Although we’ve been told to do otherwise, people often judge homes based on curb appeal. Enhance your home’s exterior with these five tips.
Wash your front door and polish hardware — replace if necessary. If the sun has faded the paint or you want a change, consider repainting with a bold new color that brings you joy.
Windows & Gutters
Remove debris from gutters and drain spouts before cleaning. Wash and repair windows or hire a professional. Clean or replace window treatments inside your home that are visible from the outside.
Mow, fertilize and water your lawn. Tidy up gardens; remove dead plants and branches; plant colorful flowers along any path or walkway; and add potted plants by the entry.
Sweep the porch; clear cobwebs from fixtures, railings and corners. Store toys, yard equipment and garbage cans. Clean patio furniture or consider updating worn pieces; add a swing or seating if space allows.
Check for missing or damaged shingles. Power wash and repair walkways and driveway. Clean or update light fixtures. Repaint shutters; repair, paint or replace mailbox. Check that house numbers are visible from the street; replace if needed.
Happy Friday y’all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is modern home in Dallas’ sought-after Urban Reserve community, adjacent to White Rock Creek Trail. Cantilevered over a cliff, 33 Vanguard Way offers natural lighting, a quiet study and a kitchen with an abundance of storage. Take a virtual tour below to see all the beautiful upgrades throughout.
• Priced at $710,000
• 2,009 square feet: 3 bedrooms, 2.1 baths
• 1.5 stories
• Master suite downstairs
• A glass wall the length of the house separating the garden and living spaces
• A guest suite on the second floor
To view this listing, contact Hector Sanchez at 469-955-0255 or HectorSanchez@Ebby.com
Improving the energy efficiency of your home is not only great for the environment, but can also contribute to substantial savings in the long run. Here are some small changes you can make throughout your home to help lower your energy bills:
* Turn off the thermostat When away from home, avoid keeping your thermostat on. When home, adjust it in small increments to reach your desired temperature. Even better, open windows and use ceiling fans or space heaters to cool or warm your home.
* Switch your light bulbs
Switch the lightbulbs in your home to more energy efficient ones (think CFL and LED bulbs). Not sure which ones to choose? Check out our helpful light bulb guide here.
* Clean and replace filters once a month
Clean filters allow systems to run more efficiently and for shorter periods of time.
* Keep a full refrigerator and freezer A full refrigerator unit will operate the most properly and efficiently. On the other hand, be sure not to overcrowd it.
* Keep your oven and stovetop clean Regularly cleaning your oven and stovetop will enable them to run more efficiently.
* Run your dishwasher when it’s full Running your dishwasher for a full load every time is the most efficient use of the appliance. In addition, use the lowest temperature dry cycle if you prefer not to air-dry your dishes. Heated drying is not always needed and can even damage plasticware.
* Use power strips/surge protectors Cords that remain plugged in while not in use still expend energy in standby mode. Feeding them all into a power strip makes it easier to switch them all off at once instead of keeping them on standby. In addition, it also protects your electronic devices from unsafe voltage spikes.
* Turn off lights
When leaving your home, turn off all lights. When at home, turn off lights in any room not being used.
* Mind the gaps Check windows and doors for cracks, gaps, and openings. Replace broken glass, framing and caulk where necessary.
* Purchase wisely When purchasing appliances such as computers and dishwashers, be on the lookout for the “Energy Star” logo denoting high-efficiency. Many newer appliances are required by the U.S. Department of Energy to be more efficient than older ones.
Happy Friday y’all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a gorgeous home situated in Las Colinas, just 15 minutes from both DFW and Love Field airports and 20 minutes from downtown Dallas. Built by Coventry Homes, 7320 San Felipe Drive offers hardwood flooring, a study, and a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. Take a virtual tour below to see the plentiful windows and upgrades throughout!
• Gorgeous traditional, priced at $539,000
• 3,640 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 4 baths
• Open floor plan, white oak hardwoods, plantation shutters, stainless-steel appliances, marble countertops
• Game room and media room with built-in bar
• Private backyard with covered patio
Front Exterior Front Entryway
Formal Dining Area
Casual Living Area
Casual Dining AreaGame Room
To view this listing, contact Liz Cougot at 214-909-9291 or LizCougot@Ebby.com.