Curb Appeal Tips & Tricks

If you are looking to sale your home, here are some great tips to catch the eye of your new buyer.

Curb Appeal Starts Online
Since 88 percent of homebuyers begin the process on the Web, fabulous photos are critical to getting homebuyers to the front door.  Find the best time of day to shoot each room, avoiding too much sunlight, which will give the photo a glow effect.  Overcast days are often the best time for a photo shoot.

Shiny, Happy Numbers
If your house numbers aren’t easy to see or if they’re dirty or dingy, replacing them carries a tremendous impact.  Consider the style of your house – traditional, transitional or modern – and create a harmonious or contrasting effect with new house numbers.

Open Up
Fling open the shutters, curtains and blinds.  Homes that are brighter inside sell faster, and open curtains look prettier from the street.  Go outside, look at your window treatments from the street, and try to keep a uniform look throughout.

Plant Some Color
Spruce up your porch containers, window boxes and front beds with some colorful flowers for instant lift.  A few inches of dark mulch will brighten up the beds without screaming “fake.”

Add Some Polish
Painting the front door, trim and shutters is a great way to polish the look of your home.  Other inexpensive fix-ups: a new mailbox (research your city’s regulations to make sure you’re up to code first), a new porch light fixture and a cheery new welcome mat.

Under Pressure
Pressure-washing the dirty siding and deck, as well as the oil stained driveway and faded walkways is an extremely cost-efficient way to increase your home’s curb appeal.  If you don’t own a pressure washer, you can rent one from your local home improvement store for the day.

Look Up to the Sky
Most homeowners don’t give their roofs a second glance, but the roof is an important curb appeal item that buyers do notice.  Is yours missing any shingles, or is it dingy and streaked?  A good cleaning or if necessary, a roof replacement will up your home’s curb appeal factor tremendously.

Walk around your entire home’s exterior with a critical eye and a notepad and pen.  Take notes on what looks “off” and needs repairing. replacing or cleaning.

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