Kathy Foran - REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West



Posted by Kathy Foran on 8/27/2017

Choosing an exterior color for your home can be a challenging task. You want your house to stand out, but not in a bad way. You need to consider the neighborhood and area that you live in to find the most appropriate choices of colors for your home. There is such a thing as color psychology. This means that certain emotions and feelings arise from looking at certain colors. Keep this in mind when choosing a paint color and color scheme for your home. Cool colors and neutrals, for example, provide a calming, soothing affect on your mood. Thatís the kind of home you want to ďcome homeĒ to! Hereís some tips for choosing a paint color scheme for your home. Choose A Powerful Color Scheme There are certain colors that just work well together. These colors are like celebrity power couples. Try these combinations on for style: White+ Light Blue Brown + Yellow Gold Taupe + Olive Green Light green + Yellow White + Dark Brown Light Green + Light Blue Dark Brown + Light Brown Black + White Gray + Light Blue Red-Brown + Cream Gray + White You can work any other number of colors into these suggested color schemes as well. Every color in fact has undertones. This is why you should view a color more than once before choosing to paint your home that color. Blue and green accents, for example, work well with shades of tan and white. However, you canít blindly chose the shades to make them work. Use Shiny Finishes For Highlighting Higher gloss paints and more highly reflective colors can be used on your homeís trim. You wouldnít want these colors used as a main color on your homeís surface. Keep in mind the type of paint and the way in which the colors will be used when planing to paint. Consider Your Homeís Architectural Design Thereís certain colors that will appear jarring when it comes to the exterior design of your home. In a neighborhood of neutral color homes, it may look strange to pick fire engine red for your exterior paint color. Certain homes and neighborhoods even have codes that must be adhered to when it comes to the home painting process and choice of color. Choose colors based on the type of home you own. Remember Your Front Door Counts The color of your front door is a part of the exterior paint job of your home. If you love your white house, but are looking to add a bit of color, try painting the door a shade of blue. While it will stand out, the contrast of color can work well. This is especially true if the color of the front door matches the color of your homeís trim.





Posted by Kathy Foran on 7/30/2017

Curb appeal may very well be one of the most important aspects of a home to spruce up when selling. Why is this, you ask? First impressions. Whether it be an open house or an individual showing, the outside of a house is the first thing a homebuyer physically sees. And itís their first impression of your home. First impressions set the pace of a showing. If the landscaping is lacking or nonexistent and the homebuyer is not excited to be viewing your home then it could leave them with a less than favorable impression, all before they step foot inside. If the house is exuding with appeal the homebuyer will be excited and eager to see more. This is not to say that the homebuyer will purchase solely because of the curb appeal. The rest of the home should reflect what made that potential homeowner as excited as when they first pulled up and laid eyes on the house and accompanying land. Here are a few tips to maximize curb appeal: Paint: A fresh paint job lays the foundation of curb appeal. Painting or siding an entire home can be expensive, but painting the front door, porch and stairs can be fairly inexpensive and take only a day or two. Try adding a pop of color to the front door to really make your home stand out from the rest. Mulch: Is there anything better than freshly laid mulch? The smell alone can set the tone at a showing, but itís the color that brings it home. Try choosing dark colored mulch with a light colored home to really make it stand out. Flowers & Bushes: Who doesnít like flowers? You really canít go wrong with any type of flower; they are all beautiful. However, itís best to choose low maintenance flowers and bushes just incase the next homeowner isnít looking for extensive yard work. The added color from the flowers and bushes only enhances the amazing curb appeal you will have when youíre done. Lawn & Yard: Maintaining a healthy lawn and clean yard is essential. Burnt or patches of missing grass make the yard look unkempt and not cared for. To ensure bright, green grass invest in a spring clean up of the yard (many landscaping companies offer this service), which includes raking, fertilizing, mowing, etc. Seeding may also be necessary in areas of missing grass. Continue to water and mow throughout the spring, summer and fall for maximum beauty. Lastly, messy yards that include items that pile up over time such as toys, wood, etc. should be tidied up. Curb appeal is not only important when selling a home but also maintaining the value of a home. A house is an investment so make sure to take care of it. Creating and maintaining curb appeal is just one way of caring for your home. Now get to it and good luck!





Posted by Kathy Foran on 11/22/2015

front doorThe quickest and easiest way to spruce up your houseís exterior appearance is to paint your front door, or even all outside doors. An eye-popping bright red (provided it doesnít clash with your siding) draws the viewer to a welcoming entryway, and flaws elsewhere may go unnoticed. You may be surprised at how easy and satisfying an hour of work can bring about such a change in your houseís looks. Not a fan of red doors? Other bright colors that contrast with the color of your house will work as well. The colors are endless; just go to a reputable paint store and collect some paint samples and bring them home to try them out in the bright sunshine. You may be surprised how different the colors look in the real light as opposed to artificial light. Just make sure to buy outdoor paint; ask the salesperson for advice if you are not sure. Get all the supplies while you are there: painterís tape to tape around the windows of the door(s) and knob, small rollers and paint brushes that are suitable for the type of paint you select and a paint tray. Protective gloves will help keep your hands clean and paint free, too. After completing the job, you will be pleased with your work and you can sit back and relax. Just remember to check periodically for peeling and chips. The sun shining brightly on your door can cause fading and peeling. Touch up as needed. If you are tired of the color, itís quick and relatively easy to change colors. This is a nice way of making your outside doors look clean and attractive.