Christina Martinez - WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briarwood Real Estate



Posted by Christina Martinez on 8/30/2018

“Curb appeal” is a term that worries many sellers who are concerned that their house doesn’t have what it takes to woo buyers when they pull up to your driveway. Some aspects of curb appeal aren’t always in your control, such as the neighborhood your house is in, the state of sidewalks and roads, and eyesores like outdated power lines.

However, there are many things you can do to make your house stand out amongst the rest in a positive way. Better yet, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to achieve curb appeal.

In this article, we’re going to give you 6 inexpensive ways to increase the curb appeal of your home to woo potential buyers.

1. Match your landscaping to your home architecture

We all have our own preferences when it comes to bushes, trees, and plants in our yard. However, some landscaping decisions work more fluidly and naturally with the architecture of your home.

A good way to achieve this is by planting things that are native to your area and avoiding expensive trees that are in fashion one year and out of style the next.

2. Paint your trim, shutters, and front door

Sprucing up these accent items will improve the appearance of the entire exterior of your home. Don’t be afraid to choose bright and bold colors, so long as they match the color and style of the rest of your home.

3. Buy a new mailbox and house numbers

For less than $40 you can buy a new mailbox and house numbers that will give your home a sense of newness. Like with the other items on the list, go with options that match the style of your home.

4. Upgrade the lighting

Although the lights might not be on when people come to view your home, they will certainly notice old lighting. Make sure walkway lights are standing straight, equidistant from one another, and clean.

Installing or updating your porch light is also a good way to up the curb appeal when potential buyers get to your doorway.

5. Photograph the home at the best time

Since most home buyers begin their house hunting online, your first opportunity to show off your home’s curb appeal is in your listing photos.

While there is no set rule to the best time of day to photograph your home, you’ll want to avoid harsh glares or extremely overcast days. Try shooting after sunrise, sometime before noon, in the late afternoon, and just before sunset (the golden hour). Then review your photos and find the ones that show off your home the best.

6. Wash or pressure wash your home

Before spending hundreds on landscaping, take some time to wash the exterior of your home. Viewers will look at your house first and foremost, and dirty siding won’t win over any hearts.

You can use soapy water and a long-handled brush, or you can rent a pressure washer for as little as $30.




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Posted by Christina Martinez on 3/1/2018

Home improvements are a great way to add value to your home if you’re hoping to sell in the near future. The problem is, however, that many home improvements are costly and time-consuming. And, if you don’t plan carefully, they could even cost more than the amount of value you add to the home.

The good news is that there are several home improvement projects that will cost you less than $100 and won’t uproot your life in the meantime.

In this article, we’re going to give you five home improvements, all under $100, that can add value to your home. That way when you do decide to sell, you won’t have to scramble to make updates. Read on for the list.

1. Add a fresh coat of paint to your trim and baseboards (Cost: $75 - $100)

Trim and baseboards fall prey to getting kicked and covered in dust and cobwebs over the years. Adding a fresh coat of white paint will make an entire room feel new.

2. Improve your lighting (Cost: ~$50)

Bright lights help to make the rooms of your home feel more spacious. If you can’t increase the natural light of a room, bright, LEDs are the next best alternative.

The cost of LEDs is constantly decreasing, and they’re becoming more energy-efficient as well. To really get the most value out of your budget, use different color temperatures depending on the mood of the room (warm for bedrooms, bright white for bathrooms, etc.).

3. Add a burst of color to your front door (Cost: ~$20)

It can be difficult to increase curb appeal on a tight budget. One way to do so is to repaint your door a bright color that stands out but still fits with the style of your home.

4.Install a new shower head (Cost: $80 - $100)

Adding a new shower head to the main bathroom is a great way to add a bit of luxury to the room. While many stainless steel shower heads cost around $200, there are several chrome options that look just as nice and cost half the price.

5.Upgrade your hardware (Cost: $50 - $80)

Replacing your kitchen cabinets is an expensive endeavor. However, you can easily revamp your existing cabinets by replacing their hardware. Add a fresh coat of paint and they’ll look brand new.

Outside the kitchen, you can also update towel racks, bathroom drawer knobs, coat hooks, and other outdated hardware. Using a consisted, dark color throughout the home is a good way to give your house a theme and a sense of continuity.


With these five simple upgrades, you can increase the value of your home, boost your curb appeal, and avoid breaking the bank at the same time.




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Posted by Christina Martinez on 12/7/2016

You may not think of winter as time for you to make major improvements to your home, but think again. Small upgrades that you complete inside of your home can make a big difference. Even if you’re not completing major construction projects inside of your home, the upgrades and projects that you can complete in winter are certainly a big help to your living space.  


Kitchen


There’s many different things that you can do in your kitchen over the winter months. This includes adding new counters and cabinet spaces. If you keep looking around your kitchen, wondering what’s missing, it could be that it needs some updating. Replacing your cabinets and/or countertops can seem like a big project but at then end of the day, you’ll be glad you did it. If you’re thinking of selling your home in the near future this can be a ver beneficial project as well. The first place most homebuyers look is the kitchen and the bathroom!


Living Space


In the living room, an easy upgrade during the winter months is to update your flooring. There’s so many simple DIY options for flooring that you can easily make this small upgrade that will make a big impact on your home. Another simple upgrade for the living room is changing out your window treatments. You can create your own curtains out of inexpensive material like bedsheets, or simply head out and buy some new window treatments for a much needed change. As a bonus, you may even want to pick up the energy saver kind of curtains which keep heat in the house instead of letting it escape through the cracks of your windows. 


Bathroom


The bathroom is a room that has so much potential. You can swap out your medicine cabinet to add a whole new look to the room. If you’re short on storage in the bathroom, you can easily add an over-the-toilet shelving unit or place baskets around the room in order to store what you need. 


Bedroom


In your bedroom, you can reduce clutter by adding display shelving and storage shelving. Especially in children’s rooms, you can update by giving them places to display their collectibles instead of using their toy box that they have outgrown. Adding shelves or a shelving unit to the bedroom is very budget friendly. You can get floor to ceiling shelving units for a great price. 


Dining Area


Your dining room is another room where simple changes can make a big difference this winter. Install a new lighting fixture in the room. If you want to go more formal, find a chandelier. If you’d like to add a few hanging pendant lights, you’ll be able to complete that project in a day’s time. For an even simpler renovation to your dining room, go shopping for a new dining table. That’s the focal point of the room and can change its entire appearance.







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