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Quick Inexpensive Curb Appeal Ideas

Quick Inexpensive Curb Appeal Ideas

When getting your home ready for the market your curb appeal is just as important as the interior of your home. Every season has it nuances to make your home resonate with buyers, take advantage of them.

Your driveway is where buyers are first entering into your home. As they are traveling up the drive make sure it is in good condition. Power wash if you have stains, consider coating if it has not been done recently in the past three years. If you have a non-paved drive make sure it is smooth consider getting another load of stone to fill in any divots or dips.

As they get out of the car to proceed down the walk way to your front door make sure all weeds that tend to pop up between pavers are removed. Make sure that you are leaving the buyer with a welcoming feeling.slate

Adding inexpensive solar path lights can give your home “drive-by” night appeal, and create abidance around your home. These can light the way to your front door, and also accent plantings around your home making a big impression.

Your front door is important focus. This is what conveys to buyers to want to enter into your home and feel welcomed. Make sure the doorbell works, and if your handle is worn and the key lock is difficult to use replace them with a new set.front door

Make sure the glass on your light fixtures next to your door is clean, work and look updated if not replace. Look up and around, remove any cob webs or hornet nests, especially during the summer months since they tend to navigate toward protected areas such as doorways.

In the spring an easy and quick way to make your property look neat and have a big impact is to lay down mulch around your foundation. Pull weeds, prune the bushes and add a dark layer of mulch. The lighter orange color does not complement the grass, so you are best to go with darker mulch.

If you have gaps in your boarders and yard fill with bright flowers. In the summer months plant flower in the blue, pink, colors they convey a cooler look during the hot summer months. In fall replace annuals that are dying off with bright colored flowers in reds, yellows and oranges. Winter, tidy up beds by cutting back perennials, tall grasses could be left for winter interest.

By paying attention to the little details, show potential buyers that you have taken care of your home by doing so they will believe there are few problems around the property.

Welcoming Entrance

Welcoming Entrance

Your entrance way into your home is the greeting to all that come and visit. It should say “Welcome,” come on in. Here are some elements to consider creating the reception you want visitors to feel.

The focus is on the door,  but a beautiful landscaped lawn and path leading to the door help convey a pleasing entrance.

Pavers depending on the climate and style of your home various materials can be used to create a welcoming pathway to the entrance. It can be as elaborate as Belgian block or simple as crushed stone.Stone path

Lighting is a very important component to the look of a home. Make sure the lights correlate to the style of the home. Also make sure that the lights are large enough in proportion to the space where the light is hanging. All too often I see tiny lights that just do not look right. Consider up lighting foundation shrubs for a dramatic look. Lighting foundation shrubs also creates a welcoming feeling at night time.pathway lighting

Planting, this is important because it can make the home look welcoming and helps frame the home. I find a house without foundation planting look almost bare. Color from flowering perennials and annuals help bring interest and focus.boarders



These boarders done all in one color lead you to the welcoming entrance and make a big impact.

Front Door the style does have to work with the style of the house. The color is something that owners can play with to make an impression. It is amazing how a new door knob and lock can take a basic door from boring to fantastic. All of these features should be considered when choosing a door.front door

Although some of these features may seem not to matter, when you put them all together they make a big impact to say “Welcome family, friends and guests” If you want to make a statement consider these details to welcome anyone that comes to your house!

Wreaths- Great Ideas for the Holidays

Wreaths- Great Ideas for the Holidays

Every year I decorate our traditional colonial home by hanging wreaths on all the windows. I love the simplicity, and the charm they add. I do find myself navigating towards less traditional evergreen wreaths and thought it would be fun to share some great ideas.



Keeping the traditional color theme of Christmas this festive wreath was made with chili peppers and evergreens. This would be nice in a kitchen too.




Glass balls– the kind you can decorate your tree with, always make for a fun and lasting wreath.



This non-traditional wreath with all the colors is such an eye grabber!






Going a little more subtle with the glass balls, this is a beautiful wreath keeping the glass in one color. It adds “bling” to a traditional wreath made out of greenery.




Fruit is always a simple way to add color and interest to a wreath. Both of these are excellent examples…










Although many people like to hang their wreath on the front door, my mother in law hangs hers inside the windows similar to this. I love how it brings the festive mood into a room.


