8 Curb Appeal Ideas to Attract Homebuyers

A modern custom built luxury home in a residential neighborhood.  This upper class home is a very nicely landscaped property.

Perhaps the most important question you need to ask yourself right now if you’re selling your home is, “What will be the first thing that potential homebuyers will see?” Quickly after you ask that question, you should additionally ask yourself if the things that will attract or deter them from your home.

Usually, the first thing that homebuyers will notice when looking for homes is your front yard, the color of your home, the landscaping, and if the home has an attractive exterior. They won’t be able to see the new kitchen appliances you have or the gorgeous, original hardwood floors that are throughout your home. If your curb appeal is subpar, the homebuyers won’t even bother coming through your front door to check out the inside of your home.

But what’s a homeowner to do? Well, don’t fret and continue reading – we have 8 tips that will help you improve your curb appeal and attract homebuyers to your lovely abode pronto!

Reevaluate Your Exterior Paint – Before you even begin on your yard work, look up and check out your home’s exterior. Is the pain cracking, dingy, or old? Is it incongruent with the colors that are present in the neighborhood, or does it not matchup with the style of the home itself? If so, you might want to reevaluate your home’s paint color. If nothing else, do consider pressure washing your siding or brick; it’ll look just like new after you do so!

Keep Your Accents Fresh – Whether your house is adorned with shutters, columns, or planters, be sure that all the accents are in good condition. If there is any damage to your planters, driveway, fences, or exterior lighting, be sure to address them and repair the damaged areas.

Take Note of Walkways – Next on the list are your walkways and entryways. Are the sidewalks cracked and old? Are the stepping stone paths broken? Are weeds sprouting up in the cracks in your driveway? Consider giving extra attention to these areas. Pull the weeds, and fix any broken areas. Additionally, power wash these areas to make them look just like new once more. You’ll notice a difference right away!

Pick Up Your Toys – Curb appeal is associated with how you and your family live your lives day in and day out. Make sure that you don’t leave any objects out on the lawn, or your potential homebuyers could draw up opinions about you and how you care for your home. When you’re finished with gardening tools, put them away immediately. The same goes for your children’s toys – be sure to teach them to put them away when they’re done playing with them. This will help prevent your lawn from appearing unkempt.

Love Your Lawn – Now it’s time to look at your lawn. How do your plants, grass, and surrounding areas look? Does your lawn look beautifully-kept or like a scraggly eyesore to the unbiased eye? Be sure to pull weeds where you can and fix unsightly areas in your yard, and consider employing new landscaping in your yard if it looks a little, well, sad in the landscaping department.

Out With the Old – This may seem kind of crazy, but even the simplest things like your mailbox or house numbers can turn a buyer off. If you’ve lived in your home for a while now (or if your mailbox has seen better days), replace your old mailbox and house numbers with new, more inviting ones!

Add a Pop of Color – Does your home need some extra color? Add an instant pop of color with planters filled with seasonal plants at your front door, in your yard, or at the sides of your garage. The plants will make future homebuyers happy to see what else is inside!

When trying to revamp your curb appeal, remember that it doesn’t have to be difficult or cost you al lot of money. If you’re having trouble attracting homebuyers, try the 8 tips above to help, or go ahead and give us a call at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298! You can also visit us online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com to see how we can help you sell your home and get the dream home you’ve always wanted!

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Keep Your Home From Looking Like a Haunted House to Potential Buyers

Many residents in the country enjoy decorating their home for the Halloween season. It isn’t unusual to see doors with spooky wreaths and spiders on them, bushes covered with tons of cobwebs and spiders, and maybe even a few headstones here or there in the front yard.

But what if your home looks like that ALL of the time, regardless of the season? If you’re trying to sell your home, you could be easily be scaring away any potential buyers.

Homes with high curb appeal will typically demand higher prices from a potential buyer, and it almost always takes less time to sell. Of course, the way a house looks from the curb can add thousands of dollars to its value. Maintaining and giving your home a little extra love will definitely help!

But what will give your house the most curb appeal? Just follow these seven tips to help your house from becoming “that creepy house” everyone knows and avoids!

