Thursday, March 31, 2011

Creating Curb Appeal

Last week we talked about getting your home ready for showings. As you are preparing your home for the spring market, it's a great time to spruce up the exterior.

Curb appeal means to make a home visually pleasing when viewed from the street. This includes the exterior as well as the property. Below are a few tips on how to create "eye pleasing" curb appeal.

  • Pressure wash or freshly paint the exterior of your home
  • Touch up or clean the front door and all other doors including the garage door, trim, shutters
  • Clean and align gutters
  • Wash windows
  • Polish hardware
  • Repair outdoor lighting fixtures or replace burned out bulbs
  • Repair or paint porch, fences, gates
  • Reseal driveway and tend to walkways and steps
  • Tidy landscaping by removing weeds, trimming lawn and shrubbery
  • Replace worn door-mats
  • Replace weathered door bell
  • Remove out-of-season decorations and tone down ornate lawn or home adornments
Source: Move Magazine by Homes and Land Affiliates

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Watauga County & Boone NC is the ultimate outdoor playground!

Discover why the high country is one of America's favorite outdoor destinations.....Watauga County & Boone NC is the ultimate outdoor playground!  
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Getting Your Home Ready For Showings

Whether you are putting your home on the market or wanting to do some spring cleaning, below are tips on how to tidy-up and organize your home.

  • Steam clean existing carpet, clean tile and grout and polish hardwood floors
  • Scrub bathrooms and kitchen to the point of sparkle
  • Dust and polish all furnishings
  • Dust or wash blinds; wash or replace window treatments
  • Clean all appliances inside and out
  • Clear all clutter such as toys, clothes, paper, files or piles of anything
  • Organize items in boxes and create a separate space for storage - don't stuff the clutter in closets
  • Clean and organize drawers and cabinets
  • Don't forget the garage, basement and attic! While traditionally used for storage, make sure they are clean and uncluttered
  • Consider hiring a cleaning service on a weekly basis
  • Keep boxes and packing materials neatly in designated areas and don't block walkways
In our next article, we will discuss how to spruce up the curb appeal and making repairs to your home.

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