8 Curb Appeal Improvements to Make Before You Sell

Are you considering selling your home? Even in a hot market, making certain improvements to the home, such as improvements to your home's curb appeal, can help you fetch top dollar for your home. Making a good first impression to potential buyers can attract them to your home and even help them see that your home is well cared for. Regardless of the home's interior, the exterior is often a potential buyer's first impression of your home - and you'll want to seize the opportunity to make it as best of an impression as possible.

  1. Tidy Up the Trim: Adding a simple coat of paint to the exterior trim and re-caulking any areas in need (such as corners and edges) can make a big impact.

  2. Have a Painting Party: An exterior painting party, that is. If it has been a while since your home has been painted, adding a fresh coat or two of paint to the main home, shed/outbuilding, garage doors and as mentioned above, trim, is sure to make a big impact.

  3. Don't Forget the Front Door: Re-staining the front door, re-painting, including using a contrasting color, can really cause your house to pop. Also, don't forget to update, repair or replace any damaged or outdated door hardware!

  4. Lawn Maintenance: You'll want to make sure your bushes are trimmed, lawn mowed and trimmed, and don't be afraid to add a few low-maintenance plants for pops of color and dimension.

  5. Highlight Outdoor Living and Entertaining Potential: If your home has a great deck, patio, or fire pit, for example, be sure to showcase these spots by having them look their best. Outdoor living is extremely important to most buyers and it can help them paint a picture and envision themselves enjoying the space.

  6. Update Your Windows: If you have not updated your windows in a while (and it is in your budget), potential buyers will love the look, appreciate the energy efficiency, and be one less thing to worry about after moving in.

  7. Match the Exterior with the Interior: When looking at the exterior of your home, give buyers a taste of what they can expect once they come inside the home.

  8. Don't Forget the Garage: In addition to making sure the trim and doors are in good condition, do your best to keep the garage clean and organized to show off the space to potential buyers.



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