Curb Appeal. It’s ‘For You’, not just ‘For Sale’!

You hear so much about curb appeal in today’s world of home staging, a slower real estate market, and of course, on every social media and home improvement channel going! Don’t get me wrong, curb appeal is an absolute must if you are selling, but what about if you’re not?

This is where I notice the little touches are often overlooked. You know how it is, coming and going on a daily basis and suddenly things disappear?

Enter my Dad’s home.

Dad's House Lanterns - Before

It’s hard to see in this shot, but the house lanterns are brass and badly pitted. Once Dad was on board to let me give them a quick refresh, he had them down before I could take my usual ‘before’ shots. That’s just the way he works!! 🙂

Here are some close-ups in preparation for the quick makeover.

Before - Lanterns

Before - House Lanterns

See what I mean about pitted?

There was also a set of house numbers by the main door needing some TLC, too.

Before - House Numbers

Ignore the GRAPES lettering, there’s nothing sour about this DIY, lol!

Love projects with my Dad – he set everything up so all I had to do was arrive and start painting… since this was my idea, after all! 😉

Here’s a little peek at the project in progress…

After - Lanterns

After - House Numbers

I used two variations of Rust-Oleum flat black spray paint.

Rustoleum Flat Black Spray Paint

I started off with the Universal paint & primer in one. I used the whole can to do all three lanterns and the house numbers, so I think it provided great coverage, and it definitely went on very smooth. I used the Painters Touch for the second coat and a few touch-ups here and there, but this time I only used half a can.

Here’s a look at the ‘afters’ with everything back in place.

Lanterns - After

Lanterns - After

Sharp, right?

Lanterns, House Numbers - After

Notice the doorbell? When I left, Dad painted that too! Way to go, Dad!!

In this overall shot, it’s hard to see the difference…

Dad's Lanterns - After

But when you get up close and personal there’s no comparison!

So my point is just a reminder that the little things in everyday living matter. Take the time for basic upkeep, and enjoy your home while you’re in it! Trust me, there’ll be lots of other projects if the day ever comes to sell, that you’ll be happy you stayed on top of these! And no, Dad’s not selling!

I have to say, my Dad is a master at staying on top of the little things. There’s never too much out of place, or needing to be done. Yah, that’s him scouting for weeds!!

Do you have any warm weather projects on the go? Any that you’ve scratched off your list of ‘to do’? And how about you, do you agree, it’s better to love your home while you’re in it??

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller

A Mini Porch Repair… Curb Appeal Love!

Removing Stain by Power Washing

Not sure if you remember, but back when I shared our DIY BBQ Pad project I mentioned another project that was on our ‘to do’ list. A little porch repair…

We had to wait out the weather (like 3 months worth of waiting!) before we could get started, since staining was involved. Finally, this weekend some good weather lined itself up with our ‘spare’ time, and we were able to get at it.

Here’s a look at the actual repair we needed to make.

Porch Repair Project

The bottom step needed to be replaced, and while we were at it we wanted to restain the porch, too.

Our neighbour caught wind of this project and offered us the use of his power washer. He also gave me a quick lesson on how to use it.

Removing Stain by Power Washing

I only power washed the decking, because the boards for the step were being completely replaced.

And then our neighbour lent us his belt sander to finish the job. We have a little sander, but he was convinced his was the better tool to get the job done!

Removing Stain with a Belt Sander

Have I mentioned that we have pretty awesome neighbours?

Before hubs did the sanding he dealt with removing the boards on the step.

Repairing a Porch

The nails were pretty heavy duty, so this was the toughest part of the whole thing, otherwise I would’ve tried to tackle it myself!

While he was doing this part, I stained the underside and edges of the new boards for the step.

Stained Boards

I wanted them to have a chance to dry before hubs needed to install them.

Here’s a look at the fully sanded deck-top.

Sanded Porch Prepped to Stain

I jumped in and took over the staining at this point. I wanted to give the whole porch a fresh coat of stain before the new boards were nailed down.

