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5 Tips for increasing your home’s curb appeal


Selling your home can take a great deal of work. Cleaning, de-cluttering, and staging your home for potential buyers can be a stressful ordeal. The best course of action is to plan ahead and work on getting your house ready to sell over a period of a couple of months. This way you are not rushed and can take your time. When preparing your home for sale, be sure to pay special attention to detail on your porch and front lawn. Your front door and lawn will be the first thing that potential buyers see and this will generate their first impression of the home. This article will highlight some tips to increase your home’s curb appeal.

  1. Make sure your photos look great. Did you know that curb appeal and first impressions begin before an interested buyer steps foot onto your property. With the increase in real estate apps and online home shopping, the importance of having a great photographer and good pictures of your home is critical. The first impression that a buyer has of your home is no longer when they pull up in your driveway; it is now online.
  2. Take a walk around your home as if you were a buyer. What do you see? Are there things that you would want fixed or updated if you were a buyer? If you see small things that need to be fixed, be sure to do them. If you see larger items, be sure to talk with your real estate agent about the pros and cons of disclosing information. Regardless, it is a good idea to make your yard and home look like a property you would want to purchase.
  3. Check the roof. It is probably the last thing on your mind, but potential home buyers are going to look for big ticket items that may need replaced in the foreseeable future. If your home is immaculate and the yard looks great, but the roof is filthy or in shambles, you could potentially lose your buyer. A roof can be expensive to replace so you want to make sure that it looks the best that it can. If it needs to be washed, hire a company to come out and do so as it will make your home look better to interested parties.
  4. Make sure you have house numbers. If you do not have house numbers, be sure to add some of your home. House numbers make the home easy to find and also makes the home appear welcoming. When selecting house numbers, make sure that they match the style of your home. If you have older numbers, clean them or consider replacing them if they are in bad shape.
  5. Make sure your yard is well kept. Having a freshly mowed lawn and a garden that is full of flowers instead of weeds is a great way to attract potential buyers. Be sure that all of your pathways are clear of dirt, debris, and have been edged. If you have a mailbox, make sure that it has been inspected and cleaned as well.

While these tips are great, you should take the lead from trends in your local area. Take a ride around your neighborhood and look at other houses that are for sale. How does yours compare? If you live in southern California, you can check out for additional ideas.

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