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How To Boost Curb Appeal

Why do people typically wait until they are ready to sell their house to beautify its curb appeal? If you are going to sell your home or want to create an inviting curb appeal for your own pleasure, here are some ideas to help your home foster a sparkling first impression.

What is curb appeal?

Curb appeal is all about how your home looks from the street. If potential home buyers get the warm fuzzies at first sight, you can bet your curb appeal is on target. However, if they slow down and drive off without stopping, get the clue and revitalize your home’s curb appeal.

Enhancing your home’s exterior is a case of less is more. Don’t fill every inch of grass with flowers, trees, and so on. Get rid of broken/rusty things that are just taking up space on your lawn.

Why should you enhance your home’s exterior?

Since the 1950s, the nice little house with a white picket fence has played a role in the American dream. The look of your home is hugely important. When potential homebuyers see your home’s beautiful exterior, they will want to come inside.

Of course there are many factors that go into a potential buyer’s decision making process. However, it is important to remember that the exterior of your home is a buyer’s first impression. Enhancing this will allow you to sell your home for a higher price.

How to freshen up your curb appeal 

Painting your front door a spiffy color can increase the final sales price by thousands. From charcoal or black to red, a freshly painted door boosts curb appeal and makes a good first impression on prospective homebuyers. Also, splurge on a durable, non-slip welcome mat.

Another way to jazz up your curb appeal is to put an elegant urn on either side of the front door. Plant a boxwood, fern, or your choice of flowering plants in them. And have you considered awnings for your front windows? They will heighten the curb appeal and save money on your energy bills. In the summer, window awnings will block out glare on the TV and computer and reduce the amount of heat in your home. During winter months, they will curb the cold and wind.

You’ll find eco-friendly window awnings in a large variety of styles and colors. If you live in a cookie-cutter type home, you’ll be astonished at the stunning difference window awnings will make on your curb appeal. Homebuyers love this.

Don’t forget the must-dos of lawn care. Ensure the lawn is manicured and that bushes and any large trees are trimmed. Get the sidewalks and driveway pressure washed.

Best practices

When selling a home, there are a lot of things to remember. At the end of the day, just keep in mind that you want your home to look its best! A good real estate agent can always help if you have questions.

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