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Sell Your Home Using Curb Appeal

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By : Lina Horner    99 or more times read
Two common features of homes that sell quickly are:

  1. Smart Pricing

  2. Positive First Impression

I cannot stress the importance of that first impression when selling a house. It sets the tone for the entire walk through. If a customer approaches the front door, walking past clutter or worn steps, those negative impressions stick with them. They will continue the tour looking for flaws. On the other end of the spectrum, when initially impressed by an attractive front lawn or walkway, that positive attitude will pervade.

Here are some tips for improving your home's curb appeal and creating the kind of first impression that will attract buyers.

Before you start your exterior makeover, take pictures of your home from the road, capturing the front entrance and yard.

Your front yard should be well defined. If you have a fence, make sure it's in good repair and freshly painted. If not, ensure the grass is neatly trimmed, including the borders. This is the first thing people will see, so spend some extra time making it just right.

Invest in a load of bark mulch and apply a layer to all your flower beds. It hides all the weeds and instantly perks up the garden. Remove any dead foliage and plant some annuals for instant color.

Your front pathway leading to the door should be at least 3 to 4 feet wide, and clear of clutter and weeds. Try to make it memorable with an interesting container of bright flowers or similar eye catcher. Planters are perfect ways to display flowers since they can be moved around depending on your needs.

Give your front door some pizzazz by painting it a bold color that contrasts with the siding or brick. Don't be scared of red's, orange's or blue's to make your home stand out among the others. Remember to replace that old tarnished door knob with a new brass or black handle and lock. While you're at it, you may want to replace your street numbers, and mailbox so that they all coordinate.

Perhaps your front door is outdated and beyond modernizing with a coat of paint. If your budget will allow for a new door, explore some of the many exciting styles, including stain glass inserts and sidelights, double doors, cedar, or even the new fiberglass doors with cedar stain that looks just like the real thing. Don't worry about throwing your money away, investing in these types of basic improvements will help your home sell quicker.

Consider adding enhancements that fit in with your home's architecture, such as gingerbread, shutters, brackets, or columns.

If you have adequate coverage and up to date fixtures, your lighting will blend in with the house and generally go unnoticed. However, if you have poor coverage and dated fixtures, your lighting will stand out like a sore thumb. Spend the extra money to ensure this doesn't happen.

Add a touch of home to your front porch by placing a couple of comfortable chairs on either side of the door. If your porch has no cover, consider adding a roof or awning. Replace that old mat with a cheery new welcome mat.

Make the changes based on the above suggestions and then have a friend drive by your house and give you their honest first impressions. Now pull out those pictures you took before the changes, stand back and compare. If you don't see any difference, then you still have work to do. If you're pleasantly surprised, call your realtor and get that FOR SALE sign up.
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