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Tips For Cleaning Up Your Property Before the Holidays

11/09/2017 in curb appeal

For those with a home on the market for sale, it's more important than ever to maintain your property over the holidays. Be sure to set aside some time for the end-of-season cleanup and you may find it's just what you need for the house to sell. Curb appeal matters all year long in any season. For the best chance at a sale and to tempt those drive-by shoppers into stopping for a closer look, be sure to keep your property looking well cared for. 

Here are some tips for cleaning up your property before the holidays arrive:

  • Using a rake and trash bags, clean out the leaves and other debris from all window wells and flowerbeds, including under all shrubs. Bag them and take them off-site.
  • If trees have dropped leaves, pine needles and branches onto your lawn, be sure to rake them up. Left to lay there all winter they will kill the grass beneath them and your property will look unkept.
  • With a stepladder, being very careful, clean out the gutters and downspouts, making sure both are fastened securely.
  • Drain the water shut-off valves and water lines leading to the outside. Turn off water supply to outdoor faucets for the season.
  • Inspect the weather stripping and caulk around all windows and replace if necessary.
  • Clean out the drain holes at the bottom of storm window frames and wipe them down well.
  • Check the condition of attic insulation and look for signs of varmints. Clear any air vents while you’re up there.

Once your cleanup is done take the time to think about how you want to decorate your home for the winter season and specifically the holidays. Whether it’s as simple as a wreath on the door and a potted plant on the steps, or you go all out with outdoor lights galore, the important thing to remember is to keep it tasteful. This is a good example of when less is more.

Wishing you and your family a happy holiday season from all of us at Re/Max at the Beach!

 

Welcome Home: 3 Front Door Options

01/03/2017 in curb appeal

If you're looking for a great way to improve the curb appeal of your home and create a warm, welcoming first impression for visitors, consider installing a brand new entry door. While entry doors should be attractive, they must also be resilient, weather tight and able to withstand exposure to the elements throughout the year. At Re/Max at the Beach we think an entry door says a whole lot about the people that live inside. Keep that in mind when shopping for a new entry door.

If you’re interested in replacing your entryway door, you’ll have to decide which type of door to purchase. Entry doors are available at home improvement centers in three different types: wood, steel and fiberglass.

All three types come in a wide range of sizes, styles and prices, so it won’t be difficult finding a door to fit your budget and existing doorway.

The more difficult decision is choosing which door type best suits your home’s style, your own personal taste and your lifestyle. To help make that decision easier, below you’ll find detailed descriptions of each door type including the benefits, drawbacks and important features worth considering.

 

Wood Doors

Doors made of wood are commonly available in a variety softwood and hardwood species, including fir, pine, hemlock, mahogany, oak, cherry and walnut. Most wood doors feature frame-and-panel construction, and can be ordered with or without “lites” or windows.

Solid wood doors are constructed entirely out of solid pieces of wood. Veneered doors have a solid wood frame that’s covered with a wood veneer. Solid wood doors are often heavier and more expensive than a wood veneer door, but they’re also stronger and more durable.

Homeowners love wood doors because it’s hard to beat the natural beauty and warmth of real wood. Plus, they can be painted, stained or finished with a clear topcoat. However, wood requires a certain amount of maintenance to keep a fresh, like-new appearance.

When exposed to the elements, wood can swell, shrink, crack and warp. Paint and clear topcoats will eventually blister and peel. Doors made of wood are best suited for recessed doorway openings, where the door is protected from the weather by a large overhang or deep alcove.

If you’re planning on painting your new wood door, order the door with a factory-primed finish. That will save you from having to prime the door before painting.

 

Steel Doors

Steel doors are popular with both homebuilders and homeowners because they are extremely strong and secure. They’re durable and weather-tight, especially when fitted with magnetic weather stripping. Steel doors are also the most affordable type of entry door.

Steel doors come primed ready for paint, but many places now offer pre-finished steel doors in a wide choice of factory-applied paint colors. While most steel doors have a smooth surface, some models feature an embossed wood-grain finish.

The main drawbacks to steel doors are that they dent and rust. You can fill dents with auto-body putty, but rust must be completely removed to prevent the corrosion from spreading.

 

Fiberglass-Composite Doors

There’s no such thing as a maintenance-free door, but a fiberglass door comes pretty close. Fiberglass is tough and resilient, and particularly well suited for harsh, humid climates. It’s also highly resistant to warping, splitting and cracking. Fiberglass doors won’t dent, rot or rust.

Many fiberglass doors have a realistic wood grain finish that can be stained to resemble a wood door. If you like the rich look of a solid mahogany door but not the price tag, buy a fiberglass door and apply a mahogany stain.

The main drawback to fiberglass doors is that they’re relatively expensive. Only high end solid hardwood doors cost more.

 

Curb Appeal: Making Your Landscape Appeal to the Majority

02/08/2016 in curb appeal

When it comes to selling a home the list of things you should know about can seem woefully long but at ReMax at the Beach we know what matters most. Your landscape appeal is one of the most important selling points of your home. It could be the difference between someone wanting to come inside and see more vs. just driving by and not stopping.

Curb appeal should address the greatest number of buyers

First impressions matter a lot. It’s nearly impossible to get a prospective buyer back again once they’ve been turned off of a property due to negative first impressions. Nobody with a property on the market can afford to have that happen.

It’s important to have your landscape appeal to the majority of home buyers looking for a home in your area and price range. While water features like pools and spas will increase the sale price, they will also restrict your home buyer market to those seeking such features. Others may see those features as unnecessary expense and upkeep.

Extensive flower gardens may restrict the sale of a home

The same can be said for extensive gardens on the property. To another gardener or someone with the financial means to hire a gardener, they'll most likely love them if they’ve been well-maintained. However, the rest of the world may see them as a whole lot of work that they’re just not prepared to take on even if they did know how.

We recommend hiring a local landscape company to come in and update your property and keep it manicured while it’s on the market. You’ll have plenty of other things keeping you busy like packing and looking for your next property!

Overgrown shrubs and trees hurt the sale of your home

A professional landscape company will edge your gardens, prune back overgrown shrubs and hedges, and open up the space between foundation plantings and your home’s exterior to allow for better air circulation. Large trees planted too close to the house or that have outgrown their space should be cut back or removed entirely.

Professional landscapers can advise you on the best plan going forward that will put your home in a better position to be sold swiftly and to the right buyer.