Friday, October 9, 2009

Updating Dull Doors

Knock Knock! Who’s there? ….

Alright, I’m not going to preach on staging by telling you that people buy on emotion, or that buyers like move in ready homes. I’m not even going to tell you that first impressions count when it comes time to sell.

Let’s assume that in the existing economy money is too tight to make the “ideal improvements” needed to sell a home. What’s a seller to do, in this case with the front door? Let me explain:

Remove the lock set and surface hardware. Leave the door hanging and protect the ground beneath with drop cloths. Otherwise, if the hinges are corroded or covered with paint, remove the door and either replace the hinges or soak them in paint stripper then polish.

If you have purchased a new lock set and the holes do not match the new lock set purchased, the old hole may show. You have to 'build back' wood into the off-center holes. One method is to use toothpicks and carpenter glue.

Check for cracks, other indentations or holes that will not match up to new hardware, and fill with vinyl spackling compound. Refinish the door by sanding or stripping any peeling paint and sand the entire surface. Apply a couple coats of primer, making sure it is compatible with both latex and oil-base topcoats. (This can be tinted to match the topcoat, for ease of coverage).

Remember when painting to brush in the direction of the door's wood grain. When working with a flat door, apply paint with a fine enamel roller, and then use a brush to stroke paint into the surface.

Make sure to use long, vertical strokes and brush toward the middle of the door. If you have a panel door, apply paint in this order: first to the panel moldings, then to the panels, the horizontal rails, and finally to the vertical stiles.

When paint is dry, dress up your front door with "jewelry"; new hardware, knocker and kick plate can update the look of an old door.

Flank the door with 5’ Cedar Spiral Trees as an ultimate expression of artistic horticulture. It will enhance a door, a porch, or a deck (and it’s perfect for both indoors and out), the gentle curves of the lush green leaves will be a to captivating welcome to guests.

This design depicts dolphins and garlands of flowers framed between barley twist columns.  How peaceful when guests come to visit when they hear the sound of water at your front door.

The easiest and prettiest way to add water to your front door is by adding a wall fountain. All that's needed is an electric power plumbing required. Easy to hang, no industrial fitting needed. Pump included.

Redesign your home on a dime with the lovely wall fountain or topiary.  Home Accents from Burke Decor.

Let us not forget the house numbers, or there won't be pizza at your palace.  House numbers along with doors become dated over time.  By updating your house numbers you add elegant style to the entry way.  Brass is out, stainless is in.  The House Numbers were designed by Ginger Finley and feature solid stainless steel.

What about the doorbell as long as we are fixing things.   This doorbell features a soft polymer resin button and anodized aluminum. It has incorporated LED illumination, a light source that consumes very low power and offers a much longer service life than any other light source. The easy-to-install De-Light Doorbell Button works with most existing and new doorbell systems and surface mounts without any visible screws. for contemporary lighting, modern fans, and home accessories.  You should see the great mailboxes, contemporary lighting in addition to the house numbers and doorbells.  This was just a sampling for some pretty cool updates.  Well, now we all have something to do this weekend.  Ciao!


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Curb Appeal For A Raised Ranch

Well the flu hit home, but we are now all well and back in the saddle again.

It is time to put your house on the market. Now what do you do? As a Real Estate Agent or home seller, you have to better understand human nature, the "hot buttons" that make buyers respond in a given way to make your home irresistible.

You may or may not have heard me say it, so it goes without saying that I'm probably going to say it again, "people buy on emotion". Here is what buyers are saying in their heads when they view this house in the on line marketing.
"Could it get any more plain then this? Are those junipers, might be easy to take care of but they sure do date a house, not to mention that cat smell they give off, how much will it cost to remove them? Nice lawn, it's a bit boring, I wonder how much it will cost to landscape and put in some undulating flower beds along the drive, to encourage a friendly feeling. It's so ho hum, downright boring, I wonder how much time it will take me to paint the door and trim a contrasting color? I wish it had some pizzazz, style and personality. A nice covered entry would break up the flat appearance a little bit. If it looks like this on the outside what is it going to look like on the inside, forget it let's look at another house". Delete!


Here is a darling little gem of a home, mature trees will add shade in the summer, covered porch will protect you from the rain, the gravel was probaly added to cut down on water costs and would have been better put to use by addeing colorful flowers and shrubs to soften the hard lines of the bowling alley walkway leading to the front door.  Replacing the mail box situated prominently in the front and adding colorful flowers in pots at the entry, would have been a nice investment prior to putting this little home on the market.

Adding some plants with color would have been a nice addition to this very beige home.  Not only would it help to "beautify" the yard, but the underlying reason for landscaping a home is to create a smooth transition from the outdoors to the indoors. When done right, the transition is beautiful and adds to the curb appeal of a home. Done wrong, it is unappealling at best.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Door Mats That Add Welcome

Isn’t it wonderful when you visit some people’s homes and you feel instantly transported to a place of welcome and enjoyment, and when you leave you are inspired about how the home made you feel. 

Smooth river stones in neutral tones add natural beauty and functional appeal to a mat that can be used next to a door or beside a shower.  Save up to 70% on natural home d├ęcor, organic gifts, and more at VivaTerra.

By surrounding our homes with what is beautiful pays off when you are selling your home, because your guests the buyers who visit will be welcomed by a home that is filled with your intention of establishing beauty and style.

Taking its cue from the surrounding environment, this power-loomed collection can be used to create tranquil retreats for the home. Eco-Friendly Products

Almost everyone loves it when a person’s intention to please others is evident. Honing in on welcoming guests at your front door is a great way to bring welcome to your home and sets the tone for what lies ahead. Here are some great welcoming ways to put your best foot forward for how your home looks and making your guests feel welcome at the front door.

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Your entrance is one of the first areas that will give your visitors a suitable impression of you and your home. One of the tasks that I recommend when providing a staging consultation to home sellers is to add a welcome mat should they not have one at the front door to add a welcoming touch when buyers are entering their home.

Stacks and Stacks show us the open design and metal construction of this beautiful Filigree front door mat crafted of rust-free recycled aluminum with a special all-weather paint finish, is a decorative door mat that is extremely durable - even in harsh weather and heavy foot traffic.

I make this recommendation depending on how ragged or dirty the mat is or if the mat is deeply stained or you can't see the picture or words. If the welcome mat has noticeable holes or tears in it then you would want to replace with something new. The front welcome mat is what people see first and a nice looking welcome mat that is gender neutral and not to fussy is what I usually tell people is acceptable.

Stacks and Stacks Bestsellers!The intricate scrollwork pattern puts art at your feet and adds a touch of design at the transition from outdoors to indoors. This rubber door mat is also low-maintenance because it won't collect animal hair or debris, and it will last a lifetime -- just brush or hose off to look like new! 

You could always put the old one in your basement if it’s unfinished, or in a shed or garage. You can also use it in a dog house if it’s soft, or clean it one time and use it as a knee pad when gardening. If it is a flat rubber mat you can put it under a cat litter box, or under a piece of something heavy in the attic. The possibilities are endless.

The pineapple has long been the symbol of friendship and hospitality and shows hospitality .
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If your family gets particularly dirty feet you can make your welcome mat last longer by getting one of those shoe brushes shaped like animals, with bristles on their back. These will clean out mud, dirt, and snow from boots so it doesn't all have to be wiped onto the welcome mat.