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88 percent of homebuyers begin the process online, looking at pictures on the listing site. Good photos and real curb appeal help entice buyers to check out your house in person. You want to make a great first impression, so don’t feel scared to make a statement — you want buyers to fall in love with your house.
The curb appeal ideas below are minor and budget friendly enhancements that can be done in a day to help make your house more inviting and appealing, and help get potential buyers to schedule a showing!
1. Glam the Front Door
The entry is a huge focal point for potential buyers, especially when it’s one of the first things they see. Create appeal by cleaning the front door — wipe it down, remove dirt, update the color with some paint. The front door should play off a home’s interior: add a kick plate, swag or a seasonal wreath to reflect the interior style of the house.
2. Create Symmetry
It is known that humans find symmetry beautiful – symmetry is attractive to the human eye, especially in nature. Symmetry is also appreciated in the design world for its familiarity, balance and it works with every style. Using symmetry to entice potential buyers is a quick and cost-friendly tool to the home seller: compose light fixtures, plants and front-door accents based on symmetry to create welcoming and inviting entryways and boost the house’s curb appeal.
3. Makeover the Mailbox
If you have a mailbox, it can be a great way to accent your house and add a little touch of personality. If you’re going to replace the box, pick one that mimics the style and trim of the house. You also have the option of dressing up a mailbox by painting the post to match the house’s exterior color, or you can surround it with flowers or other plants.
4. Add Outdoor Lighting
A quick, easy, and budget-friendly way of adding appeal to the outside of your house is to add outdoor lighting. Outdoor lighting adds a little something extra, and it can also provide safety and security. Homeowners have many options for lighting, from wired to solar, and lights can be purchased at many retailers and hardware stores. Install landscape lighting along paths and trees.
5. Patch Up the Grass
Pets, animals, weather and other events at your house can take a toll on your yard’s grass, and most buyers will notice a lawn that looks like it’s on its last leg. Cut out any dead spots and replace with sod, or, if you have time, replant with seed. If you live in a non-drought area, turn on the sprinklers: a lawn needs at least 1″ to 1 ½” of water per week and should be watered deeply 2-3 times per week.
6. Install Window Boxes
Window boxes can be a really budget friendly way to liven up the outside of a house. They help play up windows, and they can add a pop of color by way of plants or flowers. For a traditional look, choose boxes made of copper or iron, and pick painted wood for more of a cottage feel. Use a window box to play with flowers that will suit the lighting in the yard and the color scheme of the outside.
7. Renew Planters and Beds
Poorly maintained planters and flower beds can be a big letdown to potential buyers – especially when many view poor upkeep as an indication of what a house may look like inside. Be sure to prune overgrowth, pull weeds, plant extra flowers and add new mulch to restore life and color depleted by the sun and harsh weather. Adding a border around flower beds or along paths can be a great addition, and budget friendly. If your yard already has a border, clean and restore pieces that are worn or upgrade the stone.
8. Pressure Wash Dirty Areas
Another budget friendly fix you can do in less than a day is pressure washing any dirty siding, decks, patios, driveway or sidewalks. A pressure washer can be rented at any home improvement store for a small amount, and freshly washed pavement and siding can help make a home look revitalized. If you’re limited on outdoor space or have no yard, add some color by creating a container garden. These small gardens are easy to maintain and can easily be transported to your new residence once the sale is finalized. As a seller your top priority is getting the most out of your house — concentrating on small and easy fixes that are budget friendly can really help give your house that pop so many buyers look for.
Wednesday-Friday: 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12 pm to 5 pm
$5 – Adults
$4 – Students with ID/Seniors
$1 – Youth 7-17
FREE – 6 and under
FCMOA members FREE. Tickets available at the museum.
Saturday, June 27th at 5:00pm – Book Signing with Jan Brett
Lincoln Center, Canyon West Room, 417 W. Magnolia St.
Book Signing Admission
FREE for Museum Members
$1 for Adults and Kids over 13
FREE for kids 12 and under.
Saturday, July 11th, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
FREE Scavenger Hunt sponsored by RE/MAX Advanced.
Scavenger hunt ages: toddler to 12.
The museum’s Scavenger Hunt planned for this Sunday (6/28) with Hedgie, Jan Brett’s hedgehog friend, has been rescheduled to Saturday, July 11, 1-3 p.m. Kids from toddler to 12-year olds are invited to take part in the fun walk with Hedgie starting at the Fort Collins Museum of Art.
Reservations are a good idea; everyone is welcome to join the hunt; museum members have first-in-line status.
The Scavenger Hunt starts at the Fort Collins Museum of Art and ends at Clothes Pony & Dandelion Toys. Hedgie, the hedgehog, will meet kids and parents at the museum for an on-site scavenger hunt through the Jan Brett exhibition and then lead them to:
Children will look for a dog named Molly at Wagz; they will count Colorado flags at Alpine Arts, they will find chocolate ladybugs at The Cupboard and at Kilwin’s they will find a hidden hedgehog puppet.
