Saturday, July 15, 2017

10 Way to Make Your House More Sellable

Do you want have the home that everybody wants to buy?  Well here are a few tips to get you started to being the favorite home in the neighborhood!

1.  Get rid of clutter.  Throw out or file stacks of newspapers and magazines.  Pack away most of your small decorative items.  Store out of season clothing to make closets seem roomier. Clean out the garage.

2.  Wash your windows and screens to let more light into the interior.

3.  Keep everything extra clean.  Wash fingerprints from light switch plates.  Mop and wax floors. Clean the stove and refrigerator.  A clean house makes a better first impression and convinces buyers that the home has been well care for.

4.  Get rid of smells.  Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke and pet smells.  Open the windows.

5.  Put higher wattage bulbs in the light sockets to make rooms seem brighter, especially basements and other dark rooms.  Replace any burnt out bulbs.

6.  Make minor repairs that can create a bad impression.  Small problems, such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, or a dripping faucet, may seem trivial, but they'll give buyers the impression that the house isn't well maintained.

7.  Tidy your yard.  Cut the grass, rake the leaves, trim the bushes, edge the walks.  Put a pot or two of bright flowers near the entryway.

8.  Patch holes in your driveway and reapply sealant, if applicable.

9.  Clean your gutters.

10.  Polish your front doorknob and door numbers.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

"Initial" Thoughts

Decorating with a theme in mind is one of the easiest ways to get started in decorating your home or planning for a party.  

While recently re-painting my family room, I had the idea that I wanted to use some of the "M" initials I have been collecting for quite a while. This wall used to be home to a big clock, but I was never satisfied with how it filled or didn't fill the space.  So I decided to use my collection of "M"s.  I chose black because that is one of the accent colors I'm trying to incorporate and black is timeless.  I wish I could say this was my original idea, but.......I found the idea on Pinterest and added my own spin to it.  The possibilities are endless!  

The majority of my M's came from Hobby Lobby.  I also found them at Kirklands and HomeGoods.  They don't have to be expensive.  Try your hand at it!  It's so fun and so easy!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

"The Color Purple"

I can be such a creature of habit.  As much as I enjoy creating new things for my clients, I seem to get rutted in deep grooves when it comes to my own home.

This year, I decided it was time for a change.  Forever I have had a red front door. I've blogged about red doors and for that matter, many different colors for doors.  Red doors are so welcoming.  They go with so many holiday decorations......Valentines, Christmas, Fourth of July, Memorial Day.....on and on. But I was ready to abandon all of my "normal-ness" and be a little crazy.  Living in the fast lane!  Oh yeah!  Of course my husband is out of town and knows nothing of what I'm getting ready to do. <Insert evil laugh>

I don't know why, but I decided to poll my friends on FaceBook about painting my door......PURPLE. Wow!  I have never had such a response to any post.  While some of my friends were positive about the change, some were just downright........honest?  That's the nicest way I can say it.  I heard the words, "hidious", "tacky", "tasteless", etc.  How do you really feel?  That's OK.  I was confident in my choice.

I started by sanding my red door so that I would have a fresh service for the new paint to adhere to.  I took off the hardware and prepared my door for a makeover.

Now, the hardest part was choosing the SHADE of purple.  Do you know how many shades of purple there are in the world?  I couldn't believe it!  Did I want a violet purple?  A red purple?  A gray purple? A blue purple?

I looked at tons of pictures on the internet and finally decided on the shade of purple I wanted.  I chose Valspar Duramax Paint & Primer (from Lowes).  The color is "Purple Frenzy". Just the name sounds crazy!  I used satin exterior because it won't crack or peel or fade.  I need that because my front door faces south and even in Nebraska, it can get pretty hot.  I used two coats for the best coverage and let it dry completely between each coat. 



I added more plants to the front porch because I wanted to pull in more of the purple color.









I have had a lot of positive responses and some just smile and say nothing.  That's OK.  I'm really not offended because I LOVE IT!

Now when we give directions to our home, we just say to look for the house with the purple door!  How 'bout that?

Final note:  Consider the color of your home before you change the color of your front door.  They two need to be harmonious. My home is gray with black shutters, which really is considered a neutral.  So I can paint just about any color I want.  I'm seriously thinking pink the next time I change the color.  What'd ya think?