Here’s a look at the stain job.

Freshly stained porch

I’m not sure what those streaks are in the photo, because the porch doesn’t actually look streaky to the eye! You can see here that I gave the frame of the step a coat of stain as well.

Once the stain was dry – and trust me, it didn’t take long in the heat – hubs nailed the new boards into place.

Installing stair treads

And then I finished them off with a couple of coats of stain.

Cloverdale Deck Stain

This is the stain we used, which was in the basement when we moved in, and is what our landlord used on all the porches of this home.

Here’s a look back at where we started…

Porch Repair Project

And how the porch looks now.

Cloverdale Stained Porch

A quick repair job, and a new coat of stain gives this porch a refreshed look. Another ‘to do’ scratched off the list!

And did you notice the BBQ is out and in full use? Just thought I’d mention that! 😉

What did you do this weekend? Did you play in the sun, or did you tackle a home project, too? If you’re like me, tackling a home project out in the sun is playing in the sun!

You know, it’s the little things such as a mini project like this that make all the difference to your curb appeal, and the statement your home makes. If you look closely you’ll see this porch is not made with treated lumber, and in fact, doesn’t even have a cement pad to sit on. Heck, it’s not even sitting perfectly level. But with the step repaired, and the fresh coat of stain, those aren’t the things you notice. What you see is a little porch that looks loved and cared for. And that is what makes a home feel welcoming, what curb appeal is all about!

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!

All Photos by Sheila Zeller

 

Organizing Under the Sink

Under the sink storage can be a bit of a pain because of the plumbing that gets in the way. There are lots of solutions out there from built-ins to baskets, but this one is a quick and easy favorite of mine.

It’s simple to install, inexpensive, and for its basic construction, you actually have a fair amount of flexibility in how you distribute the shelving. I have used this in a number of bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. And believe it or not, this little unit will hold more weight than you would think.

I meant to bring this post to you sooner, because right now Canadian Tire in Duncan has this unit on for 70% off, but the sale ends today!

Can you see the price? Yes, you read that right. It’s on special for $6.89 from $22.99. Seriously, this savings is worth its weight in gold.

So here is a little look at my most recent implementation of this storage system, just to give you some ideas.

Bathroom:

I had to get all of this…

    

into this…

At first glance it looks like there is lots of storage. But once you start to put things away and think about how often you’ll be using each item vs. ease of access, well that’s when you really realize how much space is wasted under the sink.

So here is how I installed the storage shelf…

I left the right end away from the wall just to show you how it can be made longer. See the extra shelving slats standing against the left wall? Those get clipped into place as you widen the shelf.

You can see how it’s been stretched out wall-to-wall here…

Do you see how the shelf pieces clip into place? And how they work around the plumbing? That’s what I think sets this storage option apart from so many others.

Here’s the fully filled shelves…

I like to use baskets because it’s easier to pull things out! Labelling is a good idea too, but you probably already know that if you read my Spring Into Organizing post.

And I opted to fill the space in front of the storage shelf…

…with larger items like this. But you might also like to leave that area bare.

Here’s a quick look at how I used this unit in the kitchen…

Notice I have the end facing out rather than against the wall. That’s because it utilized the space better once the plumbing was factored in. I chose to use the lowest shelf position for the bottom shelf, which could be considered a waste, but that’s the beauty of this unit. You can do whatever works for you and what you’re storing… and it’s so easy to switch if you change your mind! Who knows, I might change my mind on that bottom shelf yet 😉

One last look at the whole area under the sink.

I keep the dishwasher detergent beside the shelf, and the compost bin beside the garbage pail. So having the unit turned is still easy to access. I just have to move the dishwasher detergent. Not a big deal!

This under-the-sink storage creation is good for so many uses, and it’s awesome because it’s not installed with any hardware. It’s a free-standing unit that you can take with you when you go, or reconfigure as you need to. So think students in dorms, that first apartment, kids’ closets – the shelf can change as they do, rental homes, etc.

