Curb Appeal Tips

Curb appeal (the way your house looks from the street) is a term often used when putting your home up for sale, and for good reason.  A well-maintained exterior and attractive landscaping can add thousands of dollars of value to your home’s value and significantly cut the amount of time it spends on the market.  So what can you do to increase your home’s curb appeal?  Follow the tips below:

  • Wash your house:  put your power washer to use, borrow a neighbor’s or rent one.  Wash your windows and glass doors inside and out.  And clear out your gutters and downspouts.  Don’t forget your garage door.
  • Paint:  if the exterior needs some touch-ups, do it!  Hire a painter if the house needs a fresh coat, but don’t go crazy with a bright, bold color.  Keep it neutral, just like interior paint.
  • Perform maintenance:  secure hanging gutters, straighten crooked shutters, replace cracked windows or doors and repair any fence posts that are split or missing.  And don’t neglect the roof; remove any stains and replace or repair loose shingles.
  • Show your yard some love:  prune overgrown bushes, trees, and plants.  Weed your flower beds and planting beds.  Replace the border if it is broken, old or could use an update (stone is very attractive).  Add some mulch to the beds for an instant upgrade.  Window boxes are also an easy way to add some color and flowers to your home’s exterior.  Mow the lawn and edge around the walkways, driveway and planting and flower bed borders.
  • Update your mailbox:  a mailbox should complement your home’s style.  If your mailbox is faded, purchase a new one or add a fresh coat of paint.  Plant some flowers around it to add a nice touch.

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