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Building Curb Appeal to Help Sell Your Home

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By : M Shane    99 or more times read
There are a lot of homes on the market currently and it can be hard to entice buyers into your home to show them how fabulous your home is if the outside of your home isnít very interesting. To get prospective buyers into your home, you need to make sure that your home has curb appeal to draw them inside.

A home that has no curb appeal can be that way for a variety of reasons. Some unappealing homes are in dire need of upkeep and maintenance; a lack of care in the front yard says to many buyers that the house hasnít been maintained either. Pitiful curb appeal can also be the result of terrible landscaping or just a total lack of it altogether. A lovely house on a brown square of grass might say to prospective buyers that the owner ran out of money before they landscaped or that they were just too lazy to do it; regardless, it doesnít invite the buyers into the home.

Ideally, a home should be appealing from the street so that buyers are drawn to see what the inside looks like. A home with good curb appeal should look clean and well maintained.

The first thing that you need to do is to take a look at the front of your home; a good way to do this is by taking a picture so that you can confer with your family and make notes. Take note of all the areas that need work like paint, trim, gutters, windows, roofing, and doors. Some items might need replacing while others might just need a good cleaning or repainting to freshen them up.

The next thing that youíll want to do is clean up your yard, including driveway and walkways. Make sure that the lawn is cut to a reasonable height and that all yard debris is cleaned up. Stains should be removed from the driveway and the concrete or asphalt should be sealed so that it looks new.

No matter what the state of your home and yard, itís also well worth renting a power washer when youíre working on this project because itís a great tool for cleaning siding, removing discoloration from your roof, and cleaning your driveway.

Once the yard is clean, consider edging your flower beds and planting some shrubs to add visual interest to the front yard. Potted plants on the porch or by the entrance to your home can also add a little instant appeal to your home.

Making sure that your home has curb appeal can be a great time and money investment when you are looking to sell your home because of the added interest that it can instill in buyers before they even see the inside of your home. Every added value that you can use to sell your home is something else that can make your home stand out from all the other available homes in your local real estate market.

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