August 27, 2015

Easy Ways to Get Your Home Ready To Sell

We know you know the basics of getting your home ready to sell – de-clutter, repair, clean and stage. But buyers can be unpredictable. Any number of things – some of them practically intangible – can make them fall instantly in or out of love with your house.  So how do you combat that kind of pickiness? Here are a few tricks of the trade, courtesy of

Set the welcoming mood. You’ve got curb appeal, but what about “walking up to the door” appeal? Invest in a new doormat and scrub down your front door since it’s probably covered with dust, dirt, and oils. Better yet, repaint it and add some new house numbers and a new porch light.

Wash the windows. Have your windows professionally washed, or devote an afternoon to washing them yourself from both inside and out. Even on gray days, clean windows will let in more light and make your rooms sparkle — and buyers will definitely notice if it isn’t done.

Mind the details. Small details can make your home look dumpy without you even realizing it. Freshen up rooms with new switch plates and outlet covers if yours are grubby or yellowed. Polish handles and hardware, and use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove minor spots and scuffs on walls.

Get painting. Paint adjacent rooms the same color to give the appearance of an open floor plan. Paint the walls to match your drapes and use the same colors and patterns in the master bedroom and bath. Walls aren’t the only things that need a fresh coat of paint. Dingy doors, window frames and trims will drag down the prettiest of rooms.

Appeal to the senses. Bake a fresh batch of cookies to create a homey feel in the kitchen. Employ soothing scents like vanilla and lavender in bathrooms and bedrooms. Make sure everything is clean and sparkling.

Make your space look bigger. Hang floor-length curtains above the windows to give the illusion of higher ceilings. Lay down a striped rug to make the floor seem more expansive. Use a clear shower curtain to open up a small bathroom.

Fake a closet organization system. Make your storage look custom with DIY shelves, hangers, and bins. Organize clothes by type and color for added impact.

Dress up the laundry area & garage. Make your laundry area and garage look welcoming by adding a folding surface, bins, and baskets for storage, or even installing wall shelves to store laundry accessories as well as sporting goods.

Prepare for snoopers. Buyers will open your fridge, peek in your medicine cabinet, and check under your sinks. Make these areas so tidy that even Martha Stewart would be proud.

De-clutter. You have a lot of stuff. Potential buyers don’t need to see it. The less “stuff” that’s around, the roomier your house will seem. Start packing BEFORE you list your home so that those extra books, clothes and furniture are in storage.

Good luck!

Elite Homes builds beautiful garden home communities perfect for baby boomers 55+ - featuring, single-family, low-maintenance homes, in a relaxing and convenient locations around Louisville.

August 21, 2015

How to make your front yard the neighborhood “Place to Be”

Once upon a time, neighborhoods not only had sidewalks, but also front porches where neighbors would sit, chat and enjoy their time together. The neighborhood kids would play nearby, while the grown-ups sat and discussed the local news.

Then, gradually, porches became smaller and smaller, then non-existent. The front lawns became longer and longer, pushing the houses further away from the sidewalks – if there were any sidewalks at all.

Now after many years of not knowing their neighbors, people are seeking to recreate a sense of community. They want to create places where people can gather, and get to know each other.  They want a friendly front yard!

If you’re looking for ways to create some neighborly interaction, here are some ideas.

  1. Plant cheerful and inviting plants for pedestrians to enjoy. Plant things that no one has ever seen. Make your front garden a topic of conversation. Also, tending to your garden creates an excuse to step outside your daily indoor routine.
  2. All of the lights! A well-lit house, pathway and lawn are warm and welcoming, especially in colder months. It is also a safer place for neighbors to gather after the sunsets.
  3.  No porch? No problem? Create a gathering space anywhere you want. Put a bench under a tree. Tuck a cafĂ© table & chairs in a sunny corner. Even a set of steps can be a place to hang as long as you make them accessible and welcoming.
  4. Bring the inside out. Furnish your porch with comfy chairs, pillows, cushions, throw rugs and tables. The more comfortable people feel, the longer they’ll hang out. 

Elite Homes builds beautiful garden home communities perfect for baby boomers 55+ featuring, single-family, low-maintenance homes, in a relaxing and convenient locations around Louisville.

August 12, 2015

Summit Gardens Phase II Release Event! - Choose Your New Home Lot!

This is a yard sale you don't want to miss! Join us on Saturday, August 29th at 10am for the Summit Gardens Phase II Release Event in Summit Gardens!

For one day only we invite you to come choose the homesite that's perfect for your new low maintenance Garden home! Phase 1 sold out quickly so we're expecting these to go fast! Call now to RSVP! What are you waiting for? This is one "yard" sale you don't want to miss! RSVP to Dedrat at or call (502)426-1585.

  • Enjoy the food truck
  • Tour furnished model home
  • Golf carts available to transport you to and from your new homesite!

Get a sneak peak of Phase II lots here: Summit Gardens Community Site Plan

Where: Summit Gardens, 3906 Calgary Way, Louisville, KY 40241

Directions: Take the Gene Snyder Fwy (I-265) to exit 34 (KY-22/Brownsboro Rd.). Go West on KY-22/Browsborro Rd. for 1.3 miles. Summit Gardens will be on the left (formerly Kitty's Plants and Produce.)