The Daytona Beach, FL MLS (Multiple Listing Service) reports that homes in the area have increased in price by 10 percent, and that the inventory is low, making the market highly competitive. Source: ... Kaia Anderson.

It’s expected to remain that way for quite some time.

What that means for you is to be fully prepared!  If you are in the market for a new home, be clear on what you can afford, and be sure that number also takes into account closing costs, points, taxes and other fees. If you are planning to start a family in the near future, buy as much home as you can afford; even if it seems too big now, you can grow into it.  If you see something you like, don’t delay on making an offer, and it’s also a good idea to be pre-approved, not pre-qualified, for a mortgage. There’s a very big difference, and your financial institution can explain it.

Once you find, and move into the perfect time, start your decorating and designing plans, and that should begin with kitchen and bath remodeling. The kitchen is the “heart of the home,” and it’s the place where guests congregate, so that should be your first priority.  A close second is the bath, because that’s more than just a place to shower, it’s your sanctuary.

David Waller Interiors is the expert on home improvement, decorating, and flooring in Daytona

Here are a few tips from interior designer Marc Thee to get you started on your kitchen and bath remodeling. You can see more videos from Marc, who was twice named by Architectural Digest as one of the top 100 designers in the world, on our website.

When completing a kitchen and bath remodeling:

● The backsplash sets the tone of the entire kitchen, highlighting, contrasting or softening the rest of the kitchen furniture.

● Think about contrast; for instance, if your cabinets are dark, you may go with a lighter counter.

● If you’re designing a master bath, start with something you love, such as textures, finishes, natural stone or splurge mosaics.

David Waller Interiors has been specializing in home decor since 1973. The company services Daytona Beach, Port Orange, FL and the surrounding areas. The company also carries a large inventory of carpet, hardwood, tile and laminate. The showroom is in Port Orange, FL.