Tip #1 – Time For a Facelift: Before you do anything else to enhance your curb appeal, wash off the dirt, mildew, and general grunge from your home’s exterior. Just a simple bucket of soapy water and a long-handled, soft-bristled brush can remove the dirt and dust on the exterior. Power washers are wonderful at cleaning and revealing the true colors of your home (and your sidewalks!). Be sure to wash your windows inside and out, take down the cobwebs, and hose down your downspouts as well. Don’t forget your garage as well!

Tip #2 – Consider a Paint Job: A new coat of paint or two can really enhance curb appeal. Buyers will notice it instantly, and appraisers will value it. For your best bet, try to match the paint you already have. A home that’s painted a wildly different color from the rest of the competition will usually be marked down in value.

Tip #3 – Raise the Roof! What’s one of the first things potential buyers notice? Your roof! If you have missing, faded, or curled shingles, you’re doing your home no favors! Be sure to hire a professional to replace the roof if it needs it! Sometimes, even cleaning a rooftop of the years of moss, dirt, lichens, and algae will make it look like new, but don’t do it yourself! Call a professional to care for your roof properly!

Tip #4 – Spruce Up the Yard: A neat yard is a happy yard! If your lawn could use some extra attention, try putting in some fresh mulch, pruned shrubs, and beautiful flowers and plants around the house, patio, or trees. Surround your trees and bushes with gorgeous reddish-brown bark mulch – it will give your yard a rich feel to it! Take out the weeds, keep the sticks picked up, and maybe consider potting some pretty flowers and displaying them on your porch. A great yard will do wonders for your curb appeal.

Tip #5 – Use Splashes of Color: You don’t have to go crazy with color – even just a little bit of color will please the eyes of a potential buyer! Plant a tulip border in the fall that will bloom next spring. Place some pretty petunias by your mailbox. Place a colorful Adirondack chair on your patio or front porch. Go ahead and paint your front door red or blue. Just these small touches will help grab a potential buyer’s attention and can help to sell your house more quickly.

Tip #6 – Fence It In: If you don’t have a fence consider investing in a beautiful picket fence to frame your yard. It will add some punch to your property, and appraisers will give extra value to a fence that’s in good condition. Already have a fence? Clean it up and be sure it’s in good condition. Consider giving it a new coat of paint, tighten loose latches, and replace broken gates if you have any.

Tip #7 – Maintain The Exterior: Nothing drives a would-be buyer faster than a home with hanging gutters, an overgrown lawn, missing bricks from the front steps, or peeling paint. When not maintained, these items can damage your house AND decrease it in value by 10%. If you’re looking to sell your home, you should first take care of some maintenance chores such as refastening sagging gutters, resealing cracked asphalt, replacing cracked windows, straightening your shutters, and repointing bricks that have lost their mortar.

Trying to sell your home? Want to ensure that your home doesn’t look like it belongs in a Scooby Doo ghost town? Come see us! We can help you sell your home and get you that house you’ve dreamed about having! Just call us at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9298 or visit us online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com to see how we can help you!

What Does Your Paint Color Choice Say About You?

One of the best things about owning a home is being able to choose the paint colors for each and every room! In fact, one of the easiest, least expensive ways to reinvent your home or give it a brand new fresh breath of air is repainting your walls a new color!

But do you ever find that you gravitate toward certain colors when you’re painting your home? Do you tend to reach toward a certain family of colors more often than others?

If you find yourself reaching for a few certain shades of colors with your paintbrush, it could be saying more about your personality than you might think! Find out what your color choice says about your personality below!

Do You Gravitate Toward Soft, Warm Shades? If you find that your home is covered in hues of yellow, orange, peaches, and pinks more often than not, then you tend to have a warm, welcoming, and cheerful disposition. You love to have company over and thrive on conversation. These warm colors are energizing and stimulate appetites, and because they’re bright, they help your rooms to spring forward, making your rooms more intimate, cozy spaces. To make sure that your rooms don’t become too intense, try mixing in cool blue gray or green furnishings in your rooms!

