The once-beautiful features of your home speak of a different era when wood paneling, popcorn ceilings, and frosted glass blocks were all the rage. Unfortunately, your home hasn't reached a point where you can truly call it "retro."
Perhaps you'd love to see something else on the walls of your living room than the expansive brown paneling, and the popcorn ceiling that's always dumping tiny white puffs onto your floor.
Whether you choose to undergo a major renovation of your home or some strategic remodeling, you'll definitely be pulled in many directions as far as style and design are concerned. Two popular styles for home renovations are modernist architecture and traditional architecture, and each of these styles have many layers and attitudes.
Modernist architecture often brings to mind designs by innovators like Frank Lloyd Wright, and the homes that blend into the scenery as much as they put their own, ultra-modern stamp upon the landscape.
Frank Lloyd Wright once said:
"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you."
You may associate modern architecture with spacious and recently built homes that take advantage of floor-to-ceiling windows, open floor plans, and large patches of neutral colors, but modernist designs started to appear more than a century ago with the opening of the 20th century.
As a response to the stifling and cluttered style of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, modernism took off after World War II when it became one of the dominant architectural styles of commercial building in the United States.
In today's world, those minimalist designs mean wide-open spaces, uncluttered designs, and a rule that "form follows function." If you're aching to be freed of unnecessary adornment and want your home to feel like an open, welcoming space, you might want to investigate modernist architecture and how a renovation team might bring your vision alive.
One of the most noticeable ways to enhance the modernity of a home is through an enclosed porch like one designed by Eze-Breeze. Magnificent views of the sun and outdoors are a perfect way to meld nature and architecture, as is the ultra-modern style.
The homes you see on the National Register of Historic Places bring the past into vivid detail with influences stretching back to decades before the American Revolution. Popular styles include the Georgian period of the early 1700s, the Gothic Revival period of the mid-19th century, and the Colonial Revival period of the early 20th century.
Perhaps you'd like to emulate the Georgian style with its traditional, symmetrical features, raised foundation, and a front door that sits right in the middle of the front façade. Maybe you adore homes of the Gothic Revival period with their steeply pitched roofs, decorative gables, and pointed arches. Architectural eras of the past offer so much creativity and beauty to your renovated home.
Style Isn't Always So Cleanly Sliced
Remember that no single architectural or interior design style is wholly separate from other styles. For example, some modern designs may be considered "traditional" because they stem from a century-old history of creativity and innovation.
Consider the absurdly modern architecture of New York's Guggenheim Museum. That "highly expressive" masterpiece opened in 1959 and is considered one of the most-notable examples of the style.
Likewise, traditional styles may feel a little modern when they feature snippets of designs popular in the 1950s and 1960s or resemble centuries-old homes of the Federal or Colonial eras. The key to finding your own, personal style for your renovation might take some time to decipher, but the time you spend designing your new space will be well worth the effort.
Looking to Create a New Style in Your Home?
Have you tired of your home's out-of-date style and want to refresh your home's natural appeal? Let us help you design the renovation of your dreams. Contact Gettum Associates for a Free Consultation or give us a call at 1-317-542-3853.
Lower Costs and Increased Efficiency: Remodel Your Home with Smarter Technology
While your family members may not have initially agreed, it actually may be a payoff that you waited so long to renovate your home. The latest technological opportunities and the eco-friendly upgrades available on the market today will enable you to transform your home into a castle that provides long-term savings, better functionality, improved efficiency, and a significant increase in its value all with a click or touch of a button.
Cooling Down and Keeping Warm
Old windows and doors in a home are notorious not only for being the culprit of heat loss during Indiana’s snowy winters, but also the reason for all the excessive heat in your home during the region’s sultry summers. The top-of-the-line windows and skylights on the market today provide information about their energy ratings to help you choose the most energy-efficient products for your home's remodeling projects. Developed by the nonprofit National Fenestration Rating Council, these ratings and labels document criteria including U-factors, better known as the heat transmittance rating of the window, and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) which numbers the increase in temperature in a space. When selecting the best window or skylight forIndiana’s mixed climate choose solutions that have a:
- National Fenestration Rating Council-certified U-factors with less than or equal to 0.40 (they typically range between 0.2 to 1.2)
- National Fenestration Rating Council-certified SHGC less than or equal to 0.40 (they typically range between 0 and 1).
