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Give your master bedrooms a refresh. Purging clutter, setting up organizing systems, and clearing out the dust bunnies from underneath the bed will give you a fresh perspective about your Master Bedroom.
Once completed, your newly organized master bedroom will be simple, clean, and clutter free. Don’t keep clothes in the dresser drawers (keep them all in the closet), no more book shelves in there anymore, and the room will be free of excess clutter. You will create a peaceful environment where you are able to unwind after a long day. That is the goal. Make this space a calming place where you can relax. Here are the steps that will get you there.
THE ORGANIZING PROCESS
1. PREPARE: Collect 5 laundry baskets/boxes and label as follows.
2. SORT: Concentrating on one hot spot at a time, empty the space completely.
Under the bed – Pull everything out and sort it into the baskets. Try to keep this space empty and free of dust!
Dresser drawers – Pull out all of the clothes and empty onto the bed. Sort through each piece of clothing. Does it fit? Do you still wear it? If not, donate it! Fold and place the clothes back into the drawers (like items together).
Night Stands – Empty out the drawers and the top of the stand. Clean it off, wipe it down, and only put back the necessities back!
Dresser top – Clean it off, going through each item thats on there. Sort though using the basket system. Wipe clean and put back only necessary items. This is a clutter hot spot. This is the first area people notice when walking into the bedroom! Try to keep it clear of the clutter.
All other hot spots in the room – Using the basket system, go through what’s left of the room.
4. ORGANIZE: Once its all clean, you are ready for the fun part – organizing! This is an important step if you want to keep your room clean. Use baskets and bins to categorize items.
I love our bedroom. I love the style, the colors, and the atmosphere. It’s comfortable and calming. There is no clutter and the surfaces are clear. White bedding makes a huge difference, eliminating visual clutter and it’s an easy transformation.
Make a habit of making your bed every morning, as soon as you get up.
Clear the top of your nightstand of excess clutter and only keep what you use daily on it.
Keep things organized! This essential organizer is actually a lipstick organizer from Anthropologie. Use a basket to hold the books you're currently reading.
Use drawer organizers and categorize each section. This keep things neat and orderly. These organizers are found at TJ Maxx.
Use drawer dividers. These cedar dividers created three separate sections to organize these things.
If you keep clothing in your dresser, you can still have an organized system in place.
Tip: If you store t-shirts in your dresser drawers, this is a must have. Neatly fold your clothing using this tool.
Efficiently folding and organizing your clothing saves you time and space in the long run.
Use drawer organizers to corral socks & undergarments.
Set up a seating area (if you have the space). It's great having chairs to relax and read or watch television.
Create a cozy and relaxing space for you to unwind in each night. Keep the clutter away and maintain what you have created on a daily basis.
You can simplify your master bedroom! Begin with decluttering and go from there.
If you need some guidance with your decluttering project, we can put you in touch with one of our experts at home organization to assist you. Just call or text us - we're happy to help: 720-314-8462
If updating the direction of your bedroom decoration is on the top of your to-do lists for 2019, keep the look and feel of it on trend with 15 of the ultimate bedroom interior design ideas culled from the wisdom of our decorators. That said, these savvy interior design trends and other top design ideas we’ve seen can work just as well in any other room in your home as they have universal appeal so you’ll be ahead of the curve.
Canopy beds never fail to make a statement for any bedroom interior design and the bedroom trends of 2019 call for a major return to the romantic style. Of course, canopy beds can instantly make a dramatic impact, whether they are traditionally styled or are more modern; there is a canopy bed that goes perfectly with every bedroom design; for any sized room. From the more old-world dark wood four poster beds with canopies, curtains and plenty of flounce, to a more sleek and modern ebony or white canopy bed with lucite panels and details.
If the curtains and canopies themselves are too much for you, then choose a minimal design without all the fuss. There are plenty of beautifully designed canopy beds available that will lend an enviable sense of elegance to your master bedroom designs without being overpowering.
