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Improving curb appeal to sell your home!

Curb appeal.

Its one of those terms that gets tossed around a lot in the real estate world.

But what is it? And how can you get it?

Well for starters, curb appeal is the quality of a home that makes you want to go inside it when you see it from the street. Most houses do not have it.

Heck, even most houses that are actively being sold do not have it. This creates a great opportunity for people who want to sell their homes and are willing to do a little bit of work and spend a little bit of money to make their home more marketable.

Are you one of the people who want to gain an edge on other sellers by doing some relatively simple things to make your home more marketable? Of course you are, that’s why you are reading this.

So lets talk about how you can “get” curb appeal for the house you are selling.

We will start with just making the home more visible on the street. You may have noticed that on most streets there are one or two houses that stand out when you drive down them. The biggest difference in these one or two homes is usually that they are colored differently from the surrounding houses. If the majority of the homes are white or light colored siding, then the one or two homes that are more darkly colored stand out. The same is true in reverse.

So to stand out, go against the flow a little bit.

While we are painting, lets think about the trim. Are the colors you are trimming with complementary to the base color of the home? Do they provide just enough contrast to highlight your homes lines and features without being gaudy? If so great, if not take another look and see if there might be a better option for the colors you have selected.

Another great way to make a home really pop while painting is to add a third or fourth trim color. Again make sure it fits an overall theme, and make sure that the colors balance each other well…otherwise your home may start to resemble a clown car. If you are unsure of colors head down to your local hardware or paint supply store. Most if not all of them have swatches of suggested color combinations that are sure to give your home that pop you are looking for.

While we are talking about painting the trim, lets talk about the house trim itself. Have you considered swapping those builders grade shutters that are on every other house on the street for something just a little different. With modern tools and molding there are shudders available in a large variety of sizes and styles, one of them is certain to bring a little personality to the house you are selling.

Another option near the windows, is to put in window boxes with some flowers. Because not much makes a place look as warm and receptive as flowers.

Flowers of course provides another great segue….into landscaping. I am going to back away from the flowers themselves at this point and speak more generally about the type of landscaping that gives the home that extra inviting appeal.

At the very beginning here, I want to state that open is better than closed. The reason I point this out is because many people like to make their home a fort and while that may be comforting to a resident, closing the front of a home off does just that. It closes it off.

So what we want to do is to create lines that draw you to the door, with the part of the yard nearest the street open and wide and the landscaped features angled in towards the door. You can use a variety of features to do this.  Some that you might consider would be a walking path (apart from the driveway) to the door, shrubs or trees, and flower beds.

As a side note, all flower beds, shrubbery and trees should be framed and mulched. I myself prefer a more natural look, but home buyers as a whole do not.

Back to talking about walkways and driveways. One of the easiest ways to spruce up a walk or driveway is to install foot lights. In addition to being attractive, they are also very pragmatic and will save you a trip or a puddle splash in no time.

Lighting is not restricted to foot paths either. Updating your porch light, corner lights on the garage or your mid yard lamppost is always a great way to add some character to the front of a home. Currently copper is all the rage, but classic cast iron is always a winner.

As this article has turned into me rambling on about various ways you can produce that ever desired curb appeal, and I think the ideas put forth are enough to set you on a good path; I am going to talk a little about the front patio and doorway and then let you get on with making your home as appealing from the street as possible.

The front patio and doorway apply the same principles as the yard. You want them to be as open and welcoming as possible without being plain Jane boring. The easiest way to accomplish this is to think like you are staging any other room. Place no more furniture on the patio than is required for sitting and having a place to put a drink. Color coordinate the furniture with the house, season and/or flower themes. Put a wreath or other decoration on the door. Put some nice planters with flowers either on the edge or just off the edge of the patio.

And most importantly…think all of this through and put together a total image rather than just tossing it all together like I wrote this article. ( Hey I am a Realtor, not a writer HAHA)

Have a great day and good luck getting that house sold! Let me know if you need help.

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