First Impressions are Everything: Cultivating Killer Curb Appeal

Ever hear of the old saying, "Your first impression is your last impression"?

Curb appeal is one factor that can really make or break your experience as a home seller. When your home is listed for sale on the multpile listing sevice ("MLS"), a front exterior shot of your home is usually the first primary photo that is seen online by buyers and agents (if an exterior photo is not used for the primary photo – many agents will assume that the exterior of the home is less than appealing). And when buyers arrive at the front door for a tour with their agent – or for an open house – an attractive exterior appearance is crucial for making a strong first impression (if a home doesn't look promising on the outside – many buyers will decide to just 'drive-by' and  will never even make it inside for a tour). 

The better your home's curb appeal = the better your home's first impression on potential buyers. If buyers are welcomed by a well-kept landscaped yard, a freshly painted exterior, clean windows, and an attractive front door –  they will walk in with the assumption that the homeowner takes good care of the home. On the other hand, if  potential buyers are welcomed by an overgrown front lawn, weeds sprouting from the driveway, chipped paint, and a shabby exterior – they will walk in with the assumption that the homeowner has failed to maintain the rest of the home, just like the exterior.  

Houzz recently posted an article, with some basic tips for freshening up your home's curb appeal. And if you're seriously considering selling your home soon – ask your agent if he/she has any suggestions on how to improve your home's exterior to make it even more appealing to potential buyers….

The Houzz article can be found here: 

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/45751156?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u1125&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery1

 

 

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 10:23 pm
Caitlin Finley | Category: Real Estate, Seattle, Selling | Tagged , , , ,

Spring Cleaning Fever! Home Makeover Tips for Under $500

Ah, summer in Seattle: Greenlake’s weekend walking traffic is at its peak, finding an outdoor table at an after-work happy hour is near impossible, Seattleites are proudly donning shorts once the temperature hits 60°…..and Seattle’s real estate market is in full swing.

If you’re considering listing your house for sale this summer, there’s no time like the present to start getting your home camera ready. So whether you’re preparing your home to put on the market – or you just have spring cleaning fever – here’s an article with some tips on how to give your home a fresh makeover – and all of these improvements can be done for $500 or less.

http://time.com/money/3742862/best-affordable-home-improvements-upgrades/

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 9:00 pm
Caitlin Finley | Category: Decorating, Home, Real Estate, Seattle, Selling | Tagged , , , ,

Ladies: Get Ready to Start Pinning – Pinterest’s Top Home Trends of 2014 & Beyond

 

The Huffington Post recently compiled a list of the most popular Pinterest home trends of 2014 – along with predicting a few other decorating ideas, which might be all the rage on Pinterest in 2015. 

If you're a Pinterest fanatic – or want some fresh inspiration for decorating your home this year – this article is a must read:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/26/the-top-home-trends-of-2014-from-pinterest_n_6355644.html

Happy Pinning!

Posted on February 4, 2015 at 5:03 am
Caitlin Finley | Category: Decorating, Design, Home, Seattle | Tagged , , ,

Ten Steps to a More Beautiful Bathroom

 

Whether you're preparing your home to sell, considering a remodel, or just want some ideas on how to freshen up your current bathroom – Houzz has a great article, with some simple, but effective ideas!
 
You can find the article here:
 
 
 
Posted on January 30, 2015 at 3:58 am
Caitlin Finley | Category: Design, Real Estate, Selling, Staging | Tagged , , , ,

A Week in Design: Staging Project Completed for Dramatic Waterfront Miami Home

 

Freshly back from Miami, I had an amazing time getting to spend a week working on a design & staging project for Condé Nast. The team was tasked with styling & staging a striking modern waterfront property – our color palate for the rooms was to primarily focus on red, black & white colors, with some rich chocolate & taupe colors for other areas. I had a fantastic experience shopping throughout Miami, picking out beautiful sofas, rugs, chairs, vintage pieces & accessories – and had the pleasure of working with some awesome, fun, & very hard working people! I was able to snap some photos of our work in progress (unfortunately, a camera phone just doesn't do the project justice!) (And another example of why listing agents should always hire a professional photographer to take the listing photos, rather than do it themselves….)

 

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 6:25 pm
Caitlin Finley | Category: Design, Real Estate, Selling, Staging | Tagged , , , , ,