Raised Storage Beds
Beds raised off the floor aren’t just for kids any more – space creating designs, full of functionality, are just as beneficial in an adult’s room as well. After all, who says kids beds can have all the fun and function as adults need just as much extra storage for their bedroom design. Beds are raised off the floor on a frame with underneath storage areas like rows of drawers or sliding doors where you can easily store bulky items that you don’t need out all the time.
With some styles we’ve seen, bedside tables and even more storage is built into the steps that help you get into bed. This works perfectly for making the most out of your space for a small bedroom design and it looks super modern as well.
Taking a cue from transitional styling, a well-judged mixed look is a great way to add fun and visual interest in your bedroom, and we love how creative and different you can be with it. This is the perfect opportunity to inject your personality and all of your favorite style features into your bedroom interior design and not feel compromised as there’s plenty of freedom for expression.
It’s time to break the tired rules of bedroom decoration and mix and match until you feel satisfied by the layered effect; contrast and juxtapose with dressers, headboards and side tables taken from completely different styles and confidently pair them together. Velvet headboards, wooden headboards, white dressers, dark wood dressers, minimalist side tables and Art Deco side tables can come together when well-balanced in your melting pot of modern bedroom designs.
The fanciful and highly gilt French armoires that instantly come to mind are a bit too visually heavy for today’s times, but with a more minimal look and feel, an armoire can become a handy companion. Forgo the ornate carved wood, the floral motifs and the intricate design details and go for something far more simplistic for additional bedroom storage. An armoire with clean, smooth lines and sleek handles is much more in tune with popular bedroom styles 2019.
How about an armoire in a jewel tone, with smooth matte gold handles? Sturdy and sleek, but practical and minimal at the same time, modern armoires leave much less visual impact. Simple sliding doors in dark wood look great and are a smart investment for any bedroom interior.
Don’t get us wrong, there’s no denying the instant luxury one feels when stepping into a proper hotel suite, but by going for a hotel-inspired bedroom interior design, we fell compelled to point out that we don’t mean the generic, white-washed feel that was made so popular about a decade ago.
Instead, take a bedroom design cue from many of the ultra-chic boutique hotels that have risen in popularity over the past few years. Today’s version of stylish hotels features Mid-Century Modern furnishings in petite scales and soothing colorways that are nothing short of enviable. Just look at how the perfectly scaled and decorated small bedroom design featured above feels on-trend yet timeless at the same time.
Sure, fully carpeted rooms have been out of favor for years, and hopefully they never come back in style, but that said, when it comes to comforting bedroom interior design ideas, the larger the rug, the more cozy and inviting the room will feel.
And for added textural play during colder moments, think about layering a plush sheepskin rug over your main rug for added visual interest and extra softness to avoid having your feet hit cold flooring.
Bring in Texture
Now matter how challenging your small bedroom design is, the easiest way to add visual play is by bringing in extra texture for an unexpected touch. Note how the bedroom featured here is extra-small in scale, but with a few textural updates, the room feel complete and fully realized without coming off as heavy handed.
You can blame that on the texture introduced via linens, two petite velvet ottomans, and a salvaged wood panel hung over the bed. All in all, the space is outfitted perfectly, even though it didn’t take much.
To create soothing bedroom decor ideas, go for tonal play and stick to only one color and the varying shades of it when possible. This will help your room appear more expansive, expensive, and ultimately, well-judged and put together.
And it doesn’t have to be a bedroom design doused in neutrals. You can go almost every direction imaginable, however, our interior designers suggest sticking with a color range that sings to you as you’ll be spending a lot of intimate time in your bedroom so you’ll need it to feel as complimentary to your mood as possible.
Make it Look Larger
Looking for small bedroom design cues to make it look larger, or are you on the hunt for clever master bedroom designs that will make the room appear grander and more spectacular?
One of the best bedroom decor ideas to accomplish both is to add floor-to-ceiling drapes along the wall behind your bed, even if there is no actual window. This inexpensive addition will not only make the ceiling look much higher than it is, but it will also lend your room a regal elegance that’s hard to beat.