Why not add a little whimsy to your holiday decorating with tiny bells or presents made into a wreath. These would be great if you do not have a lot of space to hang a large wreath, or want to stand out from the traditional holiday wreath.

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I would love to see and hear what type of wreaths you decorate with for the holidays! Cheers


















14 Home Staging Tips to Sell Quickly

14 Home Staging Tips to Sell Quickly

A quick video outlining fourteen important tips for every investor and home seller.

The points Frank speaks about will bring value to the home and help a property sell.

Such As:

  • Staging helps you separate your property from the rest by standing out in the market
  • Staging gives buyers a great first impression which is what they will remember and most likely come back to after looking at many properties
  • Pictures on the MLS will look better, and stand out getting more buyer traffic which is what you need when selling in today’s market where 90% of buyers are now searching online first.
  • Staging allows the buyer to visualize the rooms better, they also know what the buyers in your market like so they will improve the appearance of your home to stratify buyers wants and desires.
  • Not sure of the expense of hiring a professional stager? Consider if you can be objective enough to create an ambiance in your home that a buyer would fall in love with. If you do not have the ability to be objective a Professional Stager is worth every penny.

Thanks Frank Chen for putting together this video!

Before You List on MLS

Before You List on MLS

Before you have the pictures of your home put up on the MLS here are some improvements that will benefit you greatly and gain a great return.

Home Gain Real Estate Blog posted results from a national survey of nearly 600 agents last year to determine which low cost home improvements will give sellers the advantage in today’s market.  The top five nationwide home improvements are:

  1. Cleaning and de-cluttering ($290 cost / $1,990 price increase / 586% ROI / 99% recommended)
  2. Lightening and brightening ($375 cost / $1,550 price increase / 313% ROI / 97% recommended)
  3. Home staging ($550 cost / $2,194 price increase / 299% ROI / 80% recommended)
  4. Landscaping ($540 cost / $1,932 price increase / 258% ROI / 93% recommended)
  5. Repair Electrical or Plumbing ($535 cost / $1,505 price increase / 181% ROI / 92% recommended)

Cleaning and de-cluttering continues to be the number one home improvement since the survey was originally conducted in 2003. What does that mean, what does that entail? I suggest to my clients that this is the first step to preparing a home or the market and it is the best time to get packing and organized. It will really save you a lot of time in the long run. Get three boxes one for items that will be moved to your new home,  a bigger one that will be tossed with all the items you have not even looked at or used for the past six months or more, and the smallest of the boxes will be one that you move but holds those items that you really don’t use but have sentimental value (like the first car keys you ever had.) Buyers look everywhere, an organized home will also make it easier for you when you have to have it ready in a snap because a realtor has a showing.

Lightening and brightening means replace all those old outdated Hollywood lights in the bathroom, put 100W bulbs in all the lights in your house, give your rooms light paint colors or a fresh coat of paint. You may have a passion for pine green, but you can paint your new home that same color. Get things up off the floor,  broken window blinds, or outdated curtains off the windows. Now is the time to make your home bright and airy feeling.

Home Staging, this has to do with placement of the furniture, the flow of the room, and how the contents in the home sends a message to buyers relaying an ambiance to the home. This can be difficult for some home owners because they cannot look objectively at their home. A lived in look is not a long for look for buyers. Update pieces of furniture, maybe new bedding and fresh new accent pillows. These are items that you can move with you, so enjoy the indulgence of the update. This is the one area that many homeowners fall short in getting the home ready for the market.  If you do not know where to begin, it is well worth the money to have a professional home stager work within a budget you feel comfortable with to come in and help.

Landscaping and all repairs are important because if you cannot grab the buyer within 10 seconds from the outside, which is all the time you have, they will walk away. Don’t expect  buyers will replace or fix repairs in your home, they will most likely walk away to find a home that is kept up. landscaping

Your expectation to sell your home quickly will be accomplished if you concentrate on the top 5 improvements where they are needed in your home. Your home is now a house that is a commodity that needs to be sold. Make sure you take the best steps to ensure it’s sale. If you have concentrated in these area’s your sure to be on your way to a profitable sale!


Fall Clean Up

Fall Clean Up

The growing season is coming to a close but it does not mean that you have to give up interest in the garden when cleaning up.

Take a look at this article from ehow home, it has some excellent pointers and great ideas to keep color in your landscape.