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Top 5: Simple Upgrades to Increase Your Home's Value & Curb Appeal

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Dear Clients, Colleagues & Friends, 
We hope everyone had a safe and wonderful spring break! Back to the grind!
This month we wanted to take some time out to explore a few simple ideas, for upgrades on your home that will add value and some "sexy" curb appeal.
Often we get asked the questions "what can I do myself?" or the ever popular "where do I even start?" 
Don't worry, we've got you covered! The following tips are easy and with just a little elbow grease, will give your home the refreshing look you are searching for.

Keep reading below!

 
Warmest Regards,
 
Paola M. Garcia-Carrillo
Real Estate Broker | CEO



1) Create a Lush Invitation with Landscaping

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Starting off our list is the curb appeal starting right from the curb: landscaping!

Adding some lush, colorful, and verdant greens out-front is the first step to creating a great luxury look to your home. **Pro-tip** Scour your local DIY shops and nurseries for local native plants to your area.

Also, don't forget to create a stunning night-scape with some great lighting options to show off those greens after the sun goes down. Check out this article from Lowe's on creating a lighting plan!

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2) A Fresh Coat & Entrance

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Up next on our list, is again appealing to all the eyes on the curb; a fresh coat of exterior paint!


Whether it's the whole house, an accent wall, or just refreshing the wear & tear areas; new paint adds protection & a great stand-out touch to your home. Plus at an average price of around $39.00 a gallon, it can be easily afforded by veteran or newbie DIY-ers.


**Pro-tip** Style out your home and create a huge wow factor with a new door! This is often a great upgrade that is over looked oddly enough, especially since the door is the gateway to the home.

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3) Kick It Up in the Kitchen!

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Of course a definite must, is the kitchen! So important as the heart of the home, the kitchen upgrade can be a simple way to add great value to your home. 

A new subway tile  backsplash, fresh cabinet doors, and new countertops are DIY friendly & fairly easy on the wallet; leaving you room in your budget for upgrading appliances (the most costly upgrade in the kitchen). 

*Pro-tip* Check out some alternative, cost friendly ways to spruce up the look of your kitchen, such as these stylish epoxy countertop kits from Leggari Products.

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4) Create Balance in the Bathroom

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Second only to the kitchen is the bathroom! An updated bathroom can add value when it comes time to sell, especially when showing potential buyers the new oasisthey will come home to.

With a myriad of upgrades to choose from, keep it simple and stylish while choosing projects that are DIY friendly. Change out any rusted fixtures, lay down fresh caulk, even something as simple as a shower head can make a world of difference.
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5) Energy Lean & Mean
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You'll always hear us hammering this one home; energy efficiency! Buyers these days look for the value in a home that can save them cash on their monthly utility costs. Even appraisers these days are starting to take note!


Easy upgrades like energy saving led bulbs, and extra insulation in attics are veryaffordable and can be done a.s.a.p.


While much more expensive; major upgrades like A/C's, water heaters, and solar panels are highly recommended as well. This will give your home the value that a future home buyers love to know are already included.
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