The lower a window’s U-factor a window, the more energy-efficient it is. A window with a high SHGC is effective at collecting solar heat gain during the cold seasons; a window with a low SHGC is efficient at reducing cooling loads during the hotter months.
Also look into ways your windows can incorporate more automation. Automatic blinds and covers will do your home wonders during the warmer seasons. Adding app operated covers to the outside areas of the home that get the most sun are also a wise investment to make for the long term savings and prevention of sun damage in the long run.
Automation can go a long way in today’s world of home improvement. In fact, many areas of the home that used to require daily control and adjustments can now be operated with the ease of an app. In particular, items like programmable thermostats that not only save your desired settings, but also use your preferences to learn about new ways to cool or warm your home in the most efficient manner possible are now here. According to Consumer Reports, programmable thermostats like the recently popular Nest and those being introduced by Honeywell are seeing a huge rise in interest for homeowners that want to see the savings in their utility usage but can use a little help from a thermostat that can program itself to their daily usage and needs.
Statistics by GRACE Communications Foundation confirm that low-flow toilets significantly reduce the amount of water needed to flush by as much as 80%. So, instead of trying to save water usage by not flushing after every light use, simply choose these highly-efficient low-flow solutions when you’re renovating your home’s bathrooms. More and more bathroom fixture companies are introducing more efficient models to customers that require less water and in some cases, flush according to the amount and density of the waste.
Another major trend in homes looking to upgrade their water efficiency is the renovation and replacement of water heaters. Traditional standing water heaters are bulky and costly in comparison to some of the latest innovations being introduced to the market. In particular, experts in the plumbing industry have confirmed that switching to a tankless water heater can cut energy costs by 40% and they don’t sacrifice the purity or temperature quality of the water.
Your kitchen is one of the most high traffic areas in your home you use to entertain in. It’s one of the top rooms to be renovated in any home at some point not only because it has the potential to significantly increase your home’s value, but also because it's often the "go-to" gathering place for your friends and family and so a comforting appeal is imperative. As you work with your contractor to plan the designated zones, style, and finishes of your ideal kitchen, the next step is selecting your kitchen appliances. Taking into account the importance of the sustainability, efficiency, functionality and beauty of this integral kitchen component, consider smarter solutions that are available to the market today. Brands like LG, Samsung and Whirlpool, are examples of companies that are looking to lead the charge in more efficient smart digital appliances. Stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers and laundry machines are just the surface of the appliances that are changing the way we clean and maintain our kitchen. Things like setting timers, allowing notifications, and creating custom settings at the touch of a button are going to change the way every homeowner does their chores.
Going digital is inevitable and so why not incorporate the latest tech trends to the way your home operates. The latest innovative technology in appliances and home accessories is going to change the way we live in the sense that homeowners can have long term savings, better energy efficiency, quicker and easier functionality and all of this without sacrificing overall appeal and home comfort. Smarter, greener, more efficient homes can go much deeper than the solar panels that you see on the outside of the home. Talk to us about ways we can make your home more efficient in areas of the home that you use every day.
With millions of baby boomers reaching and breaching retirement age, concerns of healthcare, safety, and longevity permeate many conversations between couples and families living in a home that's been in the family for decades. Over time, the home becomes a lifeline between family members where the kids and grandkids can come home to be with everyone to celebrate.
However, the natural process of aging does throw some roadblocks in the way of living safely at home instead of living in an assisted care facility. No matter whether a family can afford a high-quality assisted living facility, just about everyone would rather live at home in his or her twilight years rather than in a nursing home or assisted care facility.
Recent Technology to Help Seniors
In recent news articles published by Aging in Place Technology, many new entries into the market feature assistance for caregivers and children who need to take care of elderly adults. One interesting option features a service that helps family keep an eye on a family member who might be living alone at home.
The mobile-enabled device lets caregivers know if the stove was left on or if the resident has left their home or taken medications. How many stories have recently been published about elderly citizens leaving their homes and getting lost? One recent story featured a 92-year-old WWII veteran who disappeared from his home in New York and somehow ended up in Las Vegas!
Considerations for Aging in Place
Through the CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) program from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), there are several ways to make physical changes in the home to improve safety, as well as design decisions that reduce potential hazards for the elderly.
NAHB offers several recommendations for coming up with a design plan to improve safety in the home.
