5 Powerful Ways to Improve Curb Appeal

5 Powerful Ways to Improve Curb Appeal
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    Any realtor will tell you that homes with curb appeal sell faster and at a better price.

    What is curb appeal?


It’s how your home looks at a distance from the street, a buyer’s first impression. And just like people, first impressions stick. Fortunately, curb appeal doesn’t mean big expensive projects like replacing vinyl siding with redwood.

Read on for 5 small projects that will go a long way in increasing your home’s curb appeal.

    • 1. Spruce Up Your Front Door

      Your home’s front door is like a smile. Greet your guests with a pretty door. Add a blast of color with fresh paint in a shade to compliment or contrast nicely with the rest of the house. Use metal polish on the doorknob, or replace old sagging ones. Last, add a pretty seasonal wreath.

    • 2. Jazz Up Your Mailbox

      A dilapidated or cheap mailbox can ruin your home’s overall curb appeal. A mailbox should compliment the overall appearance of your home. Consider investing in a new one, or at least adding some zing to your existing one with paint and new numbers and lettering. Add a colorful flowerbed around the base. Drop boxes should match your home’s trim.

    • 3. Give the Lawn a Manicure

      Keep the lawn mowed always when your home has a For Sale Sign out front. Reseed bald patches, pull weeds, prune bushes, plant flowers, and add new mulch. Container gardens add a nice touch, giving your home colorful curb appeal. Buy them ready made, or create your own. Place them strategically. For most landscape designs, a staggered, asymmetrical arrangement works best.

    • 4. Give Your Home an Exterior Facelift

      An exterior facelift can make a big difference in your home’s marketability. Old gutter systems, peeling paint, and cracked windows speak of years of neglect. Replace old gutters with the new snap-fit vinyl gutter systems. They are very affordable and can be put together with only a few tools. If you need to paint, it’s best to match the existing paint.

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  • 5. Check the Condition of Your Roof

    Your roof is one of the first things scrutinized by both buyers and appraisers. If your roof needs attention, you may get by with just a good cleaning to remove dirt, lichen, and algae, but hire a professional with the right tools. If you do need a new roof, it’s better to invest in one before you put the house on the market. Otherwise, you will pay for it in lowered home value.

Even if you are only remotely considering putting your home on the market, keep these 5 tips in mind for the future. A little bit of prevention now can go a long way.

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