5 Tips to Improve a Home's Curb Appeal

Is your property for sale not being looked at by many buyers? Sellers should try improving your curb appeal. Curb appeal is how your house looks like from the curb, the all-important first impression that potential buyers have. It's the first place to look to make your home most appealing when listing your property for sale. Here's a list of helpful hints:

1. Clean the exterior:

Arguably the most important tool to having good curb appeal, a dirty house is a major turnoff for buyers. Using a power washer is the easiest way to clean the exterior: pay special attention to the windows. Make sure to wash the corners thoroughly, getting rid of any cobwebs. In addition to cobwebs, birds and wasps nests are very unappealing and definitely should be removed. It doesn't need to be perfect, but it needs to look clean--the dirty outside of a house shows lack of maintenance and care which doesn't attract buyers.

2. Maintain the lawn:

The lawn is one of the first things a potential buyer will look at while outside of your home, even if they don't notice it. You'll need to take care of the lawn on your property for the duration of time your house is for sale--keeping it mowed, trimmed, watered, and weed free. Fertilize, if necessary, so the lawn has a nice dark green color. It's also a good idea to keep any items off of the lawn, such as tools or toys.

3. Trim trees and bushes:

Keeping trees and bushes trimmed helps create a neat image. It's especially important to trim trees that may block view of the house; buyers want to be able to clearly see the house so they can decide if its worth looking into. When trimming, be sure to hire a professional if you can't do a nice job yourself.

4. Plant flowers:

Flowers help make your house more welcoming. Remember, the more visually appealing property for sale is, the more interest people will show. Planting flowers is a simple and inexpensive way to make the house really desirable. Flower boxes or hanging baskets are sometimes a quicker and easier option.

5. Paint the exterior:

Especially important if it's been a long time since the house was painting, having old, decaying paint can be a major detraction on the house--home buyers won't want think about having to do the work and pay for a new paint job in the future. Fresh paint can help an older house look new and add a special pizzaz to a home that otherwise would be average. Painting an entire house can be pricey, but sometimes it can make you money than it costs--with the increased sell price being higher than the cost to paint the home. But if repainting doesn't fit into your budget, it's often a good idea to paint the front door, a focal point of the house.

The buyers first impression is worth thousands of dollars. They may leave if the curb appeal of a home is very weak, or you could catch a buyer from the beginning with a great start. Your experienced Hughes Group realtor will assist you in making you home great for showing from the outside, in.  Just remember, start with curb appeal when selling property for sale and begin thinking of selling your home in today's growing real estate market.

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