Vintage Storage Trunks
Vintage style storage trunks are a classic, but they haven’t been in vogue for quite a while and make for a welcome return when considering bedroom decor ideas 2019 and we’ve seen them everywhere. They can be used to store items in your bedroom like knits and linens and are great for stowing away pieces you don’t use all the time. Vintage trunks also work as a stylish visual anchor when placed in front of your bed. However, our favorite way to use them is as bedside tables.
Stack them on top of one another to make a chic and retro side table. And go for classic colors and silhouettes to keep the look timeless as they make for an easy way to create a moodier and more luxuriant feel.
Another retro-inspired return you probably didn’t see coming; the boudoir vanity is back on trend, making it the perfect addition to any design style, especially a Hollywood Regency bedroom. Vanities are the perfect space for a proper dressing station and when paired with an oversized mirror, can create stunning visual impact. White and ivory are traditional go-to colors for boudoir vanities in a classic bedroom interior, but we suggest going in a more unexpected direction. Add some color to your bedroom design with a vanity in a deep jewel tone or in a dark wood and pair it with a high-shine metallic chair for extra glamor.
Together, these will create a much bigger impact than traditional white options and they look more unique as well. And do create a low-lying tablescape featuring products you not only use daily, but ones that are beautifully designed to boot.
Trundle Beds for Kids
Let’s not forget about children on this list of bedroom interior design ideas. Trundle beds are a great space saving idea as they are perfect for creating additional storage and can be essential for sleepovers. Trundle beds have come a long way since they were first introduced on the market.
How about a bed frame which looks like a cute little playhouse? Or a daybed frame that doubles up as a hangout area? The opportunities are endless with trundle beds, from four poster princess beds to tepee inspired tents; use their activities to inspire your children’s bedroom decor ideas.
Make a major statement in your bedroom interior design with an oversized or unusual headboard. Some oversized headboards stretch the width of an entire wall, whereas others are floor to ceiling. Some are upholstered in dramatic jewel toned velvet while others are simpler and more subtle. Whichever look you are going for with your headboard, its oversized nature is bound to make an impact. And if the scale is not right for you, opt for an unusual conversation-starting headboard to make your bedroom standout.
Work your bedroom design around the headboard, using it as the focal point of your room. From intricate carved designs, to headboards made out of reclaimed wood and even wingback headboard designs – there is something to suit every bedroom interior and taste.
There is no better piece of furniture to create a comforting yet opulent look in a bedroom, than a handy chaise lounge. You’ll feel like you’re in a retreat when you are lounging around on a sumptuous upholstered chaise.
They make the perfect addition to your bedroom design for a reading nook; comfortable and cozy, they lend themselves to lounging while getting into your latest novel. While traditional designs remain for great choices, there are plenty of updated, unusual modern chaise lounge options available at a variety of price points to suit any design style.
When it comes to master bedroom designs try to bring in as much natural light as possible during the day, but when it comes to the evening, update your bedroom lighting to set a more romantic and calming tone through layered lighting designed just for you to create a cozy and warm space to sit back and relax. By doing so, you’ll avoid your bedroom design as coming off either too dark or too bright while cementing the perfect ambiance.
When it comes to on-trend bedroom decor ideas, even the most minimal, subtle bedroom design could use a boost of brooding, everyday glamor.
Spice things up and bring in a few dramatic, statement-making pieces to make your modern bedroom designs all the more memorable, conversation-starting, and unique. Do keep in mind that balance is always key like in the room featured above, as nothing is competing with each other for a harmonious sense of perfection.
Floating shelves are a great way of displaying cherished personal items in your bedroom design so you don’t have to keep them concealed to the point where you will never see them again, or where they’ll spend most of their lives with you stashed away in a storage box.
Graphic shelves like the ones featured here pack a subtle yet powerful punch when decorated accordingly. Another trick for the eye is to add shelves the same color as your walls so they can blend seamlessly into your bedroom decor ideas.
