Curb appeal: Sprucing up for a Spring Sale

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Curb appeal is one of the most important factors to getting people in the door to your home! We, as humans, judge books by their covers and homes by their exteriors- when potential buyers pull up to your listing, they yearn for the iconic expression of the season. Those first impressions need to be positive get people to look at your home, so how can you up that curb appeal this Spring?

  1. Make sure that the front of your home is welcoming. Paint the front door a nice contrasting color and add a nice wreath.  Be sure your old light fixtures are replaced (if needed) and all bulbs are in working order (and match!)- it’s all about the little things. Finally, place seasonal potted plants on each side of the door or down the front steps as a welcoming entrance.
  2. Power wash your siding to get rid of dirt and moss. Revealing your beautiful home is a must!
  3. Freshen up dull paint, especially the trim. If you have wood siding, make sure it is sealed and there are no soft spots. Putting your best foot forward will ensure the best offers.
  4. If you have a porch or deck– give it a good power washing or fresh coat of stain. Put out your furnishings and be sure that they are clean. A fresh set of cushions are the perfect way to liven it up! You want your potential buyers to imagine themselves in these same spaces you’ve created memories in over the years! A welcoming, bright, well tended yard will do just that.
  5. Repair any walkways and stairs damaged by the harsh winters. This is true curb appeal for many from young couples, imagining a family of babies and toddlers running and climbing, all the way to elderly buyers, who desire less maintenance and need level ground.
  6. Trim and shape all perennials, and make sure your gardens are weeded. Throw a fresh layer of mulch down and remove any of plants that come up but look out of place.
  7. If you want to take some of your plants with you to your new location, place those flowers and plants in planters. Digging things up from the garden AFTER an offer can strike a nerve, but potted plants can come with you easily!
  8. Trim overgrown shrubs and prune all of the dead branches. Clean, well kept properties exude confidence in themselves! It’s all about what people see when they drive up- the epitome of curb appeal!
  9. Give your lawn a good edging. It is not just neat and clean, it is truly eye-popping! Again, clean lines!
  10. It takes more than well-tended gardens. Try planting colorful floral groupings that will catch the eye of passers-by. In nature, everything is in odds- something to keep in mind while planting. Threes and fives often look beautiful, and give a nice grouping of color and vibrancy!

Creating the perfect curb appeal for your home is a fun way to freshen up and see your property in a whole new light! Even if you’re not listing, giving your gardens, entrances and outdoor spaces TLC each season will benefit you greatly when you are ready to sell!



Do you have questions about curb appeal?

Call Donna at 401-935-8202 or email

8 Tips for Downsizing to a Smaller Home

8 tips for downsizing to a smaller home from a real estate agent.

Whether you’re moving to a smaller home because you’re an empty nester, retiring, or just want to, don’t let it scare you. You will have to say farewell to some of your belongings, of course, but with careful planning, your move will be simple!

  1. Get a feel for the size of your new home. Room sizes and layout are very important for planning purposes. Compare your new rooms to their counterparts in your present home. Create a floor plan and insert your furniture to see exactly what will fit.
  2. Reduce! At least four months before the move, start reducing by going through boxes of saved items, photographs and paperwork. Get through one box or area at a time and it will be done before you know it. If you want, you could have photographs stored on a memory card, USB, external drive or cloud server- this is a great way to reduce all those boxes of photo albums and loose pictures and negatives.
  3. Make a list of items that you cannot live without. If you did not need them or use them in the past 6 months, sell or donate. Going through each item in your home and adding it to a sell, donate, keep pile can help immensely. If there’s something you cannot live without, be sure to access your new storage areas and see where it will fit.
  4. Declutter your supplies. Be sure to get rid of empty cartons, bottles, expired medicines and beauty products that you don’t use. Anything that is unopened can be donated to a shelter (especially bottles of shampoo, conditioner and lotions!). If it’s alredy opened, decide if you will use it now or toss it! No need to move things you’ll never use to another, smaller location.
  5. Ask for help. Ask your friends and relatives if they may need some of the things you are getting rid of or if they’ll help you load and take them to the nearest thrift shop or second hand store.  Be sure to take them right away so that you do not change your mind on any of the items you decided you can live without.
  6. Sell online to save time. Check out Ebay, Craigslist, Wix, or in different Facebook groups or personal albums. There are lots of ways to cash-in on the treasures you aren’t taking with you.
  7. Be sure to get rid of duplicates in the kitchen like extra set of dishes, duplicate knives, silverware sets and utensils. After all, how many potato peelers or spatulas do you need?
  8. Label your boxes. This saves time and confusion when you’re packing, loading and unpacking. The more organized you are, the less stressful your move will be.

Are you ready to downsize your home? I can help find your new home. SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) I have been trained and I am in this age group, as well as an experienced empty nester. Call Donna at 401-935-8202 or email