Prepare your home to sell with these fast, low-cost kitchen refresh ideas

December 10, 2019

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It is no surprise the kitchen is most often cited as the room that really sells your home. It’s the most functional space in the house and where we spend a lot of time as a family.

 

Also, kitchen trends and styles go in and out just as fast (often faster) than any other room in the home. So when you plan to list your home for sale, this is where you will want to dedicate your attention.

 

You don’t want buyers to walk into your kitchen and wince at how much work it needs!

 

That being said, renovating the kitchen is an expensive and time consuming task. Thanks to the internet, there is a nearly endless array of quick and inexpensive ideas for giving your kitchen a great facelift.

 

1.) Reface your cabinets. The thought of gutting and replacing cabinets is daunting to say the least but refacing them makes them look like new without making any major changes. You can either replace your cabinet doors, paint them, or remove them altogether for exposed shelving.

 

2.) Add a backsplash. Depending on the décor you are working with now, a simple tile or shiplap backsplash can make all the difference for a home buyer seeking a stylish kitchen. If intimidating visions of mortar and tile grout are dancing in your head, not to worry! There are plenty of beautiful designs that are really easy to install (check out these alternatives at the Home Depot).

 

3.) Install knobs or pulls. Add or upgrade pulls to your drawers and cabinets and your kitchen will instantly look polished and amazing.

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4 important questions to consider when upsizing your home

November 6, 2019

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At some point in our lives, most of us find the need for more space. The next logical step is to move to a home with more square footage. But there are several important questions that should be addressed before you start looking for a bigger house.

 

Why do I need more room?

 

Whether you are growing by people or acquiring more stuff (or both), your space needs will differ. Many families are growing and looking to accommodate more children. That means you need additional bedrooms, bathrooms, a larger living room and perhaps a larger yard to accommodate a swing set and trampoline.

 

Maybe an elderly family member is moving in or you have frequent guests. In that case, you may want to seek out homes with a separate suite or an apartment above the garage. Have you started a business that requires more space? Plan for another room to accommodate your office or perhaps a larger garage for your new company’s inventory.

 

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400 Families in 2019: Scottie Keck

October 31, 2019

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Davidson agent Suzy Evans knows that selling a home—full of memories and cherished possessions—can be an emotional process. Her care in helping Scottie Keck to sell her home is a great example.

 

“Suzy is more than a real estate agent. She is really good in this area with her wealth of knowledge as well as the marketplace itself,” said Scottie. “She also brings a personal side that she feels what you are going through and understands this is a personal time of mixed sorrow and joy.”

 

Scottie and her husband purchased the St. Augustine home in 2014 with Suzy’s help. “After living in the area for two years, my husband passed. By this time, I had a good network of friends, which really made my life enjoyable.” However, after another three years, Scottie wanted to return to her roots in Texas to be near her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Mirtha’s donation drive aims to help ALL families have a great Thanksgiving

October 29, 2019

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Please join me in donating food, toys and household necessities to the Emergency Services & Homeless Coalition of St. Johns County so that families with children can have a warm and happy Thanksgiving.

 

My annual Thanksgiving drive will be at the Heritage Landing amenity center parking lot on November 16 from 12 to 3 p.m. It’s easy to donate.

  1. Just add a few of the items from the list below to your next grocery list.
  2. Purchase them during your next shopping trip and keep them in a bag by your door.
  3. Head over to Heritage Landing amenity center on Nov. 16 and drop them off. Easy as that!

Past Thanksgiving drives have brought in hundreds of bags of food, supplies and toys for families in need. I’m excited to continue the tradition and would love to surpass all previous years!

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Easy ways to boost your curb appeal…this weekend!

October 1, 2019

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When home sellers think about improving curb appeal, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. New exterior paint? New landscaping and sod? New driveway? Sounds exhausting and expensive.

 

But it doesn’t have to be!

 

If you’re planning to sell your home in the near future but worry about the time and expense of enhancing your curb appeal, there are plenty of easy ways to spruce it up—without breaking the bank.

 

Here are six easy curb appeal enhancements you can knock out this weekend with a trip to the home improvement store:

 

1.) Pressure wash your exterior. For some jobs, a water hose just won’t do. Be sure to spray all surfaces including the eaves and driveway; just avoid easily damaged areas like caulking around doors and windows as well as roof shingles. Don’t forget to wash the fence as well! You will be shocked at how much a good washing can make your home sparkle. Home Depot rents out electric pressure washers for just $38 per day.

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