Tuesday, March 18, 2014

...No, we're not talking about those freebies posted on Craigs List today...we're talking about CURB APPEAL!

My Home Seller clients are busily preparing their homes for sale. AND since Spring has not officially sprung in my area yet (currently there's nearly a foot of snow on the ground), the last item on their "punch" list is their front entrance. Whether your entrance is a porch, stoop, or cozy doorway, it needs to say "Welcome! So happy to see you!!"

Your home’s first impressions begin even before the front door. Your home must have appeal from the street. If it doesn’t appear welcoming on the outside, buyers will either keep on driving or form negative opinions before they come in the front door.

It can be very difficult to look at your own house objectively and with fresh eyes. If this is the case, enlist the help of a very honest friend. I think we all know 1 brutally honest person!

Stand across the street, then look at the property from each corner – is the landscaping overgrown? “If you can’t see it, you can’t sell it!” Add color to beds and plants of varying heights, when the weather permits. Add fresh mulch or ground cover. Remove any dead plants and cut back all shrubs to window height. Clean all debris and moss from roofs and gutters.

Look at the condition of the lawn. Does the mailbox need replacing? What about the shutters and the window screens? And just how welcoming is your welcome mat? Does it say “Go Away” or “Attack Cat on Duty”? Then you might consider replacing that. When choosing a door mat – the wider the better. This gives the impression of a wider entry way.

Perhaps the front door could use a fresh coat of paint, how about the trim – remember to check with your HOA for approved colors. Repainting the doors and trim help to make the house look crisp and in good condition and it’s one of the least expensive things you can do to dress up a home.

Good luck putting a little SPRING in your home's step!

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Going GREEN!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

My area is bracing for yet ANOTHER Winter storm! It's a challenge to add a breath of Spring to your home when the weather outside says otherwise!

In the past couple of weeks, I have met with home sellers who are busily preparing their homes for sale ~ wondering how they can "Spring" things up a bit!

In my own living room, I have taken the log holder out of the fireplace and added candles. The pillow covers were replaced with lighter ones. This week, I will replace the faux sheepskin throws (much to my cat's dismay) with a cotton one. Those are just a couple of easy ways to lighten things up.

AND, since the outside temps do not permit any planting yet, it's great to add a bit of green on the inside.

I added some moss balls (from Michaels - using a 40% coupon) to a vignette. The greenery lends a hint of Spring and is cost effective.

A small nest under a cloche also lends a hint of Spring.

Home sellers appreciate some ideas that are easy and affordable to make their homes more appealing to buyers -- even during the Winter that won't end!

Planning on selling YOUR nest? OR, just need some help getting your space together? Lets' chat about it!