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Drab to Fab - Creating Curb Appeal

We are going to take a short break from our Panhandle Series to help out the sellers! Curb appeal is one of the biggest factors in successfully selling your home. A house that stands out with its exterior beauty is more likely to get looks online and in person, thus leading to a higher likelihood of sale. After all, pretty things sell, and bonus points if they are functional, too!

So how do we go about creating the perfect curb appeal for your home? It depends, but there are some general rules to follow.

First and foremost, a lush, green lawn and some flowers! This can be anything from re-sodding the entire lawn, or just trying out some fertilizers. Keeping everything trimmed and weeds to a minimum helps a ton, too. If you don't have a green thumb, potted plants all dressed up in ceramic planters have the same effect as an expertly maintained garden. From a full-blown DIY project to bringing in a professional, greenery is your best friend in creating curb appeal.

Any good designer will tell you a pop of color makes a world of difference. That is where your front door comes in! Find a color that coordinates with the exterior of your home and make the entryway stand out. Do you have a dark brink exterior? Try out a navy blue door. A neutral vinyl siding? Consider a vibrant red. Even better if you coordinate the shutters to match! A bold entryway invites the potential buyers to look beyond the door and see the beauty within. There are apps available in both the Apple Store and Google Play Store that allow you to "try before you buy" as well. A simple, day-long project, and you can make your home the freshest on the market.

Replacing the smaller items on the front of your house can always work wonders, too. Upgrading the house numbers, sconces, door hardware, and cleaning out the gutters can make an exterior pop! Even something as simple as adding décor to that freshly-painted door draw buyers in. By taking down the (most likely builder grade) numbers and replacing them with a modern font or color, it adds curb appeal... and may help Uber Eats find your home better! Oh, and make sure to power-wash as much as possible. A clean home is a sellable home.

Finally, we take a look at the back yard. While the use of privacy fencing makes the back or side yards less of a factor in your curb appeal, it is still an important part of the exterior of your home. Buyers are typically looking for something with less of an up-front maintenance need. By keeping the back yard clean and well-landscaped, you are only increasing curb appeal. If there is a pool, keep it free of debris. If there are garden beds, raised or otherwise, remove the weeds and keep it from taking over the entire space.

Increasing curb appeal may come with some more difficult tasks, like creating the most appealing landscape, but most everything can be a weekend DIY project with very little cost to the seller. So pick the things that your home can use the most, set aside a weekend, and get to work!

Is your home all dressed up and ready to go? Give us a call at Faith & Hope Realty, Inc. and let us help you list!


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