Are Soft, Cool Hues More Your Thing? You may find yourself finding more solitude in nature’s medium blues, lavenders, and greens. You are introverted and view your home as an oasis and sanctuary in your chaotic daily life. When you paint your rooms in these soothing colors, the rooms expand and promote a sense of calm over all who inhabit them. To prevent your rooms from feeling a bit icy, try balancing your cool hues with hints of brown, yellow, or orange in your furniture and decorations.

Do You Love Jewel Tones? If the hues of ruby, sapphire, emerald, amethyst, topaz, and other hot jewel tones draw your eyes, you probably love turning heads just like the celebrities on the red carpet. More than likely, you are confident, outgoing, and creative, and you probably draw inspiration from your environment. Luckily for you, these fabulous colors help minimize any flaws in your room and can give your space enough flare without any unnecessary furnishings. But be warned – jewel tones can make smaller rooms appear even smaller, so balance is key! Try using neutrals such as ivory, beige, or gray in your furnishings (or try creating an accent wall by painting one wall the jewel tone and the additional walls a neutral!).

Are You a Fan of Neutrals? When people think of neutrals, the first word that comes to mind is typically “boring.” But you are anything but! You enjoy crisp, classic looks and are probably a practical, even-keeled individual. You probably aren’t one to keep repainting the rooms in your home every few years! To prevent your home from becoming too blank or boring, place pops of color in your furniture and accessories! It’s amazing what a few bright pillows or a wild piece of furniture can do in a neutral space!

Which colors do you gravitate toward when painting your home? Tell us on our Facebook fan page! If you want more tips for painting your home for fun or for selling (or if you’re in search of your dream home), give us a call today at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298. Be sure to check out our website at www.dianamasseyhomes.com to see what we can do for you!

Going on Vacation? The 9 Tasks You Must Do Before Leaving

 

Vacations are fun to embark upon, especially when you’re taking your friends, family or loved ones along for the ride. You’ll not only see beautiful scenery and experience new things, but you’ll also be given time to recharge away from work and the daily grind.

Sadly, you can’t just pack your bags and run. You must take care of some very important tasks before you drive off into the sunset, otherwise you might come back feeling more stressed out and strapped for cash than you did before you left! Check out our list below of the 9 essential tasks you NEED to do before leaving for vacation!

*Stop The Mail – Before you leave, make sure you tell the post office to temporarily stop your mail, that way it won’t be left in a huge pile in your mailbox! Piles and piles of mail can also attract thieves to your home. If nothing else, you can ask a close friend or relative to take care of your mail while you’re out.

*Tell the RIGHT People About Your Trip – Taking a vacation is a very exciting event, and while you might want to shout out to everyone, online or in the real world, where you’re going and when, it’s a good idea to refrain from doing so. You never know who could hear the news and take advantage of your absence. Be sure to simply tell trust friends and family where you’re going and when so they can contact you in case of emergencies. Also, be sure to keep your emergency contacts up to date in case there’s an emergency on YOUR end while you’re gone!

*Pay the Bills – “Why do I need to pay the bills? I have so many other things to do!” you ask. Oh, trust us – you’ll thank us when you come home! When you pay your bills, you’ll feel more relaxed on vacation, and you won’t have to come home to any outstanding bills … or having your water or power shut off.

*Check Out the Fridge – Before you go, make sure that you don’t have any perishables in your fridge that will spoil while you’re out. You might also wish to turn up the fridge’s temperature a few degrees so you can help save a bit more money on your energy bill.

*Take Care of Your Plants – Don’t just take care of your house – take care of the living things inside (and outside) your home, too! Be sure to water your plants with plenty of water before you take off, and move them in the appropriate amount of light if you can so they won’t wither while you’re on vacation.

*Crank Up the A/C! No one will be around to enjoy the cool air conditioning, so why not turn it up a few degrees? You can save money and energy when you do this, and you can also take out some of the extra moisture in your home so you’ll discourage the growth of mold!

