Does Your Entrance Say “Welcome”?

The first impression of a home starts from the street. Everything about the home’s exterior plays a part in telling its story to a guest or potential buyer when they drive up. Even the smallest elements have an impact on the overall impression.

My first piece of advice whenever someone is thinking of sprucing up their home or putting it on the market is to go out to the street and look back on your property. Really look at it as a whole and then at each individual detail. What is it missing? What could be improved? What would you like to accentuate more?

Then, slowly walk up the driveway and to the front door, looking at everything. You’ll be amazed at what you spot when you take the time to do this.

Here are some more tips on improving your home’s entrance and making sure it says “welcome” from curb appeal to front porch.

Does Your Entrance Say "Welcome"? | #curbappeal #entryway #mailboxMAILBOX ─ Make sure the mailbox is clean, in good shape, and the numbers on the side are clear. If it has seen better days, refurbish it with a coat of paint or replace it altogether.
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Does Your Entrance Say "Welcome"? | #curbappeal #entryway #drivewayDRIVEWAY ─ Fill in any cracks in the driveway and pressure-wash off the stains it has accumulated over time.
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Does Your Entrance Say "Welcome"? | #curbappeal #entryway #landscapingLAWN ─ If your grass is patchy or brown, bring it back to life with fertilizer or re-sod if necessary.
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Does Your Entrance Say "Welcome"? | #curbappeal #entryway #landscapingLANDSCAPING ─ Clean out any weeds and dead plants and trim the bushes. If anything is hanging too far into the path or blocking any windows, consider removing them altogether. Also trim off any dead branches on palm trees.
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Does Your Entrance Say "Welcome"? | #curbappeal #entrywayPATHWAY ─ Like the driveway, patch up any cracks and pressure-wash it. If you don’t already have lights following the path, consider installing some. You can get solar ones very inexpensively and they look great at night.
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Does Your Entrance Say "Welcome"? | #curbappeal #entrywayHOUSE NUMBERS ─ Your house numbers should be very visible from the street and in good shape. Consider polishing, repainting, or replacing them altogether if they’ve seen better days or are simply outdated.
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Does Your Entrance Say "Welcome"? | #curbappeal #entrywayPORCH ─ Look for any needed repairs on the porch, such as in the flooring, pillars, roof, or facade. Clean out cob webs and bug residue. This is another area that may need pressure-washing to be spruced up.
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Does Your Entrance Say "Welcome"? | #curbappeal #entrywayFRONT DOOR ─ Check to see if there is any weather damage or wear and tear on the door(s). Could it do with a new coat of paint? Maybe a new knob? Perhaps the trim just needs some refreshing.
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Does Your Entrance Say "Welcome"? | #curbappeal #entrywayLIGHTING ─ Exterior lights can get worn out from dirt, bugs, and weather. If your house is older, it may be an outdated fixture, too. Consider cleaning it up or replacing it with something new.
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Does Your Entrance Say "Welcome"? | #curbappeal #entrywayDECOR ─ I recommend keeping things simple in terms of decor, such as a welcome mat, a potted plant or two, and a few pieces of furniture if you have a porch. These elements can make it feel a lot more inviting without crowding the space.
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Looking at your home from a guest or buyer’s standpoint can reveal a lot of things you may have overlooked. Even the smallest elements can make a big difference.

Warm regards,

How to Make Your Home Look More Expensive with Uplighting

Lighting is one of the most powerful elements in design. It can change the way paint colors look, effect the mood of a space, and even make a space feel larger or smaller. It has just as much impact on the exterior of a home. It’s important not to underestimate the role lighting can play in your curb appeal or backyard. Even simple lighting can enhance the ambiance and transform the space.

There are many ways to light an outdoor space, but one of my favorites is uplighting. This simply means lighting an area or element from below, as opposed to from the side or above. Uplighting creates a stunning effect that adds drama and ambiance. You see it a lot at upscale resorts and establishments because of the luxurious mood it adds to a space.

Take a look at the many ways you can take advantage of uplighting in an outdoor space to make your home instantly look more expensive…

How to Make Your Home Look Expensive with Uplighting | HomeandEventStyling.comUplighting on these house numbers spotlights them in an understated, elegant way.

How to Make Your Home Look Expensive with Uplighting | HomeandEventStyling.comUplighting on the trees creates a stunning glow around this seating area.

How to Make Your Home Look Expensive with Uplighting | HomeandEventStyling.comUplighting is very subtle, so it’s perfect for a minimalist space like this. Here, it was used on the trees and even beneath the seating.

