Home Exterior Refresh Checklist – Simple tips for updating your home’s exterior

Whether getting your home ready to sell or not, exterior updates are just as important as the interior when trying to create an inviting property for guests and potential buyers. But often cleaning up and refreshing after a long winter can seem overwhelming and costly. Therefore, we put together the following checklist with simple, inexpensive ways to instantly add curb appeal and get your home noticed on a limited schedule and budget.

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Simple Maintenance
Start with some basic clean up — give your home’s siding a good power wash, touch up trim with fresh paint, remove debris from gutters, repair cracks in driveway/walkway and spread fresh mulch in beds.

Spruce Up Landscaping
Remove dead shrubs, prune bushes, weed and add pops of color with new annuals. Assess the condition of your lawn and decide whether to reseed or add sod if uneven and patchy. Add a generous layer of natural mulch to beds to complete the whole look.

Create A Welcoming Front Porch
Update the front porch with a fresh coat of paint for the front door, bright accessories such as a beautiful welcome mat, potted flowers and plants in urns, colorful accent pillows placed on a bench and finish with a floral wreath for the door.

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Prepare Deck and Patio For Entertaining
Clean off debris by power washing deck, replace broken boards and refinish if necessary. You’ll then be ready to layer on fresh accessories and decor — lanterns, throw rugs, umbrellas, garden stools, and plastic dishware is all that is needed to create a party-ready patio for summer.

Click here to visit our “Curb Appeal” Pinterest board for ideas that will give your home’s exterior a welcoming feel and make a great first impression.

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PJ & Co Recently Staged & Sold Properties – Spring 2016 Report

With the current saturated housing market, buyers have plenty of options to choose from which means it’s more important than ever that your listing photos portray a fresh, updated look. The proof is pictured below —  two homes recently staged by PJ & Co. The top photo sold for close to asking price in less than 30 days. The second home pictured below received multiple offers in only two days and sold for over asking!

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Our staging team recently gave this beautiful million dollar plus home in Ridgefield a facelift by introducing a mix of modern accents to complement the existing country french décor. It sold in 30 days and for 99 percent of the asking price! Link here to contact realtor Carissa McMahon, Coldwell Banker, Ridgefield.

Durham AFTERS CollageHome Staged By PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating

In only two days afters staging, this beautiful contemporary colonial in Durham received multiple offers and sold over asking! The PJ & Co team decluttered and updated 8 rooms with modern styling including neutral wall colors, fresh window treatments, simple area rugs and pops of color in wall art, pillows and other accents. Many thanks to realtor Jackie Williams, Sterling Realtors.

 For more info and other home staging examples, please click on links below for
PJ & Company’s website portfolio page and Houzz profile.

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Top Bathroom Design Trends That Will Add To Your Resale Value

Like every other room in the house, homeowners and buyers today are interested in bathrooms that provide comfort, functionality and style. Whether you’re thinking of some basic upgrades or a full transformation for your outdated bathroom, we’re here to help! The following tips along with images we chose on Houzz.com feature some of the latest design trends that will provide pleasure now as well as increase value down the road when ready to sell.

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Seamless Walk-In Showers
This popular shower style provides a sleek, contemporary look and is a safe option for all ages as well as easy to clean. Integrating a frameless door with tile surround on walls and floor can also make a small space feel larger.

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Calm Colors

Permanent features such as tile, flooring and vanities in calm, neutral colors such as whites, grays or beiges are a perfect backdrop for modern, timeless appeal. Walls in soothing blue or green hues, brushed metal fixtures and splashes of bright accents will add a tranquil, spa-like ambience.

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Natural Elements 

Choose vanities and counter tops in a range of earthy materials such as wood, natural stone and river rock mixed with accessories such as natural woven baskets and rugs, plants and botanical artwork to add beautiful texture to your design. Geometric wallpaper prints (as shown above) are also hot now for adding a personal touch that can easily be removed later.

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Mixing Tile Patterns
Tile continues to be in the spotlight but the emphasis is on using creative patterns (such as herringbone in photo above) as well as incorporating a mix of contrasting sizes and materials to give visual depth and a sophisticated look.

High Efficiency Features
Since bathrooms use the most amount of water in most homes, this is the room that is increasingly designed with eco-friendly features in mind. Fixtures such as single-hole, motion-activated faucets, dual-flush toilets and water efficient shower-heads all reduce water usage and will appeal to any buyer looking for a green, cost-effective home.

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New Trends That Define Kitchen Decor

Whether a homeowner is selling now or wants to enjoy updates for a few years, smart on-trend solutions will add value and make a home more attractive to future buyers. The collage below features elements from several kitchens we decorated/remodeled along with a list of some of the latest trends in kitchen design for 2016 that we hope will help inspire you to get started planning your dream kitchen.

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Open Kitchens
Kitchens are fading into the backdrop as open layouts infuse more seamlessly into the living room or dining room. The result is a unified, multi-functional space that is perfect for a relaxed lifestyle as well as entertaining.

Metal Range Hoods
While stainless steel finishes continue to be popular in accents such as faucets, pendant lights and cabinet hardware, this trend takes it one step further by using metal range hoods as a focal point either over the stove or a central island. They also provide a beautiful contrast to surrounding materials.

Multi-Purpose Islands
This trend is about more than just adding workspace in the kitchen – its a perfect solution for more storage, charging stations for gadgets, prep sinks, as well as another casual dining area.

Soft, Muted Color Palettes
Although white motifs continue to dominate, designers are adding touches of soft, pastel color in tiles, shelving and other accents. Also using variations of gray, muted blue and green and tinted whites for walls and cabinets are new alternatives to standard white.

Well-Lit Cabinetry
The more options for layering kitchen lighting the better. LED and low voltage light strips placed above, below and inside cabinets pair well with ceiling fixtures to provide more ways to set the right mood.

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Welcoming Spring With Pastels & Florals

There’s no better time than the start of spring to introduce a fresh look to your space that you’ll love spending time in. The simplest way to do that is by adding rugs, lamps and unique one-of-a-kind items shown in the latest color trends – pastels, floral patterns and pops of bright hues. We hope our collection below will provide some inspiration for accentuating your home this season. Visit our “Florals & Pastels” Pinterest board for more ideas.

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