Cheap Ways to Improve Curb Appeal

Let’s face it. If you’re selling your home, you probably don’t want to spend the time or money on a complete landscaping project. Luckily, you probably don’t need to. There are a number of affordable ways to improve curb appeal and impress buyers who drive up to your home.

You can make a big impact by creating a more welcoming entrance. For example, paint the front door and frame, and place potted plants on either side.

You can also significantly improve your curb appeal by not only mowing the lawn, but also pruning trees and shrubs.

Use a power washer to clean the walkways and driveway. A good cleaning can make them look almost new.

And, don’t forget the front windows. Make sure window coverings look just as good from the outside as they do inside.

Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers
The Tumbarello Group



Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2020 in Indianapolis, IN.

  • Local knowledge: *****
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  • Negotiation skills: *****

We had our home on the market in 2019 with another agent and it didn’t sell. In 2020, we decided to put it on the market again and interviewed several agents. Based on our 1st experience, we wanted a someone who would be more proactive in marketing our home. We selected Shawna because she came to the initial meeting very prepared with an analysis of our home and others in the area, a comprehensive marketing plan, and she provided great feedback on small improvements to make our home more appealing. Throughout the selling process, she followed up with every person who saw our home and executed both a print and digital marketing campaign. Our home sold in just slightly over 8 weeks on the market. On the purchase side, she was very prepared providing comparables on each house we looked at. Upon making an offer, we had a very lengthy inspection report which required additional negotiations with the seller and their agent. Through all of this, Shawna always provided us sound advice and was looking out for our best interest. Even post-closing she has provided us assistance and guidance with several issues. I wouldn’t hesitate to use Shawna again.


My #emptynester Sellers no longer needed all the space inside and outside this home on .79 acres so they sold it to a wonderful family with three young boys and a baby girl on the way.

What a happy closing!

And just in time! Mommy Buyer went into labor with baby girl on MOVE IN DAY!

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Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers

SOLD! My Buyers’ Offer Accepted On This Glen Oaks Home In AMultiple Offer Situation

Hickory SOLD

The Sellers of this home had 23 showings in a handful of days and multiple offers but my Buyer’s competitive offer was the one selected. My satisfied Buyers have already met many of their new neighbors and look forward to relaxing by the pool this summer and for years to come! Oh, and you know who has offered to help throw the housewarming pool party 😉

Wondering how your offer can stand out from all the others so yours is the one chosen in a multiple offer situation? There’s more than one way to structure an offer and many variables involved. I’m happy to help if you’d like to learn more!

Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers
The Tumbarello Group

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Give Outdoor Furniture a Facelift

As the summer stretches on, and your patio furnishings start to show the signs of use, you may want to try these simple ways of restoring them to their original luster.

Before trying any of these techniques, always test in an inconspicuous area first. 

For vinyl cushions and fabrics without specific instructions for upkeep, try a mixture of water and mild detergent with an “oxicleansing” additive for stains. Avoid chlorine bleach that can corrode stitching and cause discoloration. Rinse thoroughly and dry without direct sunlight.

Furniture frames require specific care, depending on the material. Wicker should be vacuumed and/or brushed before a gentle washing and rinsing with a garden hose (not a power washer). Aluminum frames will keep their appearance longer if you apply and buff a coating of car wax after wiping clean and drying. Natural woods fare well when scrubbed with commercial oil soap (not detergent), and can retain their integrity longer with a weather-resistant stain or urethane treatment. To help your outdoor furniture last from season to season, invest in weather-resistant slip covers.

Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers
The Tumbarello Group

New Greenfield Listing! 1091 Dogwood Way: Updated, Spacious & Private w/ Your Own Park on .90 Acres!

Features Sheet - Haston

This cul de sac 1 owner home sits on a large, private .90 acre lot w/ beautiful landscaping & an adjacent secret area w/ fire pit, walking trail & zip line in the woods! Homes don’t list often in this fabulous neighborhood close to shopping, parks, & schools.

Hardwoods throughout, Remodeled Kitchen & Baths, Work From Home Office & upstairs laundry! Master features a sitting area, gas fireplace & luxurious updated bathroom.

The 4th bedroom on main level is currently used as a theater room. Huge bonus room upstairs perfect for exercise, game room, & additional entertaining space. Open great room w/ built ins & east facing windows.

Enjoy shady evenings out back on the huge stamped concrete patio surrounded by trees for privacy. New roof 2016.

Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers
The Tumbarello Group

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Staging a Kitchen that Wows Buyers

If you haven’t heard of “staging”, it’s a fairly straightforward concept. It simply involves cleaning, organizing and preparing your home in such a way as to make it look its best to potential buyers.

One of the most difficult rooms to stage is the kitchen, because it’s one of the most used. You can’t just set it up to look nice for a viewing and then never go back in! Yet, an effectively staged kitchen can help sell your home, because it’s the room that buyers often scrutinize and remember the most.

Here are some basic kitchen staging tips:

  • Be relentless when decluttering your kitchen. Stow or get rid of any unnecessary items.
  • Clear the countertops. Leave no more than two appliances in view. This will give the impression that there’s a lot of counter space available.
  • Make sure the sink shines. If regular cleaners don’t work, there are a number of specialty products available for cleaning sinks of all kinds, including stainless steel.
  • Consider making upgrades. You could do something as simple as replacing cabinetry hardware, or go as far as installing a new countertop.
  • Paint or stain cabinetry. One of the most affordable and impactful improvements you can make to the kitchen is painting. A new coat of paint or other finish can make older, worn cabinets look like new.
  • Add some fresh flowers in a vase. Flowers brighten up any room, especially the kitchen.

Need more tips on making your home show well, so it sells faster and for the price you want? Call today.

Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers
The Tumbarello Group