Skip to main content

Curb Appeal is Important!

By Guest Blogger, Stephanie Platt, 2012 Graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh
 
So you have decided to sell your house and get it staged.  Staging is a great way to showcase your home and it really lets buyers see your home at its best.  It is important to not forget about the outside of your house.  Curb appeal is so important when selling your home.  Don’t miss the opportunity to make a great first impression.  Here are some quick and simple things that you can do to make your home stand out.
 
 

-Maintenance: 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 and pull any weeds.

-Paint: You don’t have to go crazy and paint the whole house but touching up the paint on the trim and the door will make a big difference.  You may also want to update the color of your door; red (like this example from prettyhandygirl.com) is the most popular color for front doors. The door in the picture is painted with Sherwin Williams Crabby Apple, it is a bold color but not too bright, it goes well with a neutral color palette.  Check with your HOA if you have one before starting to make sure a color change is allowed.


-Change out 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.

-Add Seating: If you have one, a front porch is a great opportunity to create interest.  If you add some seating and an outdoor rug you can create an outdoor space that increases your usable square footage. Make the space even more inviting with a porch swing, accesories and some throw pillows.

-Add Color: Adding color to your front porch 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.

 

 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Top 5 colors for Selling your Home

Paint is probably the easiest and most economical change you can make to your house when it is on the market. A fresh coat of paint can instantly change the feel of your space. When you’re selling your home you want to make the space neutral to appeal to a wider variety of buyers.

Gray has been popular for a couple years, and in 2020 it is still popular but much lighter than before. Grey is a great color to use when a house is on the market, it creates a warm and sophisticated feel. With the trend being going towards lighter colors we are seeing white and light creams becoming popular.

Here are the top 5 colors to use when putting your house on the market:
Pale Oak: This color from Benjamin Moore is becoming a favorite color among sellers and home owners alike. It has enough warmth in the gray family to keep it from looking cold and sterile. This color is versatile and depending on the room and lighting it can take on different aspects. It really coordinates well with almost all color…

READY, SET, DOWNSIZE!

By Deborah Goode, CID
There can be many different reasons for downsizing – but moving is probably the most common. Well, I’m not moving, but the older I get the more I get annoyed at all the stuff I’ve accumulated over the years. Does this sound familiar to you? 
In the past, I would move to a different home every four years. And every time I moved, I would sort through my stuff, donating lots of bags to the Salvation Army, Purple Heart and Goodwill. As you can tell, my love of shopping for clothes, shoes and decorative items has always gotten me in trouble.
However, now that I’ve been living in the same house for the past five years, my “stuff” has been multiplying exponentially. Not only is the crawl space under the house filled up completely, but we now have a garage that has no more extra room – especially for a car. And it's migrating to my two spare bedrooms and the closets are bulging at the seams. I'm really tired of the piles which seem to grow on a weekly basis. And eve…

A Relaxing Bedroom Color

Your bedroom should be calm, it should be a place of rest and relaxation. But all too often it becomes a place to catch up on work on and watch TV. While bad habits are hard to change you can still make your bedroom the oasis it ought to be using one simple trick-- paint it blue.


The color blue soothes the mind and promotes physical relaxation. It is a color that represents peace and tranquility, and it promotes calmness. It has been shown to slow the metabolism, suppress appetite and even to help reduce blood pressure and heart rate.
Blue is one of the most popular colors as demonstrated by the color trends for this year. Three top companies have chosen a shade of dark blue as their color of the year for 2020. Even the darker shades can make a room feel bigger and more spacious. But if you are not ready to paint the whole room in your favorite blue hue, try it on an accent wall or incorporate it into your décor choices.
Here are some great shades of blue to use in your bedroom:
Pantone’s…