How to plan your major home improvement projects this year

2022 the home improvement professional contractors will be busier than usual.  There are still supply chain issues and there are less skilled people willing to do the labor than in prior years.

The best move on your part is to plan ahead. Booking a contractor early will make the project go smoother, and gives you additional time for planning and design and more room for contractors to line up materials and labor. Here are two projects that you might be interested in doing.  They are both major focal points if and when you decide to sell your home, and give you a lot of joy by having done them

Winter: Kitchen remodeling

The kitchen area, in most homes this room is the heart of your home and it might be ready for a remodel. This is one of the most rewarding projects a homeowner can take on. The kitchen can be among the most costly and overwhelming rooms to remodel, so working with a reliable kitchen designer to express what you want and need in this space, plus a contractor early on is a good idea. This can be a huge advantage for you in the long term since it can have an excellent return on investment for your resale value.

In most families the kitchen is the home’s social center, so think about how you want it to interact with the rest of the home especially when you have friends or relatives over.   You might want to knock down a wall to have the open kitchen concept so you and your guests can mingle while you are putting the finishing touches on what you are serving.

National average: $13,000-$38,000

Early Spring: Adding an in-ground pool

The installation of an in-ground swimming pool definitely adds luxury far and above any other addition to your home. Pools offer many years of enjoyment, and an in-ground model will enhance your home’s value.

When you are hiring a swimming pool installer, research them and solicit multiple bids.  Plus if you have a friend that installed an in-ground pool and was happy with their pool professional you could contact that company.  A pool is a significant investment that will take several weeks to install, however, if you start in the early spring, you’ll be enjoying the water before summer. It’s worth it to take extra time to get the right professional.

National average: $36,000-$66,500

If you are planning to remodel or install you should be doing your planning and hiring of professionals now.  Please contact me – Jeff Vegas, your REALTOR for life.  I can give referrals to you for several professionals in any category when it comes to home improvement.  And when the projects are done you will be so happy to have done them.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want 3 cash offers? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

The Little Theatre is bringing more great shows this year (including one I’m in)

Living in Las Vegas we are very fortunate to have a multitude of entertainment all over town, without going to the strip.  There are several local theatre productions and many take place in the Little Theatre.  To get more information either call the box office702-362-7996  or email  The theatre is located in China Town at 3920 Schiff Drive.

The following is a sampling of what is coming up in the next few months.

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

This farce is such a classic.  I have seen it several times and it never gets old.  It’s the story of two bachelors, John ‘Jack’ Worthing and Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest.

Live performances – all seats are $30

Friday, Jan 14, 21 & 28 @ 8pm

Saturday, Jan 22 @ 2pm

Saturday, Jan 15, 22 & 29 @ 8pm and
Sunday, Jan 16, 23 & 30 @ 2pm

Musical Theatre Therapy:  Speed Dating

A Live Cabaret Performance co-produced by April Sauline and Hallie Lyons

The newest installment of the Little Theatres popular musical cabaret series. Focused on Love and Valentine’s Day. Musical Theatre Therapy is sure to be a tune-filled evening of fun!

Live performances – all seats are $30

Friday, Feb 18, 25 & March 4 @ 8pm

Saturday, Feb 26 @ 2pm

Saturday, Feb 19, 26 & March 5 @ 8pm and
Sunday, Feb 20, 27 & March 6 @ 2pm

The Speeding Theatre-Over 55 Presents:  Jack Benny’s Not 39 Anymore

by Marv Siegel

A running gag on the Jack Benny Show was about celebrating his perpetual 39th Birthday. Like Jack Benny, Norman insists that he’s as young as he feels. Retirement remorse leads him to hatch one cockamamy business scheme after another. His loving wife, Edna, is threatened when she discovers that their new neighbor, Rosemary, had a romance with Norman years ago. She also fears Rosemary’s son becoming a match for her daughter, and tries everything in her power to keep both pairs apart. Hilarity ensues!!!​

This show is a must see!  Why you may ask?  I’M IN IT!!!.  That is correct Jeff Vegas, your Realtor for Life loves the theatre and loves to perform, (when I am not taking care of all your Real Estate needs).  I am grateful to be doing live theatre again.  If you are comfortable enough, come out and see this fun show.

Live performances – all seats are $20

Friday, March 11 & 18 @ 7pm

Saturday, March 12 & 19 @ 2pm

Saturday, March 12 & 19 @ 7pm and
Sunday, March 13 & 20 @ 2pm

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want 3 cash offers? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

Flexible Spaces for Kids

Let’s face it when you are creating a unique space for your children it is usually a bigger job than you expect. This is especially true if you want to come up with something that will stand the test of time. Of course, the needs and wants of your children will change as they get bigger and older. If you don’t account for these changes, then sooner or later that “perfect” room you designed for your little one will be outdated and possibly even unwanted.

Is there anything that you can do other than completely redesign your kids’ rooms every few years?

Happily, the answer is yes. By taking into account the way that children’s needs change over time, you can come up with more flexible designs that can be easily adapted as your child’s interests shift. There will still be periodic changes that have to be made, of course, however, this type of plan will keep you from having to start from the ground up each time. The following suggestions are a few things to keep in mind to help you create some of these more flexible spaces for your kids.

