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Ways to Improve Curb Appeal

Posted by kim carpenter on March 29, 2016
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When it comes to selling your home, first impressions are everything. Truth is, the look of your house plays a big role both in attracting buyers and ensuring that it sells for a good price. If you’ re thinking of putting your house on the market, here are some ways to improve its curb appeal.

Taking Good Photos: It’s likely the first place potential buyers will see your home is the internet. And so, in order to showcase your home’s best qualities, it’s essential that you know how to take good photos. This means you take solo shots of each room with flattering angles and lighting, all the while avoiding too much sunlight (protip: take your photos on cloudy days), and making sure to critically examine all photos before posting them anywhere. You may want to check out this website for more detailed strategies.

Apply Fresh Paint: Applying a fresh coat to the walls, front door, or exterior can breathe new life into a property. Painting the whole of your house can seem like a major job, which is why it’s necessary to pinpoint the areas that need the most spiffing up. Maybe it’s the dated-looking bathroom, or the weathered side of the house, or a wall covered with your child’s Crayola art. A bit of paint can go a long way and do wonders for reinvigorating your home’s look.

Keep the Lawn Looking Good: This may be obvious but the lawn is the first thing potential buyers will see when coming to check out your home, and a well-maintained lawn may just be the key to making or breaking a deal. So obviously, you want your home in the best-looking looking version of itself. Depending on the season, you want to make sure your lawn is being watered regularly. You also want to keep the grass freshly mowed and check periodically for weeds, dead flowers, yellow patches, or pests. Other things to look out for: hanging gutters, missing bricks from the front steps, peeling paint.

Wash the Windows: Be sure to clean them inside and out. Swipe cobwebs, spray or mop with vinegar or a commercial cleanser, clean out the dirt wedged between crevices, and wipe dry with a squeegee. And while you’re at it, it won’t hurt to pressure-hose down the deck or porch areas. This is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to boost your home’s curb appeal.

Improve the Roof: Depending on your roof, this could mean replacing missing, faded, or curled shingles, or it could mean just removing the build-up of muck over the years. You may want to call a professional with this step so that you don’t end up damaging anything by accident.

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