For example, one of the major changes that should be made (and which doesn't cost a penny) is rearranging furniture and pathways in the home to reduce obstacles that could cause a fall. As you may be aware, falls among older adults are exceptionally common, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Another change is looking at all of the flooring in the home. Are there area rugs that have tassels that might cause a trip or fall? Do the rugs slip and slide across the floors when stepped on? Are certain floors in the home slippery and best covered with wall-to-wall carpet? Answering these questions will help you figure out what changes must be made to create a haven in the home.
Obtaining Funding for Aging in Place
Whether you're looking to make radical changes to the home or are simply interested in some conveniences that will help someone with limited mobility keep safe, there are several projects to accommodate different budgets, as well as organizations that help provide assistance.
The following organizations offer further information on Aging in Place:
Do You Want to Work with a Certified Aging in Place Specialist?
Are you worried about an elderly loved one living alone? Do you want to make changes to improve the mobility options within your home? Contact Gettum Associates for a Free Consultation or give us a call at 1-317-542-3853.
Gettum Associates, Inc. of Greenwood, Indiana recently garnered a nomination from the Indy A-List, which is a voter-supported listing of the best businesses in and around Indianapolis.
From the organizers of the Indy A-List:
"The Indy A-List is a contest featuring more than 4,852 local businesses competing to be named best. YOUR votes determine the outcome."
In a recent interview and podcast on Remodelers on the Rise, Vice President Jason Gettum revealed that his dedication and enthusiasm for the remodeling industry started early, when he started helping his father on job sites.
According to Jason, one of the most important features of a strong business is honesty with customers and confidence in the end result. When asked about the most exciting part of the remodeling business, Jason said:
"When people like their neighborhood, like their school, like their neighbors and they see that it's possible for them to modify their house, avoid the stress of moving and make it fit what they need. I think it's a pretty exciting thing to do."
Gettum Associates and its dedicated contractors are no strangers to accolades and awards. In 2012, James Gettum received a 40 Under 40 Award from "Professional Remodeling Magazine."
Gettum Associates also offers customers the strength of a Better Business Bureau A+ rated business. In 2000, Gettum Associates, Inc. was inducted into the BIG 50 Hall of Fame as listed in "Remodeling Magazine."
Gettum Associates, Inc. offers remodeling services for any part of your home. Whether your kitchen is faded and outdated and could use an update or your bathroom isn't the enjoyable paradise you know it can be, Gettum offers exceptional remodeling services.
With a stellar reputation built upon years of exceptional work, repeat customers, and glowing recommendations, Gettum Associates, Inc. prides itself on attention to detail and customer satisfaction.
Of their projects, the professionals at Gettum say:
"Each of Gettum’s remodeling projects is designed to blend seamlessly with the original structure, avoiding that “added on look”. They work individually with each customer to create a project that fits their budget, preferences and lifestyle."
Gettum Associates, Inc. also offers clients a free guide on choosing a contractor for a new remodeling project, as well as free consultations.
What are people saying right now on the A-List about Gettum Associates?
"They are a wonderful company to work with! Very trustworthy!"
"These guys are the best! Finished out our basement and we love it! Great people who do great work!"
"They always leave the job site completely clean at the end of each day and they show up when they said they would!"
Visit the Indy A-List to cast your vote! Voting started today, June 09 at 8:00 AM!
In this month's Remodelers on the Rise, Jason Gettum shares his company's approach to the honesty and integrity that influences each remodeling project by the company. In fact, when asked about what quote for success he would apply to his work with Gettum Associates, Jason said:
"Work Smarter, Not Harder."
The remodeling industry presents exciting challenges that require creative solutions and dedication to seeing complex projects to the end. A lifelong member of the home renovation industry, Jason and the other members of Gettum Associates, Inc. have spent decades refining their company's model for success.
When asked what was important to Gettum's long history and success, Jason said:
"I don't get discouraged easily. It has helped me out with a lot of business and personal struggles. The ability to persevere is a great trait that I believe I got from my father. But, I don't quit. I don't give up easily."
"I fight through it. I figure out a way to make it happen."
This enthusiasm for getting the best out of every project is why so many customers offer glowing reviews and repeat business to the professionals at Gettum.
Here's one of the interesting exchanges in this month's Remodelers on the Rise between co-hosts Kyle Hunt and Ryan Paul Adams, and Jason Gettum:
Ryan: So let's talk a little bit about a success quote that you live by. And really try to break it down to us how you might apply that to your life and your remodeling business.
