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Prepping Your Home For Sale – Curb Appeal

The definition of  'curb appeal'  is the visual attractiveness of a house as seen from the street. You only get one chance to make a good first impression to qualified buyers.

Readying the outside of your home for sale is not as daunting a task as you may think. By stepping back, being objective and planning you can achieve a home that is both appealing and attractive to the prospective homebuyer.

The first step you can take would be to consult your real estate professional who can give you advice on which improvements you should make to your home to maximize the most benefit.  Second step make a checklist of improvements and other tasks you can do to spruce up the outside of your home.  By paying attention to small details can achieve BIG results.

What kind of impression does your home give to buyers?

Try driving up to your own house and look at it objectively.  Or stand across the street and decide what you think you should change or what needs sprucing up.

Here is a simple list:

• Manicured lawns and pruned bushes

• All dead flowers, shrubbery and weeds should be removed.

• Any tree limbs too close to your roof or house need to be pruned.

• Fences should be painted and repaired if needed.

• Sidewalks should be cleaned.

• Children’s toys, bikes, hoses and trash cans should be put neatly away or out of sight.

• Move excess cars out of driveways for a more spacious feel.

• Adding dark mulch to garden beds gives your yard a professional landscaped look.

• Planting flowers along walkways or in planters is also an inexpensive & effective way to make a home more appealing.

• Installing landscape lighting for atmosphere adds a feeling of security and safety at night. Solar stake lights along  
        walkways are relatively inexpensive but an effective simple solution as opposed to wired lighting.

• Wash the dirt and any mildew off the siding of your house and don’t forget your garage door. Cleaning solutions are  
        available in hardware and home improvement stores.

• Check all outdoor porch lighting is in working condition and replace burnt out bulbs.

   Loose planks, stairs and railings should be repaired or painted.

• Check all screens and windows for holes or breakage and clean glass from the inside and outside.

• Repair or clean your mailbox, house number plaques and replace worn welcome mats.

One big item buyers and appraisers consider is the condition of the roof on your home. Missing shingles, faded or in poor condition can result in a lower appraisal of your home. Repairs on your roof can cost you but a roof in need of repair will result in a lower appraisal if you don’t take care of it.

Lastly, what impression does the front door of your home make?

• Does it need painting/cleaning or a new door altogether?

• Brass can be polished and the doorbell should be working.

• Decorate your door by hanging a wreath to add a personalized touch.

By taking these simple steps you will instill a positive first impression to any qualified buyers of your home.

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