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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 11/27/2019

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Before you ever place your home on the market, start working on curb appeal. What’s curb appeal? It’s the first thing that makes people want to take a second look when they drive by. If they’re house shopping or just dreaming for the future, a home with curb appeal will bring them back once it has a “For Sale” sign in the yard.

Where Do You Start?

  • Fix the small stuff: The crooked shutter, sagging fence, loose bricks in the walkway or cracks in the stucco trigger the subconscious to wonder what else is wrong. Start your curb appeal efforts by making sure the basics are in top shape.
  • Water the lawn and keep it mowed. Trim the edges too. Rake up leaves and branches, and bag them for removal. Even if your landscaping is simple, if it’s well-kept it catches the eye.
  • Weed the flowerbeds and along the fences. Prune the overgrown bushes and trees too. Sweep away spider webs and debris from corners and gutters.
  • Wash down the exterior surfaces of the house and wash the windows, so they sparkle.

Now that you’ve completed the basics, move on to the more intricate — and costly — items. These include painting the front door a bold, brilliant hue, and while you’re at it, paint the house trim. Even if you can’t paint the entire house, freshening the door and window trim gives your house the “cared for” feeling that buyers want.

Change out the bulbs in the carriage lights and keep them brightly lit. Do the same with the porch lights. As the seasons change, homebuyers may be seeing your home in the early evening, so illuminate pathways with solar lights or place lights at the base of trees, bushes or architectural details of your home.

If your gutters sag, call out a service technician and get them realigned or repaired. Do the same with the downspouts. If they are dented or smashed on the ends, replace them, so they don’t detract from your home.

If you have time to replant your flower beds, add seasonal blooming flowers or colorful foliage to attract the eye. Even if you can’t replant your beds, set out pots of colorful flowers in the front of your home.

If the front of your home has a long driveway or walkway, consider concrete acid stain to give it a beautiful, new surface. And, if the door at the end of that driveway is dented, droopy or bulges, get it replaced. The R.O.I. is worth it.




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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 10/23/2019

In a competitive selling market, it’s vital to make sure you take advantage of any way to give your home an edge over the competition.

Many sellers make expensive home improvements in the hopes of attracting buyers. But, even if you’re on a budget, there are ways to boost curb appeal and increase the value of your home to make your home competitive in today’s seller’s market.

In today’s post, I’m going to cover eight low-cost upgrades you can make to your home today. We tried to keep all of the upgrades under $100 so that you can stick to your budget while still making a big difference in your home.

1. Paint the front door ($30)

One of the first things a potential buyer will notice about your home is the front door. Putting on a fresh coat of paint, especially one that pops and contrasts with the color of your home, will help to make it stand out on the block.

2. Paint your interior trim and baseboards ($75 - $100)

Baseboards often get dirty or scuffed up over the years. Putting a fresh coat of paint will make the entire room look like new. Stick with white for most rooms--it will brighten them up and make them feel clean.

3. Replace your outlet and light switch plates ($20)

They get dirty, they crack, and they get covered in messy paint every time you repaint your walls. Outlet and switch plates see a lot of wear and tear, and a dirty one can be off-putting for potential buyers.

For just a few dollars each or less, replace them all to give the rooms of your home a facelift.

4. Replace fixtures ($50 - $100)

Whether it’s the knobs of your kitchen cabinets or faucet fixtures, there are a number of small items in the kitchen and bathrooms that can be upgraded.

Stainless steel is now out of style, with homeowners choosing brushed nickel and bronze over the traditional stainless.

5. Choose a new shower head ($30 - $50)

Installing a shower head is a lot easier than it looks. Plus, luxurious looking shower heads can be purchased for less than $50 on Amazon, making them a great choice to add a touch of indulgence to the shower.

6. Add new bright, energy efficient lighting ($30 - $50)

Bright LEDs can make a room feel more spacious and modern, and it can save you a few dollars on the electric bill. Installing new lights throughout the home is a good way to show off what lies within.

7. Paint or replace your mailbox ($20 - $80)

Mailboxes can easily get dirty and dented over the years and most of us pay little mind to them. But prospective buyers likely will be on the lookout for any signs of neglect when they view your home. Having a freshly painted mailbox will leave a good first impression.

8. Rent a pressure washer for a day ($50 - $100)

Pressure washing the exterior of your home can make a huge difference when it comes to upgrading curb appeal. Vinyl siding gets dirty quickly and isn’t all that easy to clean.

You can rent a pressure washer from The Home Depot or your local hardware store for typically less than $100 a day.





Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 8/28/2019

Curb appeal alludes to the visual attractiveness of your property by way of the road or sidewalk. When it comes to curb appeal, you can look to many places for inspiration. Entire magazines are dedicated to the topic, and many television shows, YouTube channels, and online blogs will give you unending advice on how to improve the look of your property. You can explore anything from simple DIY to large structural elements.

Keep it Clean

Curb appeal always starts with a piece of property that is clean and tidy. Pressure washing the exterior of your home and the driveway is a great start. Make sure your yard is mowed and edged with any debris cleared away. Trees and shrubbery need to be pruned up and in healthy condition. You will want to wash the inside and out of all the windows. Repair anything that may need attention such as loose siding, pavers or door handles for example. If your property has fencing, you will want to check the entire perimeter for any maintenance.