How to Make Your Home Look Expensive with Uplighting | HomeandEventStyling.comAreas of the garden were highlighted by uplighting to draw your eye to the landscaping and bring depth to this space.

How to Make Your Home Look Expensive with Uplighting | HomeandEventStyling.comUplighting on the fountain creates a romantic mood and shows off the beautiful architecture.

How to Make Your Home Look Expensive with Uplighting | HomeandEventStyling.comBring depth to your curb appeal by positioning uplighting under a beautiful tree.

How to Make Your Home Look Expensive with Uplighting | HomeandEventStyling.comLights in the walls are subtle and out of the way while supplying a beautiful glow to this contemporary space. Even the trees have a bit of uplighting to pull it all together.

How to Make Your Home Look Expensive with Uplighting | HomeandEventStyling.comUplighting throughout this space creates dimension. They even switched it up with a bit of red lighting by the deck.

How to Make Your Home Look Expensive with Uplighting | HomeandEventStyling.comIf you have a stone facade or feature, uplighting enhances the look and highlights the great texture.

How to Make Your Home Look Expensive with Uplighting | HomeandEventStyling.comThis curves of this cool seating area are enhanced the subtle lights inviting you into the space.

If your outdoor space, front or back, is lacking some drama or ambiance, consider some areas that could be enhanced with a bit of uplighting. You’ll be surprised by how much of a difference this simple effect can make.

Warm regards,

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Curb Appeal Tips: You Can’t Sell It If You Can’t See It!

A first impression of your home starts as a guest or buyer drives up. They see the lawn, the driveway, the mailbox. As they wait at the front door to be let in, they will have time to admire everything in the entryway – the door itself, the house numbers, the front steps, the light fixtures, the garden. The quality of care of these features reflects the owner and what to expect inside the house. If you are selling a house, this is a particularly crucial part of staging! There are many buyers who will literally skip even going inside a house if they don’t like the way it looks on the outside. Curb appeal can be key to a successful sale!

With that in mind, here are some of the most helpful tips for maximizing curb appeal:

1. Make repairs and touch-up paint in the entry way. Start at the end of your driveway and do an evaluation of your home. Take a walk-through from your mailbox all the way to the front door. What do you see that has seen better days? If your mailbox is rusted, bent, or just dingy-looking, repair it if possible and freshen it up with a coat of paint. For an even easier option, consider swapping it out with a brand new one. Polish or replace house numbers. Clean up or replace any outdoor light fixtures. If the front steps or porch (including railings) look bad, make any necessary repairs and spruce them up with paint, staining, or other options depending upon the materials. Touch-up the front door and siding (if applicable) with fresh paint.

2. Pressure wash your house and driveway. If your house and/or driveway looks stained from dirt and mold, consider having it pressure washed. A pressure washer is a high pressure mechanical sprayer that can be used to remove loose paint, mold, grime, dust, mud, and dirt from surfaces and objects such as buildings, vehicles, concrete surfaces, etc. (Wikipedia) You can hire a local company to do this for you or you can rent a pressure washer from places such as Home Depot and Lowes to do it yourself. You’d be amazed by how big a difference a good cleaning can make to curb appeal!

3. Clean up the lawn and garden areas. Landscaping is crucial to curb appeal, but you don’t have to spend thousands to make it look nice. A small investment like putting down mulch, resetting stone or bricks that border gardens, cleaning out weeds and dead plants, and planting some fresh flowers can breathe new life into curb appeal. It’s also important to trim back branches that are obscuring your home from view because it’s hard to sell a house that no one can really see!

4. Clean out or replace gutter systems. Many home owners forget about the gutter systems, but this is something that buyers and home inspectors will look at. Make sure they are cleaned out. If they are falling apart or rusting, a complete replacement might be in order. Exercise good judgment and remember that every investment in the curb appeal and staging of your home is an investment in a faster sale with more profit to you.

5. Bring in color and symmetry to front door decor. To create a more inviting entry way, add a pop of color through fresh flowers, lanterns, welcome mat, wreath, plant pots or by painting your front door in a color such as red or blue. Use symmetry when arranging decor around your front door to keep things simple and pleasing for all buyers. (Example: A topiary on either side of the door.) A symmetrical arrangement will also help draw buyers’ eyes to the front door (which we want to make sure they are excited to walk through!)

Hope these tips have inspired you to take a second look at your curb appeal and give it some love. Good luck!

Warm regards,

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