Bedside Storage Ottomans
Ottomans make for a great alternative to traditional seating when considering smart bedroom interior design, and for good reason. They are oversized, practical, and can provide plenty of additional storage that’s also concealed. Planted in front of your bed, they’ll also double as the perfect to take your shoes off at the end of a long day while adding visual interest.
Interior designers suggest channeling the heady velvet upholstery trend in a strong color, like forest green or peacock blue, when sourcing an ottoman. You can also choose an ottoman with legs to create the illusion of additional space – especially modern with high-shine brass turned legs to add extra visual space to your bedroom design.
Looking for expert advice to renovate or update your bedroom? Perhaps you're thinking of selling and just want staging ideas for your home. We can help - just shoot us a text or call us: 720-314-8462
Since Master Bedrooms are one of the Top Three rooms in a house buyers consider most important, we want to help you add the most value to this important space. And if you're staying for another ten years, we just want you to enjoy it in style and comfort!
We all have our favorite rooms in the house, be it the kitchen, bedroom, or even bathroom. For many of us, it’s the room that offers the most reprieve from our daily lives that we love the most. However, it could be the room in which you invested the most time, money, and effort into making it perfect that becomes your favorite. This is a question we set out to answer.
We have previously discussed the varying costs of renovating certain parts of your home, but when it comes time to sell your home, you can often find yourself scrambling to make everything look as good as possible. But what rooms in your home have the most value placed upon them?
As a whole, the two rooms in which the most value is placed are the living room and kitchen, each picked at a 28.1% by the respondents. The master bedroom was not too far behind, as 19.3% of people picked that. This makes sense, as these rooms are usually where the most activity occurs. Your television watching, your cooking, and getting ready for the day are all activities respectfully represented by these three rooms. And the rooms we are in the most often are the ones that are going to mean the most to us, financially speaking.
So when you are planning which of your rooms to renovate for your family, consider which one you are in the most.
If you are in the position of selling your home, you’ll want to know which room to stage the best in order to have a better chance of it being sold quickly. Obviously it’s impossible to renovate a room on very short notice, but playing the odds could make a big difference. Do you live in a neighborhood where the prospective buyers are Boomers? Then spend the majority of time on your living room, as that’s where almost 32% of respondents aged 55-64 placed the most value. Or perhaps it’s a neighborhood with a lot of young first-time buyers? Focus on the master bedroom, because nearly a quarter of respondents aged 18-34 picked that room.
Another interesting note: 14% of those who identified as parents said they value the kitchen the most. On the flip side, 27% of those who identified as non-parents said the same of the kitchen. There’s interesting sociological conclusions to be drawn here, we’re just not sure what. But it relates to our view that knowing your audience is key.
The room that matters most seems to vary greatly depending on age, which also seems to have a direct correlation to how often one is at home. For instance, 21% of respondents aged 55 or older said the garage was their most valued room. It is likely that most of these folks are retirees who work on their at-home projects in the garage, which means they are at home a lot. Comparatively, the master bedroom earned the least amount of votes for that same age group. That room was most important to the 18-34 year olds, earning nearly 45% of the vote. This could mean that people in that age bracket aren’t home a lot, but when they are, they spend a lot of their time in their bedroom.
Not all of the stats surprised us, however. If you guessed that women would say the most valued room to them is the kitchen, and that the most valued room to men is the living room, then you win a gold star. For women, a whopping 35% said that the kitchen was the most important space, while for men they ranked the living room as most important (29%).
The Choice Home Warranty survey asked respondents “Which room do you value most in a home?” using the Google Consumer Surveys tool. The survey ran in April 2015 and gathered 1,101 responses. Results are weighted by inferred gender and region to reflect the population.
Courtesy: Choice Home Warranty survey
Here's a handy list to keep around that will save you time and money with a variety of common, everyday tasks around the house using, reusing, re-purposing items most homeowners already have around. As you prepare your home for spring, you may also have thoughts of selling, to upsize, downsize or rightsize your home. So you may find this list particularly handy to have around.