Don’t forget, the sale ends today. But check around. They might be on sale in a different location at another time!

What do you do for your under-the-sink storage?

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Packing the Cube Van: Blueprint in Action!

I promised to tell you how the blueprint to pack the cube van worked out, you know the one my Dad created for our move? (Read about it here).

Here is how it went 🙂

So the first potential hiccup…

The blueprint didn’t account for Jack and Dolly coming along for the ride! But they are a package deal. Wherever the van goes, they go.

So, out came the blueprint and the trusty tape measure.

After some discussion our moving man agreed to relocate Jack from the back, and together Jack and Dolly were taken to ground level 😉

The second hiccup, the cube van had more space inside than the dimensions we were working with. Now seriously, is that really a problem when you’re moving?

Do you remember the first layer of the blueprint?

The buffet was the key piece to get this party started!

Up and in she goes.

And this pile of bins isn’t just any pile of bins.

Oh no, not at all. They were strategically picked and packed right down to the lids being taped on so they could fill in underneath the buffet. The taped bins had to stand on their side behind the carved detail at the bottom of the buffet, and the other three had to sit upright in front of it. I’m not kidding. These fillers were like footings, and especially now with the extra room in the van! They had to help hold things in snugly.

Next, protect the buffet with a blanket, and move in the love seats. The love seats were pushed together, face-to-face with the seat cushions removed so the dresser could sit on them.

So far so good! Can you tell by the smile?

Still working on the first level, but now we’re filling in the love seats…

Yup, there it goes – the dresser into the center of the love seats.

Beds.

Next the beds are being layered on top of the love seats… except this is hiccup number three.

You see the split box spring? Well that was drawn into the blueprint as a solid box spring. Hmmm. What to rework so the load doesn’t slide.

An impromptu collaboration…

And it’s all good.

The desk gets strapped in, and we’re good to go. The desk was supposed to fit snug up to the mattresses, each holding the other in. Now can you see how the split box spring and larger van almost created pandemonium? 😐

Whew.

After this the rest dropped into place, according to plan 😉

And do you remember Jack?

Well he had to be factored back into the footprint… and as for Dolly, she was pretty easy going. She didn’t care where she went as long as she was along for the ride!

Voilà! Can you believe the room to spare?

So guess what?

We slipped in a few more boxes… just because we could!

And now the doors get swung shut.

Oops, look out for the cedar branch. No need to take the greenery too… even if there is enough space for it!

Okay, maybe just one small  limb.

Thank you to Andrew Poland for the cube van rental. As Andrew says, if you need a lift, give him a call. We highly recommend that you do!

So there you have it, from blueprint to packed cube van. Oh, and the van was packed in 2 hours. Are you moving any time soon? If you are doing the moving yourself, definitely consider the blueprint approach. It cut our time down, probably by half, because there was no guesswork involved. We had the dimensions, the blueprint… and Dad. Thanks Dad.

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Moving Day!

Today was moving day! And I’m beat. But I couldn’t head off to bed without leaving you a sneak peek at the cube van… Do you remember my post on how to pack a cube van?

This is the ‘blue print’ my Dad created…

To pack this…

Stay tuned! I’ll show you how it worked out!!!

But for tonight, I’m done.

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Moving? How to Pack A Cube Van!

If I showed you this image, would you see a cube van?

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I thought so.  Me too!

This is what my Dad saw…

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I mentioned in this post that Dad wanted to know the measurements of all the furniture slated for the moving van. And the interior measurements of the moving van! My blogging friend Kristie from The Decorologist commented that this was ‘intense’, and that made me laugh out loud! Because it kind of is… but there’s no doubt, it will make moving day a lot easier. You know, to have an engineered set of blueprints to work from for packing the moving van! 😉

So this first blue print is a bird’s eye view of the fully loaded van.