*Put Your Lights on a Timer – You should make sure that all of your lights are off before you leave, of course. But consider putting only a few lights on a timer to switch on and off at various times while the other lights remain off. Timers can help steer any possible intruders and thieves away from your temporarily vacant home.

*Unplug Your Electronics – Doing so will not only save you some more money on your power bill, but it will also help in avoiding any potential damage that could occur in the event of a power surge occurring while you’re gone! Feel free to unplug small appliances, too.

*Get a Good Night’s Sleep – Last but not least, be sure to get enough shut-eye before you leave for vacation (yes, even if you’re extremely excited about the trip). After all, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), driving while drowsy is a contributing factor in 100,000 accidents every year. So get everything done beforehand and get to bed earlier so you can get the sleep that you need!

Want more tips on how to protect your home while you’re out? No problem! Just give us a call at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9298 or check us out online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com to see what we can do for you! Be safe and have a great vacation!

Bringing a Furry Friend Home? Pet-Proof Your Home First!

Are you bringing your very first pet home? Adopting another furry friend to keep your first one company? Then congratulations! Owning a pet is one of the most rewarding experiences, and you’ll find that you’ll have gained a best friend for life.

But if you haven’t found out by now, pets, like children, are very curious (albeit very lovable) creatures. When they first arrive at your home, they will investigate everything, and they will attempt to mark their territory (in more ways than one!). Before you bring your newest furry friend home, you should prepare for them properly by pet-proofing your home!

Not sure how to pet-proof your home? Check out the following 8 tips to help you ready your home for a new four-legged friend!

Get Down to the Pet’s Level – Stumped at where to begin? Then try getting down to your pet’s level to see what should be taken care of! Get on your hands and knees and look around you for anything that would attract a pet’s attention, especially a puppy or kitten. We’re talking about wires, electrical cords, toys (that aren’t theirs, that is), loose strings, paper, coins, any stray pills, and so on. Check for places in which vacuums can’t reach, too. You never know if a puppy or kitten can squeeze through and find something you don’t want them to find!

Keep Those Drawers and Cabinets Shut – Little pets have a large amount of curiosity. Try to put childproof locks on cabinets in case any curious little paws try to open them. Also, if you have a feline, be sure to check your closets, drawers, and even the washer or dryer before leaving. Cats like drawers and dark places, and it can be surprisingly easy to accidentally leave your cat in a dark enclosure unknowingly.

Say No To Chewing – When it comes to pets and chewing, anything’s game – your favorite pair of shoes, the corner of that fancy sofa, or that very important document that you needed for work. To prevent chewing, try to keep your closet doors closed, and keep your things off the floor. If your pet still insists on chewing put up child-safety games or try spraying pet-safe products with either a lemon or a bitter apple flavor (they tend to dislike those flavors!) on your tasty leather shoes or anything else that looks enticing to pets.

Guard Your Food – Your four-legged friend might look like he would love to chew on that piece of chocolate in your hand, but trust us, you’re better off keeping your food out of reach. There are several types of food that can be very harmful to pets; even consuming a little bit of certain foods can be lethal. Keep your food out of your pets’ reach!

Dog at homeStop Scratching, Stat! If you adopt a cat, be prepared for scratching. Cats tend to scratch in order to exercise their muscles and tendons in their paws and also to claim their territory. While you can remove their claws, the easiest way to deter scratching is placing scratching posts close to where your cat eats and sleeps.

Pets + Plants = Disaster – You love plants. You also love pets. Sounds like a winning combination, right? WRONG. Many types of plants are quite poisonous to pets, and if a pet chews on or consumes certain plants, they can become ill or can even die. Keep your plants off the floor and in locations your pets won’t be able to reach. Research which plants are and are not harmful to pets before you purchase any plant.

Put the Lock-Down on the Lid – As gross as this might sound, your toilet looks tasty to many four-legged pets. They view it as an oasis that will quench their thirst, free for the taking. What they don’t know is that there can be chemicals from cleaning products that could still be lurking in the bowl that could make them ill, and well, it’s just nasty. Beat them to the punch and keep the lid closed. Add extra precautions by adding a lid lock or by keeping your bathroom door closed.