Start Simple

When coming up with the initial design for your child’s bedroom or playroom, it’s a good idea to take something of a minimalist approach to your design. Try to figure out what the absolute essentials are, then see if there is an ageless way to approach them. Add color to the room, however, lean a bit more toward light or neutral shades instead of going with more extreme colors that your child may grow to dislike. An example is a girl’s room painted a bright pink.  At some point, she may say it’s too girly pink.

Invest in a few key furniture items that can be repurposed over time instead of buying specialty pieces that will only be used for a short while. Use colored rugs and other removable accents instead of going for changing the carpeting. Your goal is to create a simple space that has a lot of potential so that as your child’s interests change, you’ll have a base to move back toward and adapt the room from.

Child’s bedroom with butterfly wall and chandelier.

Customize the Little Things

Once you have a base design for your child’s room, it’s time to start customizing it to make it appear much more in line with their interests. This is where you can get creative and really try to match the room to your child. Lamps, posters, decorative items, and more can go a long way toward customizing the space while still being relatively easy to remove and replace if your child loses interest over time.

This is also a good time to consider painting furniture items such as desks and dressers. While this may not always be an option, most of the time it’s not that big of a deal to add a coat of paint to simple furniture items to help them better match the look of a room. By painting these accent pieces to match the overall layout of the room, you can make a notable change to the space that can be redone or updated in the future as needed.

Designing with Kids

As your children grow, sit down with them to get their input so that you can make additional changes that actually align with their interests. This doesn’t mean that you have to rush out and buy everything that your child wants, of course; use these chats to gauge how happy they are with their room, what sort of changes they might be interested in, and if there are any pieces of furniture or decorations that they seem to be outgrowing. The nature of their room is going to change over time, so make sure that they are a part of the conversation on how it needs to change.

It may also be a good idea to speak to an interior designer or decorator who has experience with creating functional and stylish children’s rooms.  Contact me- Jeff Vegas, your Realtor for Life,  I can suggest a designer that can help you make both you and your child happy.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want 3 cash offers? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

You have heard the name, however What is a Vessel Sink?

The bathroom is the most commonly overlooked area in the home when it comes to making fashionable changes. We all know that painting, adding accent decorations, and changing the various fixtures in the room will revamp its look. The one option that is overlooked and by the way probably the most stylish and noticeable is replacing your old boring sink with a vessel sink.

Vessel sinks aren’t right for every bathroom or every person’s more traditional sense of style. When they do work, they can really make a splash and give a focal point to the bathroom.  If you’re not sure exactly what a vessel sink is or how one would fit into your bathroom’s decoration, read on. I will cover the basics of these sinks, how they differ from more traditional sinks, and how to tell if one is right for your home.

The Ins and Outs of Vessel Sinks

The layout of the sinks in most bathrooms are pretty.  You have a basin is inserted into a countertop (and in many cases is an actual part of the countertop material), giving you a recessed area to wash your hands and do everything else that you need a sink for. They’re functional and more aesthetically pleasing than the metal sinks that are often seen in kitchens and utility areas. In other words the bathroom sink doesn’t do much to stand out.

Vessel sinks serve all the same purposes as a traditional basin sink, however have much more stylish flair to them. Instead of being a recessed sink built into the countertop, vessel sinks are a standing vessel or sculpted bowl that typically sits on top of the counter or only partially recessed into it. This creates a unique look for the sink that calls to mind a sense of nostalgia for more Victorian-era hardware. The faucet typically stands separate from the vessel and is either mounted to the counter or to the wall, adding to the overall look and highlighting the difference between vessel sinks and traditional basins.

Vessel Sink Installation

Compared to some other plumbing jobs, vessel sink installation can be a bit easier, however may also be easy to mess up if you aren’t careful. Provided that you aren’t installing a semi-recessed vessel sink, the main concerns for installing the sink are the installation of the faucet hardware and making sure that the drain hole in the countertop is the right size to line up with the vessel drain. Theoretically, one of these sinks can be installed by a single person who has a good idea of what they are doing.  In my opinion it would be worth your while to have a licensed plumber, that has installed vessel sinks to install yours. Need help finding a licensed plumber with vessel sink experience? – no worries just contact me, Jeff Vegas, Your Realtor for Life.

With that said, there are still a few things that need to be kept in mind during installation. The counter will need to be sufficiently large to accommodate the vessel and faucet, and made of a material that’s sufficiently protected against water, as vessel sinks are more prone to splashing than more traditional sinks. You will also need enough vertical height to accommodate the sink; even a modest vessel sink can add 6 inches or more to the height of the sink area, so you’ll need the necessary clearance for both that and the faucet hardware. Mounting and sealing the sink are also more important than with traditional sinks, as the last thing you want is for your vessel to leak around its drain and potentially weaken the countertop below it.

If you purchased a home with lower counter heights, this can be a great way to raise the sink to a more suitable height.

Are Vessel Sinks Right for You?

Vessel sinks can be very striking, giving a unique look to your bathroom that really catches the eye. They come in a range of different shapes and materials, letting you customize your sink to meet your personal design preferences. They also don’t necessarily require as large of a counter or support structure as more traditional sinks, so they can work well in some smaller bathrooms provided they’re properly mounted. Vertical space and splash considerations may create issues, however.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want 3 cash offers? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff