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Increase Home Value by Improving Curb Appeal – Exterior Spruce Up Tips

This week has been a glorious week with the spring weather!  After our long-hard winter, we are all ready for spring!  I wanted to share with you ways to Increase Your Home’s Value by Improving the Curb Appeal of your home.  I think you will agree that these Exterior Spruce Up Tips are easy to do and will make a tremendous difference in your “curb appeal”!

Whether you are staying in your home for 10 years or wanting to sell within the next few months – we can all benefit from some spring “spruce-up tips”. 

Most of us drive home everyday and click on the garage door opener and drive into the garage without really looking at the front of our house.  I want you to walk across the street and look at your home.  This is the 1st impression a “potential buyer” has of your home.  Buyers make a decision when they drive by either on the street or the web whether they want to see more. Take a photo!  This is going to be your “before” photo.  Now create a plan for what you want to spruce up to improve your curb appeal.

Here are some ideas to get you started.  They are easy for you or a family member to do.  Or if you wish, check out my web site for a list of service providers that can help.

Lets start with the front door, garage door and shutters.  Are they in good repair?  Do they need a fresh coat of paint?  A new garage door gives your home an entirely new look!  ( I replaced my garage door a few years ago and I couldn’t believe the difference – it’s also the first thing most people see when they pull in your drive.)

Next – look at your windows – again are repairs needed to the windows or the trim?  Does the trim need to be painted

Spring is the perfect time to fertilize the lawn.  Time it a day or two before they are forecasting rain.  You will enjoy a green and lush lawn all summer. 

Your sidewalks, porch and driveway will sparkle after being powerwashed. 

Winter came early and many people were unable to remove all the leaves.  Spend an afternoon raking your flower beds and around your trees.  It’s a perfect time to add some flower bulbs and “cool weather” flowers for a touch of color.

To enhance the appearance and for safety reasons – check out your house numbers, porch lights and mailbox.  Your house number should be large enough that it is visible from the street.  Does your mailbox need painting or replaced?  A new exterior light fixture can be relatively inexpensive and give you the the “punch” you want to spruce up the front.

Your entry should be welcoming!  If you are planning to sell – you will want to add flowers or home decor that will entice the visitor into your home.  And if you are not selling – the flowers will look great!

Your curb appeal should say to your visitors that you are proud of your home.  Whether selling or staying – you will be glad you took the time to spruce up the exterior!  Your home will look better!  The neighborhood will look better!  By taking care of your home on a regular basis – your home will maintain it’s value and hopefully increase the value and the curb appeal.

Don’t forget — walk across the street and take that “after” photo for comparison! 

Have a great spring and take time to enjoy your home everyday!


April 10, 2009 Posted by | Real Estate Tips, Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment


Taste of Glen Ellyn

Glen Ellyn, IL is one of my favorite villages.  The Taste of Glen Ellyn is the local festival sponsored by the Glen Ellyn Chamber of  Commerce.  I have enjoyed the opportunity of serving on the planning committee since 1995.  It is held the weekend after Mother’s Day each year.  This year it is May 15, 16 and 17.  Weather is always a challenge for us.  It can be a beautiful warm weekend and we have a lot of visitors and everyone enjoys the music and food while raving about the beautiful weather.  Over the years we also have had “rain outs” and been forced to wear our coats and gloves.  Either way – the music offers a variety of sounds for all ages.  It is a tremendous opportunity for Glen Ellyn Chamber members to interact and network.  It is great to be able to greet your neighbors by supporting the Chamber activities.  For details on the Taste, visit

Today, we had one of our committee meetings and everything is on schedule.  Our committee is made up of volunteers from the business and retail community.  Each year we expand our ideas to make the next Taste of Glen Ellyn better than the previous year.  It is a delight to see the kid’s as they enjoy the Family Day Activities on Sunday afternoon.  There is nothing better than watching a child’s face light up during a magic show!  It is a huge task for the volunteers that organize the Taste of Glen Ellyn but every volunteer returns the next year.  There is a wonderful sense of accomplishment that we have sponsored an event that the residents of Glen Ellyn and nearby communities visit and enjoy.  Not only have we raised funds – but we have offered a weekend of low-cost family fun!  What more could anyone want?  So mark your calendars for May 15, 16 and 17 for “Fun in Glen Ellyn”!

March 27, 2009 Posted by | Community Information | , , | Leave a comment


Homeowners Tax Credit!

All homeowners have an opportunity to take advantage of the 2009 Stimulus package.  One of the components that you do not hear much about is the “Home Improvement” credit. If you upgraded your appliances to “Energy Star” rated appliances or replaced windows or added insulation – one or all of these items may meet the requirements for a tax credit.  A homeowner may receive a credit up to $1500 for their home improvements.  Be sure to check with your accountant or CPA to see if your improvements qualify.  If you have already filed your 2008 taxes, you can take the deduction when you file 2009 returns, or you may choose to amend  your tax returns for 2008.

March 23, 2009 Posted by | 1st Time Buyers, Real Estate Tips | , , , , | Leave a comment