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Real Estate Market Trends and Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home Through Curb Appeal

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on May 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Updated on August 31, 2021

Like a handshake with a new acquaintance, the curb appeal of your home gives a lasting first impression. It can tell people if your home is well cared for, provide a hint into its charm and style, and bring you a higher return on investment when it's time to sell.

South Hadley, Massachusetts realtor Aimee Kelly knows this. She shows homes to potential buyers every day and sees the looks on their faces when they get their first glimpse of a house for sale. Cracked front steps or a mailbox sitting on a rotting wood post can speak volumes and instantly turn buyers away.


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Topics: mailbox posts, curb appeal, Massachusetts

Installing a Set of Granite Steps: A Step-by-Step Process

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Dec 28, 2018 8:00:00 AM

If you've ever seen a set of granite steps, you know their natural beauty enhances the home's appearance. If you own a set of granite steps, you’ve experienced their durability, low-maintenance and long-lasting quality. If you've ever installed a set of granite steps, you know they're heavy. So heavy that in order to install them, a 55,000 pound truck with an 18-foot bed and crane bolted to the back needs to deliver them to the site. That crane can reach 28 feet with about 4,000 pounds (phew!) In order to get these beautiful, durable, long-lasting (and heavy) steps to look the way they do, Swenson Granite Works personnel are trained to install them using certain tools, including straps, clamps, shims, and chisels.

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Topics: granite steps, curb appeal, tools

How to Create a Concrete or Gravel Pad for Granite Steps

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Dec 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

In many ways, a home is your foundation. Having a safe and soundly-built structure brings peace of mind for every design that follows. When it comes to the entryway, a properly constructed base ensures that the steps leading into your home will remain solid for decades. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, base preparation for your set of Swenson Granite Works steps is essential.

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Topics: granite steps, curb appeal

6 Uses for Granite Cobblestones, the Versatile Building Material with Old World Charm, Traction and Durability

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jul 5, 2018 8:57:00 AM

Cobblestones have been used all over cities and towns as building material and road surfaces since the 19th century. Due to their rich history, old world charm, durability and traction, we still find use of this versatile building material for our homes.

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Topics: Granite, cobblestones, curb appeal

Classic Colonial Homes and The New England Stone That Give Them Curb Appeal

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on May 4, 2018 8:01:00 PM

Thanks to the rich colonial history of the New England area, it’s no surprise that the folks who live, work and play here have a love for a true colonial style home that runs deep. Though all homes built in the colonial style share certain common elements, it's the thoughtful use of other, time-honored materials and features that makes each of these homes truly one-of-a-kind.

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Topics: New England, curb appeal, Colonial

6 Ways To Upgrade Your Home’s Exterior with Stone Veneer and Granite

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jan 17, 2018 10:01:00 AM

 

If you’ve revamped your landscaping, but still feel like your house could use more curb appeal, it just might be time to give your exterior a makeover. With stone veneer and granite, you can make a big transformation to the look and value of your home.

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Topics: Granite, exterior, curb appeal, veneer

11 Rustic Fence Designs with Granite Posts For Country Charm and City Style

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Jan 3, 2018 9:48:00 PM

From country meadows to city streets, granite posts are a durable design element that gives style and definition to homes and businesses, with no maintenance needed.

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Topics: Granite, granite posts, fence posts, curb appeal

9 Ways to Light Up Your Landscape with Granite Lamp Posts

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Nov 21, 2017 2:59:00 PM

Granite lamp posts are a great way to light up city parks, along community sidewalks or trails, and they add a touch of elegance to a variety of municipal areas. If you reside out in the country without the added glow from the city, or even in the suburbs, granite lamp posts are essential for lighting your landscape and making your home safer in an attractive way. Not only do granite lamp posts increase visibility, they’re durable, maintenance free, and will enhance the look of your property during the day and at night.

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Topics: Granite, Outdoor living, curb appeal, lamp posts

How To Choose And Install The Granite Step Style That’s Right For Your Home

Posted by Amanda Pittsley on Aug 9, 2017 3:37:00 PM

Updated on March 15, 2021

The entryway to your home starts well before you step foot inside the front door. First impressions are made prior to guests entering your living space, and how you choose to complement your exterior can make a world of difference.

Your front steps are quite literally the walkway into your most cherished space, so performance is as important as presentation. The path leading into your home is both high visibility and high usage — and therefore needs durability, functionality, and appearance.

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Topics: granite steps, steps, exterior, curb appeal

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