Train, Train, and Train Some More – Training a pet begins the first day you bring your furry friend home. It’s important to set healthy boundaries on what your pet can and cannot do or go. Always use positive reinforcement and praise when your pet does something good, and try to distract them from less desirable behaviors; NEVER strike your pet. Proper and consistent training can help eliminate most of the issues above, if not all of them. Just remember to be patient as some pets more quickly than others!

Now that you know what to do, you’re free to choose your new best friend and begin the fun process of training and owning a pet while protecting the home that you love from potential damage!

Want more information? Need a new home? Give us a call at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9298, or you can check out our website at www.dianamasseyhomes.com to see what we can do for you and your family!

Need To Sell Your Home? Consider Repainting Your Walls!

 

Red Paint Can with Brush Top View Isolated On White Background.

We all know that your curb appeal is what attracts potential home buyers to your home, but do you know what can turn them off just as soon as they enter your home? Bold, dark, and overwhelming paint colors!

If you want to sell your home and your house is lavished with dark or bold paint colors, consider repainting your walls to impress your potential buyers and have them biting at the bit to buy your house!

But which shades of color should you go for? How do you go about selecting the perfect paint colors for your home when there are so many different shades to choose from? Simple! Just follow the below tips for a good guideline to selecting the colors that work best for you!

Think Like a Buyer – It can be very difficult to think about your home objectively, but it’s one of the best strategies that you can employ when trying to shape your home in the customer’s liking. Try putting yourself in the potential buyer’s shoes to decide which colors need to be changed in your home. Remember, you want the buyer to focus on the amount of square footage in your home, the house’s unique architecture, and how great you are at keeping the interior well-maintained, NOT on the wall color! Your buyer needs to think, “I can see myself living here today!” instead of, “I’ll have to paint every single room in this house – it’s too much work for me!”

Keep Your Colors Neutral – So how do you take your potential home buyer’s focus off the walls and onto the square footage or anything else you’d want them to see? Why, by choosing neutral colors for your walls, of course! But before you groan and cry out about injustice to your creative, color-loving side, keep in mind that neutral colors do NOT necessarily mean shades of white or beige. Neutral colors can also include subdued, welcoming shades of brown, gray, and green! Just keep in mind which colors would coordinate the best with what you already have in your home to make your home feel larger and more updated.

Stage Your Home For Success – There’s no doubt that the housing market’s conditions aren’t the best still. In these difficult, competitive times, sellers need to go above and beyond of what it typically takes to prepare their homes for selling. The easiest, most cost-effective way you can do this is by staging your home, and a huge part of that is painting your walls the aforementioned neutral hues. The next most effective thing you can do is to de-clutter your home (no one likes to see messy bedrooms, offices, and closets!). Even experts feel that if the home is staged it will sell more quickly and for higher prices than the homes that aren’t staged.

Want to sell your home? Need more tips on how to stage your home? Have no fear! Just call us at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9298 or check out our website at www.dianamasseyhomes.com to see how we can help you!

The 9 Things That Might Be Scaring Home Buyers Away From Your Home

 

Are you having trouble getting people interested in your for-sale home? Have people already walked through your home but showed zero interest in buying it, let alone putting down an offer for it?

You may not realize it, but there may be some things about your home or that you’re doing (or failing to do) to your home that might be scaring away any potential home buyers. Are you guilty of committing one of these nine crimes?

1. Your Curb Appeal is UGLY – And we mean ugly with a capital “U!” If you have shingles falling off your roof, junk scattered in your yard, or weeds taking over your sidewalks and driveway, you may be stopping any potential buyers cold in their tracks. When home buyers see that the outside of a prospective home is unkempt or just plain frightening, they figure that the inside of the home will look the same (or even worse). Be sure to enhance your curb appeal by planting some beautiful flowers, caring for your lawn, putting out a new and inviting welcome mat, and so much more!

2. Your House Stinks (Literally) – Odors can kill the mood and dismantle the enchantment of house hunting in a quick second. If you happen to smoke inside your home, that stench will permeate your entire home from your furniture and carpet to the drapes and even the walls! Pets and mold can also leave horrible stenches that can turn potential buyers off, sometimes permanently. If you’re not sure if your home smells, ask a neighbor or a friend to come over to offer their opinion.

