Curb Appeal is a Big Deal!

Curb Appeal is a Big Deal!

In this space, I have shared the wisdom of tending to the Curb Appeal of your home.  My friends at AAA have picked up the ball to run with it.  Enjoy the following 4 minute read on improving your Curb Appeal.  Call me, and allow me to send a Team Member out to your home to help you grade the effectiveness of your own Curb Appeal.  I look forward to working with you!

Real estate agents have emphasized curb appeal for decades. After all, who doesn’t want a quicker sale at a higher price? If you’re ready to sell your home, try these tips for maximum appeal.

 Tame the land

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A well-tended yard indicates to buyers that the interior is also in great condition. Landscaping can add tens of thousands of dollars to the value of your home. Though other home improvements wear out over time, plants mature as years pass, increasing return on investment. However, you don’t have to know Edward Scissorhands to achieve a well-groomed yard.

If time’s not on your side, plant flowers for a pop of color, trim hedges, mow the lawn regularly, and keep mulch fresh and garden beds well defined. Choose low-maintenance flowers and plants since most buyers want to avoid anything too expensive or difficult to maintain. In the winter, keep the yard free from debris and shovel snow from driveways and walkways.

Keep it clean

 

A sparkling facade can add up to $15,000 to the value of a home, according to the National Association of Realtors. Scrub dirt, dust and mildew from the exterior, wipe away cobwebs, and wash windows inside and out. You’ll also want to climb a ladder to clean out gutters and check the condition of your roof.

Use soapy water and a long-handled, soft-bristled brush to clean vinyl, brick, stucco and other types of siding. A power washer is a great tool for brightening driveways and walkways.

Make an entrance

A bright entryway adds warmth and welcome to a home. Many buyers imagine themselves walking through the door every day, and a fresh coat of paint or an entirely new door can help sell your home more quickly. A fresh coat of paint on the trim and decorative street numbers also freshen the appearance. (It’s a good idea to update your mailbox in a similar way). Guide your guests to your door with a clear, inviting path with neatly trimmed shrubs or other plants.

 

Get a little help from your friends

A second opinion can make a world of difference. Have a friend look around your house to find wear and tear or other weak spots that you may have overlooked in becoming accustomed to your surroundings.

Your home’s curb appeal goes up even further when your neighbors care for their yards too. How do you get their buy-in? Host a cleanup party, coordinate with one another to mow lawns and trim hedges, and offer to go in together on several flats of flowers. These improvements boost your neighbors’ home values too. Remind them it’s a win-win!

Show off your digs in a digital world

The majority of first impressions happen online, since most buyers start the process there. You’ll want to stage the exterior of your home just as you do the interior, clearing clutter and cleaning up the yard. The key here, however, is great photography.

It won’t take long after visiting a Real Estate website to quickly see the difference between do-it-yourself photos and professional photography.  You can simply follow the links on this page to see the difference, and maybe see your next home, too!

The best solution?  Hire a professional.  They’re not as expensive as you may think, and your Realtor likely has one on speed dial!  The results when desiring to sell your home are well worth hiring a pro just like repairs, inspections, and renovations.

There you have it!  These are easy steps to improve your home’s curb appeal. When you call me, I will have a Member of my Team in touch with you within the same business day to schedule an appointment to assess not only Curb Appeal, but the Market for resale, too!

I look forward to it!

My best always,

Denise

photography courtesy of  iStock

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