Preparing Your Home For Sale – Tips to Improve Curb Appeal

    November 2, 2017

    How is  your home’s curb appeal? Does it beckon to potential home buyers or does it scare them away?  Here are a few tips to improve your home’s curb appeal.

    1. Give your entry a facelift. You home’s front entry is the focal point. Make sure the area is neat and clean of any debris, cobwebs, wasp nests, etc. Add a fresh coat of paint to your front door. If you have a storm door make sure it is clean.
    2. Landscape your yard. I am not talking about going crazy with all different kinds of plants and flowers (after all, not all buyers have “green” thumbs). Just make sure your lawn is mowed, walk ways are edged and bushes are trimmed.
    3. Exterior Lights. Make sure all your lights are working and make sure that your light fixtures are clean (might need to replace with new ones if they older fixtures). Also, make sure they are bug free.
    4. Replace your worn “welcome” mat with a new one. It is small but it does make a difference.
    5. Paint or replace the street numbers on the home or mailbox. Make them more visible.
    6. Power wash your home, the sidewalk, the driveway – give it a new fresh appearance.
    7.  Clean and repair patio and deck areas. Buyers want to envision relaxing and enjoying this area not wondering how much it would cost to fix it.
    8. Repair broken windows and/or screens.  Buyers will notice damages and they automatically start deducting money from your asking price.
    9. Make sure doorbell is in good working order.
    10. Clean out and repair gutters. Buyers do not want to see peeling paint for gutters that are overflowing with leaves and pine needles.

    When listing your home for sale, your top goal will be to get your home sold for the best price and by taking the time to get your home ready before you go on the market, you will save time and money. Remember you only have one time to make a first impression.

    Information provided by: Barbie Riley
    Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hometown, REALTORS®

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