Jason: I have always, especially in the past 5 to 6 years lived by the motto, "work smarter not harder." And you know, it's a very cliché saying, but it's very true. You could chase people all day long for business. But if you don't know what you are looking for, you're missing the mark.
Of their services, the renovation specialists at Gettum say:
As members of the Better Business Bureau and the Builder's Association of Indianapolis (BAGI), we adhere to ethical business practices and abide by standards set forth by BAGI so there are clear expectations between us and you.
Dedication to each client is what lands Gettum on "best of" lists year in and year out. In 2013, Gettum landed in the top five on "The Indy A-List" and they're up for more accolades on this year's A-List.
Want to know how you can choose the best contractor for your home remodeling project? Check out Gettum's free guide on selecting a contractor! You'll learn how to figure out whether a remodeler is reputable and how to avoid paying too much for your home improvement project.
Are you interested in getting a free quote on your Indianapolis-area home renovation project? Contact Gettum Associates today for information on a free consultation or call 317.542.3853.
The exterior color of your home may influence how your visitors feel when they approach your house, and changing the color of your home may provide a needed refresher to its appearance. When updating a major part of your home's exterior, such as the siding, roof, or doors, you'll need to have conversations on colors and whether your home might benefit from an update on hue or shade.
Choosing a Roofing Color
The roof of your home keeps its occupants safe from inclement weather and protects the family's possessions, and it also creates a statement based upon what type of roofing is chosen, as well as the color. You'll likely want to choose a roofing material that will last a long time, but you'll also need to consider a new color.
Consider that the color of your roofing shingles might help you save on energy bills during seasonal highs and lows. Not only can the roof keep your attic at an appropriate temperature, but shingles may also help to reflect or absorb sunlight, which helps cool or warm the home.
Generally speaking, exterior paint colors:
- Lightly colored shingles help reflect the sun's rays and will keep your home cool during hot summers, which may reduce the stress put upon the home's air conditioner.
- Darkly colored shingles will absorb the sun's warmth and are terrific for homes in cold climates where heating bills tend to skyrocket in the winter.
You'll also need to make sure your roof color complements the rest of your home's colors. Interior design blogger Maria Killam
recommends the following for your roof's color:
1. For the average, traditional house, stay away from an overtly coloured roof.
2. If the style of your home does not dictate choosing a colour choose a dark neutral.
3. If you have a stone or brick house that will never change colour, that's when your roof colour should be very carefully chosen.
Deciding Upon Exterior Paint Color
No matter the material used for your home (even brick), you'll need to think about color. While it's perfectly acceptable to refurbish your home's exterior with new siding and a color that matches exactly the old color of your home, there's no harm in exploring new color options. "Better Homes and Gardens" offers some terrific advice
on figuring out what might look good on your home:
"As you prepare to choose colors for an exterior painting project, tour neighborhoods and note which colors catch your eye. Pay particular attention to homes that are similar in architectural style to your own."
One of the primary things to consider when choosing your home's exterior colors is how the color will appear on the side of a large house instead of on a small color swatch or inside a paint store. Note that colors tend to look brighter when they're outside on a house instead of under the display lights of a store.
Tip: Consider painting a few large pieces of poster-board and attaching them to the exterior of your home. A large-scale representation of a color will give you a much better idea of how that color will look on your home than a speck of paint on a little card from a paint store.
Get Advice On Your New Home Exterior Today!
Are you thinking of remodeling or expanding your Indianapolis area home? Contact Gettum Associates for a Free Consultation
or give us a call at 317-542-3853
Perhaps you've got a little one on the way or your mother-in-law needs to move into your home, but you're facing some difficult space issues that might make the addition of another person into the household a tight squeeze. Do you need to build an addition to the home, or can you renovate to find more space?
Packing the family up to move to a larger home might not be realistic for a variety of reasons. The cost of a new home, a family's current location, and the family history in a present residence might make thoughts of a new house unattractive. Fortunately, several options exist for finding extra space in the home.
Finding More Space: Rearranging and Renovating the Home
Build a Home Addition By Looking Up
Adding another bedroom is a common goal for renovation in the home, but getting an extra bedroom doesn't always mean that you need to add an entire addition onto the home. If your home has an attic, one option is to finish the attic and turn it into a bedroom. "This Old House" offers some important advice
on whether your attic might be suitable for such a conversion:
Follow the "rule of 7s": Enforcement varies, but codes typically say that at least half of a finished attic must be at least 7 feet high, and that this area must be a minimum of 7 feet wide and 70 square feet. A contractor or a local building official can help you assess how the rule will apply to your attic and how modifications like dormers can resolve height shortcomings.