3. Your Bathroom is Filthy – No one likes gross, dirty bathrooms, especially potential home buyers. Make sure that you clean the bathroom thoroughly before you have home buyers in your home. Replace any old fixtures and gross shower curtains, and be sure that your bathroom is presentable and squeaky clean.

4. You’re a Fan of Wallpaper  – Wallpaper is a personal taste, and most of the time it repels buyers, especially if the wallpaper is in every single room of the house. If you really want your home to sell, take the time to remove the wallpaper and put on a coat of neutral paint. DO NOT paint over the wallpaper! It will be obvious that you painted over the wallpaper AND it will be more difficult to remove.

5. You Have Pets – Dogs may be cute, but some people don’t like them or are simply afraid of them. Many people don’t enjoy being jumped up or licked profusely by dogs when entering homes. If you can, remove your pets during showings to show respect to the potential home buyers.

6. You Have a Love of Bold or Dark Wall Paint Colors – Some people love dark or bold paint colors. That’s perfectly fine… that is, unless you’re selling your home! Buyers try to picture their own stuff in your home, and it’s very difficult to envision if your bold wall colors overpower their senses. For the best results, paint your walls neutral colors (which, by the way, doesn’t mean just white or beige!). Remember, you want your potential buyer to focus on the square footage and other positive attributes of your home, not be distracted by the wall colors!

7. Your Home is Overpriced – No matter how much you love your home, if you have it overpriced it will be a rare occurrence if someone serious wants to come take a look. The smart thing to do is to price it correctly the first time and stick with it. If you overprice it but keep dropping the price over time, home buyers may see you as desperate to sell your home.

8. BUGS – Want a guaranteed way to shoe buyers right out of your home? INSECTS. If you have any insect problems, mice, or cockroaches, don’t count on any home buyers stopping by or sticking around if they do come in. If you can’t get rid of these pests yourself, do yourself a favor and call a professional.

9. You NEVER Leave The Buyer Alone – Can you say, “AWKWARD?!” Give your buyers some space and freedom to check out your home unescorted. If you hang around them all the time, they won’t feel free to explore and will feel as if they are unwelcomed guests.

Looking to sell your home? Need some more tips to make your house look the best it can look? Give us a call at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9898 or check out our website at www.dianamasseyhomes.com to see how we can help you. Stop committing these nine crimes and start selling your home today!

Open Houses – Friend or Foe? You Decide!

 

Open house.

These two little words are known for striking fear in the hearts of many and enthusiasm in the minds of several others. While they are very fun and informative events, they shouldn’t be taken lightly – they can be very stressful to prepare for and host!

While open houses can be stressful events for anyone involved (except the observers, perhaps), they can be advantageous for both the seller and the realtor involved.

Before you jump on having an open house, however, do make your decision with utmost care! There are many ups and downs to having an open house. The question is – do the pros outweigh the cons? See for yourself!

PROS

#1 – Open Houses are Open To All: The name says it all – it’s an OPEN house for all to come in and check out! And it isn’t just the prospective buyers who attend the open house – the brokers who might want to team up on the sale also attend, and they tend to give advice on ways to help the home sell faster! Besides, just because an attendee isn’t a prospective buyer doesn’t mean that an open house showing off your home’s beauty won’t fan the flames of desire to buy the home!

#2 – They Provide You With More Exposure: Open houses will help give your home the exposure it needs in less time. They give any potential buyer an opportunity to come over and check our your home, even if you currently lack an agent! While the chances of receiving a serious bid is rather slim, hosting an open house will drawn in people, especially if your home is put at the right price!

#3 – Open Houses Force You to Pretty Up Your Home: If there’s anything that will make you whip your house into a beautiful, spotless piece of perfection (besides maybe showcasing your home on national television), an open house definitely does the trick. Your home should be as clean as possible, top to bottom, so that you can impress the masses, letting them leave wanting more.

