Can your home use a bit of extra curb appeal?

Your home’s exterior is like the cover of a book, setting the stage for what’s inside, and piquing interest from buyers. Whether you’re interested in selling, or think its time for some improvements, adding curb appeal is often an easy and inexpensive way to boost the value of your home.

Here are the “Top 5” projects that will help your home make a better first impression:

  1. Landscaping
    This doesn’t have to be an entire yard of sod and new trees, picking things up and making sure your grass is freshly cut, is a great beginning. People like to see  a well maintained yard. Use plants to accentuate and frame key visual points, like windows or entryways. If there’s no space for plants, hang one. A nice flowering plant near the entry also adds to your homes improvement
  2. Make your front door stand out
    A new paint job on your front door is an inexpensive way to add value. Don’t be afraid to go bright, but do test a swatch before painting to ensure the final product will be what you’re looking for. There is an app your can use called the Front Door Paint app, which lets you virtually test out different colors.
  3. Clean the Gutters
    Clean gutters both inside and out, clearing out any debris and scrubbing the outsides until they look good as new (or as close to new as you can get). You’ll be in awe at what a little elbow grease can do.
  4.  Power Wash the Outside
    There are few things more satisfying than power washing years of dirt and grime off your siding, porch, walkway, and driveway. This gives an automatic “face lift” to a weathered, molded concrete.
  5. Light up the Exterior
    Everyone loves to see things shine. Make sure that bulbs are replaced and that you have enough light on the outside. Buyers enjoy riding by in daylight and after dark, so you want to be sure your house is welcoming. Landscape lighting is inexpensive today and can put the spotlight on your home without much cost.

From a real estate standpoint, curb appeal makes a home more valuable and easier to sell.  Even small improvements, such as paint colors or furniture placement, can go a long way toward improving the look and feel of your home, and add thousands of dollars to the sales price.

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