According to an article on CNN Money
, one issue that some homeowners experience is a lack of space after the kids move out. Once the kids graduate from college or start their own lives in another home, a renovation might include getting a bigger bedroom and spacing things out. Sometimes all it takes is the removal of a wall to create a large, comfortable master bedroom. Your contractor will be able to tell you whether this option is viable structurally, but CNN also notes:
"You always want to keep your bedroom count on par with the neighborhood," says Horen. "So, in a four-bedroom house area, dropping to three may not be a good idea. But in a predominantly two-bedroom neighborhood, you'd still be way ahead of the Joneses."
Adding More Space: Building an Addition or Extending the House
The prospect of a home addition tends to be a fairly costly endeavor whether the addition is a major extension of the home or a subtle expansion of square footage. The pros at Bob Vila's website
have some key advice for deciding upon an addition or renovation project:
You need to decide whether the task consists of adding new space, improving existing space, or simply putting unused space to use.
Remember that adding space to your home through an addition will still require some remodeling of your present space. Perhaps you intend to push the wall of the kitchen out into the backyard by several feet. The project will require some work to remodel the kitchen for the expansion.
Get Advice On Your Expansion or Renovation
Are you thinking of remodeling or expanding your Indianapolis area home? Contact Gettum Associates for a Free Consultation
or give us a call at 317-542-3853.
Let’s face it. Remodeling is a bit like “child birth”. Initially there’s some fear, some anxiety and yes… a little discomfort during the process. But just as these memories vanish when a mother looks into the eyes of her newborn, homeowners forget the normal trials and tribulations of remodeling once their newly “reborn” home emerges.
You can actually enjoy the remodeling process if you just follow two simple principals: #1-Be prepared and #2-have the right attitude.
Being prepared includes recognizing that a professional job with professional results requires a professional. Be sure you select a full service design/build remodeling contractor who handles, and is responsible for, the whole project-start to finish. You should be sure that they have a full time staff and are present on site throughout the process. It’s their job to manage the project, not yours; that’s what you pay them for.
Make sure you have a clear, detailed and guaranteed cost contract, a complete scope of work and full specifications before ANYTHING starts. Most horror stories involve misunderstandings involving these basic things.
Another thing that will ensure a project will run smoothly is to have a “pre-construction” conference with your contractor prior to work beginning. Great communication makes for great projects. At this meeting, go through your contract and specs once again and be sure everyone is on the same page. Even little things like work hours, bathroom availability, and talks about “who chases fluffy if she gets out” are important discussions to have.
Your contractor should also warn you to remove personal items from the work area and even to take down things hanging on the other side of the walls in the work area, just to be sure. An initial schedule, and basic understanding of what to expect and when, will go miles toward helping you prepare for those times that sinks, ovens and dishwashers won’t be available to you.
Hint: unless you have the luxury of a second kitchen or plans were included for a temporary kitchen in the basement, start to stock pile coupons for pizza delivery and Chinese right now.
But the most important part of surviving any home remodel is simply having the right attitude.
Have realistic expectations. If you expect to say “Driver, MOVE THAT BUS” in seven days, you are going to be disappointed. That is not reality. Reality is, if you did your homework in selecting a professional design/build remodeling contractor, the “birthing pains” involved in your “re-born home” will all be worth it.
You can learn more about Gettum Associates remodeling process by checking out our 3 Step Remodeling Process Here.
The Remodeling Budget Conversation – From a Contractor’s Perspective
The subject of budget can be perceived as a hard conversation to have with your remodeling contractor. It is only natural to be a little apprehensive in revealing your real budget number. For instance, you are afraid that if you say your budget is $25,000, the contractor will spend the full amount – when you could have gotten what you wanted for less.
While we certainly can appreciate your standpoint, the truth is that when you work with a reputable contractor, they aren’t out to gouge you. They want to give you the best product they can within your budget. After all, contractors rely on repeat and referral business. If they don’t make you feel like you got value for your investment, they quickly find themselves out of work – and out of business.
Here are a few thoughts we’d like to share to help you get more comfortable with the remodeling budget conversation.