This one shows the next layer down…

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Do you see the flipped up pieces? Well that’s the furniture that’s layered on top.

And this one shows yet another layer down in that section…

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And this is a layer in the section beside the one above!

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I have to say, if there was any guessing before, there definitely isn’t now.

And so… here’s my SUV with yet another load packed into it…

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Because once I saw the blue print, I knew there was no room for any extras! And in fact, the bookcase you see on the right… well I just knew it wouldn’t fit in my vehicle! Guess who helped me fit it in?

So if you need a tip for maximizing the moving space you’re paying for, I’d say first tip – get the measurements of all your ‘stuff’. Second tip – call 1-800-Sheila’s Dad!

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Staged Home: Sale Makes the Vancouver Sun!

A property I staged in North Vancouver has made the Vancouver Sun!

This is the actual page from the paper… the on-line version doesn’t include the photographs, so I have red-circled the Berkley property. To read the article, click here.

Source: Vancouver Sun Section H2, June 4, 2011

The gist of the article is really about how the sellers did ‘everything right’ when adding appeal and value to their investment. The write-up doesn’t go into the staging aspect of the sale, but has a breakdown of the property’s appraised value, the listing price, and its selling price… over asking! Definitely worth the read. So I’m expanding on what the sellers did right in terms of actually preparing their property for sale beyond the renos and upgrades the article references.

Based on the initial staging consultation and my clients’ subsequent follow-through, there is no doubt they upped the ante for their property. And their follow-through definitely made my job to stage a lot easier. As they say, it’s all in the details, and my clients ‘got’ that completely.

Here is a close-up of the entrance you see in the photo red-circled above.

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And here is a list of what was done to the main entrance to maximize its curb appeal:

  • Soffits, trim and walls – repainted
  • Gutters cleaned
  • Bench – scrubbed down
  • Hose reel & hose – removed (was mounted to end wall behind bench)
  • Exposed Aggregate – powerwashed
  • Planters – repainted and potted up with new plants
  • Doorbell – painted black (brass was pitted from weather exposure, and beyond shining up)
  • Light fixture – new (replaced dated and weathered brass fixture with one to match rest of exterior fixtures)
  • Door mat – new (replaced undersized, well-worn mat with a quality mat made of natural fibres)
  • Windows – washed
  • Brown railing above entry – repainted
  • Stucco wall behind railing – repainted (bottom of wall was stained from weather)

Remember, we’re only at the main entrance! But this area is critical to creating a lasting first impression.

I won’t go into all the intricate details of the staging, but this is a great example of what it takes to go from listed to this:

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Did I mention the garage doors were repainted? And that all the windows were professionally cleaned? Oh, the fascia was touched up too! But one of the best business decisions my clients’ made was to replace the roof. It was showing some wear, however they could have opted to leave it alone since it wasn’t leaking. A professional inspection determined the roof was reaching the end of it’s lifespan, and with that my clients wasted no time in having this potential negotiating item taken off the table. A new roof after all is a selling feature!

Are you curious about what else was done to prepare this property for sale? We haven’t even gotten to the back yard, or the deck, or the garden shed, or the fence… oh, and then there’s the inside too! Have you read the article yet? Remember, these sellers did everything right!

It’s about selling your property. From coaching you through the pre-listing process to staging your property, when we’re finished you’ll be ready to list… Make the biggest impact by contacting me first. Creating a welcome home feeling is our goal; showcasing your investment is what we do!

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Staging: To Paint or Not to Paint?

One of the biggest things for a Stager to determine is whether or not painting will make a significant difference on the first impression, and ultimately the lasting impression. And if painting is recommended, in the end that decision is left to the client. To paint or not to paint? But is it really a question if it’s an investment in selling your property?

Check out these before and after photos.

This is the main entry of a home that was otherwise nicely painted throughout. But what greeted you first as you stepped inside was the green wallpaper.

Stairway Wall in Entry – Before

The main door opened to the left and this curved staircase was to the immediate right.