Story Times Featuring Jan Brett Books
Welcome to The World of Jan Brett! This fun and engaging traveling exhibition brings to life the stories of the beloved children’s author/illustrator. Original artwork, sketchbooks and themed reading environments invite visitors on a journey around the world to learn about the places and cultures from which Jan Brett gets her inspiration. From tropical rainforests to Arctic igloos, hands-on discovery zones invite visitors to step into the pages of best-loved Jan Brett stories. Your imagination will fly away into The World of Jan Brett.
Jan Brett, considered one of G.P. Putnam’s Sons brightest stars, is renowned for her picture books that annually climb to the top of the best-seller list. The admired children’s author/illustrator decided as a child that she wanted to be an illustrator. “I remember the special quiet of rainy days, when I felt that I could enter the pages of beautiful picture books.” Now, Brett tries to re-create that feeling in her own stories. Her highly detailed paintings and illustrative borders, rich in cultural narration from the various locales her books explore have received international attention and recognition.
The exhibition welcomes all ages into the vivid cultures and endless imagination of these timeless children’s tales. “When you look at my illustrations I hope they take you to a different place and time,” Brett said. “Every illustration has a dozen stories behind the brushstrokes.”
“The World of Jan Brett” encourages playful exploration in hands-on discovery areas and immersive environments. The exhibition features more than 50 original paintings from ten of Jan Brett’s bestselling books, including “Gingerbread Friends,” “The Umbrella” and “Honey … Honey … Lion!”
“A picture is never finished until I feel I can walk into a page.” Jan Brett
The World of Jan Brett is a traveling exhibition organized and traveled by the Oshkosh Public Museum, Oshkosh, WI in partnership with Jan Brett. The exhibit’s display at the Fort Collins Museum of Art is part of a nationwide tour.
About Jan Brett
Jan Brett has more than 35 million books in print and has been one of America’s most beloved children’s author/ illustrators for over 30 years. Her books regularly occupy the #1 slot on theNew York Times best-seller list. Her illustrations are adored for their classic beauty and vibrant life-like images of animals, landscapes and flourishes from cultures around the world. From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs to Japanese gardens, she studies the traditions of the many countries that she visits and uses them as a starting point for her children’s books. For more information about Jan Brett, please visit www.janbrett.com.
Thank you for everyone who helped our office win the Fort Collins Board of Realtors shredding challenge! We are no longer accepting paper to be shredded, but here are two helpful links:
Recycling Centers and Shredding Locations* – http://www.fcgov.com/recycling/centers.php?ID=58
*Note – This list will note some of the services offered by each location.
Not all locations shred paper or will accept already shredded paper, be sure to check with each vendor for details.*
Professional Document Management, Paper Shedding Service – https://www.pdmsecure.com/shred.html
Secure, Free Paper Shredding will be available at our office, 1018 Centre Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80526, between April 20-24th, 2015 from 8am to 6pm.
Clear out those old documents and help the environment while doing so! We will be able to recycle various paper materials for FREE. This is a great opportunity to get a head start on your spring cleaning by dropping off paper including confidential paper items in our secured recycling container from April 20th to the 24th.
All items dropped into the secured bins will be treated as confidential and shredded by Professional Document Management. Please no cardboard.
The office with the greatest volume recycled will receive the FCBR Recycled Recycling Trophy!
Did you know that throwing electronics in the trash is illegal? Electronics will be accepted at FCBR‘s office at 826 West Drake Road between 8am and 5pm on April 23rd only. There is a fee for the various types of electronics being recycled. Payment for this can be either cash or check. Please find the price list below for electronic items.
Through the month of April 2015, we are collecting donations for Blue Star Connection! BSG is a wonderful non-profit 501C3 organization that gifts musical instruments to children and young adults who are suffering from cancer and other life threatening challenges. Blue Star Connection also provides instruments to music therapy programs.
There really is no limit to what you could donate: guitars, basses, drum kits, electric keyboards, flutes, violins, etc. Any working instruments that can help to bring some joy to a child’s life is welcome.
Donations may be dropped off at our office located at 1018 Centre Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80526 during normal business hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:00am-6:00pm
Additionally, we are a proud sponsor of an upcoming Fort Collins concert to benefit Blue Star Connection at the Blind Pig (214 Linden St., Fort Collins) on Thursday, April 30th at 6:30 PM.
The Northern Colorado Community is joining their talents and support to help children with the healing gift of music! Blue Star Fort Collins will include energizing performances by the fabulous Liz Barnez, The Robert Wilson Blues Band and Chaotic Serenity. Local emerging youth musicians from RISE will perform, along with 11 year old Grace Kuch, and 10 year-old Emma Marie, both recipients of prestigious awards.
Art students of Johnson Elementary will be auctioning their artistic cigar box guitars. Gently used instruments in working condition and monetary donations will also be gratefully accepted at the event.
For more information, or if you would like to be a sponsor, please contact Renee Shaw at 970-227-9600.
To learn more about the organization, please follow their social media channels: