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Boost Buyer Interest and Add Value with Curb Appeal


Curb appeal. It?s all about how a home looks to people walking or driving by. But there is no more important audience to attract than potential buyers, who are highly influenced by how a home looks the first time they get a glimpse of it. When preparing a property to sell, you can give a boost to that first impression by making sure the home looks great before it hits the market. Here are some tips and techniques that can positively affect a home?s first impression and perhaps even its value.


Cleanup and Repair ? The most useful chores to tackle first are basic maintenance and repairs before moving onto larger projects. Clean windows and siding, stow away yard tools and equipment, and clean up dead branches and leaves. Make sure that fences, walkways, and the driveway are in good repair, too ? a home that looks well taken care of is always more attractive to buyers.


Landscaping ? A full landscape overhaul may not be warranted, but the yard, especially in front, should look neat and well maintained. Trim any overgrown shrubs, remove weeds, and tidy up planting areas. If the season is right, add some colorful flowering plants to brighten up areas around walkways and at the front entrance. It?s an easy and inexpensive way to create an instantly welcoming feeling.


The Entrance ? The front door is another key element of that all-important first impression. If replacement is cost-prohibitive, consider reviving a tired, faded door with a fresh coat of paint in a great accent color and swapping out the hardware. Updated house numbers that reflect the style of the home are another great and inexpensive addition.


Paint It New ? Brighten up the exterior with a new paint job. It?s always best to go with neutral colors that have widespread appeal so that potential buyers won?t be put off by unusual colors or combinations. Painting the exterior is a significant improvement that can even add to the home?s value. If the existing paint is already in good shape, have the exterior pressure-washed to get rid of accumulated dirt and grime. Have the windows washed inside and out to brighten the overall appearance of the home and to maximize incoming light.


There?s nothing worse than home ?lookers? who drive by ? and keep right on going because the house doesn?t look its best. With these tips in mind, your showings will increase and so will the pool of potential buyers.

  * Article courtesy of Pillar To Post



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