Roll Up Your Toothpaste with a Pencil
Good for more than scribbling the day's to-do list, a short pencil can also help you draw out the last drop of toothpaste from the tube. Starting at the end, wrap the mostly empty tube around the pencil, then roll the pencil up until you extract the tube's contents—and extend your budget!
Cut Your Sponges in Half
Sponges soak up everything in their path, including the funds required for frequent replacement. Fortunately for the budget-conscious, half a sponge packs as much grime-fighting ability as a whole sponge. So, you can get twice the utility out of one sponge by cutting it into two pieces.
Fix a Low Toilet Fill Level
Unless you own a dual-flush toilet, you're probably dumping way too much water down the drain with each flush, which in turn raises your water bill. Flush smarter by adding a brick or full plastic water bottle to the toilet tank. The extra bulk will raise the tank's float arm faster, which means you'll need less water to fill the tank.
Extend the Life of Your Razors with a Leather Belt
Before you dispose of disposable razors, try sharpening them with an adaptable accessory already in your wardrobe: a leather belt. The particulate grit on the underside of a belt acts as a strop, refining the dull edges of the blade until it is as sharp as ever and ready for many more shaves.
Vacuum Refrigerator Coils
Grit and gunk that collect on your refrigerator’s condenser coils can put the hardworking appliance into overdrive—and this can lead to sky-high energy bills. Using a vacuum cleaner with a crevice-friendly attachment, banish unsightly accumulations from the coils for improved energy efficiency.
Make a DIY Duster with Old Pantyhose or Tights
Just as hosiery brings polish to an outfit, it can add luster to surfaces around the house. Slip old, outworn tights or pantyhose onto your hand like a glove, and then buff dusty lamps, dingy furniture, and other accessories to achieve polished perfection—no commercial cleaners required!
Upcycle a Plastic Bottle to Save Water in the Garden
When water is at a premium, save your wallet and the environment by DIYing this slow-drip watering device for your garden bed. Constructed from a perforated water bottle filled with absorbent socks or strips of denim, the device can be planted next to young seedlings to continuously hydrate growing roots.
Fill Up a Half-Full Fridge with Empty Milk Jugs
Don't cry over spilled milk! Instead, put that empty container to good use. Empty milk containers or other large bottles placed in a half-full fridge can help increase cold air circulation and reduce your electric bill. Those frosty empty jugs keep the surrounding items cold, maintaining a low average fridge temperature—and a lower utility bill.
Make a Pot Scrubber with an Onion Bag
The flexible mesh bags that commonly house store-bought onions and potatoes can be given a second life in the kitchen as pot scrubbers. Start by cutting and folding the bag into the desired dimensions, then use a yarn needle to stitch the edges closed with rug yarn. That's it! You're ready to take your new scrubber to the sink and start cutting through grease!
Single-use commercial dryer sheets can make laundry day more luxurious and fresher scented, but who needs them when you can make your own! To create an all-natural equivalent, dip clean, cut-up rags into a solution of vinegar and essential oils. The sheets can be stored in an airtight container until needed and then reused for countless spin cycles.
Save Money in Summer with a DIY Air Conditioner
Skip the AC (and the AC bills) this summer by creating your own DIY air conditioner. Consisting of an old fan placed atop a bucket that holds a natural cooling source—frozen water—this quick hack will help you stay cool and comfortable as you soak up summer.
Recycle Scraps into New Bar Soap
If you’re down to the last few shards of that bar of soap, don’t replace it. Instead, reconstitute the soap slivers into a like-new beauty bar! Start by melting the soap scraps over the stove. Then, pour the mixture into soap bar molds, letting the bars dry before you lather up.
