Little changes make a big difference

If you have been following me for the last decade, you will know the attention that I give to helping sellers prepare their home for a sale that will yield the highest price.  Today, I found this great article about little changes that you can do to the outside of your home to drive more buyer traffic to it.

Grey house beforeWe recently consulted on a formerly white Cape Cod-style home in Westwood that had just been painted in a pale gray. The owners already have ordered replacement windows. They wanted to know what else they could do to improve their home’s curb appeal. We’re sharing how a few simple additions can make a big difference.

Often when we do in-home design consultations, clients ask us to help them with their home’s exterior as well. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of adding shrubbery and/or trees, or perhaps removing them when there’s an overgrowth that detracts from the overall appearance.

Sometimes the scale of the outdoor lighting fixtures needs to be adjusted. Or window treatments need to be replaced to give a coordinated appearance to the front of the house.

We always strive to achieve balance among the different shapes and colors that make up a home. Think of these shapes as the geometrics that form the house: the squares and rectangles of the house itself, such as doors and windows, plus the cones and rounded forms of surrounding shrubbery and trees. All need to work together to create a harmonious and dramatic impression.

Grey house afterIn looking at the Westwood house, the first thing we noticed is that it appeared plain. Black shutters and a white pediment to accent the front door and trim made a world of difference. Also, potted plants on either side of the door give a shot of color to the neutral scheme and lend a sense of presence to the entrance.

Other changes to consider include painting the downspouts gray like the body of the house. Leaving them white calls too much attention to them. They can be prepared so that the new paint color will adhere, or new downspouts that are pre-finished in a similar gray could be installed.

Since the front porch step is sunken on the right, replacing it with a different hardscape material, such as brick laid in an interesting herringbone pattern, would add further appeal. The brick pattern could continue down the walkway. The mailbox can be updated if the bottom trim on the storm door and the door knocker are changed (currently they’re all brass).

We think the shrubbery is already well thought out and creates a good balance with the home. However, to create a lovely side porch setting during nice weather, think about adding liriope or neatly trimmed boxwood.

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2010/11/13/2414050/little-changes-make-a-big-difference.html#ixzz16Ej3AQP9

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