Your Home Should Make You Smile

Monday morning I was out on my front porch when a dog and her owner passed by. Being the neighborly thing to do, I called out a greeting. She responded warmly and then introduced herself as a Perry Street resident, fairly new in the Garden District. “I love walking by your house,” she said warmly. “It always makes me smile.”

Jim’s and my home makes me smile, too. And it’s no accident! I’m a big believer in goals and affirmations. Every day when I am getting ready, I repeat a number of things out loud but to myself. Among them is the phrase, “I live surrounded by beauty.”

It hasn’t always been thus. When we bought our house 30-plus years ago, we did so strictly because it was a good deal. And ugly. “Butt-ugly,” I called it!

There was a huge live oak tree at the street that pretty much obscured most of the view of the upper half of the house. And that was the least of the issues. One of the most offensive was the awful green roof. The other was the “baby-poop” green siding. Ugh!

Things began to improve as a result of a near-tragedy in 2004. That fall, Hurricane Ivan held its damaging powers all the way to Montgomery and dumped the big live oak onto the front of our house. It was scary but no-one was hurt and interior damage miniscule. However, the ugly pale green roof was history and the exterior had to be totally repainted.

Our home is now yellow. I chose yellow because it is a “friendly” color. And our roof is a does-not-call-attention-to-itself barnwood-colored architectural shingle—the kind that has real dimension. What’s more, Santa Claus a couple of Christmas’ later brought me white picket fence. So the ugly duckling is now a sweet-looking cottage. And our wonderful landscape service keeps it trimmed, mowed and edged to perfection.

You might just be wondering what all this has to do with real estate. This is, after all, a real estate company sponsored web site.

In a nutshell, I’m telling this story to remind you of the importance (and rewards) of curb appeal. Sure, you spend about 99% of your time at home inside. But it’s the exterior—and particularly the front façade—that’s seen by everyone else. Don’t wait until you’re getting ready to move to spruce up the façade. Do it now and have the pleasure of others’ telling you how great it looks. More importantly, when you leave and return, your home will make you smile.

Sandra Nickel has been listing and selling residential real estate for over 30 years, most with an intense focus on Montgomery’s Midtown neighborhoods. Sandra serves on the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, the Cloverdale Business Coalition, Historic Southview, the Volunteer and Information Center, Landmarks Foundation and her own neighborhood Garden District Preservation Association.

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  1. Vinny Chandrasoma says:

    Thank you Sandra!

  2. Erin Gallagher says:

    Miss Sandra, for this an many other reasons you are so well respected by thousands of agents throughout the country for your real estate talents and skill!

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