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How To Make The Most Of Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Posted in Around The Home, Around The House, Existing Home Sales, Home Selling, Home Values, Pending Home Sales by southorangecounty on February 1, 2013

How To Make The Most Of Spring Curb Appeal

According to the National Association of REALTORS?, 63% of homebuyers will drop by after viewing a home they like online. If your home isn’t alluring from the outside, potential buyers may never schedule a showing to see the desirable features within it. Here are some tips to create a first impression that may lead to a sale this spring.

                             Curb appeal

  1. Under pressure. Pressure washing is budget-friendly way to dramatically improve a home’s exterior. Dingy siding, mildewed decks, faded walkways and oil-stained driveways can be returned to pristine condition.
  2. Contain yourself. Consider investing in container plants. Arranging them around the yard and entryway is a quick way to brighten up a space and create a splash of color.
  3. Get rid of gutter clutter. Clean your gutters. Often leaves, branches and debris may be visible from the street.
  4. Open up. Homes with open your curtains often look brighter and more inviting.
  5. Enjoy the view. Clean windows speak for themselves.
  6. Lighten up. Outdoor lighting is aesthetically pleasing and provides visual aid in the dark.
  7. Quick fixes. Updated hardware, such as doorknobs, lighting and even the mailbox, can greatly enhance an entryway.
  8. Store more. Put away any tools, toys, bikes etc. out of sight so they do not detract from the home.
  9. Repair and renew. Improve the obvious by filling in sidewalk cracks, fixing screen doors, and touching up any paint that is chipped.
  10. Tidy up. Remember to rake the leaves and trim the hedges to give the yard a boost.
  11. Make sure that you hire an experienced local Realtor – like me – to handle the sale of your property.  In a hot market like the one we are now in, it would be a shame to sell for too low a price.
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