There is a saying: You never get a second chance to make a first impression. That saying may refer to meeting people, but the same holds true when you're selling your home. Let's make sure that the first impression a potential buyer gets of your home leaves a positive one. Play up the curb appeal with these easy hacks of the trade, and get ready for compliments and inquiries.
Tips to Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal
• Place clearly visible house numbers to the front of your home
• Keep all of garbage and recycling bins in the garage out of sight
• Power wash the exterior of your home. Repair any loose, peeling or cracking paint
• Clean all the windows inside and outside. If you have any debris and cobwebs, make sure you remove them — these make windows look dull, and you want them to look clear and clean
• Fix loose shingles on your roof. Clean out your gutters and replace them if they are bent or look old and ugly. Trim trees so that they are out of the way of the roof.
• During the fall months, rake up leaves and tidy up your flower beds and gardens. Keep your lawn mowed and manicured during the sales process. Keep sidewalks and walkways neatly edged
• Remove weeds and wild grass growing up through the driveway or sidewalks
• Make sure all your yard tools and toys are put away. Roll up the garden hose neatly
• Put bicycles, skateboards and scooters in your garage. If you have a basketball hoop, replace the net if needed
• Trim back bushes. Remove them if they look unkept and dry
• Keep the walkway, driveway and sidewalk neatly swept. If you have a a long front walkway, install low-wattage ground lights
• Plant colorful, seasonal flowers and keep them watered and looking fresh
• Give your front door a new coat of paint or replace it if needed. Replace the door's hardware and the door knob
• Stain wood fences and repair any broken fencing
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