Summer porch & patio decorating ideas that bring beauty & increase home value

Summer officially begins this week and the warm weather is here to welcome us into the new season. Now is the time that Pacific Northwesterners enjoy a break from the rain and can get outside to relax and enjoy the scenery. If you’re looking for some fun summer porch and patio decorating ideas that bring beauty and increase home value, here are some simple ideas to help you get started.

#1: Bring the inside outdoors.
Rugs and throw pillows can work wonders in creating a warm and inviting patio or porch space. They add color and ambiance. In addition, consider adding some umbrellas or curtained areas that can provide both privacy and shade from the scorching summer rays. In addition, if you have old furniture that you may have considered junk, it might be able to be given new life as a piece of outdoor furniture. For example, if you have an old dresser, paint it with a coat of exterior paint and put it to use as a place to pot outdoor flowers, or as a place to serve lemonade or cocktails during your next entertainment event.

#2: Lights, lights, and more lights.
Lighting makes all the difference. Flood lights are important to have for safety reasons, but when it comes to outdoor entertaining or relaxing in the evening warmth, ambient lighting with programmable battery-operated LED candles or twinkle lights are a great option.

#3: Add landscaping.
Landscaping is one of the easiest ways to add beauty to your outdoor space and it can also enhance the value of your home. Shrubs, trees, potted flowers, or fresh flowers that are planted along walkways are affordable ways to beautify your space and increase curb appeal. Group in odd numbers and mix and match colors and shapes to create some uniqueness.

#4: Upgrade windows and doors.
If your home’s doors or windows are old and outdated, they’re likely not energy efficient and could be wasting precious money each month due to leaking air in or out. Replacement windows and doors will add value and beauty in an instant! Not to mention, they can reduce noise and help maintain even temperatures throughout your home, no matter what the weather is doing outside.

I have more than two decades of experience as a Realtor® and can help provide tips on what you can do to help increase the value of your home! I love working with buyers and sellers around Clark County and am glad to help you with the information you need to start your adventure in either buying or selling a home.

Posted on June 21, 2018 at 4:51 am
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Ideas for Winter Curb Appeal

Brrrr….it’s cold outside!  The cold winter months are now upon us! During the summer months, it’s easier to keep your yard and garden looking great, but in the winter, the idea of getting outside to do yard work is not an inviting one. If your home is on the market, it’s important to remember that if you neglect the exterior, then you may be at risk for deterring prospective buyers. Instead, keep it looking warm and inviting! Be sure that the leaves are raked on a regular basis and mow and edge the lawn regularly so it doesn’t get unkempt and overgrown. If the house is vacant, keep newspapers and other flyers off the porch and be sure to keep the heat at 65 degrees so the house isn’t cold when it is being shown to potential buyers.

Looking for some other ways to create curb appeal in the winter? It doesn’t require a lot of money or complex changes. It just requires a little bit of effort.

Add color: In the dead of winter, color is often lacking. So, add some plants that will survive the winter, such as evergreens or hearty plants that can add a splash of color to the winter landscape. Add some planters filled with evergreen plants and put them by the door. Or add a nice wreath to the door.

Keep paths clear: If your pathways to the home are icy or snowy, be sure to make it as non-slippery and clear of snow/ice as possible. Pour salt on the area and be sure to keep things clear so it is safe. In addition, if the area is cleared, it also gives buyers a good idea of the true size of the area.

Sparkle and lights: Some of most inviting homes have a special seasonal sparkle. Add some simple sparkling lights to the exterior of the home, either with Christmas lights, or some nice lights that line the walkway or driveway to the home. Or, if you have a bird bath, fountain, or other area that goes unused in the winter, consider transforming that area into something else for a few months – maybe add a planter or an outdoor sculpture with some lights to that area instead. In addition, because it gets dark early during the cold winter months, be sure that there is plenty of lights around the home. Be sure that your flood lights or porch lights are in good working order and keep some lights on in the exterior of the home as well.

A drab and dreary winter doesn’t have to wreck the curb appeal on your home. With quality landscaping and a little bit of creativity and effort, your yard can shine even during the coldest part of the year!

Posted on December 1, 2014 at 4:59 pm
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3 Tips to Increase Curb Appeal

When it comes to selling your home, making a great first impression is very important. If a potential home buyer likes what they see on the outside, they’ll likely want to see what the inside is like. In this blog, we’ll go over some simple, low-cost curb appeal improvements that are easy to do and can make the outside of your home look charming and pleasing to the eye.

Tip #1: Make it welcoming.
A warm, welcoming entrance to the home makes potential homebuyers comfortable and it allows them to more easily imagine themselves living in the home if they bought it. If you have a porch area, add some cozy seating to it, like comfortable rocking chairs. A little bit of warmth goes a long way.

 

 

 

 

 

Tip #2: Add color.
If you have a walkway, add color to it with bright flowers. Either plant them to line the path, or get large pots and plant a variety of flowers in them. If you have a covered porch area or a place to hang some hanging flower baskets, this is also a great way to add color to the space. These are simple and relatively low cost options to complement the house and make it more attractive.

 

 

Tip #3:  Maximize the space.
If you have a condo or just a small area in the front of your home and are limited on space, you can still maximize the space well. Flowers and a touch of antique décor for example, create a unique and inviting space that people will want to discover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most importantly, be sure that your front yard is maintained well and that unnecessary clutter is removed from walkways, porches, patios, and other areas that are within the vision of people that drive by your home. Mow your lawn and keep it edged. Creating curb appeal can be fun and can add value to your home.

Selling your home only takes one buyer and it’s often that first impression that makes a lasting difference!

Posted on August 9, 2014 at 9:48 pm
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