Inexpensive Curb Appeal Tricks That Offer Good Return on Investment

What does your home look like from the outside? Curb appeal makes a big difference, especially when it comes to selling your home and enticing prospective buyers to look at it. If you don’t want to drop a lot of cash on things like expensive landscaping, there are some simple solutions that can bolster curb appeal in addition to offering a good return on investment.

#1: Paint the little things.
Painting your entire home can be expensive, so instead of investing in a whole home re-paint project, work on painting smaller things on the outside of your home, like the mailbox, the home’s trim, or porch hand rails. Potential buyers will notice the attention to detail and it can help make your space look fresh.

#2: Add a welcoming spot to the front of the home.
If your porch or patio in the front of your home is lacking a sitting area, adding some cozy chairs, a small bench with some decorative pillows, and/or a little table can create a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for people walking or driving by. Not only does that, it allows people to imagine themselves sitting there someday enjoying their new home and neighborhood.

#3: Clean up the clutter.
Garbage bins, recycling containers, tools, or kid’s toys should all be kept out of sight from the front of the house. If you’re short on space and don’t have a place to put these, try arranging some large pots of flowers or shrubs around the items so the clutter is out of the line of vision for people looking at your house.

#4: Mow and edge the lawn.
Trim hedges, mow the lawn, and weed flower beds. Overgrown yards are almost always an eyesore and can have a real negative impact on curb appeal. It won’t cost you any money to keep up on yard maintenance if you do it yourself, but the time you put in will pay off when potential buyers notice the beautiful yard.

Adding curb appeal and making your home look great on the outside can be simple and affordable. When it comes time to list your property, you’ll increase the likelihood of having more showings. Need other tips on the appearance of your home before you’re ready to put it on the market? My two decades of experience as a Realtor® can help! I love working with buyers and sellers around Clark County.  I’m happy to help you start your adventure in buying or selling a home.

Posted on May 25, 2018 at 8:38 pm
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3 Budget-Friendly Bathroom Updates

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Taking the plunge into a full bathroom remodel is a big decision. It takes money, time, and a lot of patience, but in the end, an updated bathroom can be a great investment that will add value to your home in the long run. Maybe a full remodel isn’t necessary, you might just need to do some light updating. A few simple updates can make a big difference and if you’re on a budget, you can still update your bathroom and make your quality of life better!

Update #1: See your bathroom in a whole new light.
If you change outdated light fixtures and replace them with something that’s new and dramatic, it can really transform the space.  New light fixtures can range in price, starting at just $100 or so ranging up to thousands.and range into the thousands. Determine what style fits your bathroom and what your budget is, then install it. Your bathroom will sparkle!

Update #2: Refresh the paint.
This is one of the easiest, most inexpensive things that you can do to transform your bathroom and make it fresh once again.  If you have a small bathroom, avoid super dark colors, as it can make it feel smaller and more enclosed. Instead, choose light colors that make it feel airy and spacious.  

Update #3: Small features that make a big impact.
Add some glamour to your bathroom with small, affordable features. A unique mirror, a new towel bar, accent shelving, a new vanity, or rustic antique pieces that have been restored can all serve as décor that will brighten up the space and make it look like new.

Just like other parts of your home that are decorated to your tastes and sense of style, your bathroom should also express who you are. Check out different bathroom styles online to see what you prefer – modern, classic, or a little bit of both. So, if a full remodel isn’t in your budget, start small. Little updates can go a long way!

Posted on July 17, 2016 at 11:40 pm
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DIY Project: Painting Vinyl Siding

 

Painting the house: no doubt, this is a big task to take on, but if you know how to paint vinyl siding the right way, the end result will be a successful do-it-yourself (DIY) home project that will leave your house looking great!  With some helpful, simple tips, you’ll be able to quickly and efficiently paint the vinyl siding on your home.

Tip #1: Time to clean.
A thoroughly cleaned and dried house before you start is necessary, so start by making sure that the siding is free of dirt, mold, or other debris that tends to accrue over time. If you avoid this step, you may run into some problems with painting, and that will just make you more frustrated and slow you down.  Pressure washers are usually the fastest and easiest way to clean off the vinyl siding.

Tip #2: Choose the color.
This seems pretty obvious, but there are a couple of things to take note of before you pick your color. Be sure that you look for paint that is labeled “Vinyl Safe.” This type of paint is designed to reflect heat rather than absorbing it. If you don’t use a paint that is specifically made for vinyl siding, it could cause damage, such as distorting or buckling.

Tip #3: Ready, set, paint!
Now, it’s work time! Plan on putting at least two coats of paint on the siding and don’t paint on extremely hot days or days that there is wind and rain. Cool autumn days or dry spring days are good options for painting. And once the job is complete, remember that you will need to take care of the vinyl. It’s not the same maintenance-free material you once had.  It should be treated like other types of painted surfaces and every 10 years, you should plan to reapply a new coat of paint.

If your siding is failing altogether, a paint job probably won’t do much.  Instead, you should look around and get some information on replacing the siding completely. This will help protect the home’s structure while adding great curb appeal!  

Posted on June 9, 2015 at 4:14 pm
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