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STORM SEASON
Important Note:

June through November our agency may become prohibited from binding coverage should a “Tropical Disturbance” enter the Gulf of Mexico or Caribbean Sea.

In these cases we may be unable to bind new coverage quoted in open proposals until the storm leaves our area and our binding authority has been restored.

Please arrange your coverage protection early to avoid this type of delay. While we regret any inconvenience, the carriers impose these restrictions on all agencies.

Adding Curb Appeal on the Cheap

Adding Curb Appeal on the Cheap

According to researchers at Princeton University, it only takes us 100 milliseconds to form a first impression of another human based on his or her appearance. We can assume potential homebuyers judge our properties just as quickly, basing their initial impression on external appearance—or curb appeal. Not only will improving your home’s curb appeal reduce the time it spends on the market, it may even increase its sales price. And it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to cultivate. Just consider these simple ways to add curb appeal on the cheap.

  1. Mow the Lawn – A well-manicured lawn is an easily recognizable sign that you’ve probably maintained your home. Before you put your property on the market, spend a weekend cutting the grass, trimming the bushes, weeding flowerbeds and cleaning up clutter.
  1. Scrub the Exterior – Washing dirt off siding is almost as good as giving your home a fresh coat of paint. In many cases, a hose with a spray nozzle is all you’ll need to rinse away dust and grime. If heavy-duty cleaning is required, look into renting a pressure washer. While you’re at it, spray down your walkways and driveway as well.
  1. Brighten the Entryway – Repaint your front door, clear away cobwebs, replace your dingy welcome mat with a new, bright one and—for extra points—add a few potted, flowering plants on either side of your home’s entrance.
  1. Get Sparkling Windows – Many homebuyers cruise neighborhoods at after dark, driving by available properties. Clean windows not only allow more sunlight into your home during the day, but also help it look its best at night. Wash every window—inside and out.
  1. Harness the Power of Flowers and Shrubs – Whether your yard is large or small, colorful beds of flowers can make it instantly appear more luxurious. Shrubs serve as natural fences and can create additional privacy around patios and porches. When choosing plants, make sure you have varieties that bloom in late spring, summer and early fall so your yard will look equally beautiful throughout the season.
  1. Freshen up Soil and Mulch. If you want to keep old landscaping looking as good as new, try laying down fresh soil in your flowerbeds and garden. Fresh mulch around trees and walkways can also brighten your property while creating uniformity.
  1. Don’t Forget the Little Details. New address numbers, a unique mailbox, modern door hardware, walkway torches, ornamental flowerbed fencing and other small touches can add appealing personality to your home’s exterior. Fountains, birdbaths, sculptures and wind chimes are also nice additions to almost any yard.

Homebuying season is already upon us, but it’s never too late to enhance your property’s curb appeal. Remember: even little updates can make a big impact. And please don’t hesitate to contact us whenever you need real estate or mortgage assistance.