How to Improve Curb Appeal

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    How to Improve Curb Appeal

    In real estate, first impressions are everything. The front of your home is not only the first thing potential buyers will see when they visit your home for an open house or showing, but it’s also typically the first image that will be included with your real estate listing. If a buyer doesn’t like what they see from that initial photo, they may pass over your listing altogether.

    This means that it’s a wise decision to improve the curb appeal of your home before you even put in a call to the local real estate agent. Here are a few tips for sprucing up the exterior of your home and making it one of the most desirable on the block.

    Get rid of the clutter. It’s common advice for the interior of your home, but putting away or getting rid of garbage, junk, toys, etc. around the exterior of your home is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve curb appeal. Running out of room in the shed? Consider renting a temporary storage unit for any yard tools or large kids play equipment that’s too large to store on your property.

    Update the doors. New exterior doors are a relatively inexpensive, yet incredibly effective way to give the entire facade of your home a fresh, updated look. Can’t swing replacements? Give the doors a new coat of paint, instead.

    Add some color. Before you take listing images of your home, add a few pops of color outdoors. This can be as simple as hanging a bright welcome flag outside the front door and setting a pair of potted flower arrangements on the stoop, or take it a step further by investing in window boxes for the front of your home or planting a new flower bed along your front walkway.

    Tackle any repair work. Even minor repairs, like a broken gutter, missing paving stones, or a superficial foundation crack can be seen as potential red flags by buyers, and an indication of how your home has been maintained. Spending a weekend taking care of minor repair work around the exterior of your home can have major payoffs.

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