Improving the Curb Appeal of Your Home

If you’re planning to sell your home soon, then one thing you can do to help sell it is to improve its curb appeal.  After all a good portion of your potential buyers will make their first impression of your home by what they see from the outside. If you’re thinking of staging the interior, put as much thought into the exterior. A sale could be won or lost when a potential home buyer pulls up to your home.

Improve the curb appeal of your home..

Another factor will be the photos of your home that will be available online. These are what entice visitors to pick your home over others when they are planning their open houses.

Clean Up The Yard

One of the easiest tasks you can do is one that was probably on your to do list anyway. Clean up the leaves that are left over from the fall, the broken branches, etc. Pick up any trash and pull out any dead flowers or large weeds.

Do Some Landscaping

According to Home Advisor “a well-landscaped yard can raise the perceived value of a home by about 15 percent. As much as an attractive yard helps your home’s value, a poorly landscaped yard will take away just as much.”

This doesn’t mean you have to invest in a landscaping company or spend a lot of money, but even a small investment can make a difference, particularly if you are willing to spend a little time.

One way to brighten your yard is to add some flowers about the home’s exterior. To give it some color that it might not normally have.  You don’t even have to plant them if you don’t want to spend the time. Some plants in a pot will have an effect, as well.

If you have some time until you’re ready to sell, then do some repairs on the lawn. If you have some bare patches, then invest in some lawn patch kits you get at the hardware store or just put down some grass seed. A full green yard can do much to add to a home’s appeal.

Get Rid of the Junk

Whether it’s an old grill, a swing set that has long been out of use or just some debris from your last remodeling project, there is bound to be some junk in your yard. That old swing might not just be unattractive, but turn off buyers that don’t have kids. You’re likely making trips to the dump anyway as you clean out the interior so take care of the outside too.

Clean off the Dirt

If the exterior looks dirty and the deck and porch tracked with mud, then power wash it. It’s relatively cheap to do, even if you don’t have one. Many of the local hardware stores have one for rent.  According to Realtor.com this simple step can add a lot of value to many homes. This can also take care of cobwebs, debris the in the gutter.

Touch Up the House

Again you don’t have to spend a lot of time and money on the exterior. If your home has some chipped paint you don’t have to have the exterior completely repainted. If you don’t have the original paint color, then try to get a small patch and take it to your local home improvement store. It might not match perfectly, especially if the paint is old and faded. Yet, from a distance it might match enough and certainly look better than white patches.

If there is white trim on the exterior, then give this a fresh coat as it will make the white stand out that much more and costs little to buy.

Make the Door Stand Out

If the front door is faded or it has scratches and dings on it, then brighten it up with a fresh coat of paint. It could also be a color that stands out from the rest of the home and gives the home a whole new look.

Take Advantage of Your Exterior

Do you have a deck or patio, but the lawn furniture has seen better days? Consider borrow some or at least touching up what you have. You want buyers to imagine themselves sitting out there, entertaining friends and family. If you have an umbrella on your patio that is torn and dirty, people will think you never used the outdoor space.

Get Some Input From Your Realtor

Your Realtor will likely give you some advice as they tour the house, including things to do for the exterior.  Let them know your budget and they’ll let you know how to take advantage of it.

First impressions do matter when it comes to selling a home, so do what you can to make the right impression. This will attract the attention of more buyers and help you get the price you want.

If you’re planning to sell your home in the Dubuque area and want help getting the price you want, then contact one of the Realtors at American Realty. We serve not only Dubuque, but surrounding communities, such as Cascade, Peosta, Asbury, and Dyerseville. They have the experience to know what it takes to sell your home at the best possible price. Call us today at (563) 556-4577.

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