09 April, 2013

Get Your Curb Appeal - On! Part 1: Focal Point.

 Make the Front Door Special
Spruce up your front door with a coat of glossy paint in whatever color best suits the style of your home. A cottage-style house may look great with a country blue door, a Colonial may be crying out for a cheerful red door. As long as it's fresh and not too trendy, it'll attract positive attention. Make sure the door doesn't squeak when it opens, too!

 In a Day
Replace old hardware
House numbers, the entry door lockset, a wall-mounted mailbox, and an overhead light fixture are all elements that can add style and interest to your home's exterior. If they're out of date or dingy, your home may not be conveying the aesthetic you think it is. These elements add the most appeal when they function collectively, rather than as mix-and-match pieces. Oiled-bronze finishes suit traditional homes, while brushed nickel suits more contemporary ones.
In A Weekend 
Install a New Screen Door
A lot of homes are fitted with inexpensive aluminium screen doors that hide an attractive entry door. Newer screen-door designs offer larger glass panels, sturdier frames, and more colour choices. If you don't have a screen door, paint the entry door with an accent paint colour or clear varnish on wood.
In a Month
Upgrade railings
Porch and stoop railings can deteriorate quickly if not treated properly. If your railings are past their prime, look for quality wood or metal components to replace the existing material. As with other improvements attached directly to the house, make sure the color, scale, design, details, and material are compatible with the home's main features.

Paving-Stone Path
Mixing different kinds of stone and other materials creates a unique pathway that fits perfectly into any landscape. The goal is to create a pleasing blend and contrast between the materials used. For example, full or broken pieces of cut stone can be combined with fieldstone and gravel to create attractive pathways.
No matter the design, material, and shape, guests will marvel at the care, attention to detail, and amount of time that went into construction. This handsome and durable paving-stone pathway makes a great addition to any yard.
Something close to my heart & my styling -colour design business Verandah Home & Garden Living Solutions is helping my pre-sale property styling clients in getting their place on 'The Path to Sold'!
Nothing can affect your property more than it's presentation when getting prepared to put it to market to sell. Presenting your home to its optimal level means starting from the curb and making your way in... both the exterior and interior need to work together in order to meet market expectations, to get your marketing campaign, agent appraisal, inspection footfall and ultimately offers on your property & SOLD!
Hope you enjoy these little tid-bits on curb appeal - part 1; more to follow in several more parts in the next coming days...
If you or someone you know needs a design professional in preparation for selling a property be it owner occupied or tenanted - then be sure to contact me, Sarah, at Verandah Home & Garden Living Solutions, info@verandahhomeliving.biz for examples of our work please visit www.verandahhomeliving.biz Look forward to helping sell your property.
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