Straight ahead was this closet wall.

Closet Wall in Entry – Before

Do you get the sense of what you would see first? All the walls in the entry were covered with the green wallpaper.

Once you were inside and the door was closed, to the left was this feature area.

Feature Area in Entry – Before

More green wallpaper! My clients were already in the middle of purging and packing, so the hangers and boxes wouldn’t normally be here. But notice the reflection in the mirror. Isn’t the staircase and wall colour a contradiction to the rest of this space?

Time was a factor in prepping this property to be listed, so I knew recommending painting the entry wasn’t what my clients wanted to hear. The ‘to do’ list was already extensive, mostly exterior touch-ups and repairs, but this area was the only one in the home that felt tired and dated. And it was my responsibility to be honest about that. So I recommend that it be painted, and luckily my clients had extra paint from doing the stairwell.

My clients finished the painting after I had completed the staging, so they provided me with these ‘after’ photos.

Stairway Wall in Entry – After

What do you think? Doesn’t this area look elegant now? I love the curved wall at the foot of the stairs. What a nice feature.

The new paint on the wall looks lighter than the stairwell paint, but it’s not really. It’s just the lighting.

Closet Wall in Entry – After

Did you notice the knobs on on the closet doors were changed out? They definitely bring an updated feel to the space. And what you can’t see is the attention to detail inside the closet. The wooden closet rod was covered with a white plastic sleeve, and all the hangers were replaced (the ones you saw in the ‘before’ photo) with wooden hangers. When you open the closet doors the inside feels bright and clean, and well presented.

I love the way this space turned out! What do you think of the reflection in the mirror now? Looks like the feature area fits with the stairwell reflection doesn’t it? No more contradiction!

Feature Area in Entry – After

This was a redesign staging, so working with what the clients already had. The mirror is handmade by an artist in their area. Isn’t it a beauty? The wall sconces were originally in the dining room, and I suggested they be swapped out to replace the ones you see in the before photo. After the painting was finished, my clients put this space back together including mounting the sconces.

Whether you’re staying or selling, can you see what a difference painting has made in the entry? What would you recommend, to paint or not to paint?

It’s about selling your property. From coaching you through the pre-listing process to staging your property, when we’re finished you’ll be ready to list… We make the biggest impact when you contact us first. Creating a ‘welcoming’ feeling is our goal; showcasing your investment is what we do!

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Listing Photographs: What Would You Do?

With online presence leading the way, your listing photographs are more important now than ever. Did you know that 72% of potential buyers shop the internet for prospective properties? And this number is only increasing. Gone are the days where newspaper ads had the leading edge, and an open house was bustling with potential buyers seeing the property for the first time. Now, properties are being red circled or vetoed largely based on how they look online. If your photographs don’t showcase your property, chances are potential buyers will click past your listing and move on to the next opportunity.

What this really means: your property won’t even be given the chance for a buyer to fall in love with it when they step through the door, because they won’t ever set foot in the door!

So, what would you do with your listing photographs today? Here are some comparisons for you to contemplate.

1. LIVING ROOM

Would you use this photograph:

Living Room Photo ‘A’

Or this photograph:

Living Room Photo ‘B’

In photo ‘A’, did you notice the clipboard on the ledge behind the sofa? Was your eye drawn to the large silver bowl right beside it? How about the gap behind the sofa? Were you visually drawn into this room? Note, your photographs should never have anything in them that doesn’t feature the room. No clutter, no clipboards, no unnecessary distractions! Make sure your accessories are strategically placed to draw the eye into the whole space and to the architectural features, not just to the forefront of the room. And make sure that your photos capture the positive features of the room at a good angle. Photo ‘A’ was taken from an awkward elevated angle, maybe from a stool or a chair. This distorted how you would actually see the room if you were stepping into it, moving through it, or just standing in that spot. And that’s because the angle has you looking down on the room rather than into it.

