Last Week I posted a link: 5 Outdoor Upgrades That Pay Off at Resale. This week I want to take a look at some easy and inexpensive, tips and tricks along that same vain.

Curb Appeal Wins:

When prepping to sell a home, one of the common concerns is, “curb appeal”. Curb Appeal is the concept that a house can be appealing; inspire buyers to ooh-and-aah, during mere drive by.  Because we want your home to be appealing to buyers, both inside and out, I have constructed a list of ten, do-it-yourself, “Curb Appeal Wins”.

1.) Take care of “eyesores”:  not the literal kind (though if you have those you should take care of them too!). Eyesores are anything on your house, or in your yard, that would be unappealing to an, otherwise interested, buyer. Common culprits are: electrical boxes, pipes, wires, air conditioners, hoses, trash bins, random clutter from yard projects and/or kids’ toys.

2.) Manicure lawn and flower beds: This will require mowing and weeding. Not everyone’s favorite activity I know, but the results do wonders! In the spring, summer, and early fall, purchasing and planting a few bright annual flowers can make your yard pop, without breaking the bank! Just make sure you remember to water!

3.) Pretty up your windows: Whether that means adding flower boxes, shutters, freshening up the trim, or all the above. Any of these choices are guaranteed to draw the buyer’s eye.

4.) Dazzle your door: You can do this by adding trim, sanding, painting, staining, or replacing if needed. Even something as small as installing a new door-nob and lock can make a dull door shine. 

If you have a screen door with your front door it is best if it’s a nice one. If the screen is torn or rusty it’s better to remove it and have no screen than leave it and have the entrance to your house be a dingy one.

5.) Fix up your mail box: Much like your door, your mail box is on the greeting front-lines. Whether a buyer is driving by or pulling in for a showing, they will pass and see your mailbox. You may enjoy your giant bass themed letter catcher, but the your prospective buyer may not. Make that first impression a good one.

6.) Visible, clean, house numbers: Many people look up house listings online and may choose to drive by on their own, viewing the neighborhood, and catching a glimpse of your house from their car. If you do not have a clearly visible house number buyers may miss your house altogether. Make sure your numbers are big, clean, and installed in a spot visible from the road.

7.) Trim your trees and shrubs: Buyers are looking to buy a house not a jungle, don’t let the greenery upstage your beautiful home.  

8.) Fix the fence: If you have a fence of any kind make sure it’s in good repair. Once again this will be one of the first things a buyers sees, along with anything else in your front yard. If you don’t have a fence, they can be an aesthetically pleasing asset. There are a number of easily installed picket fences that, if well kept, can spruce up a yard of any size and shape.

9.) Sweep off your roof: Depending on where you live moss and debris can be a relentless problem. Just for roof maintenance alone, you need to keep the green growth and foreign objects away (this applies to pine needles, heavy snow loads and/or ice and anything clogging or growing in your gutters!). Be very careful when doing this, or better yet, hire a professional! Clean roofs are preferred, but SAFETY FIRST!!

10.) Clean concrete and walkways: Pressure wash, sweep, patch, lay fresh bark or gravel, whatever it takes to freshen it up.

First impressions can make or break the sale of a home. May yours the one that leaves buyers oohing-and-aahing!

Please give me a call if you have any questions at all!

I would LOVE to be YOUR agent!!

Debbie Chase/ReeceNichols


Email: debbiechase@reecenichols

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Wednesday is the halfway mark of yet another week!

Whether your week started off with a bang or a dive, good, bad or ugly, each new morning brings the hope of a new beginning and fresh opportunities.

If you need to press the “restart button”, DO IT RIGHT NOW! There may be no, “do overs”, in life but you do have every chance to move forward.

Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. Psalms 23:6 NLT


Featured Image Credit: Larissa Budreau


We have all met one. “THAT” Real Estate Agent. “THAT” Agent seems nice, courteous, polite, and sociable. You sit down, tell “THAT” Agent what you are looking for, and what price you can afford to buy and sell at. “THAT” Agent seems to be listening. “THAT” Agent seems to be organized. But then the showings begin. The houses you visit do NOT match what you described and the price range is all over the place. And your current home, has it even been listed yet? You begin to wonder if “THAT” Agent misunderstood.

You try to call later to clear up any confusion and redirect the search for your new home, but “THAT” Agent doesn’t answer their phone! Emails aren’t getting through either! You’re pulling your hair out wondering where you went wrong!

We have all met or know someone who’s met “THAT” Agent. “That” Agent can take the excitement of buying a home and turn it into a nightmare.

I, Debbie Chase, am NOT “that” agent! I am YOUR Real Estate Agent! From first contact until your dream home is found, I am here for you. I will listen and provide the best service possible to ensure a delightful home-buying experience. With organization and care I will find your current home a buyer at a price that suits your needs. Call or email me today!! Allow me to show you your next dream home!


Every Stitch

More than just fabric,
Decorative tapestry,
More than just threads woven for pleasure.
More than a rag,
Though tattered and worn,
Something ’bout this Flag…

Value beyond measure.

If pictures paint a thousand words,
A symbol is a novel.

The lives,
Their stories…
In every stitch,
We do revel.

Revel in the glory.
Honor the Brave.
Revel in our freedom,
Bought by soldiers who save.

No greater love,
Can one show than this.
That you offer your life so mine can exist.

Written By: Jasmine Chase –

What are the Market Conditions in YOUR Neighborhood?

Are you thinking about buying, selling or dreaming of relocating to the Kansas City, MO area? Did you know, as a ReeceNichols agent, I can help you keep tabs on the market conditions in your neighborhood?!? Yes, I can!

Visit my website to sign up for the MyNeighborhood Report. Delivered monthly straight to your inbox!

This report shares detailed market information for your specific area, including new homes on the market and recently sold properties and details. It’s a great way to stay in the know on the real estate market, even if you’re not ready to sell.

Would you like me to sign you up for a MyNeighborhood Report? Give me a call or shoot me an email!

ReeceNichols – Kansas City North


Celebration At The Station

This is an event to REMEMBER, you DON’T want to miss!

15th Annual Celebration at the Station: This Sunday, May 28th at Crown Center.

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“The Kansas City Symphony’s 15th annual patriotic concert event is the largest FREE Memorial Day weekend festival in the Midwest, and this year welcomes singer Patti Austin as our special musical guest and host. From a moving Symphony concert to the city’s grandest fireworks display, nothing celebrates our military and veterans quite like Bank of America Celebration at the Station. We’ll recognize the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I, and we’ll celebrate the 100th birthday of Ella Fitzgerald with her World War II-era songs that inspired and entertained a nation. Make it an all-day family affair with pre-concert musical acts, food trucks, LEE Jeans Family Zone plus activities inside Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. At dusk, swell with pride as your Kansas City Symphony builds to a grand finale featuring Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” with live cannons and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” Blankets and lawn chairs welcome. The event site opens at 3 p.m.”

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