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April 2019
I am so excited to team up with these awesome women!  

Please join us Wednesday May 8, 2019
Johnson & Johnson Automotive
1325 Adlai Stevenson Drive, Springfield, IL 62703
Click here to get your tickets today!

We As Chicks Can Handle The Fix!
Women empowering other women with a huge side dish of fun and fellowship!

Carolyn Pemberton- Johnson And Johnson Auto Service Center- Will teach you how to change a tire and basic car necessities.

Jodi Cole- Flea Market To Fabulous- Will teach basics on power tools and demonstrations.

Kim Staff- Staff Carpet- What's the difference in hard surface flooring?LVT, LVP, Engineered wood

Paula Ryan- Paula Ryan Design & Ryan Homes- Choosing a paint color. White is complicated.

Maddie with Just The Basics, LLC will be serving drinks! Along with a food truck! Tickets are $10.00. Which includes a drink from Just The Basics, LLC and dinner from Jack's Concessions!
I recently worked on preparing two homes to hit the market.  I have a third home beginning this week. The main goal is I want it to appear cared for by their owner so that it appeals to buyers.  If you do not put your best foot forward by starting on the outside you won't get buyers to take a 2nd look. Once inside buyers will make a judgement the first 10-15 seconds upon entering the home.  If you do not fix the little things, it makes a buyer wonder if there are bigger things that require attention and it may give the buyers pause. 
I keep budget and putting "my best foot forward" at the top of my mind.  Obviously, sellers want to keep the expenses low but the return on investment is the speed in which you can sell the house and selling for the best price possible.  Even if you do not think you will be selling this year but may in the near future, start with the little projects NOW!
Curb appeal will entice buyers.  Updating the front door will welcome buyers.
Paula's Tips For Getting Your Home Market Ready
Tip #1 - Remove any bulky, dated furniture, lighting or curtains.
If you have some kind of feature in the house that is very dated or tired looking, like built-ins, dated decorative lighting, dated wallpaper, tired looking wall hangings - remove them if you can.
Tip #2 - Get a professional cleaning.  Notice the little things
Have a professional group of housekeepers in to do a big once-over on everything.
We cleaned the ceiling fans, wiped down all the doors and trim, cleaned the windows, inside the cabinets, bathrooms, appliances etc.  All was spic and span and sparkling when done!
Don't forget to look down at the registers, the light switches, the doorknobs. Don't underestimate how the little things can effect a sale.
Tip #3 - Paint - PLEASE choose wisely!
YES! Paint the walls in a light neutral color.  It makes everything look so fresh!  But PLEASE do not just paint it gray because you think that is what is popular.
In both of these homes, I chose a neutral color that would appeal to most buyers.  They could add any color furniture if they wanted to.
This homeowner did not have it in the budget to paint the oak trim.  However, if you are selling an upper bracket home, I recommend painting the trim and cabinets if you want to sell fast and at top dollar.
We painted in both of these homes and it looks so fresh and appealing!  All nail holes were patched and it really looks pristine.
There are other things you should do if your budget allows like updating appliances, new flooring or freshening up the landscaping.  Bathrooms and kitchens sell homes.....would yours sell YOUR home?
Project Spotlight
Hedley Plaza II
3121 Hedley Road
The weather has finally allowed us to move forward with finishing this commercial project.  Masonry work on the exterior is coming together and HVAC, plumbing and electrical have begun on the interior.
Space available for lease.
Call 217-652-3976 or 217-341-4501 for details.

Have you ever thought "I have no idea where to begin on my next project"?  A "Pick My Brain" consultation may be exactly what you need.  

Visit my
services page to get started "picking my brain".

Testimonial from a Pick My Brain consultation
"I have been working on the powder room & it turned out awesome!! Totally enjoyed meeting with you & bouncing ideas around to finally arrive at the perfect look! Your suggestions were so appreciated & guided me to achieve exactly what I hoped for. I totally enjoy selecting paint, flooring, fixtures & pouring through wallcovering samples, but it can be so time consuming. You provided me with helpful suggestions so I could enjoy the search without becoming overwhelmed. Your ability to zero-in on what I desired in conjunction with what was feasible made the design & implementation process super simple.  You are so personable, knowledgeable, creative & easy to work with. I would totally utilize your services again! Thank you! - Suzi G.

What We're Excited About

We have started construction on 3 new homes! 
Two are in Salem Estates and one in Buckley Ridge.
Come see me during Staff Carpet's Tax Invasion sale 

Thursday April 11th  3:00pm - 5:00pm 
 Monday April 15th  3:00pm - 6:00pm
I will be available to help you choose flooring or backplash materials and I will have my paint sample boards available as well. 
Bring lots of pictures of the space you want to update!!
Construction in progress in Salem Estates.  One side of duplex is available for purchase.
Contact Ryan Homes for details - 217-523-3976
Salem Estates – ONLY ONE LOT left!!
Click Here for more info!  
Click here for a short design survey to schedule a consultation!
Paula Ryan Designs
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