If you don't have to financial means to replace your outdated garage doors, try slapping a coat of fresh paint on there. But if you can afford to replace those old aluminum or vinyl doors with wood, I going to highly suggest it. Notice how the door above almost resembles carriage house doors with those Dutch style handles, which go well with the traditional architecture. Make sure that no matter what you decide to go with that it compliments the architecture and doesn't distract from it. I also like how the color of the doors in the image match the door on the house. If the trim of the house had been that color and the door white, I would have gone with white garage doors and colored trim. Keep it consecutive.
The importance of a fresh coat of paint on your exterior cannot be stressed enough! Simply painting the trim if your siding is in good shape can really make a house pop. I love the 3 colors used on the house above; the white trim, blue shutters and teal door and gables beautifully accentuate the house. I love the use of different colors of equal tone. Simply painting your front door could be all the edge you need to get noticed, but obviously if there are any cracks or chips in your paint then it's probably time to go ahead and do all of it. The best part is that a gallon of exterior paint runs at about $30 so you won't necessarily be breaking the bank to make a big impact.
Their product knowledge and implementation ensures a beautiful and long lasting finish for years to come. They approach each project as if was their own home. From color consultation and product choice, they walk through each decision with the home owners to ensure perfection. Blue Star takes the extra step to remove and cover all of your belongs and make sure that your home is put back together after each day so that your life can go on uninterrupted. They don’t live in a construction site and they don’t expect you to.
The outside of your home is the first thing that people see and fresh paint is the best way to increase curb appeal. Beyond looks, paint protects your home and contents within. They know the proper prep and application on different exterior materials and what product will get you your desired look.
A major part of their business is upgrading kitchens, powder rooms and bathrooms for home owners. The kitchens or baths can be full gut jobs and renovations or they can simply refresh an existing kitchen or bath with painting cabinets, replacing counter tops, adding back splashes or swapping out appliances.
Blue Star Paint and Property are also a certified lead abatement firm with the EPA (Enviromental Protection Agency) under the Renovate, Repair and Paint Program, as well as an accredited MDE Contractor (Maryland Department of the Environment) with in the State of Maryland. They maintain both worker and supervisor licenses for lead abatement under Building Repair and Renovations, which allows them to complete any work needed to for Maryland lead compliance on pre-1950′s rental properties.
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It's Funday Monday just before the holidays so I just wanted to share some simple holiday decorating tips and inspiration for your exterior!
Here is an article with some great insight for holiday decorating with potential buyers in mind. The most important points being
Our friends over at BackyardBoss.com wanted to share with you some great tips for pruning in order to keep that curb appeal at its finest. You can click the image above to be redirected to their great post which is divided seasonally, so just scroll down to winter and either get your pruning shears out or call you local landscaper for help. Just remember to watch out for poison ivy and poison oak as this time of year thier leaves tend to turn beautiful fall shades of fiery reds and oranges. And if they have lost their leaves, the roots and vines are just as toxic- trust me, I'm speaking from very recent experience! Always wear impermeable gloves tucked into long sleeves when you're not perfectly sure of what you're handling.
Besides having a great looking front yard and entrance, it's just as important to have an updated kitchen. A dated kitchen will quickly deter potential buyers because of the potential costs, the inconvenience of renovating, and even more simply, the lack of visual appeal. They may struggle to see themselves living in the space or preparing meals there. You don't necessarily have to make major renovations either: updating the knobs, lighting fixtures, stools at a breakfast bar, appliances, or painting the backsplash or cabinets may make all the difference you need.
The kitchen below had heavily patterned wallpaper removed from the walls and ceiling then painted white in order to better show the features.
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It's that time of year when we break out the lights and put up the inflatable lawn ornaments! I guess it's actually been that time of year but with the weather being so mild and the trees still having a few leaves it seems a bit difficult to get into the mood.
Regardless, I thought I would offer some inspirational wreath-making tutorials for holiday decorating to keep your curb looking classy while hopefully getting you (and myself) more in the spirit of the holidays. Obviously I seem to like the simple, organic type wreaths, but that doesn't mean I don't love a good glitter show with lots of ornaments either!