#4 – Open Houses Give Viewers Real-Life Browsing of the Home: While people can easily view houses quite quickly on the Internet, there’s just nothing like seeing the home in person. Sure, they can see that your bedroom is blue and has a nice closet, but they can’t see how the blue looks when the afternoon sun comes in through the window or how spacious that closet really is.

#5 – You Can Find New Customers: Many times, an open house is the event in which you can find a potential buyer who can wander in right off the street. You never know who will be curious about your home, fall in love with it, and ultimately want to buy it!

CONS

#1 – Open Houses Rarely Produce a Bid: Many brokers (and even homeowners) tend to agree that open houses aren’t the best way to sell a home. It can spark curiosity in potential buyers, but rarely does someone wander in, check out the house, and place a bid on the home to purchase. After all, buying a home is a very serious decision homeowners must make!

#2 – Open Houses Can Attract Nosy Neighbors: Open houses allow anyone from anywhere to come in and check out your home. This doesn’t exclude your lovely, nosy neighbors who are simply dying to see exactly what you’ve done to your home (and maybe gossip about it to their friends or to the previous homeowner, if they still have stayed in touch).

#3 – Open Houses Can Also Attract Thieves: Not to scare you into not having an open house, but you must keep in mind that hosting an open house is an open invitation for ANYONE to enter your home. Be sure to hide away all of your valuables and breakables. Don’t leave loose change or bills lying around on countertops. But don’t fret – many brokers and agents now require all potential buyers to either show a form of identification or to sign in before they look at your home.

#4 – The Internet Has Made Open Houses Less Effective: Ten or so years ago, open houses were the thing to do to show off your home to the public to pique interest in any potential buyers – and it was pretty effective, too! Now people tend to use the Internet as their way of viewing a home before they want to come see it for themselves.

#5 – Open Houses Can Be Very Stressful: First impressions are more important now than ever these days. Making sure your home looks picture-perfect to the public can drive you up the wall. And after you clean your home, you’ll more than likely need to clean again after everyone leaves.

So are open houses advantageous or a disaster waiting to happen? Tell us what you think! And if you’re thinking about hosting an open house and would like help or if you’re wanting to sell your current home, call us at The Massey Team at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9898! You can even check us out at our website at www.dianamasseyteams.com. Let us help you sell your home TODAY!

Want To Sell Your Home? Turn Your Yard From Boring To Beautiful!

What is the first thing that buyers see when they see your property? Why, the outside, of course!

Landscaping can greatly influence how a potential buyer may feel about your home; sometimes it can be the end-all point that makes them buy the house or quickly turn around to look for another home. Luckily, a few simple changes can improve the curb appeal of your property and change the “For Sale” sign in your yard to a “Sold” sign!

Put That Power Washer to Good Use! Some areas of our home (including the outside) tend to remain perpetually “clean” in our minds, but we should really try to break that misconception trying to sell! Believe it or not, your deck, driveway, and home exterior can get pretty dirty over time, dulling your home’s colors and liveliness slowly but surely.

The best way to brighten these spaces of your home is by using a power washer. When the first wave of water hits, you’ll be shocked at how much brighter you’re deck, driveway, and exterior look! While a power washer is a great tool, it needs to be used with care – it admits extremely high pressure that can harm skin and housing materials if used unwisely.

Make Your Home “Inviting! – Nothing says “home” like a wreath and a welcome mat! Wreaths and welcome mats are an inexpensive touch to add to your home to draw any potential buyers in. Feel free to get creative by making your own wreath or find an inviting wreath at your favorite store. Already have your own mats and wreaths and don’t want to part with them? No problem! Simply clean them up so that they look like new again!

Give Your Home the Green Treatment – Who doesn’t love greenery and flowers? Not very many people! Done correctly and artfully, greenery may be the trick to landscaping your home to sell. Don’t have a green thumb? Don’t worry! You can easily make it look like you do! When you go to purchase your greenery ask the staff member which plants and flowers are the easiest to maintain. All you need to worry about is picking out the right color of pots to complement your home and watering them to their specifications! Now THAT was easy!

