Preparing your Home for Sale (or Living) – Curb Appeal

We all know it, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”  That couldn’t be truer when it comes to the exterior of your house.  So often people focus on the staging and updating of the interior, but how a home looks outside sets the tone for the whole showing.

So here are some easy, low-cost tips for creating curb appeal.

1.     Pretend you are a buyer – First off, assess the situation.  Stand at the street and take a look at what you see.  Kids’ toys, trash bins, bags of potting soil? Find a place for those to be kept out of sight… that may even mean a trip to the dump.

2.     Mow the lawn…regularly. –  This seems obvious but in the spring growing season the lawns grow fast and need to be mowed frequently to keep looking tidy.

3.     Refresh the flower beds – Get those garden beds looking their best – edged, weed-free and pruned. Be sure you can see the house and trim any shrubs and branches. This also is a great time to add fresh mulch and pops of color.

4.     Power wash – Whether you rent or borrow a pressure washer, cleaning up the dirt left over from winter weather is another inexpensive way to brighten the approach.

5.     Dress up the front door – This is the focal point of the entry.  Make this a statement piece with a fresh coat of paint, new house numbers, lighting and door mat.

All these things demonstrate to a buyer that the home is maintained and well cared for. A Curb Appeal Consolation, is just one of the services we provide when we work with our clients.  Need a referral for someone to help with the yard work?  Contact us and we’ll get you connected. 

*This is the second in the series of how we help in Preparing your Home for Sale.

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 5:21 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: marketing, preparing your home, real estate

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