Create Curb Appeal in A Little Free Time

by Darrell G. Hamilton 08/12/2019

You're selling your home, and you know you need to perk up its curb appeal, but you're low on free time and funds. There are a few simple, and affordable projects you can take on to step up your curb game and increase your chances of a sale. Attracting buyers to your home is a necessary part of your sale, so take a minute to hammer out some quick upgrades to give your home the best first impression.

Just a little paint—not a lot.Freshly painted shutters and a new coat on the front and side doors of your home can add a striking vibrancy that your potential buyers can see from the street. Visit your local hardware or paint store and talk with a professional about the best paint to cover your wood or vinyl fixtures. When selecting a color consider the best hues to pleasantly contrast or compliment your home’s exterior colors and any natural stone or brick accents. Before you start, clean off all dirt and grime from your door and shutter surfaces, tape off or remove any hardware possible, then get to painting! In just a few hours and a couple of cans of paint, you can accomplish a huge visual change.

Tighten up your existing landscaping. Take an upcoming weekend day and spend a little time manicuring your yard. Give your trees and bushes some attention, rake up the leaves and remove any dead plants. Mow and trim your lawn all the way to the curb. If there are any empty lots or uncared for median spaces near your home maybe take an extra minute and clean up the appeal around your house as well. With an additional day or another weekend, if you have time before your open house, extend your landscaping to cleaning up your driveway. Sweep the drive thoroughly and consider renting a pressure washer to remove any unsightly oil stains. Finally, get up to those gutters. Clean and well-maintained gutters are a good sign to your buyers that you care for your home and have taken the time to maintain it and keep it in good condition for future inhabitants.

Add even more life with planters and flowers. With a small investment, you can add even more color and appeal to your home with a few planters, pots, and hanging baskets. Find plants and containers that complement the design of your home and add both brightness and hominess to your street view.

Lighting and more lighting. Make it easy for your buyers to see your home and attract them to your door with enhanced lighting. Many home buyers drive past homes they see listed online before they come to the open house. Frequently this is after work and during a dusky or dark time of day. Make your window shoppers want to return for the open house with cleaned up lighting. Clean up or replace your porch light, add a new bright bulb and talk to your local hardware store about the best options for adding lighting to your drive and walkways.

As you get ready for your open house, work with your real estate professional to design the best and most cost-effective ways to step up your curb appeal.

About the Author
Author

Darrell G. Hamilton

Darrell G Hamilton Denver Real Estate

For nearly three decades, Darrell has achieved success through hard work and an optimistic attitude. He is a consistent top producer, ranking in the top 5% of the Denver Metro Association of Realtors. His ability to seamlessly sell a modest one bedroom condo, a world-class penthouse or a multi-million dollar estate exemplifies his knowledge of properties in metropolitan Denver. And he is a true people person. Some of Darrell’s clients are buying or selling their home through him for the third or fourth time; their confidence in him is appreciated. Other clients are well-known personalities in business, real estate development, oil and gas, biotechnology, banking, medical, hospitality,communication/entertainment, society, philanthropists, and professional sports. He respects their privacy and safeguards their confidential information …he does the same for all his clients.

Darrell began his real estate career in Portland, Oregon. He has been a licensed Broker in the state of Colorado since 1990. He has two Bachelor of Science degrees, Sociology & Social Work, from Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. He was asked to join Rae & Company, Denver’s most prestigious boutique real estate firm; known for its pioneering efforts in saving historic buildings and residences from the wrecking ball in the 1970′s and 80′s. Consistently atop producer, Darrell was part of the original marketing team for the luxury condo conversion on Cheesman Park, Cheesman Gardens… among many others.

While with Rae & Company, Darrell was selected as the principle Marketing Broker for several residential developments. During this time, Darrell became known for his “hands-on” approach to the prospective Buyer and the needs of his developers.

When Rae & Company closed its doors in 1998; Darrell was sought after by all the top-producing firms in the city. He accepted an offer from the newly opened Moore Premier Properties in Cherry Creek. Ten months later NPR bought Moore &Company. The Principals of Premier Properties were asked to help create the expansion of The Kentwood Company into the inner city. Now, the brokerage house of The Kentwood Company has over 150 of the most successful Agents in the entire United States. After the first year of having its doors open in Cherry Creek –Darrell was given the recognition of being the top sales producer for five years!

During his years of living in Hawaii, Darrell managed the real estate portfolio of exclusive clientele of who’s who in the entertainment industry. He has traveled throughout Europe, The South China Sea, Africa and South America where he gained great knowledge of architecture and culture. During the last two decades, Darrell has maintained involvement in many community and charitable organizations which includes:

Mount Saint Vincent’s Home for Children
(One of the original charter members)
Project Angel Heart
Cancer Awareness drives, etc.
Denver Art Museum benefactor
Denver Art Museum Asian Art Association
Denver Board of Realtors
National Association of Realtors

Letter from Darrell:

My company has catered to Denver’s “carriage trade” real estate market since we opened our doors.  Through the years, the Kentwood principles Bill Moore & Peter Niederman have insisted that their associates cultivate the camaraderie and cooperation of other top brokerage firms in the Denver area, as well as other key cities across the country to draw prospects from a broader target market. Thus my marketing is always result-oriented, unique, quality and attention grabbing. Through my promotion expenses and methods, it invites, welcomes and even applauds other brokers who bring Buyers to the table. A good portion of my promotional efforts is directed at other brokerages and agents. In this context, I do not allocate a specific sum to be spent on marketing a particular property. I will spend whatever it takes to generate a sale in the form of media promotion, printed materials and select, exclusive, invitation-only receptions for my colleagues… and many other tailored techniques. This extra “service,” persisting beyond the fixed expense budget of other real estate brokers, has earned me the reputation for results and success I now enjoy.

What I bring to the company and the reason I was asked to join the firm, is my dedication to refined service. I always go above and beyond my obligations as a Realtor, to make the entire selling experience and process as effortless and as lucrative as possible for my clients.

I am known for not only how I set the stage before each showing, but for the fact that I even fold the toilet paper – seriously! I make sure that lighting is just right, the right background music is selected, etc., for each showing and open house that I can attend. All of which, I firmly believe, is so crucial to ensure that each Prospect’s first impression of the property is a positive impression.

One of the most important marketing advantages I can offer you is my sphere of past clients, colleagues and friends throughout the state and across the country. These people may be interested in your property or may know of someone who is. This is of utmost importance when marketing exclusive or unique properties, to have a sphere of influence as I do.

I firmly believe my strength is knowing the inner city real estate market. Not only the history of the buildings, homes and neighborhoods, but the residents, their families and the special characteristics of each residence or condominium and neighborhood block. After all, I have lived in the inner city for over 35 years! I also pride myself on knowing the “players” in the inner city real estate market, who is looking, who is selling, who the developers and investors are and what they are looking for. This is an attribute that no other Broker in the city can offer.

Please feel free to contact me about any real estate questions you may have or transactions you may be considering.

Darrell G Hamilton
Associate Broker