Curb Appeal Matters

Cute American house exterior with covered porch and flower potsFirst impressions are everything – at least when it comes to selling your home. According to the National Association of Realtors, 63 percent of home buyers will drop by after viewing a home they like online. What will they see? The home’s exterior  including the front entry, yard, driveway and sidewalk should serve as a snapshot of what’s to come when potential buyers enter your home. Read on for tips and tricks to help enhance your curb appeal.

1: Curb Appeal Starts Online

Since 88 percent of home buyers begin the process on the Web, fabulous photos are critical to getting home buyers to the front door. Find the best time of day to shoot each room, avoiding too much sunlight. Take a digital shot and examine it as if you were a buyer, and get rid of extras  bikes on the front porch, platters stacked on top of the fridge – that don’t show your home at its best.

2: Act Like a Buyer

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.

3: 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.

4: Shiny, Happy Numbers

If your house numbers aren’t easy to see or if they’re dirty and 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.

5: Get a Second Opinion

Homeowners often get used to certain defects –chipped paint on the front door from the keys banging against it, cobwebs on the porch ceiling, cracked or stained steps – and might need a new set of eyes to help them prioritize what needs to be fixed and cleaned up.

6: Under Pressure

Budget-conscious homeowners will love this tip: 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.

7: Plant Some Color

Spruce up your porch containers, window boxes and front beds with some colorful flowers for instant lift. Never plant artificial flowers – a few inches of dark mulch will brighten up the beds without screaming “fake.”

8: Open Up

Fling open the shutters, curtains and blinds Go outside and look at your window treatments from the street, and try to keep a uniform look throughout.

9: Light up Your Landscape

Give your walkway an edge with solar light fixtures, which are affordable and a cinch to install.

10: 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, a new porch light fixture and a cheery new welcome mat.


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