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Add Curb Appeal: Spruce Up the View from the Street

It's common to get bored with the look of outside of your house. Most likely you don't need to move. You just need to do a little more keeping up with the Jones. Take a good look at the houses on your street. What have your neighbors done to make their houses stand out? Most likely it's simple projects that you can easily do or have done.

If you've decided to tackle a few projects: prioritize and coordinate. Here are a few ideas to get you motivated:
 

 

1. Paint the door. This simple project will take you a Saturday at the most and can really add a lot to the look of your house.

Tip: Pick a color that stands out, but not like a sore thumb.

2. Get a new door. Decorator doors can add elegance. The new clear plastics used in place of glass make your house inviting, but also add great security.

Tip: If you choose an ornate door, make sure it goes with the look of your house.

3. Paint the house. Pick a different color than last time. A complimentary color for the trim really accentuates the design and makes your house stand out from boring paint jobs the neighbors have.

Tip: Paint it before there are signs of peeling. It saves time since there's no need for serious work with a steel brush.

4. Add a privacy fence. Putting a fence between you and the unsightly yards of neighbors will improve the look of your yard.

Tip: Make the fence high enough to hide, but not so high that you feel you're in maximum security lockup.

5. Coat your deck. Many homeowners neglect their deck's upkeep. A deck takes a lot more punishment from the elements than your house does, so the wood needs the protective coating redone every year or two.

Tip: Spray-on seals protect well and require a lot less work than staining with a brush.

6. Add a new wing to your deck. What seemed like a large deck can quickly shrink in usable space when you add a grill, picnic table, chairs and ultimately people.

Tip: Wings make better use of space than just enlarging your deck. They're usually less work and give you two gathering spaces as opposed to one.

 

Depending on the scope of your project, plan a Saturday, a few evenings or maybe a couple of weekends. If you don't have the right tools, you may find it's more cost effective to have a contractor from Handyman Services do the job for you.* Plus it will give you even more time to admire the work and check out the envious glances from the neighbors.

 

 

Most Realtors will tell you that improvements to your kitchen will add more value to your house than just about any other interior fix-up. Many buyers focus on the look and feel of the kitchen. If it's outdated and shabby, they might move on to the next house. Kitchen fixes don't necessarily have to be costly. You need to decide whether cosmetic changes are enough or if you need some serious fixing up.

The key to a sellable kitchen is one that feels inviting. Color has a lot to do with the allure. Light colors reflect window light and can really brighten up a kitchen. Warm colors can take away the sterile feel of some spaces. If you have a lot of hanging pots and pans or distinctive cabinets, cool, medium shades can show off your woodwork and cookware. This can boost the buyer's impression of kitchen quality. Here are some pointers:

 

Sell Your Home For More: Kitchen Fixes Can Increase Your Asking Price

Most Realtors will tell you that improvements to your kitchen will add more value to your house than justabout any other interior fix-up. Many buyers focus on the look and feel of the kitchen. If it's outdated and shabby, they might move on to the next house. Kitchen fixes don't necessarily have to be costly. You need to decide whether cosmetic changes are enough or if you need some serious fixing up.
The key to a sellable kitchen is one that feels inviting. Color has a lot to do with the allure. Light colors reflect window light and can really brighten up a kitchen. Warm colors can take away the sterile feel of some spaces. If you have a lot of hanging pots and pans or distinctive cabinets, cool, medium shades can show off your woodwork and cookware. This can boost the buyer's impression of kitchen quality. Here are some pointers:
 

 

1. Paint it. Pick a color that compliments the cabinets, appliances and furniture.

Tip: Keep the ceiling light to brighten the room.

2. Refresh your cabinets with a coat of paint. Woods and stains go out of style just like colors do. Fresh painted cabinets can look much more appealing than dingy wood.

Tip: Change the handles while you're at it. This makes your cabinets look new.

3. Replace your countertops. Countertops are trendy. Replacing them can be an inexpensive way to make the whole kitchen feel new.

Tip: Get nice-looking countertops, not expensive one, since you won't be around to enjoy them.

4. Change out the fridge and stove. If you were planning on getting new appliances, you might want to put them in the old kitchen first to make it a show kitchen. Note on the contract that they're not part of the deal and you can take them with you.

Tip: Don't replace the dishwasher, since they're mounted in the cabinets and almost always considered part of the house.

5. Replace the light fixtures and globes. This can make the room sparkle.

Tip: If they're hopeless, replace them. New fixtures can be inexpensive.

 

If you do a project like this on your own, plan on a day to two weekends.  Handyman Services  can help you accomplish all this so you can best apply your energy to the other things you need to do to sell and move.* We can do everything from a simple paint job to a complete kitchen redo. We'll have your kitchen looking so good, you'll have second thoughts about selling.

 

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