Preparing Your Home for an Open House

Posted on by Lisa Barton in Real Estate News, Selling Tips

Preparing for the sale of your home is one thing — finding and working with a real estate agent, finding all necessary paperwork, working on your search for new living quarters, etc. But preparing for your open house is a whole other process, and it can be time consuming if you aren’t sure where to start. You want to make a good, lasting impression, but you also want to be sure to showcase the house itself — not your family photos or interior decorating skills. Here are a few tips on what to tend to before your doors open. 

Maintain the Exterior

The interior might be the logical focus when you’re opening your doors to let people freely tour your home, but before they walk up the front steps, they need to be attracted to the exterior. Clean up the windows, siding, and sidewalks the best you can (a pressure washer can be your best friend), and make sure your house numbers and mailbox look clean and well-maintained. If they are looking a bit worse for wear, they’re quick and cheap to replace. Also consider putting potted plants on the porch or adding window boxes for a splash of green. 

Clean Everything

When you’re cleaning, start with the obvious stuff: Pack up the clutter, like mail, magazines, extra blankets, your collection of cookie jars, etc. Basically, make sure that in every room, the house — not your personal belongings — is what is on display. With all of the surfaces cleared of unnecessary items, it’s time to turn to the nitty-gritty details. If your carpets are showing their age, have them shampooed. If the bathroom grout is less than white, give them a solid scrub. A potential homeowner doesn’t want to keep track of the move-in chores they’ll have to do. Also, pay attention to the way every room smells. If it’s a bit stale, spray some air neutralizer or use a wax melter to infuse pleasant smells, but stay away from heavy or flowery scents. 

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Ponte Vedra Cultural Center Spring Home Tour

Posted on by Lisa Barton in Around Town

The 7th Anniversary Ponte Vedra Cultural Center's Spring Home Tour is this weekend (April 7 and April 8). This is the best home tour at the beach! The benefactor tour will be held Friday evening at a fantastic new home in Marsh Landing's Harbour Island. On Saturday, you'll have the opportunity to see five beautiful homes located in Ponte Vedra Beach and experience how each homeowner incorporated art and color into the design and furnishings of their home. 

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Tesla’s Solar shingles - A New Option for Home Owners?

Posted on by Lisa Barton in Green Home

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, recently unveiled a new home improvement product, rooftop solar shingles, that are made of textured glass and virtually indistinguishable from high-end roofing products. There are four different shingle prototypes (terra-cotta tile, slate, shingles, and a smooth modern glass finish). The aesthetics are beautiful! The tiles are designed to blend seamlessly with other roofs in the neighborhood. The solar cells embedded in each durable glass-encased tile is designed to be completely invisible from the street. This is something that sets this solar roof apart from other rooftop solar options.

These solar shingles also transform light into power for your home and your electric car. According to Musk, "The basic proposition will be: would you like a roof that looks better than a normal roof, lasts twice as long, costs less and, by the way, generates electricity? Why would you consider anything else?"

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