Tips To Improve The Curb Appeal Of Your Home

Tips To Improve The Curb Appeal Of Your Home

Curb appeal is the equivalent of charisma in a home.
It's that quality that makes you say "wow," when you first see it. You feel good when you pull into the driveway. You want to walk in the front door. Whether the home is yours or one that you're considering, curb appeal can make a big difference in how you feel about the property.
If your home has that star quality, you not only won't have any trouble getting more for it than similar homes in the same neighborhood. It also means you won't have any trouble getting potential buyers into the home.
It works the other way, too. "A lot of people won't go into a house if it looks bad from the outside," says Tom Silva, general contractor on the PBS series "This Old House" and "Ask This Old House." "Curb appeal is the beginning of getting people to look at the inside."
If your home doesn't shine, there are plenty of things you can do to unleash its charm.
1. Manicure the yard: Some of the prime elements: Nurture and mow the lawn, so that it's trimmed and healthy. Make sure plant beds "are edged with nice, crisp edges, and mulched. It gives the feeling that if the outside is being taken care of, maybe the inside is, too."
2. Clean the windows, doors and front entryway: Get rid of those spider webs on the light fixtures, shine any metal work and change all the bulbs. Visitors will notice whether the front of the home looks clean, even if it's on an unconscious level. And if everything is shined and bright, it's not only inviting but it signals that the rest of the home is well maintained.
3. Scope out the front door: It's one of the first things people will notice in a home, so make it count. But that doesn't mean you have to break the bank because there are good options at every price level. You can paint it for the cost of your time and a little paint or have it professionally replaced for $1,000 or more.
4. Don't skimp on flowers: It's always nice to have flowers in front of the house. And, for some reason, people like red flowers better than anything else.
5. Pressure clean: It can give a clean, new appearance to walkways, driveways and depending on the construction of your home sometimes the house itself.
6. Talk to your friends: You don't see something starting to look old or run-down because you see it so gradually. Bring in a couple of people you trust and ask for their opinions.
7. Head for the trees: Trees planted in the proper spaces can enhance the appeal and value of a home.
8. Paint your house: If you really want to really amp up that curb appeal, painting your house makes a difference. Use colors that are appropriate for the style of your house. For instance, in historical buildings, that often means soft colors and warm colors. You want to have a color that's warm and inviting. It's one of the easiest ways to get curb appeal.
9. Call an arborist: Cut down the low-hanging branches. Especially the branches that are hanging over the house. And that's an area where you do want to use a pro. If you're ever hiring anyone to work on your home, get several free estimates. Don't automatically choose the cheapest one. Instead, select the one in whom you have the most confidence. And verify that your choice has liability and workman's comp insurance. Ask to see the certificate.
10. Reseal the driveway: Do it yourself in a weekend or hire a pro. For a pro, the best thing you can get is a recommendation from someone who's had the work done fairly recently. If you do it yourself, wash down the driveway one day and let it dry. Then seal it the next day. If it has cracks that you need to seal, allow an extra day for the job.
11. Examine the shutters: Many times they're the wrong size and most people hang them upside down or put them too far away from the windows. What that does is throw off the proportion of the house.
12. Look for elements that draw too much attention from the rest of the house: One example is the garage door. A garage door should blend in. It shouldn't stand out and be the whole focus of the garage.
Using some of these tips when you are getting ready to sell your property will increase the “Curb Appeal” of the property and will give you the winning edge over your competition in the area.
Happy Investing!



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