Real Estate Tips: Dress Up the Front of Your Home

  Paint Your Front Door Your home’s front door is one of the most eye-grabbing features of your home. It gets grubby from hand prints and constant exposure to the elements. Why not give it a fresh coat of paint? For a truly professional look, take it off the hinges, sand it smooth, and then spray it with primer and paint. Otherwise, give it a good cleaning first. Then chip any spots that are losing their grip and spot prime. Give it a fresh coat of paint and you’re good to go.      Create perfect symmetry Symmetry is not only pleasing to the eye, it’s also the simplest to arrange. Symmetrical compositions of light fixtures and front-door accents create welcoming entryways. This door is flanked by two sidelights. The black lantern-style sconces not only safely guide visitors to the door, but also coordinate with the black door and urns.    Dress up Your Front Steps Your front steps lead to your front door, which is the focal point of most homes when visitors first arrive. To further enhance this eye-magnet and to give it a warm and inviting feel, dress it up with a sturdy, solid-looking planter on either side. Which shape should you use? That really depends on the configuration of your home. Some two- or three-story homes benefit from tall urn-style planters. This emphasizes the soaring height of your home. Sprawling ranch style homes look more at home with low, rectangular, terracotta planters. Choose flower colors that complement or contrast with the color scheme of your home. Source: BHGcom

6 Tips To Help Your Home Attract Buyers

The goal is to get buyers to walk-in & feel like they are at home. This helps them visualize themselves living in your home and makes them want to buy your home because they are emotionally attached! 1) Neturalize! Yes, it sounds boring but by neutralizing your home you are helping buyers envision themselves & their belongings in, what could be, their new home. Plus, your home becomes more “move in ready” compared to your compettion. Keep in mind that some colors make rooms appear smaller than they really are. Not good when you are wanting to attract buyers! 2) Make It Shine! A clean home is a happy home. Dust regularly, empty all trash cans, wipe off countertops, wash windows, vacuum, clean carpets, wipe off blinds & wash baseboards. The more shine equals the more time a buyer may stay in your home. 3) Conceal Clutter Clear surfaces help buyers visually place their personal items in your home. A few stylish items are fine but should not devert any attention away from that surface. Notice show homes, the countertops are free from clutter to help you remember the granite or the custom cabinets. Aslo, turn rooms back to what they attended to be. For instance, if the living room has been taken over by toys-turn it back into the living room & find a new home for toys. 4) What’s That Smell? Smells can make or break your home. Try to conceal or completely remove pet beds, feeding bowls & litter boxes, if possible. Stick to the more pleasant smells of fresh baked cookies or flowers. Also, try to avoid cooking fish or cabbage. You don’t want buyers to be turned off the minute they step through the front door. And if you have to smoke, please do it outside–oh & hide the ashtrays! The purpose is to sell your home. You don’t want potential buyers to remember your home because of an unpleasant smell!  5) Less Is More! Clear out those closets. Again, look at a show home or closet brochure, hanging only a few items makes the closet look larger!  6) Crub Appeal Freshen up your landscaping. Keep your yard & hedges neatly trimmed. Keep sidewalks swept & tidy.  For a  warm welcome, add flowering plants to the front porch or a cozy chair. A great first impression is the key! Some buyers may cancel showings if the grass is tall or hedges are sloppy.

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