If you'd like to try your hand at making a wreath but could use a little instruction, Whole Foods is offering a class on December 3rd from 2-4pm for $30. You can register for the class HERE.
We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving as we did! If any of you actually give these tutorials a try we would love to see the results and hear about it! Or if you have your own tutorial you'd like to share, get in touch!
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While obviously the yard and porch are far from pristine condition (lots of things need to be tucked away,) and we are getting more shrubs to add to the front, we just wanted to share once more the before and after of our little house. As I mentioned last week, the landscapers were here working as I was writing so here is their finished work. Those three bushes are a type of Japanese Holly, not boxwoods as many understandably assume. Eventually we will have a nicely growing garden in the front with lots of flowering things, a new walkway (this one is OLD and cracked,) and the little slope in front- not shown- will be nicely landscaped with more than mulch. We have no plans to sell our house any time soon but we do want to at least give it some curb appeal, especially for all our neighbors who were kind enough to put up with 5 months of construction!
Next week: Exterior Doors!
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Images courtesy of https://www.tesla.com/solar
If you haven't already heard, Tesla has released a line of glass shingles that absorb the sun's energy and store it in their Powerball 2 battery pack. What's cool about this is how your energy efficient roof can now look like a roof and not a solar panel (increasing curb appeal and interest when you're ready to sell.) What will be interesting to find out is if Tesla got a little ahead of itself with solar panels being slightly on the decline due to poor performance (this is typically due to improper location of the installation.) However, I'm a bit of a believer in the future of renewable energies, so while they may be a little premature with this, chances are they will come out on top in the long run.
Today is the first reveal of the before and after of our house! Obviously, landscaping is in order... In fact, our friends at Environmental Landcare are here this very moment digging up the entire front yard. While this may not seem to be totally on-topic, it's always fun to see a transformation.
We were told before we even moved in that we NEEDED white rockers and an American flag, but we already had those items at the top of necessities as they are a requirement for pretty much any house with a front porch when it comes to curb appeal. As you can see, those arrived before the landscapers. The chairs were a kind gift from good friends.
So if there is one lesson to be learned today, it is this: white rockers and an American flag for your front porch.
Manicure it like it's a country club. According to Inman.com, "landscaping can add as much as 28 percent to the value of a home in addition to cutting the time a home spends on the market by 10 to 15 percent." And the internet is chock full of statistics like this. But also bear in mind that you don't want to put more than 20-30% of your property value into landscaping. Stats also show that people who spend more than 30% actually lose in the long run.
So if you've been on the fence about investing in your landscaping, the numbers are definitely in favor of making the effort. Some lower cost suggestions are:
Next week we'll take a look at some other exterior fixes to increase curb appeal and talk about the stats that support them.
Today I just wanted to offer up some color schemes that are both trending at the moment as well as classically appealing and won't go out of date any time soon. You may have noticed that grays are the new neutral. It's everywhere at the moment and quite frankly, as a Gray, we love it. There are endless shades of gray out there (not just 50!) so it's a matter of choosing what you want you accent color(s) to be in order to then decide if you need a warm gray or a cool gray. The image to the bottom left shows warm grays as there is a hint of yellow in there, which then contrasts nicely with the cool door color. Same can be said of the middle image, with Siding B being fairly warm while Siding A and Door & Trim are cool colors. To the right are more grays to look at but I like the wild green of the door and how it contrasts with the dark trim and siding. Same with the orange of the door above! We can't wait to show you the before and after photos of our home in West Annapolis so stay tuned in the coming weeks for some sneak peaks.
I find it so enjoyable to look at before and after photos of exteriors. It's amazing what some paint, a little landscaping and an American flag can do for curb appeal. The house on the left did a fair amount of landscaping- so much so that adirondack chairs and an umbrella in the driveway actually looks like a very appealing place to sit and relax. The house on the right added paint, window boxes and some minor landscaping yet it looks like a completely different property!
Enjoy some more photos of before and afters below- if these don't inspire you to get your curb looking classy, then it must be perfect already!
Travis Gray was born in Annapolis and raised on the Severn River. He specializes in marketing fine homes and waterfront property in the Annapolis area.