How to Create Excellent Curb Appeal

A home must have great curb appeal when you are looking to sell. If it doesn’t look great on the outside, you can be sure that potential buyers will not be hitting on the brakes for a second look, they’ll keep driving. Congratulations, you’ve already lost buyers before they even walked into the home. It is proven that curb appeal is what makes or breaks a sale. Be sure to use these tips so you don’t make the mistakes that many homeowners in the process of selling their home do.

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Now is the time to get the outside looking spectacular. From fixing up the deck on the front porch to adding some new flowers to the landscaping, there are plenty of elements to make your home look more welcoming.

Projects such as painting or replacing the entry door, doing the side yard, or window replacements can get homeowners much more money than they would have, just by making a few simple improvements. Of course, sometimes renovations must be done, but if you don’t have the time or money to do so, be sure to check out these tips that come straight out of the mouths of real estate professionals on how to improve curb appeal on a budget:

• Wash any and all windows
• Update and/or replace front porch lighting fixtures
• Install new street numbers, door knobs, door knockers, and/or mailboxes
• Replace or remove window treatments if necessary
• Repair the front walk if needed
• Remove dead trees or flowers
• Be sure to mow the lawn, and remove any weeds
• Power wash your house
• Clean and sweep the entryway, front lights, and walkway of any debris or trash
• Add colorful plants
• Paint and clean your front door
• Clean and sweep the driveway
• Store all yard equipment, pet toys, and children’s toys
• Do not use the porch for storage
• Clean up after your pets
• Make sure garbage cans are not visible from the street

When it comes to selling your home, many realtors will tell you that state of the art appliances and kitchens are the most important thing when selling a home. These things are absolutely true. However, find comfort in the fact that you do not necessarily need to spend an arm and a leg to sell your house. These minor improvements above are a great, and budget friendly way to drive up the sale price of your home.

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How to Create Excellent Curb Appeal

2 thoughts on “How to Create Excellent Curb Appeal

  • January 7, 2016 at 10:29 am
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    I really like this article, but but why would buyers really care about the condition of the garage? I wouldn’t think so..it’s really just where I store all my junk! But I do plan to sell my house soon. Not soon, but probably within the next year. If it is that important, what things should I do that would make a difference?

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  • January 7, 2016 at 10:30 am
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    Garages are for more than parking cars, stacking boxes, and holding trash bins. The garage can help sell your home if you stage it right. Most homeowners might think of staging their kitchens and bedrooms, but the garage is a feature that is playing an increasingly important role.

    You might also consider coating your floor. A concrete floor in the garage can show off the wrong things, such as those icky, ugly oil stains. If you coat your floor with an epoxy resin-based paint or rubber mats and tiles, then drippings and spills are easy to wipe up. The mats and tiles help to reduce the amount of dirt that gets tracked inside the garage and ultimately into the house. They also can help with insulation and noise reduction. For practical reasons, coating your garage floor is ideal. For staging reasons it simply looks nice and is much more welcoming than a concrete floor.

    Make sure your garage door and opener are working quietly. The first automatic garage door openers became commercially used back in the 1950s and if you’re is an original, it’s time to upgrade! Keep the garage door in the same theme style of the home, color and overall decor. Make sure the door doesn’t squeak when it’s opened. Get it checked out by the garage door company that installed it or sometimes all it needs is a good oil job to lubricate it. A noisy garage door opener could indicate to a buyer that it’s on the verge of breaking down.

    Next, finish your walls and ceilings. Many garages are not finished, but if you put up wall board you can complete the look of the garage. Finished sells better. Make sure the garage is insulated before you finish it. That can save on your heating and cooling bills.

    Finally, add a coat of fresh paint. Yes, painting the garage can add a lot. You don’t have to go wild with color; neutral tones are fine. It’s all about the overall theme of the room. Don’t be afraid to add a little style to your garage, just don’t clutter it with too much decor. When it comes to selling, a garage should be spacious, organized, and a place where buyers can imagine easily storing their own stuff!

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