Flowers are a Home’s Best Friend – Picking where to place the plants and flowers you have bought can be difficult to do sometimes! When you’re setting them out, put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. Lining the walkway to the house with pretty flowers can be really inviting to anyone – potential buyer and visitors alike. If you love gardening, then feel free to plant more flowers! Don’t panic if gardening isn’t up your alley – a little really DOES go a long way! (Oh, and here’s a fun tip from us – Place the brightest flowers closest to your entryway to make both the color of your home AND the flowers stand out!)

Make Your Yard into a Work of Art – Greenery is all good and dandy, but don’t feel like you need to turn your yard into a jungle! Try using some landscaping stone as a way to make your yard look even more beautiful! Create inviting walkways with irregularly shaped stones. Frame your flowerbeds with the stones acting as a border. If you feel like stepping a bit out of the box, try creating a mini-waterfall in your yard and fill the basin with koi! If you’re unsure of how to do this, you might want to either read up on the details or call a professional to help make your yard look beautiful.

Say Good-Bye to Overgrown Lawns! – Finally, be sure to tame any wild shrubberies and trees. Greenery is good, but a mess of it can be counterproductive and a huge turn-off to your potential buyers! When your house is on the market, take a couple extra hours to trim and shape any bushes and trees around your home. Make sure that they complement all the hard work you have put into making your home sellable!

If you are looking for your dream home The Massey Team can help you! Contact us today at 618-791-5024. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter or visit our website at www.dianamasseyhomes.com to see how we can help you!

Can’t Get To The Beach This Summer? Then Bring The Beach To Your Home!

The weather in the Metro East St. Louis area is really heating up, but nothing beats the 90 degree weather than laying on a beach somewhere tropical! If that isn’t an option for you this summer then bring the beach to you by giving your home a tropical makeover!

Okay, it may not be as great as going on an amazing getaway, sipping a cocktail, and watching the sunset, but it can definitely give your home a whole new feel! This may be just the new look you needed to make your home have that “wow” factor this summer.

Family Vacation Photos: Displaying memories made with your family is always great, but how you frame the photos is what will make them stand out. Use papyrus paper or a tropical themed paper as the matting surrounding the picture. You can also use a light wood or worn wood frame to enhance the tropical theme. When displaying the photos on a shelf or table, be sure to put a few seashells around the photos to really give them that maritime touch!

Table Runners: For all of the tables in your home, whether big or small, use a woven beach mat as the table runner.  The color mimics the hue of sand and the woven grass will remind you of a grass skirt. You’ll feel like you’re at a luau in no time!

Kitchen and Dining Room Chairs: This is not an area people typically think of often when it comes to accenting their home, but in reality, this is your secret weapon! Reupholstering your chairs can be a costly expenditure, but if you use a cloth napkin instead, you can change the chairs’ fabric as often as you want! Simply take a cloth napkin (in this case a tropical floral print works best) and sew large beads to the corners. You will want to sew on ribbon ties to the napkin so you can tie it to the back of the chair. The beads will then act as weights to help secure the napkin!

Table Settings: This is always a great way to bring fun to your home! You can be really creative when it comes to table settings. Add a splash of color by using a mix of colorful plates like blue and green. For something really unique, braid long blades of grass and tie them around the napkins as napkin holders. You can also use the same napkins as you used on your chairs to bring your nautical look together. For your center piece use bright tropical flowers in a funky vase to really make your home seem like an island escape!

Flowers, Plants, and All That: Give your home a tranquil setting by including flowers and plants. All it takes is a few cute little pots and your favorite greenery! You can set them throughout your home or you can have one area designated to your mini in-home garden. You can also set your favorite reading chair by them and using it as your place to read, write, or relax!

Just because you can’t make it to the beach this summer doesn’t mean you can’t bring the beach to you! After a few easy changes made to your home, you’ll feel like you’re away on vacation EVERY day!  Check out more decorating tips here.

If you want to take a permanent vacation from your current home, then be sure to stop by The Massey Team’s website at www.dianamasseyteams.com or give us a call at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9298! We will help you find your dream home in no time!