Good Curb Appeal!

Good Curb Appeal!

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Thank you for visiting my blog. I have a passion for decorating! And, as a decorator and home stager who's helped many people transform their homes, I wanted to share my ideas and tips with others. Enjoy! My company's motto is: "Get A Goode Start to Sell Your Home!"




Thursday, July 4, 2019

Lighting the Way - Increasing Curb Appeal

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A key element when preparing your home for sale is Lighting. The right light will enhance your home’s features, but it can also make spaces feel larger and more inviting to buyers. A good lighting plan works with layers, using different types of lighting to create a balanced and inviting space. A good staging company can help you with your indoor spaces, but it is so important to highlight your outdoor spaces.

Curb appeal is just as important at night as it is during the day. As soon as you put your house on the market, buyers will drive by your home to get a look. It is important that no matter the time of day, your home looks its best.

In a recent poll by Realtor.com, more than half of homebuyers said that outdoor living was the single most attractive quality in a home. Here are some important tips to highlight your outdoor space:

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Update Fixtures: Old fixtures can really affect the look of your home. When selling your home, it is important to update any exterior lighting fixtures that you have to match the style of your home. Exterior lighting fixtures are a relatively quick and easy way to raise the value of your home. Sometimes all you need to do to is paint them to update the look. In the picture you can see that this house has a slight modern vibe with the numbers that were chosen and the cool vintage look of the exterior fixture.

Safety: Thieves and robbers operate in the dark, so it is important to make sure the outside of your home is well lit. Make sure that paths and steps are well lit to make them noticeable. It is also important to make sure your front door and entry are well lit.

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Landscape Lighting: You have a variety of lighting to choose from when lighting your landscape. Floodlights and spotlights are best for trees and larger areas of your yard. These lights can create a warm, inviting appearance. Smaller solar and LED lighting are great for your garden edging. These lights can also double as path lighting if you choose the right lights. In the picture you can see lantern type lights place on the edge of the garden, which helps to define the path.



Curb Appeal: Adding light to your outdoor space enhances your home and can really pop any features that you have. A well- lit exterior will invite buyers, but it also has an added feature of extra security.

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Deck lighting: There are several ways to add lighting to a deck when you are building it, like lighting for the steps and recessed floor runner lights. However, if you have an existing deck that needs lighting, an easy way to do this is with Deck Post Light. You can buy these lights and attach to the top of the railing posts for your deck. In the picture you can see the homeowner also attached down lights that do a good job lighting up the deck surface.





Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Curb Appeal - What You Need to Sell Your House!


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When selling your home, the outside is just as important as the inside. Staging is a great way to showcase your home and it really lets buyers see your home at its best. The outside of your home is the first thing that buyers will see, it is so important to make a good first impression. Let’s look at some ways to boost curb appeal and get your home sold quicker:

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-A Fresh Coat: You don’t have to go crazy and paint the whole house but touching up the up the paint on the trim and the door will make a big difference. You can also add some interest by changing the color of your front door. This is also a great way to add a pop of a vibrant or bold color that will not be overpowering. In this picture we see the front door paint in a fresh, spring green. Fresh Apple (P360-6) by Behr makes a strong yet welcoming statement. Make sure to check with your HOA  -- you have one -- before starting to make sure a color change is allowed.  I also love robin's egg blue and bright yellow doors - but it needs to look good with the siding.


-Pops of Color: Adding color to your front porch or yard adds interest. You can add color very easily by adding plants. You can add brightly colored flowers to planting beds or pots. However, if you don’t have a green thumb you can still achieve the same effect. Go with low maintenance leafy plants, like shrubs and ferns and plant them in brightly colored pots. They will look great next to any home.

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-Relaxation Zone: A front porch can be a great opportunity to create interest and warmth. If your home has a porch, think about adding a cozy seating area with an outdoor rug. Creating an inviting outdoor space to relax will make your home feel larger. Make the space even more inviting with a porch swing, accessories and some throw pillows.

-Cleaning up: Just like it is important to clear the clutter on the inside of your home, it is just as important to do it on the outside. Yard equipment, play items and even gardening supplies should be placed neatly in the shed and out of sight.

Even though the outside of your house might look clean it will still benefit from a once over
with the power washer. Siding and brick especially collect dirt and pollen over
the years. While you have the power washer be sure to go over the patio and
walkways. Also be sure to trim any trees or shrubs, pull any weeds and add fresh mulch!

-Update the hardware: This could be anything that’s on your house. All of the light fixtures should either match or be in the same style. The door knob and door knocker may need updating. These may seem like little things, but a buyer is looking at the details. Changing out this hardware can also give your house a more modern updated look.

-House Numbers: Make sure that your house number can clearly be seen. It should be on the mailbox and near the front door. You want the buyer to be able to see the numbers from the road. Black letters are the easiest to see, but if you have a darker house color you may opt to put them on the front door or to use a plaque.

Happy Spring and Happy Decorating!


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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The Benefits of Home Staging

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The primary goal of home staging is to make your home shine. In 2019 it will become even more important to give your home and edge up on the competition. In 2018 we have seen the housing market mainly favoring sellers, but a survey of industry experts by Zillow sees a change in the market for 2019.

“The housing market has been favoring sellers for the past few years,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell in a press release. 
“Sellers in the current housing landscape often have the luxury of listing their home ‘as-is’ without fixing it up or with only minimal window-dressing since demand for homes has been high and inventory low.”
“It’s common for sellers to receive multiple bids, and in the hottest markets, sell for over asking price, but these conditions will change in the future,” she said. “As the number of homes for sale increases and home value appreciation slows, we expect the market to meaningfully swing in favor of buyers within the next two to three years.”
This means that when selling your home, it will be more important to show your home in the best light. Even if your home is beautifully decorated, it is meant for you and may only appeal to a specific buyer. A professional home stager can help transform your home into something that will appeal to a wider variety of buyers.

A home staging professional is responsible for helping to prepare a home for sale. They will help fix flaws and highlight the positives. 

According to the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA), Homes staged before hitting the market sell, on average, 73% faster than their un-staged counterparts.


Some things to focus on when staging your home are:
·       De-Clutter- This is the most important step before listing your home. A home with less stuff will feel bigger. It is important when your home is on the market to live with just the essentials. This includes removing excess furniture and clearing out the closets.
·       Space Planning- A professional can come in and arrange furniture in a way that transforms the space.
·       Maximize natural light- Spaces look best when lit with natural light. A stager will suggest removing heavy curtains to let in as much light as possible.

If you have any questions about home staging and it's benefits, please feel free to contact me or the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA).

As always, Happy Decorating!



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