Any remodeling firm you are considering should have a process that involves an initial consultation. Here, they’ll ask you many questions about the project you are considering, visit your home, offer some options and will eventually ask you what budget you have in mind.
From our perspective, it is important that you are open and candid with us about your budget. This is the only way we can provide you with options that fit your needs – and budget. Certainly, we can offer the Rolls-Royce version, but if your budget is more in line with Ford, we want to learn that early on in the process. Like all reputable contractors, we aren’t out to spend the entire amount you’ve allotted for your project. Instead, we are eager to provide you with a few options – within your budget – for your consideration.
For example, if you have a budget in mind to remodel your kitchen, but it is a bit tight, we may be able to provide some ideas you hadn’t thought of. This could involve refinishing some of the existing elements, such as floors or cabinets, instead of replacing them. Conversely, if spending just a little bit more will allow you to upgrade finishes, we want to propose those options, too. We simply want to provide you with all the information you need to make a decision you’ll be pleased with.
Another thought: If you aren’t comfortable with a particular contractor, for whatever reason, this is probably not the right contractor for you. You must feel comfortable around them – after all, you are letting them on your property and oftentimes inside your home. If you aren’t connecting with a contractor and can’t be honest about your budget, then simply move on to another company.
Finally, we recognize that everyone has a budget for their remodeling project. Even if you don’t know precisely how much things cost, you do have a figure in your head of what you are willing to spend. Sharing this early in the process can save you aggravation and project delays, and ultimately get you closer to seeing your project come to fruition.
Learn more about our design/build process.
Creating Curb Appeal|Top 9 Tips for Attracting Home buyers
What's the first thing that buyer's see? It's not your flooring. It's not your bathroom. It's not even your kitchen or living room. No, the first thing they see is the outside of your house. If your curb appeal isn't very appealing, then it's time to get to work.
Put On Your Buyer's Hat
When you walk around your home, you're probably used to seeing things a certain way. This is only natural - it is your house after all. But, buyers like seeing things their way. This usually means that they like to see a "picture perfect" house.
No one wants to feel like they're buying someone else's memories, problems, or idiosyncrasies. That means that you should spend some time with a pen and a notepad walking around your home with a buyer's hat on. Note anything that looks "off." For example, if there are cracks in the sidewalk that have been there for 10 years, what can you do to fix them?
If the picket fence is missing a few pickets, it's time to get on that. What about your driveway? It's got some uneven spots that you've learned to drive around. Your buyers won't be as understanding as you are. Fix that stuff.
Take A Look At The Roof
Your roof is something that buyers do look at, even if you've forgotten about it. Are the shingles starting to butterfly? How old is the roof? If it's really old, you might need to replace it. If it just needs some cleaning, then clean it. If you need roofing repair or replacement in the Indianapolis area, give Gettum Home Exteriors a call!
Make Your Numbers Shine
Dirty, faced, or broken house numbers are a sort of bad omen. If your house numbers don't look so hot, consider cleaning them, repainting them, or replacing them. You'll be surprised at just how much of a difference this makes.
Get a Second Opinion
Hire a real estate agent from a place like Agent Harvest to help you get your house in order before you go full-bore. Real estate agents know what it takes to sell a house. Ask for their honest opinion. Often, they can pick up on things you missed.
Pressure Wash All The Things
Take a pressure-washer to that deck, and the side of your house. It'll improve the selling price by making the place look "fresh."
Bushes, plants, and even trees can make the home look more inviting. Plant trees, shrubs, or even put a few potted plants by the front door - they're very welcoming.
Here Comes The Sun
Open up the drapes and let the sun in. Buyers are attracted to that sort of thing. It makes sense if you think about it. You don't like walking into a dark house, do you?
Paint The Trim
Paint costs about $25/gal. Spend a few bucks and give the front door and the trim a fresh coat of paint.
Take Glamor Shots Of The House
Most buyers these days start their search online, so taking good shots of your home is one of the more important things you can do. After you've made the house look beautiful, capture it with an artistic photo - only, you don't want the photo to look too staged or photoshopped. Make sure that the light outside is nice and bright, and that you're not trying to take a photo of the home behind trees or shrubs. Pay attention to the surrounding landscape and try to incorporate anything of significant detail.
For example, if you have shrubs or trees that add to the feel of the property, but won't get in the way of the shot, include those in the photo.
About the author:
Arthur Young has a strategic eye for real estate. He greatly enjoys helping homeowners buy and sell in today's housing market.