Adding Curb Appeal when Selling Your Home

It's a late start to the Spring market but we are seeing it pick up!  The weather has inspired many of us to complete outdoor projects or get their home ready to are some tips for adding curb appeal to make your house stand out in a crowd!  

Cut Back Trees and Shrubs

Trees and shrubs should accent and enhance your house, not hide it. With the right tools and a little time, basic shrub and tree trimming and pruning can result in impressive curb appeal results. There is plenty of good on-line advice on trimming and pruning. But if you have dead or diseased trees, or large tree limbs hanging precariously over the house, hire a professional to have them removed.

Manicure Your Lawn

Keep your lawn freshly mowed, trimmed and edged. Give it special attention before weekend showings. If you don’t have the time or the inclination to do it yourself, consider hiring a reliable, professional yard service to keep your lawn show ready.

Plant Some Color

Flowering plants are a quick, inexpensive and an effective way to make your home look bright, fresh and inviting.  There are plenty of options for buying flower baskets already in full bloom and professionally designed and if you choose to plant them yourself in your garden beds, be sure to add fresh mulch for a finishing touch! 

Paint the House

Painting an entire house can be expensive, but may be justified if the current paint is in bad shape or the colors are simply dated.  You can also save money painting only the trim or just the door which can give your home an updated and fresh look OR by painting it yourself if you have the skill set to do so.  Color choice is key (whether painting the entire house or just the trim) so if you are unsure, consult a professional for advice! 

Clean the Roof And Gutters

Buyers notice roofs, and it goes beyond curb appeal. The roof is a major home maintenance and expense item. Tree branches on the roof, clogged gutters detract from the home’s appearance and give the impression of the roof (and the home itself) being neglected. If the roof needs replacement, bite the bullet and replace it. Otherwise clean debris from the roof and gutters and reattach any loose gutters.

Freshen Walks and Driveways

Pressure wash brick and concrete walkways, patios and driveways. You can also purchase cleaners for decks as well as concrete that will help rid grime and build-up.  

Make Outdoor Spaces Inviting

Outdoor living space is a “must have” for most homebuyers. Patios, porches and decks should look clean (pressure wash), fresh and inviting. Make necessary wood deck repairs and apply fresh stain. Consider replacing (or at least getting rid of) old, weather-beaten furniture. Brighten the space with flowering potted plants.

Treat Your Windows

Pay attention to how window treatments look from the outside. Go for uniformity in color, style and even the degree to which blinds, shutters and draperies are open.

Stage Your Yard

As with staging the inside of a home, the outside of your home should look fresh, clean, organized, uncluttered and depersonalized. Cars, bikes, trash cans and kids’ toys should be kept in the garage with the door closed. Patio and deck furniture should be clean and organized. Consider removing any yard ornaments.
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