Category: Homeowner Tips (120)

Curb appeal is the first impression of your home. Over time, a little TLC is needed to keep your home relevant and well-cared for! We LOVE sharing ideas for easy updates – both to enhance your home to enjoy or to get ready to sell. Last week one of our team members made significant updates to her home’s exterior – including paint in a completely different palette! Obviously, you don’t need to go so far as a full repaint to punch things up, but it’s fun to see the difference new paint and accents can make!

Here’s a quick look at the BEFORE. This south Olathe home is 5 years old, and it’s recommended to paint your home every 5-7 years to keep things fresh and protected. For a new construction home, it’s actually suggested to paint closer to the 5-year mark. The timing on this paint is important to address caulking needs and to preserve the original layer of paint while it’s still in decent shape. Together, the caulk and paint help to protect your home.

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LIGHT & BRIGHT

Now for the NEW … Jessica and her husband wanted to change their color tone from dark brown to a lighter gray. In the end, they chose a greige to complement the brown stone on entry.

Our fabulous stager, Julie Casey, recommended this Sherwin Williams palette – Intellectual Gray (body), Shoji White (trim) and Slate Tile (accent) –  to line up with the family’s interior and brighten things up!

ADD EXTRAS!

Beyond paint, Jessica made several small, inexpensive updates to enhance curb appeal. These included new exterior lights, numbers, porch pillows, and a fresh wreath and doormat. A last-minute request was made for the painters [RePaint KC:  913.638.6261] to change the color of the existing patio chairs, and everything pulled together!

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If you want to enhance your curb appeal without a full paint, try painting your front door, or bringing pops of color in through pillows, plants or flowers! The best part is these updates are easy and effective, without a significant investment. Here’s to a bright, fun summer!

It feels like summer folks, so let’s get with the season …

Summer Summer
The Look

Summer is synonymous with bright, vibrant and FUN! Pick up some new outdoor throw pillows to quickly transform your space! We love Target’s whimsical selection of outdoor pillows — on sale now (thru 5/19)!! Happy hour, anyone?

The Taste

If you haven’t tried Coconut LaCroix, you’re missing out. It’s like summer in can!! Bubbly, refreshing and tastes like yummy beach smells. You can’t go wrong. Promise!

The Smell

Citrus Bliss. The name pretty much says it all! If you’re an essential oil user, diffuse this summery scent throughout your home. This oil from doTERRA merges wild orange, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin, bergamont, tangerine and clementine with a hint of vanilla. Perfect for relaxing on lazy summer days!

It’s garage sale season! Signs are popping up all over town. Hosting a garage sale takes a lot of time and effort, so here are some tips to help make your sale a success!

Sort Your Set-Up:  Organize things by category and place like items nearby to help the flow of your sale. Place your big ticket or draw-in items front and center to attract people to your sale. Move things around as you sell, to keep it easy to shop. People are more likely to stay and shop if they don’t feel overwhelmed!

Price it Right:  Garage sale shoppers have an eye for a bargain, so price fairly to start. And keep your pricing easy so you don’t spend much time making change – increments of 25 cents is perfect! If you don’t want to spend lots of time pricing, use a dot system and price by color (ex: “All yellow items are $1). Make sure to get change the day before so you’re stocked and ready!

Talk it Up:  If your neighborhood is having a spring sale, add your home to the list and take advantage of the extra traffic and community sale will bring in! Just be sure to use your own signs to drive traffic to your sale. If you post on social media, include a couple pics that show some of your best pieces!

Clear it Out:  Schedule a donation pick-up with a local charity to stop by shortly after your sale, or find a place to deliver leftover items that are in good condition. Doing this ahead of time is a great and easy way to help others in our community in need!

Happy selling!!

Are you considering selling your home? If you’re keeping up with the local market, you know it’s crazy. The pace of the market is very fast. For sellers, this is great news! You may be in a prime position to get top dollar for you home right now and still take advantage of low interest rates on the buy side.

Selling Your Home in Five Steps
  1.  We Need to Talk:  To make a move as simple as possible for you, we need to understand your goals and priorities. From there, we’ll work with you to establish a timeline for your sale and possibly purchase as well. We’ll also review the financial piece together to ensure a smooth transition between homes. A quick tour of your current home will allow us to evaluate how it compares to the market for an accurate pricing strategy.
  2. Focus on the House:  Once we have a plan in place, it’s time to turn attention to the home to sell. What needs to be done to present the property its best? We’ll provide you with a list of to-dos to make sure you hit the market with the best first impression! If we need to bring our stager in early for more extensive work, we’ll do that, too. Need vendors to help? We’ll share our list of favorites!
  3. Develop Your Marketing Plan:  You won’t find a team that markets more effectively for your home. We are strategic and create individual marketing plans for each of our listings. Every home is different, and that demands a different approach. We go outside the box to reach our target areas. We’re social and traditional. You’ll get a full package you’ll be proud to share to help extend the reach of your listing!
  4. Leave the Details to Us:  Buying and selling a home involves LOTS of moving parts. It’s OUR job to manage the entire process for you!! This starts pre-listing and goes all the way to the closing table, and often beyond. You’ll receive a consistent, hands-on experience working with us. Of course we need your participation, but you’ll be able to shoulder the bulk of the work with us.
  5. Bring it All Together:  Managing a transaction involves many details and paperwork (electronic!!). It also involves MANY people. We’re easy to work with and will keep your transaction on track. This means nudging others when needed and taking the lead on the file. It takes extra effort when you have back-to-back transactions, but we know how to put a timeline in place that’s realistic to get everyone and everything (including funds!!) where they need to be on time.

You can count on us to do everything we can to make your next move easier, and hopefully more FUN!! Learn more about our agents here or call 913.402.2599 to be matched with someone in your market right away!!

Holidays are the perfect time of year to welcome friends and family into your home! Whether you’ll have company staying with you, or you’re on to host a holiday party, we’ve pulled together a few quick holiday entertaining tips to help!

holiday entertaining tipsOvernight Guests

It’s a busy season, and having overnight guests can add to your to-do list. But, keeping things simple can help manage the stress. Have a few ideas in your back pocket to keep everyone entertained – these ideas are great for a group to go out and do or as suggestions for your guests to explore our great city on their own!

As for preparing your home, it’s nice to provide fresh linens and have toiletries available for use. And, if you have time to clear a drawer or add some extra hangers, that’s great, too! Show your guests around when they arrive – if they feel comfortable to help themselves, that’s even easier for you!

Quick Meals

We all spend extra time in the kitchen this time of year, but every meal doesn’t need to be a fancy spread! Spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests by planning ahead for a few easy meals. Think of food that feeds a crowd – lasagna/bread/salad, chili/toppings/cornbread, soups/sandwiches or a taco bar! Meals like these often provide leftovers that make for quick lunches, too. A win-win!

If you want to keep it REALLY simple, carry in! You can place orders ahead with restaurants like Olive Garden, your favorite Chinese restaurants and more. This is a good option if guests want to contribute to a meal as well. Everyone can chip in and have a yummy meal with little effort!

Fun Apps & Drinks

Appetizers are also perfect for holiday entertaining! In fact, you can make a meal out of a few apps, salad/soup and a sweet for your guests. For those of you hosting holiday parties or attending events and need to bring an app, check out these quick snacks – from hot appetizer options to nacho recipes, you’ll find something that catches your eye!

And don’t forget about drinks! Have a variety available to guests, including mixers and fun non-alcohol options. If you’re feeling extra festive, here are some signature holiday drinks to consider! We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!

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