Reuse Glass Jars to Organize Your Workshop
In lieu of buying expensive organizing solutions to declutter your workshop, let mason jars or other glass containers take on the job. Rinsed, dried, decorated, and filled with fasteners or tool bits, these easy-to-come-by vessels become storage-smart accents suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
Boost Your Wi-Fi with a Soda Can
A can of soda offers more than just a sugar boost. It can also boost a weak Wi-Fi signal, and as a result, your Internet speed. Cut off the bottom of the can, then slice off the lid, leaving an inch or so connected to the can. Cut and unfurl the can, slip the mouth of the lid over your router’s antenna, and again enjoy buffer-free streaming sessions—all without having to buy an expensive name-brand signal booster. (For step-by-step directions check out this wiki: Boost Wi-Fi with Soda Can )
Upcycle a Planter to Store and Sharpen Garden Tools
If your tools aren’t the sharpest in the shed, skip the trip to the knife sharpener and consider storing them in this specially outfitted repurposed planter instead. When painted, sealed, and tightly packed with sand and mineral oil, a commonplace terra-cotta pot can help keep your gardening gear clean and the blades sharp, all at the same time.
Install a Rain Barrel for Free Water
Why consume extra water to hydrate your homegrown plants when you can capture and reuse your roof and gutter runoff with a rain barrel? Installed below the eaves for optimal water collection, a bargain barrel can reduce your next water bill and help you pep up your plants. (Now LEGAL in Colorado!)
Keep Overgrown Weeds and Plants Away from Your HVAC Unit
Lush foliage is a pleasant surprise anywhere but near your HVAC unit, where it can cause the system to run less efficiently. Maintain proper airflow and reduce electrical consumption by plucking weeds and pruning bushes in the immediate vicinity of the unit.
Trim Your Shower Curtain Liner to Prevent Mold and Mildew
When your shower curtain liner has become mired in mold and mildew, replacing it is sometimes easier than cleaning it. But if you keep an eye out for early signs of these unsightly intruders, you can keep the curtain looking good longer. When you spot the first bit of buildup, trim the bottom of the curtain with scissors to keep grime from encroaching any further.
Ditch Your Dryer and Hang Up a Clothesline
Few can resist the warmth and fragrance of garments fresh out of the dryer, but that experience becomes somewhat less appealing when you think about all the energy it takes to machine dry. A homemade rope clothesline dries just as well, and using one will not only save you money on your electric bill, but it can also lengthen the life of your threads.
Run Your Ceiling Fan Counterclockwise in Summer for Energy Savings
Before you turn up the dial on the air conditioner—and pay the price later—consider installing a ceiling fan. A fan not only allows for greater comfort and energy savings in the hot summer months, but if you go the extra mile of switching it to run clockwise when the weather gets cold, the fan can help warm up the room come winter.
Pick Up Free Mulch from Your Town
For a freshly manicured lawn on the cheap, don’t call your local landscaper—call your local parks department. You may be able to obtain mulch and compost from them at no cost, allowing you to beautify your front yard for the bargain price of—nothing.
We hope you find this information helpful, useful and that you enjoy saving money and time when you put them to use in your home. If you have suggestions for other tips, tricks, trends, stats you would like to see - just let us know - call or text us at 720-314-8462.
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These tips are courtesy @BobVila.com We
On Monday April 1 (no foolin') Sandy and Tim attended a Mastermind Class presented by Keller Williams International Master Faculty John & Holly Prescott.
- The Six Personal Perspectives:
· Commit to Self-Mastery
· Commit to 80/20
· E to P (Entrepreneurial to Purposeful)
· Be Learning Based
· Be Accountable
- Setting Goals
- Working with Sellers who’s listings have expired
- Working with For Sale by Owner Sellers
We believe this helps us serve our clients better, be better equipped to handle the needs of our sellers and our buyers in this market.
Spring is here and that means it’s time to… well, it’s time to appeal your property taxes. Not everyone needs to do this, obviously, but there are plenty of people who should. Do you feel like your most recent tax assessment was pretty high? Alternatively, is your tax record (you can usually find these online through your county assessor’s office) stuffed with wrong information that could be affecting your tax bill?
We’ll help you get it figured out. Welcome to your introduction to appealing your property taxes. (Specific information about Colorado appears later in this article).
Is it Worth the Effort to Appeal My Taxes?
Everyone has their own idea as to what their labor is worth, so jumping through all the hoops to appeal your property tax is a decision that only you can make. But if you live in a high tax state like New Jersey, Illinois or Texas, the new tax laws may be really hurting you with deductible property tax now capped at just $10,000.