Pretty as a Picture

The landscaping choices and exterior elements of your house are the main pieces that make up your property's curb appeal. The layout of the yard can create a picturesque view for onlookers that sets a welcoming tone. Bear in mind the style of your home and the surrounding neighborhood. A simple pathway leading to your front door beckons; welcome. Well-manicured lawns and interesting plantings can speak volumes to the passerby. The way you play with different heights of plants, trees, and any architectural features can draw onlookers to take a second look. A wraparound porch with rocking chairs and some hanging baskets of colorful flowers on a farmhouse-style home invites you to pull up and sip some lemonade. A craftsman home with a beautiful pergola is a striking image that can create a porch-like feel in a small space.

In Living Color

The color combinations are a big way to make a statement. From the color, you choose for your house to the flowers and leaf colors in the yard the entire palette needs to work together. The front door color can make the whole front porch area pop. Trim colors can add dimension so can shutters, awnings, and gables. Placing a few containers strategically near the front entryway can add a lot of color and drama but doesn't take too much time, effort or money. You can keep the containers seasonally up to date and reap the curb appeal rewards all year long.

Tour some local open houses this weekend and note what elements of the curb appeal you enjoy most.




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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 3/13/2019

Everybody loves a house with a great curb appeal. People pass by and say to themselves, “that house looks like I could buy it.” The greater the curb appeal of your house, the more buyers will be willing to pay for it if you decide to let it go. If you are willing to create a great first impression on anyone who comes visiting your home, you may try implementing any of these ideas to increase your curb appeal.

  1. Paint the front door and improve the exterior. Every visitor sees your front door so invest in a good coat of paint. Look for a bold and eye-catching color that makes the rest of the house stand out, but be careful not to mix clashing colors. Replace the bad mailbox, old number plates, and doorbell, and fix the sagging ceiling too.
  2. Clean your front windows and gutters. Clean up the windows and window blinds. Add extra lighting to make that view pop up. Rake up dead leaves and grass from the gutter. Remove vegetation that springs up in between the walkway.
  3. Install lighting outside. Add low voltage lighting everywhere around your home – the front porch, sidewalks and even on the driveway. This makes it look really great at night. It also serves as security lighting for you. If you can afford it, add a street lamp outside your home.
  4. Get rid of junk. Old furniture, bad vehicles, unruly garbage bins, and clutter around the front yard – all these add up to reduce the curb appeal of your home. Get rid of all the unsightly things that might distract from the image you are trying to create.
  5. Do some landscaping. Mow your overgrown lawn and plant flowers and shrubs. Get rid of weeds and fallen leaves. If you have space, you could plant two trees to frame the side of the house, otherwise stick to a garden and potted plants.
  6. Add outdoor artwork. For a classier and more sophisticated outlook, add external artwork like sculpture, marble or terracotta. Water sculptures and fountains are also a great choice, add some birdhouses and feeders to the mix, and you have got a great sight. You could also install wall art on your garage doors to give it an extra touch. Not sure of what kind of art to get, ask art students at any local art college near you, you might probably pick up a bargain.

Once you clean up your existing yard, talk to your real estate professional about the best look for the season.





Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 8/17/2016

Are you familiar with "curb appeal"? If not, you could be missing out on the opportunity to generate interest in your home. Curb appeal refers to the attractiveness of your home in relation to a homebuyer's first impression of your residence as he or she passes it. For instance, a home with a great exterior, pristine front lawn and other dazzling exterior features likely will appeal to homebuyers the moment they see it. On the other hand, a home that includes a front lawn loaded with high grass and weeds, an exterior that consists of chipped and faded paint and other negative qualities is unlikely to garner significant interest at first glance. For home sellers, you'll want to do whatever you can to increase your home's curb appeal. Luckily, we're here to help you do just that – here are three tips you can use to boost your residence's curb appeal: 1. Use plants to your advantage. Who says you need to have a green thumb to set up a garden in front of your home? Fortunately, many wonderful plants are available that can help you add a splash of color to your home's exterior. And ultimately, these plants will enable you to bolster your residence's curb appeal as well. Ready-made plant containers are available, or you can try to grow your own plants with seed kits. Either way, incorporating plants into your home's exterior is sure to help your residence generate attention from a wide range of prospective homebuyers. 2. Replace old gutters and downspouts. Installing new gutters will help you enhance your home's curb appeal as well as provide another feature that may help you differentiate your home from others on the real estate market. Gutters will deteriorate over time, but home sellers who install new snap-fit vinyl gutter systems can enjoy high-quality gutters that will look and perform well consistently. Remember, the benefits of replacing gutters and downspouts are two-fold, as they will allow you to improve your home's curb appeal as well as give homebuyers yet another reason to consider your residence over others. 3. Add outdoor lighting. Curb appeal represents a 24-hour phenomenon, and those who want to ensure their residences look great at night should add outdoor lighting. Low-voltage landscaping lighting often is easy to install and can brighten up your residence's exterior at night. Plus, this lighting can provide extra security – yet another feature that may help your residence stand out in a highly competitive real estate market. Lastly, don't forget to consider the homebuyer's perspective as you explore ways to enhance your residence's curb appeal. And if there is a flaw that stands out as you look at your residence's exterior, prospective homebuyers likely will see this problem too. As such, you should work to eliminate any issues that may damage your home's appearance as quickly as possible. Dedicating plenty of time and resources to improve your home's curb appeal is essential, and home sellers who understand the importance of curb appeal can work toward making home exterior improvements and generating significant interest in their residences.