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Blog :: 06-2011

Easy Summer Projects to Beautify Your Home

Now that Summer is finally here, here are some tips to get your home in tip-top shape, maximize it's curb appeal and get it sold before the Fall!


Lang Farm Colonial


Outdoor Projects

Because you never get a second chance to make a first impression, maintain your home's curb appeal!  Start with some gardening and landscaping projects. Plant colorful  flowers, trim bushes and  mulch your beds.

Another easy, fun project that won't take up your whole weekend - replace your house numbers and your mailbox numbers. Your local hardware store has a good variety. Buy a few different styles and take them home to see what looks the best.

Yet another way to spruce up your exterior is to start some painting projects that will make your house look fresh. Start with painting your front door and inspecting your door handle hardware. A new handle and fresh coat of paint will welcome your summer visitors.

Update your exterior light fixtures. Outdated light fixtures are less than appealing. Plus this is a quick, inexpensive way to help your home's curb appeal.

Also, clean out your gutters and drains so that they are ready for any summer rainstorms. While you're looking at the downspouts take a quick look at the siding. Consider renting a powerwasher and wash any mildew or staining that may have developed. Don't forget to powerwash your windows as well!

Indoor Projects

Let the sunshine in! With more daylight hours now then ever, now is the time to take a good look at your windows. Many people don't realize how much grime and film builds up on  windows until they are clean. A quick interior window cleaning can give your entire home a fresh, clean feeling. Tip: Use newspaper instead of paper towels to wash windows - it won't leave streaks or lint.


Lang Farm Colonial


To maximize interior sunlight, take down any drapes or curtains that are heavy and dark and replace with a light color or sheer. Another way to make the most of natural light is to open blinds and shutters. If you have "side-lights" on your front doors consider leaving these uncovered.

Also, it's always a good idea to have your screens in good repair and your friendly neighborhood hardware store can fix torn, damaged, or bent screens.

For more tips on how to sell your home faster, visit some of Geri's tips pages or better yet, send her a quick email for her advice on how to get your house ready for the market. In addition, we offer free home staging to all of our clients.

Why Pre-Approval?

There are advantages to getting pre-approved for a loan before you begin your search for a new house.

Pre-approval removes some unwanted pressure.

Once you find a home that you want to purchase, and your offer is accepted and the forms have been signed, the clock is ticking for you to get a mortgage.  If you are pre-approved, getting a mortgage should run rather smoothly and quick.

However, if you are not pre-approved then you might run into some problems.  You will feel rushed and stressed to get the mortgage before the close.  Also, if your lender has a stack of loans to process you could seriously be "cutting it close".

Pre-approval makes you look like a serious buyer.

Suppose there are two buyers who make an offer on a house.  The first buyer is not pre-approved.  The second buyer is pre-approved and has a letter from their lender stating that they can afford the home.  The seller is probably going to pick the pre-approved buyer.  They look more motivated and creditable.  The pre-approved buyer is more likely in a better position to negotiate the price of the house also.

Pre-approval is a simple process:

  • Fill out an application and give it to your lender
  • The lender will obtain your credit report and qualify you based on income, debts, and credit score.
  • The lender will give you a letter stating how much you can afford to pay for a house.

It's fast, easy, and concrete evidence that you're motivated in the eyes of a seller!

If you would like to get pre-approved, Vermont Real Estate agent Geri Reilly recommends calling Nick Parent at Spruce Mortgage: (802) 863-5102 or email