The process can be very time consuming, so a few hundred dollars might not be worth the fight, but a few thousand almost certainly are. You should ask a similar question before you hire a lawyer to handle a tax battle for you — will it be worth it in the end?
If you’re certain that you’re ready to dig in for a fight, then read on so we can help you lay the groundwork.
Challenging Small, But Significant Errors
One of the most common reasons that homes are improperly taxed is because their tax record is incorrect in some way. Common problems stem from the house being listed with more square footage, more bedrooms or more land than is actually there.
Older homes, especially, suffer from these problems because so many people have had their hands on these records over the years. Every time the government caught up to the latest tech, someone had to transfer all that information over again by hand. That makes it too easy to swap a three for a two, or transpose 2300 square feet into 3200 square feet.
To successfully fight your property taxes, no matter how you choose to do it, you’ll need to know what the tax assessor thinks about your place. If the assessor’s office believes you have an additional 900 square feet or an acre that you definitely don’t have, you should have very little trouble appealing your taxes.
Mind the Window, It’s Not Open Long
A really important item to keep in mind when you’re exploring this tax appeal is that the window for said effort isn’t open for very long. You can’t just appeal on a whim, so have everything ready as soon as you can or resolve to try next year. You’ll have to contact your county assessor’s office to find out just when the appeals window is because they can vary pretty wildly.
Make sure you make real contact with your tax assessor because they can keep you informed about any and all changes to the way they’re handling taxes this year, as well as the deadlines that you have to abide by to stand a shot at reducing your tax bill.
Exemptions to Keep in Mind
Certain people, through service or simple longevity, have earned the right to reduced property taxes. That doesn’t mean they’ll get them right out of the gate, though — sometimes you still have to take it to the tax man.
Here are a few ways that you may get a break in your county:
Homesteading. In many states, simply living in your own home is reason enough for an exemption. You may find that only part of your property’s value is taxed under a homesteading exemption, but check the rules carefully because some areas only allow this exemption if you meet specific criteria related to age and income.
Seniors and Disabled People. Many high tax areas have rules in place to help protect the property of people who are older or have become disabled. If either of these statuses apply to you, call your tax assessor’s office and ask for details. Typically you have to income qualify.
Military Vets. Vets who have served during wartime will often qualify for property tax exemptions, provided they were honorably discharged. Different states may tack on additional requirements, but many go the other way and will allow any military vet to receive the property tax exemption.
Remodeling. Plenty of areas are willing to let you work your way to a tax exemption. For example, you might fix up a property that’s at least 25 years old and has fallen into disrepair. In Bismarck, North Dakota, you can get a five year exemption from paying on the value you added to the property just by bringing it back to life.
Green Housing. Some states are greener than others, but the really green ones will happily exclude the value of your green improvements from your tax assessment. It makes it easier to go green when you know you don’t have to worry about paying taxes on those improvements right away, plus you may be able to claim additional tax credits on your tax return.
This is far from an exhaustive list of the property tax exemptions you may be able to claim in your county. Take a stroll down to your county assessor’s office or check them out online to see what exemptions are available in your county.
Supporting Documents for Tax Assessment Appeals
Beyond your exemptions and corrections due to incorrectly entered data about your home, you can further attempt to reduce your tax bill if you think it’s still unfair. You’ll need to come armed, though, because now the county will be putting up a fight.
The most important tools you can have in this war are an up-to-date appraisal, a comparative market analysis and documentation of any damage to the home since the last tax assessment (for example if the roof now leaks because a tree fell on it, that would certainly reduce its value).
An appraisal is a time-sensitive document, since it only describes your home during a set point in time. Don’t rely on an old appraisal to get a tax assessment reduction, instead hire an appraiser to perform one that’s all brand new.
The catch is that you may spend more on the appraiser than you will save this year, but if you plan on staying in your home for a while, even the smallest dent in your taxes makes an appraisal a good long-term investment.
