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Simple Tips to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

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What is Curb Appeal?

Is the attractiveness of your home from the “Curb” and what will ultimately entice potential buyers to view the inside of your home.

Simple Tips to Improve your Home’s Curb Appeal 

Lawn and Gardens – Be sure your lawn is cut and trimmed regularly.  Rake leaves and pick up branches or twigs that have fallen from the trees.  Clear out weeds from the garden, add some bright colored flowers or shrubs.  Lay mulch to give a finished landscaped look. 

Front  Door and Porch – Your front entrance should be warm and inviting.  The front door should be clean and if it needs a fresh coat of paint, try using a strong accent color that blends nicely with the exterior colors of your home.  Consider adding an attractive wreath to the door and a pot of flowers on the porch.  If the exterior lights are outdated or in need of repair, replace them with the current trend of lighting fixtures.

Driveway – Make sure your driveway is in good condition.  If it is paved, consider adding a top coat of sealer.

Rear Yard and Patio/Deck – Your rear yard and Patio or Deck should be neat and tidy.  Power wash the patio or deck and be sure that the deck is in good condition.  If you have a wood deck, repair or replace any broken boards and consider painting or staining it.  Adding pots of flowers around the deck or patio will give it more appeal.  You’ll want to create an outdoor entertaining space that the buyers will fall in love with.


Tips Provided by:  Kelly Malagari, ASP – Accredited Staging Real Estate Professional


What’s the Meaning of the Word ‘TEAM’?

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Per the “bing” dictionary, the word TEAM is defined as “cooperatively functioning group: a number of people organized to function cooperatively as a group.”  “The” Team of Bonnie, Maureen & Kelly epitomizes this definition.

Literally, if there is a schedule conflict with one member, another member can and will step right in to cover without missing a beat. Several years ago, I was headed to Frederick with a client to look at condos. My husband called me from the hospital, telling me he was waiting for a helicopter to take him to Washington Heart Center for surgery. When you get a phone call like this, it doesn’t register right away -so thank goodness my client had a clear head and told me I needed to go directly to the hospital, not show her condos then go! One call to my teammate, Kelly, and she intercepted us, picked up my client, sent Me to the hospital and took the client on to see the condos. Not a beat missed.

This is the reality of being a member on our team: Each member can step in for the other and take care of the business at hand. At the drop of a hat.

It is a combination of commitment, compatibility and respect for each other and our profession. We each have our own distinct personalities, but there is a definite meeting of minds on how we conduct our business and the importance of making sure our clients’ needs are met.

When you are interviewing an agent to assist you in the sale of your home or the purchase of a new home, ask if they work on a team and if so, how the team functions. In today’s world of buyers and sellers needing-to-know-now, there is no better way to make sure you’re covered. Team work  really works, especially with our Team!