Home Real Estate LOVE IT? Or LIST IT?


by Candice Sandman

Do you love your house? Or are you thinking of listing it? 

We all reach a point where we consider what’s next with our current home. Do we love it? Or has the luster worn off, and you’re ready to polish it up again? Here are a few easy and inexpensive weekend projects to put your home in a fresh light for the spring. 

Five Easy Spruce up ideas to put you in a frame of mind to Stay Awhile in your home

  1. Paint the front door. Consider a fresh color this spring. If you’re willing to do the work yourself, the only investment is a can of paint. A fresh coat of paint will bring a smile to your house when you pull in the driveway. 
  2. Change out your porch light for a fresh one. This in combo with a freshly painted front door, and maybe a new doormat, will instantly refresh the front porch. Other quick fixes: swap out your doorbell, add a kickplate to your front door, add a few new planters on the front porch, change out your address numbers.  
  3. Change up your cabinet hardware on your kitchen cabinets. If you’re on a tight budget, grab a can of spray paint and change the color of your hardware in an afternoon and for under $20. 
  4. Swap out your shower curtain for a fresh one. Consider swapping out cabinet hardware in your bathroom too, or other minor updates such as new plumbing fixtures, or a new light fixture. 
  5. Rearrange your furniture. Roll up your area rugs for the summer. You’ll put a fresh spin on what you have, and maybe like it so much you’ll keep it that way through the next winter. 

If you’re considering longer-term, large-scale remodeling project that requires a professional contractor, we’ve got a wonderful network! They can guide you to making smart investments in your home. If you’re not sure what investments provide the best payback, get in touch with us!  


If your current home no longer fits the bill, or if you’re considering what your next housing move is, give us a call. We’ve got a team of five Realtors who can provide you with an accurate comparative market analysis (CMA). 

A CMA draws upon the following basic criteria: 

  1. What is the size of your home, and what features and/or improvements have been made to it?
  2. How does your home compare to recently sold nearby properties?
  3. What are the asking prices of nearby comparable properties on the market? How long have they been on the market?
  4. How many properties for sale have accepted offers?
  5. What is the current state of the local real estate market? What is the inventory of available properties?

If you’re not sure what your next step is, we’re happy to sit down with you and discuss the local market and put together a CMA for you. Contact us at info@newportlivinggroup.com or 401.338.3771 to arrange a meeting.  

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