Comparative Market Analysis
When you can’t have an appraisal done, either because it’s not cost-effective or because you’re cutting your county’s submission deadline close, a CMA could save the day. Real estate agents are not appraisers, but they can provide a great deal of insight of their own. Since they have access to information on homes around yours that have sold, they can help you figure out what values are right now.
Unlike appraisers, who are generally deemed competent to judge the value of a property, real estate agents aren’t always given the same benefit of the doubt, even though comps (comparable properties) are pulled using very similar criteria. Ultimately, a CMA that helps establish your home’s value is an iffy approach, but it’s still an informed one.
Documentation of Damage
Serious damage to your home can reduce its value. So, for example, say you had a major storm and now half the siding is gone and the brick on the front sheared clear off below the windows. This is no small thing.
Photographs, letters from the neighborhood association, copies of fines your HOA is threatening to impose can help. The downside? Well, your house is broken and devaluing further every time it rains. Also, too much documented loss of value could make your lender nervous, to the point that they call in your note.
Presentation and Waiting… and Waiting…. and Waiting…..
Your supporting documentation is vital to the fight against your higher tax assessment, so make sure you have copies to spare. Once you’ve submitted or presented your case for a reduced tax burden, it could be several months before you get an answer. Keep those copies at least through the end of the appeals process because if any documents have gone missing, you’ll need to be able to replace them quickly.
If you end up still owing as much tax as you did at the beginning of the process, you can generally appeal one more time. You’ll want to bring more ammo with you, so if your first attempt at appealing your tax assessment included a CMA and not an appraisal, go the distance and have that appraisal performed, too.
Keep in mind that what you’re appealing isn’t your tax rate, but the assessed value of your home. The same tax rate applies, just to a much less valuable piece of property. This is both good and bad for you. It’s good because, hey, less tax. It’s bad because you could literally be undermining your efforts to sell or refinance your property.
You’ll have a much easier time appealing your tax bill if you have a legitimate exemption that you can claim or there are errors in your tax records. This is the easy road, compared to the harder route of trying to convince the assessor’s office that they overvalued your home by mistake..
Details About the Property Tax Appeal Process in Colorado
For property tax purposes, real estate in Colorado is valued as of January 1st of odd years, based on data for the eighteen month period beginning two years before the assessment date and ending six months before the assessment date. For example, the period used to establish the value for an assessment date of January 1, 2019 is January 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.
Frustrated Colorado property owners have the right to appeal property tax valuations through a three-step process. State statutes require the assessor to deliver a notice of valuation to the taxpayer no later than May 1 of the assessment year. The taxpayer then has until June 1 to file a protest with the County assessor, who decides these protests before the end of June or August, depending on the County. If that decision does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the taxpayer can appeal to the County Board of Equalization no later than July 15 in a County with a June protest decision deadline, or September 15 in a County with an August deadline.
If not satisfied with the results of the Board of Equalization appeal, the taxpayer can appeal the decision further within thirty days of the decision by filing a District Court action in the district where the property is located, appealing to the state Board of Assessment Appeals, or demanding binding arbitration of the dispute before a private arbitrator.
Unless there are complex legal issues involved or a very large amount of taxes at stake, it is not uncommon for property owners to handle the first two stages (protest to the County assessor and appeal to the Board of Equalization) without the benefit of counsel. The records created during those processes are not official, and any omissions of evidence or failures to make particular arguments can be remedied during the third phase, which allows assertion of new theories and arguments, even if not presented previously.
It is during the third stage of the process that the assistance of qualified counsel can be critical. Each of the three options at this third stage is a formal legal proceeding that requires the admission of evidence and the presentation of all relevant legal arguments.
We've added a link to the Colorado Judicial website for more specifics on the process: Colorado Property Tax Appeal
As mentioned earlier in this article, one of the resources you may need is a Comparable Market Analysis ("CMA" or "comp") prepared by a qualified professional such as a Realtor®. Jones Team Colorado will prepare such an analysis for you upon request - call or text us with any questions you may have about the property tax appeal process: 720-314-8462
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