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Curb Appeal

April 27, 2011

Spring is a natural time to put your house on the market. Buyers start sticking their heads out and looking around. The weather is better and summer is right around the corner, inspiring people to get going. If you are considering putting your house on the market you will want to seriously consider your home’s curb appeal. “Curb Appeal” is one of those over used real estate terms that is easy to brush aside.  But do not be fooled, curb appeal, or maybe more aptly called First Impression, is critical to how quickly your home will sell.

You come and go out of your house multiple times a day. It is likely you don’t even pay attention any more to the details that make up the front of your home. But the prospective buyer does. This person has a critical eye that is absorbing everything.  Curb appeal is the business suit in a job interview.  You would never wear your sweat pants to an interview, and you should never put your house on the market without giving your front yard a good sprucing up.  There are multiple ways of going about this, and it would be easy to get in over your head with a project that may not pay off.  So here are few ideas:

First, think about the overall impression your home makes.  Tired and out-dated?  Overgrown and neglected?  Drab and standoffish?  What you want is friendly and welcoming.  Fresh and inviting.  The first step to achieving this is to tidy up what already exists.  Give your yard a good once over – trim back bushes that are crowding paths and the door, pull weeds, trim the grass.  Take a good critical look at your exterior, it may need to be powerwashed, the windows may need to be cleaned.  Once you get things clean and sparkly you can turn your attention to freshening it up.  Perhaps the fence needs some attention, or the front door could use a fresh coat of paint.  It could be as simple as clearing the clutter off the porch, adding a new doormat and pots of bright colored flowers.  Figure out what your home’s assets are and highlight those.  I’ve got more ideas for both exterior and interior here, here, here, and here.

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