You Only Get One Chance To Make A First Impression…..

How many times in life have you heard that statement above?  Probably a million.  It’s something you think about when you go on a blind date, or go for a job interview.  You want to put your best foot forward because you know you won’t get the opportunity to do it again.  It’s the same way with your home when you are selling or are wanting to spruce it up.  You only get one chance to make your home memorable, and your front door can help.

Last month my friend and business partner, Rebecca Nelson, and I were out doing the monthly Ding, Dong, Ditch Pop-bys.  The very first home we stopped at caught our attention because of it’s AMAZING front door.  That’s right, we choose that home to drop off a succulent to because we fell in love with their red front door.

I personally like to look at the front door of your home as the place to put some personality because a fire engine red house would probably be a bit over the top, but a fire engine red front door is WOW!

So how does one go about picking the perfect front door color?  Here are a few things that you will want to keep in mind:

  1. How will it look with the existing color scheme of your home?
  2. How will it look next to brick, stone or wood?
  3. If the front of your home faces the sun you need to think about how much sun hits your front door, and choose a color that will still look fab sun faded.
  4. How will it look when it’s time to put up the holiday decorations?  Will it clash and stick out like a sore thumb?
  5. Will everyone in your family feel joy when they walk up to the front of your home or will they want to gouge their eyeballs out every time the walk up to the front door?  Being honest, you may love pink and think a pink front door would be spectacular.  Your partner or spouse may not feel the same way and a pink front door may make them cringe every time they come home.

Now that you’ve thought about those things, how do you decided what to choose.  Here are a few tips.

  1. Neutrals – a grey front door will pop against neutral paint colors.
  2. Yellow – can provide a cheery welcome and pairs well with grey.
  3. Blue – provides a calming feel when you walk up to it and pairs well with many different colors.
  4. Purple – while a bold choice it can make the entrance to your home feel regal as it’s the color of royalty.
  5. Teal Blue – the color of the ocean this color is bold without being too obnoxious.

There are many more colors that you can choose from so don’t feel as though you can only choose one of the five I’ve listed.  Whatever you choose put a swatch of paint next to your house or paint a board and put it next to your home.  Live with the color for awhile before you take the plunge.  In the end by painting your front door you’re going to make a great first impression, and may find that you love walking through your front door all the time.

You’ve Bought Your First Home Now What?

You’ve did it!  You purchased your first home, but now as you sit in your fabulous home you’re feeling a little overwhelmed because of all of the “things” that come with owning a home.  You know what I’m talking about, the maintenance, the yard work, the furnace, etc.

While this can be completely overwhelming having a quarterly schedule of maintenance items to be done can really help.  I’m going to provide. you with a few tips for each quarter of the year to help you get started:

 

SUMMER 

Remove the lint from your dryer, dryer vent and vent hose.  According to the US Fire Administration approximately 2,900 clothes dryer fires are reported each year and it is estimated that they cause five deaths, 100 injuries and $35 million in property losses.  In addition, failure to clean the dryer is the leading cause of home dryer fires in America.

Clean the exhaust fan in your kitchen.  You would be amazed at how greasy and icky they get over a year from all of the cooking that we do.

Check your dishwasher, around kitchen/bathroom cabinets and toilets to see if there are any leaks.

Seal your tile grout.

Prune trees and shrubs.

FALL

It’s time to rake your leaves and aerate your yard.

Have your trusted HVAC company come out and make sure your furnace is in proper order for the colder winter months.

Do touch up painting on the exterior and trim of your home.

Have your fireplace professionally inspected and have a chimney sweep come out.  Unfortunately I don’t think you’ll be on any adventures with Bert from Mary Poppins when they do come out.

Drain and store your hoses, and also drain your sprinkler system.  You don’t want spring to roll around and find out you have broken pipes.

WINTER

Cover your A/C unit.

Inspect your roof, gutters and downspouts after any major storms.  Left over leaves, and pine needles can clog them after major storms and create problems for you the next time it rains.

Clean the drains in your kitchen sink, bathroom sink, bath tubs and showers.  It’s amazing how much hair can wind up going down the drain and start to clog things up.

SPRING

Change your A/C filters in preparation for the warmer days that are ahead.

Clean windows and screens.

Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

Fertilize your yard

 

Keep in mind that this list doesn’t include all of the items you can do to keep your new home in tip top shape it does hopefully give you good start.

 

Have you visited Garden Frog Nursery?

If you were to drive by Garden Frog Nursery in Hillsboro you might just keep on driving based off of it’s looks and location.  Let me assure you that looks can certainly be deceiving.  Garden Frog is basically right across the street from Lowes and Home Depot.  It’s got the appearance of being some place that wouldn’t have a whole lot of options, yet they really do.

We like to go their to get our seed potatoes each year, and of course to look around.  I love that they have lots of different plants as well as cute pots and items for your yard.  The people who work their are knowledgeable as well.

In addition to plants they also provide landscape design services and can help you figure out landscaping, hardscaping, lighting and irrigation.  They also provide delivery services.

Something that I find really nice since I’ve got a black thumb (my husband takes care of all of our plants) is that they have a section on their website dedicated to plant care and information  It’s especially handy if you’re just getting into gardening too.

So if you’re out taking a tour of local nurseries this spring to see what each of them has be sure to stop by Garden Frog.

Looking to add a Little Metal to Your Life?

My Copy of May 2020 Graphics  (1) copy 5One of the things I love about being a Realtor® is that I get to show homes and look at all the unique features.  One of the features that I love to see is iron spindles on staircases and decking.  If you love the look too or would like to add some iron accents in your home another way then this week’s local business can help, Forest Grove Iron & Industrial Supply   They are a custom fabrication and welding shop located in Forest Grove, Oregon at 2617 23rd Ave.

They offer many different services to help you achieve the metal look of your dreams.  Looking for signage?  They’ve got a waterjet that can cut up to 3″ thick steel plates which are perfect for signs.  They also provide quality custom metal fabrication, welding supplies & services (if you don’t have a handy welder in your family like I do).  They can do custom built steel, stainless steel & aluminum fabrication or if you’re a do-it-yourself kind of human they can help you obtain those products too.  If it’s power tools you need they’ve got you covered there as well as having welding gasses & supplies, electric grinders, air tools & accessories, metal working tools, metal cut off saws and so much more.  Oh, and if you happen to be building a trailer they’ve got you covered their too with their supply of stock trailer assembly parts.

Honestly they seem to be the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory for metal work.  No one tell my son and husband, LOL I’m sure they’d be thrilled to go visit.  I guess that would be okay so long as they don’t wind up like any of the kids in the movie I suppose it’s ok.