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The Top Four Areas to Focus On to Increase Your Home’s Curbside Appeal & Value

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 | Uncategorized | No Comments

According to the National Association of Realtors, 63 % of homebuyers will tour a home they’ve viewed online. They cite “curbside appeal,” which refers to the first impression buyers have of a property. Regardless of the home’s inside, it’s the outside that matters most.

What will buyers see when they view your home? First impressions matter. Look at your home from a buyer’s perspective. The four main areas they focus on include your front entry, yard and landscaping, driveway, and roof. Here are some suggestions.

Front Entry
» How well is your entryway illuminated? Consider using affordable LED and solar lighting.
» Repaint your front door, trim, and shutters with a bright color contrasting the house.
» Make sure the doorbell operates and that metalwork, including your street numbers, is clean and polished.
» Replace burned-out exterior bulbs, and clean all lighting fixtures.
» Seasonal wreaths or a decorative door knocker can make your home more welcoming.
» Add large potted plants to your deck or porch.
» Consider upgrading your walkway to an alternative surface or applying stain or paint to your concrete. Add plants and a rock shoulder on each side of the path.
» Do a “mailbox makeover.”
» Replace your welcome mat with a large, bright, and cheery mat.
» Add a rocking chair or even a bench.
» Consider adding an arbor near the front door.
» Add outdoor curtains to set off a seating area or porch to add a touch of color.

Yard and Landscaping
» Create a pop of color with flowers on your porch, along the drive, or around your trees.
» Select a variety of plants and flowers to create year-round color.
» Weed, remove dead blooms, and mulch regularly.
» Mow and trim your entire yard regularly. Reseed bare areas, and eliminate yard clutter. Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed.
» Repair or remove old or outdated fencing.

Driveway and Walkway
» Remove clutter and anything else that will detract from the home’s appearance.
» Repair cracked and damaged walkways.
» Make sure your driveway is well lighted and easy for guests to navigate.
» Add plants or decorative rock along your drive.

The Roof
» Clean and repair gutters.
» Remove holiday lighting and hooks.
» Remove accumulated leaves and pine needles.
» Does your roof need replacing or just a good cleaning?

The time and money you invest in improving your curbside appeal will more than pay for itself. A few hundred dollars and a weekend or two spent improving your home’s first impression can result in thousands of dollars in the purchase price, so take the time to do it right.

Jesse C. Boling, REALTOR®
Exit Real Estate Professionals Network
865-383-3948 office
865-335-7270 cell

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