2. FAMILY ROOM

Would you use this photograph:

Family Room Photo ‘A’

Or this one:

Family Room Photo ‘B’

In photo ‘A’, did you notice that the table lamps were off? Do you think capturing the artwork behind the love-seat was important, or showing that the brickwork to the left of the fireplace has an additional feature? Did you know that taking a photo on the diagonal of a room is more effective than straight on? With this comparison set, the straight-on view of photo ‘A’ weights the focus toward the window, which suggests it’s the primary architectural feature. Did you notice your eye resting on the window? Where does your eye go in photo ‘B’? Does the fireplace feel like a feature? These photo comparisons illustrate the difference a slight shift in positioning can make to what the viewer takes in, and how that impacts the overall ‘feeling’ of the room.

Besides the difference in image quality, if you were a potential buyer how would these photos speak to you? If you were selling your property, which photos would you choose?

The ‘B’ photos were the ones I took after finishing the re-design staging of this property (re-design staging is working with the owner’s furniture, artwork and accessories; it does not focus on rentals or purchases). The ‘A’ photos were the actual listing images used online.

It’s about selling your property. From coaching you through the pre-listing process to staging your property, when we’re finished you’ll be ready to list… We make the biggest impact when you contact us first. Creating a ‘welcoming’ feeling is our goal; showcasing your investment is what we do!

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Turning Rain Barrels Into Curb Appeal!

I’ve read so many posts, tweets, and Facebook comments on our extended ‘wet’ season, and have certainly contributed to them myself, that I thought it was time for a positive twist on our rain situation.

Rain barrels. Eco friendly, practical, technology old as the hills… They come in many shapes and sizes, in a variety of materials, and can be a huge benefit during the hot, dry summer months.  You can even choose to make them a decorative accent to your exterior styling too!

Like this rustic half barrel.

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I love how it blends in and adds a touch of charm to this spot. Isn’t it awesome?

Or this old whiskey keg.

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I like the way the colour of the strapping around the barrel blends with the bricks. I would consider painting the downpipe so it blended in as well.

And if you want to be extra creative, keep the platform in mind that you set the rain barrel on.

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Nice work with the bricks. Lifting the barrel up off the ground like this makes filling a watering can easier too.

Or you can tuck a barrel right into the corner where it’s out of the way.

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And where it’s hardly noticeable.

If your spot is out in the open, you can embrace the fact and integrate your barrel in a bright and cheerful way.

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I really like how this barrel sits up making no excuses for why it’s there, and proudly displays the flowers on top.

This terracotta inspired barrel is actually a Cascata rain barrel.

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Believe it or not, this barrel is made of molded plastic that is able to withstand extreme temperatures and will not chip, crack, or fade. Who would’ve known?

If you want to be really creative, maybe a painted barrel is the look for you.

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Can you see the possibilities? The sky is the limit if you choose to head down this artistic path!

And if you have the space, these super-size rain barrels would be a very practical option to help carry you through a long, hot spell.

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I would definitely do something to camouflage their industrial ‘not-so-chic’ looks though. Like maybe attaching a lattice screen around them, or painting them in some way to make them look nicer. There’s no reason to stop half way!

Did you know that  residential irrigation can account for up to 40% of domestic water consumption? That’s just one reason why rain harvesting is so important, and with the downpours we’ve had, now is a great time to get started!

Illustration: Annie Bissett

Installing your own rain barrel takes little more than a large container placed below your downspout, a childproof screen to keep out bugs and debris, a spigot to access the water, and an overflow valve. To keep mosquitoes away, try a “mosquito donut,” which bans the bugs but won’t harm plants or pets.   Source

So when you look outside and see this…

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Just turn the tables into this!

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How’s the rain so far?

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Much prettier now, don’t you think?

With the rain we’ve been getting now, there’s no reason for your curb appeal to suffer later! Do you already have a rain barrel? Would you consider having one?

It’s about coming home… inside and out. If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

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