportunity to earn your business.  I am experienced in listing and selling short sales.  For information on the short sale process, please visit  www.LoudounShortSaleSolutions.com.

For a free market analysis on the value of your home, please visit http://www.LoudounHomeValues.com

My past awards and designations include – 2003 President of the Dulles Association of Realtors, 2003 Dulles Area Assoc Realtor of the Year, Salesperson of the year 2000 Dulles Area Assoc of Realtors,  Top Producer awards from both the Dulles Area Association and the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors.  I am a member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network.

I have lived in Loudoun County since 1979.  I am married with two grown children and two grandchildren.  My son in law is my business partner in real estate.  I love to jog in the mornings and spend time relaxing on my Trawler during the summer months.

Loudoun County and Northern Virginia Real Estate Sales and Solutions – Helena Talbot, Broker. I specialize in helping buyers and sellers invest in real estate in the Northern Virginia area to include Loudoun County and surrounding areas including Fairfax, Clarke, Fauquier, Prince William  Counties.  Our local neighborhoods includeLeesburgAshburn, Sterling, Potomac Falls, Brambleton, Broadlands, Lansdowne, River Creek, Belmont Country Club, Beacon Hill, Shenstone, Waterford, Lovettsville, Purcellville, Hamilton, Round Hill and Bluemont.                        Cell 703.727.9885    Office 703.574.3800

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