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Curb Appeal On A Budget

By: Opha Phillips

Before listing your home, the first area to examine is the exterior of your home.  Most buyers will decide within the first few minutes how they feel about a property based upon its exterior appearance, so below are some budget-friendly tips to spruce up your curb appeal:

Paint the Front Door and Shutters

Put a fresh coat of paint on the front door and shutters.  This will draw a buyer’s eyes to the newness of the paint and distract attention from other areas that may need touching up.

Freshen up Landscaped Areas and Add a Pop of Color

Weed flower beds, trim bushes and hedges, and plant colorful flowers to make landscaped areas look fresh and vibrant.

Remove Lawn Ornaments

Lawn ornaments can sometimes be distracting to a buyer.  Remember, you want a potential buyer to imagine this is their home from the minute they arrive on the property.

Clean Windows Inside and Out

Cleaning all windows will allow a buyer to see straight through to the inside of a property and give the home a clean and inviting presence.

Mow and Edge the Lawn

Keep the lawn mowed and edged on a regular basis to give your home a well-manicured, professional look and feel.


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Selling Your Home

Listing Process with Opha Phillips


At some point during life, you are likely to experience the process of selling your home.  Although this can be a stressful time, there are things you can do to get ahead of the stress by making sure your home is absolutely ready before it hits the market. First, ask yourself if you are truly ready to sell your home?  If so, you should approach the listing of your home in two phases: the pre-listing and the post-listing.  Below are some tips to make the selling of your home a smooth transaction.


Curb Appeal

The first thing buyers will see is the front of your house, so please don’t overlook this area. Does your front door need a fresh coat of paint or stain? How about the shutters? Could the house use a good pressure wash to clean off accumulated dirt?  Also, make sure the lawn is cut regularly and sidewalks are cleared of any debris.

To Paint or not to Paint

Examine your home to determine if it needs a fresh coat of paint on the walls to freshen things up and bring new life to a space.  Remember, you want a buyer to envision each room as their own, so neutral colors tend to be ideal.

Small Repairs & Updates

Go through each room and see if there is anything that needs to be fixed, identifying simple fixes such as installing a new light fixture, updating door hardware, or fixing a leaky faucet.  Think of it this way…the more issues you are able to address up-front, the fewer complications that will come up during the home sale process.

Clean & De-Clutter

Clean, clean, clean your house, and I mean everything including baseboards and all windows.  While sometimes difficult, go through your property and de-personalize it, as you want potential buyers to see your home as their future home. If areas of your home, such as closets, are overflowing with personal items, consider renting a storage unit while your home is on the market.  Remove any extra furniture so the rooms do not feel small.



Staging is the process of placing objects in your home to show it in its best light.  One way to do this is by taking a picture of each room and then examining how the furniture and lighting looks in the space.  Also, examining photos will help to reveal potential layout issues, to ensure that there is adequate flow from one room to another, which is especially important for open concept designs.  Simple measures such as adding some throws and pillows to your living room can enhance the feel of your home giving it a warm, cozy atmosphere.  Also, placing flowers in the house will not only smell good but give the house a cheerful disposition.

Contact a Listing Agent

Once you feel your house is ready for the market, call  to set up a listing appointment.  During this appointment we will go through and view your home to compare it with other properties that are currently on the market, as well as ones that have recently sold. During this time we may also make a few suggestions that we feel will make the property sell and sell quickly.



1. A Coldwell Banker Gosslee sign will be installed with Opha’s personal name rider attached to it.

2. A NWLAR secured key box will be placed on the property immediately after listing or upon completion of new construction.

3. The property information is entered into the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

4. Property information and photographs will be entered and uploaded onto the following websites: http://www.ophaphillips.com, http://www.coldwellbankergossllee.com, http://www.coldwellbanker.com, http://www.realtor.com, http://www.realestate.yahoo.com.

5. Several photographs will be taken of the property including, but not limited to: Exterior shots, Family Room, Formal Living Room, Formal Dining Room, Kitchen, Breakfast Area, Laundry Room, Master Bedroom, Master Bathroom, Other Bedrooms, Other Bathrooms, Game Rooms, etc. If the home is still under construction at the time of the listing, the floor plan and front elevation will be scanned into the computer and uploaded. Pictures will then be taken at the appropriate stages of construction.

6. A virtual tour will be completed and uploaded onto MLS and above mentioned websites within five days of property being photographed.

7. Property information and contact information will be uploaded onto the CSS website in order for you to view showing feedback 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If an email address is available, you will be emailed a username, password and login instructions.

8. Copies of the listing agreement will be emailed or mailed to the appropriate parties.

9. Upon completion of photographs, color flyers will be designed, printed and placed inside property. If necessary, an information tube can be installed on the sign with black and white flyers equipped with property information. However, please understand that Opha Phillips does not suggest information tubes be placed on sign simply because we prefer that prospective buyers call us for information on the home.


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