Your personal February Home Step-by-step Checklist

Now that we are already in February. On these cold winter days, freshen up indoor spaces and refresh your spirits too. It could possibly certainly be cold out there, but there’s plenty to do indoors. See our suggestions here

Your personal February Home Step-by-step Checklist
Your personal February Home Step-by-step Checklist

Suggestions for Holiday Light Touring

Driving around, admiring the creativity (and craziness) of holiday lights is an all-American tradition which costs less than a Starbucks Gingerbread Latte. Just be sure you be courteous while you enjoy the spectacle.  See Our suggestions here

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Ways trees add to a home’s value and curb appeal

Home ownership is a big investment, which means buyers and sellers are normally researching ways to add long-term value to their property, and knowing how is a superb way for a real estate agent to provide added value. In this case, money can grow on trees. See how here

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Planting Spring Flowers in the Fall

Fall is the time for … planting? Yep. Prior to stashing your garden tools, invest some effort now for a lovely payback in the spring. Hardy, cold-tolerant bulbs have no problem spending the winter underground, where they will be ready for warming soil and sunny skies to tease them to the surface in the spring. Plus, fall’s crisp days are ideal for working outdoors. Below are a few items to keep in mind when planting spring flowers during the fall. Planting Spring Flowers in the Fall. See tips here

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Landscaping 8 Money-Saving Tips

Landscaping 8 Money-Saving Tips

Landscaping 8 Money-Saving Tips


A yard with a beautiful landscape is one of the few home investments with a value that increases over the years. Buyers love mature plants and trees, so giving your yard some love even if you’re not planning on selling for a few years is a smart way to go. What’s even smarter? Employing these money-saving tips:

  1. Free mulch.
    Many municipalities recycle the yard waste they pick up curbside throughout the year into mulch, which is then made available to residents for free or a very low price. Surrounding your shrubs and trees with a layer of the stuff not only makes them stand out visually, it also helps conserve moisture and stave off bugs.
  2. Look to the list.
    Craigslist’s “farm and garden” section can be a treasure trove of outdoor planters, border stones and even “used” trees and shrubs. Check here first before heading to the nursery.
  3. Go big with your neighbors.
    Bedding plants are often less expensive when you buy them in bulk.
  4. Compost.
    Instead of buying bags of fertilizer, generate your own black gold for gardens by composting your kitchen waste. It’s not as hard – or smelly – as you’d think.
  5. Chat with a master.
    Master gardeners often hold free Q&A sessions at garden centers or local libraries. Before investing in new plants, seeds or shrubs, check with an expert to find which options will thrive without expensive maintenance.
  6. Rein it in.
    Trim back any trees, shrubs or vines that hide or overwhelm your windows, porch or patio. Sometimes the most effective landscaping upgrade can come from removing greenery, not adding it.
  7. Pull your weeds.
    It’s the outdoor equivalent of de-cluttering your home, an inexpensive way to boost your yard’s visual appeal.
  8. Powerwash fences and patios.
    It can take years off your fence and patio in just minutes. You’ll be amazed at how much brighter they’ll look with just a bit of effort that requires little more skill than running a vacuum. Rent a machine at your local home improvement box store for about $30.

Your Realtor can help you find ways even more ways to easily improve the landscape. You can contact Nick & Cindy Davis here: email Nick & Cindy Davis or visit

Curb Appeal; Make a Great First Impression

Curb Appeal is the buyer’s first impression of your home. Make it a Good One!


The first impression of a home is the biggest – and usually happens before prospective buyers even park their car at the curb. If you're preparing to sell your home, be sure to spruce up the exterior. And now's a good time to do it, because spring and summer are the busiest selling seasons.

The main goal is to add instant curb appeal without breaking the bank (or your back). Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Front door:  The quickest way to make your home stand out is by painting your front door a fun, bright color. Choose an inviting shade that complements the exterior – and for some added style, install decorative house numbers or a vintage mail slot.
  • Front porch:  Create a relaxing spot on the front porch; not only does it make use of vacant space, but instantly adds charm. Two rocking chairs and a bistro table will do just the trick, or if you’re up for another project, refurbish an old glider and side table.
  • Landscaping:  This can be as easy, or as hard, as you’d like it to be. Landscaping has endless options, which ultimately depends on the size of your home. For a quaint home, adding a few flower boxes to the main windows will quickly add some color and instant charm. For larger homes, planting a few trees and shrubs will enhance the ambiance of your home. Whichever design you choose, be sure to include some perennial plants that will come back year after year. Prospective buyers always appreciate that.
  • Accents: Small, detailed accents can make a big impact and provide a great return on curb appeal. Accentuate the architectural design of your home by adding lights along the front path, decorative flowerpots on the steps, or an ornate doorbell to the freshly painted door.
  • Remove clutter: Arriving at a home with odds and ends strewn across the yard raises an instant red flag to prospective buyers, and implies that the interior of the home is at least as bad. By keeping the exterior of your home tidy, you'll easily draw buyers who are eager to see more great features inside.

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Could High-End Amenities Make Your Home Harder to Sell?

                                                                                             Could High-End Amenities Make Your Home Harder to Sell

Spa-like bathrooms and huge master closets are good investments, but steer clear of amenities that won’t bring a good return. When it comes to luxurious living, location is the crown jewel of home ownership. But which high-end amenities offer a return on investment — and should therefore be considered — and which don’t?

Strong curb appeal

Master bedroom with a walk-in closet

Spa-like bathroom

High-end audio-video systems

In-ground swimming pool

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11 Home Improvement Trends That Will Shine in 2015

11 Home Improvement Trends That Will Shine in 2015

11 Home Improvement Trends That Will Shine in 2015

It’s a fresh new year, and there’s lots of DIY to do. Some things will never change. Running toilets need to be fixed, walls need to be painted and you have to take the squeak out of that step. Other projects are more like electives, like redecorating or upgrading your kitchen, bath or mechanicals. Whatever improvements you plan (or don’t plan) for, there are new techniques and tools and materials that can influence your decisions. There are also growing design styles to look out for and take inspiration from. So, what’s new (or old but coming back) in 2015? To see the complete story, please visit,aspx

Makeover Your Home for Fall-Six Easy Ways

Makeover Your Home for Fall-Six Easy Ways

Makeover Your Home for Fall-Six Easy Ways

Makeover Your Home for Fall-Six Easy Ways


A fall home makeover doesn’t require a total interior overhaul. Just a few decor updates can make a big impact when transitioning your home from the breezy days of summer to the crisp nights of fall. Replace your bright colors and linens with a blend of warm neutrals, lux fabrics, metals and soft lighting to create a warm retreat for the longer nights ahead. Below are a few low commitment tips to make each room of your house autumn ready.

  • Front porch
  • Entryway
  • Living Room
  • Kitchen
  • Bedroom
  • Backyard

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August 2014 Item of Value – Using Plants to Your Advantage

Calling all gardeners – in this month’s Item of Value you will find some great tips on plants that can boost your home’s curb appeal, keep pests at bay and attract beneficial insects.  Happy planting!

August 2014 Monthly Item of Value

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