Look Ahead to April
Something about the feel of spring in the air is guaranteed to make every homeowner yearn to do some reorganizing and potentially even some redecorating. If a redesign is in the cards for you this spring, you’ll be interested to know that there are quite a few intriguing color trends emerging.
Gray, gray and more gray – A number of paint companies are naming one of their gray tones as a top color this Spring. It’s true that gray is this year’s new black! Even though springtime typically makes us think of pastel colors and bright blue skies, a soft dove gray compliments those colors incredibly well. Teamed with Benjamin Moore’s Simply White, a true aluminum gray looks striking and can be brought to life with pops of bright colors in moveable décor items.
A very important step in the process of selling your house is ‘staging’ your home in order to attract as many potential buyers as possible. If it is within your budget, you can hire a professional staging company to take care of this detail for you.
If you’re working with a smaller budget, however, staging your home is something that you can do yourself with a little effort and minimal investment. The following tips and suggestions will give you impressive results that will wow everyone who passes through your home.
Take the time now to do any small projects that you’ve been meaning to get around to, like replacing a cracked window or putting a sliding door back on its hinges. By doing all repairs first, you’ll be able to clean up after yourself in the next step.
Before you can begin setting up any staging materials, you must give your entire home a thorough cleaning. Once again, this segment of home preparation is something that you can hire a professional for, and it’s usually not too expensive for a one-time deep cleaning session. Otherwise, you’ll need to do it on your own, or by enlisting some friends or family members to pitch in. Be sure that everything shines – including windows, mirrors, televisions, and bookshelves. You shouldn’t be able to run your finger along any dusty surface.
We all know that today’s buyers show disdain at anything that makes a home look ‘dated.’ Rather than investing thousands to upgrade outdated tile in a bathroom, you can give it a quick coat of high-adhesion primer followed by ceramic epoxy paint. Consider painting dated or dingy kitchen and bathroom cabinets a light color (white is very popular currently). Updating all of your kitchen and bathroom hardware (drawer pulls, cabinet handles and possibly sink and bathtub fixtures) can really bring a room into present day.
If you have it in the budget, paint all of your home’s walls a very light and neutral color. This makes everything feel larger and more open and gives buyers a feeling of newness. They’ll also enjoy pops of bright colors in the form of throw pillows, lamps, artwork and small decorative items like candles. Think reds, oranges and bright blues.
In addition to adding color throughout the home, show buyers a touch of nature inside the home. A multitude of today’s buyers are very in touch with nature and are more concerned about the environment than ever before. Bring the outside in by placing some pine cones, bamboo, or twigs in a large glass vase. Find ways to re-purpose or recycle old items like using an old trunk as the focal point of a sitting area. Doing so not only shows the buyers that you’re environmentally friendly, but it brings character to your home as well.
Be sure that your home is as clutter-free as you can manage. Any clutter will detract from the impressive staging and prep work you’ve done. Buyers are always looking for homes with ample storage space, so be sure that your closets and storage areas are as clean and neat as possible. This will make all of your storage areas appear larger, which will have buyers thinking about how great their own items would look inside.
If you are considering putting your home on the real estate market this spring, you’re on the right track to successfully selling your home. Studies show that year after year, springtime is the best time to sell a home. It’s true that many potential home buyers prefer to wait out the harsh, bitter winter weather for the sunny days of spring to tour properties of interest.
That being the case, as a seller, you likely have questions about how you can best prepare your home for its springtime debut. We’ve listed some common seller questions and answers below:
Ensure that your home has great curb appeal by ridding your lawn of dead leaves and debris that most likely gathered through the winter months. Make sure all shrubbery is neatly trimmed so that walkways are accessible to potential buyers. As soon as your grass begins its seasonal growth, keep on top of mowing so that it consistently looks well-kept and attractive.
In addition to taking good care of your lawn and shrubbery, you can vastly improve your home’s curb appeal by planting some vibrant flowers in visible flower beds. It has been shown that homeowners who give special attention to spring landscaping typically experience more interest from buyers.
First, give all of your windows a proper spring cleaning session, both inside and out. Additionally, clean all of your window treatments/draperies and arrange them so that optimal sunlight can enter your home. Brighter homes are much more welcoming because they feel warm, joyful and happy.
Whether you pay someone or do it yourself, a detailed cleaning of your entire home should be done prior to listing it on the market. It’s easy to let spider webs and a little bit of dust accumulate throughout the cold winter months, and a home can begin to smell musty. Dust every surface, power clean all of your floors, make sure bathrooms are spotless, and open your windows on a regular basis to let the fresh spring air wash away any lingering stuffiness from winter.
After all of your hard work, you want to keep your home clean so that multiple buyers have an opportunity to appreciate your spring cleaning! Spring weather is often sunny and cheery, but can also bring rain storms. In order to preserve your clean floors, place a quality outdoor mat outside and inside each exterior door, along with an umbrella stand. Directly inside the main entrance, consider installing a coat rack or coat tree so buyers can hang their potentially wet coats and hats rather than dripping rainwater throughout your home.
Some homeowners go so far as to install plastic sheeting along freshly cleaning floors. However, this can sometimes backfire and take away from all of the effort you put into spring cleaning. Setting up snacks for scheduled buyer visits is a good idea, as is filling a small cooler with ice and beverages. Spruce up your home décor a bit by replacing dated items, and remove all clutter. A simple coat of paint on a few walls, trim, or doors can make your home look cleaner and newer.
After all of your attention to preparing your home for a springtime listing, be sure to touch up any areas that may need it in between buyer visits. If you follow the advice listed above, you’ll have a much higher success rate in getting the offer you’ve been hoping for.
Spring weather is in the air, and everyone’s excitement is palpable! Although this year’s winter wasn’t terribly difficult in the Nashville area, springtime is always eagerly welcomed. As the weather shifts toward sunny days full of warm breezes and chirping birds, many people are ready to get out and enjoy the outdoors in any way possible.
A superb springtime activity is embarking on a day trip with close friends and/or family members. Nashville and the surrounding areas are bursting with interesting day trip destinations that are ideal for springtime visits. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
It’s simply astounding that the world’s longest cave is only 1.5 hours from Nashville! Mammoth Cave is aptly named, and your jaw will definitely drop to the cave floor when you first take in the sheer size of the caverns and chambers here. Depending on your desired level of intensity, you can participate in a number of different tours that range from 45 minutes to over six hours! Additionally, you can hike above ground to explore a number of trails that will take you past the River Styx’s mouth flowing from a cave to join up with the Green River. There is abundant wildlife along the hiking trails that you’re likely to catch glimpses of as well.
Beginning March 19 and continuing until April 24, a brilliant array of colorful blooms spring to life, including daffodils, redbuds, magnolias, dogwoods and most impressive, over 100,000 tulips! Each weekend during ‘Cheekwood in Bloom’ is filled with a variety of fun activities and scheduled entertainment. This year, each weekend will have a theme, and all activities will be family friendly.
Specifically celebrating the coming of springtime, the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival also recognizes and celebrates America’s friendship with Japan. There is plenty to do, including: Japanese art exhibits and demonstrations, Japanese food taste testing, Japanese products for sale at Ginza marketplace and Japanese leisure activities for all ages at J-Funland. The Cherry Blossom Festival takes places on Saturday, April 9, 2016.
Here you’ll view one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States, along with a myriad of simply breathtaking scenery. Some highlights to check out in spring at Falls Creek Park are: the luscious hardwood forest, cascades, gorges, streams, horse stables (with guided rides available), and the Zipstream Zipline tours. You can also bike or hike through the park, play a round of golf, bird watch and enjoy a boat rental (on which you can choose to fish or simply enjoy the scenery).
These are merely a few of the incredible sights and events you can visit on a springtime day trip from Nashville. Enjoy the fresh air and new blooms as you set out to explore Nashville and beyond!