We Do Judge A Book By Its Cover

Curb appealGetting the attention of buyers is your main challenge when selling your home. A home with great curb appeal is a sure way to attract potential buyers who drive around the neighborhood or view pictures of your home on the internet.  A home that makes a good first impression is one that will be on the top of any buyer’s list – and that’s half the battle. Great curb appeal is an irresistible invitation to see the interior of the home.

Giving your home a face-lift does not mean you have to spend a fortune but you will have spend some cash.  One of the easiest and cheapest things you can do to uplift the exterior is to put it on a weekly lawn maintenance program until you sell it.  Keeping the grass mowed, weeds pulled, flower beds mulched, and shrubs trimmed produces a well-manicured, classy look that tells buyers the inside is just as neat as the outside.

To really make your home pop, try these time-tested tricks:

– add splashes of color with groupings of flowers strategically placed around the front walk and porch. Select flowers that complement the exterior paint. Also, minimize the number of different colors you use.  Set up attractive flower containers with ivy and flowers that line the walkway.

– power wash and paint your home.  Stick with an appealing color scheme. Drive around and see which homes attract you and copy those colors.  Don’t forget to power wash the driveway and sidewalk so everything looks fresh and bright. And finally, clean, repair and paint gutters and downspouts.

curbappeal mailbox– upgrade your mailbox and house numbers. Make sure the mailbox is straight and any bushes around it are trimmed.

– install a more attractive front door and hardware. Or repaint your front door, but definitely install new hardware.

There are many things you can do to create an attractive exterior.  Your Realtor can give you suggestions and recommendations, and you can search the internet for some fantastic, inexpensive ideas.  So, before you put stick that “for sale” sign in your yard, spend the time and money to improve the exterior of your home. As the old saying goes, “You only get one chance to make a good impression” and you don’t want any potential buyer seeing your home before it’s ready.  You wouldn’t do it for the inside, so don’t do it for the outside.