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5 tips to raise the curb appeal of your home

5 tips to raise the curb appeal of your home

Making the right first impression is very important if you are selling your home. Buyers are already making judgements about your property the moment they pull up in front, and you need to make sure that you home sends the right message. You can take action to raise the curb appeal of your home so that it is more attractive to prospective buyers. Here are five easy ways to give the outside of your home the facelift it needs to sell more quickly.

  1. Wash Your Home. Your home could probably use a bath before you introduce it to prospective buyers. You can power wash the outside to get rid of the dirt and grime, and you might even be surprised at the immediate difference this makes. Take down any cobwebs, bird nests, and bug nests that may be there. Clear out gunk from the gutters so it doesn't draw negative attention. Don't forget the windows and doors, which need to shine and sparkle to catch the right light and draw the eye. The idea is to get everything looking spotlessly clean, so that buyers think of your house as well maintained and neat.

  2. Fresh coat of paint. Sometimes cleaning isn't enough, because paint can chip and fade. If you add some fresh paint you get multiple benefits from this one measure. It will add value to your home and be very attractive to buyers who are viewing it because it's one of the first things they notice. Your best bet is probably to go with the same color already there, unless it is a bad one. You can scrape a chip of paint to take in to the store, and they can help you match it.

  3. Landscaping. A haircut would go quite nicely with the bath and makeup you have given your home up to this point. Mow the lawn and pull any weeds to give your home a neat, trim look. Plant flowers and trim overgrown shrubbery. Many professionals choose to landscape for curb appeal. Buyers love to see a lawn that looks well-tended and inviting.

  4. Update your mailbox. It may seem like a small thing, but a mailbox that is clean, well-maintained, and matches the home makes your whole place look more appealing. You can either replace your mailbox or give it a paint job and some decorations. Simple and clean is best.

  5. Add some porch furniture. Buyers like to see homes they can imagine themselves living in. Porch furniture adds to the style of the home and gives it a cozy, lived in feeling that puts buyers in the mood to see more and stick around. A couple of rocking chairs, a bistro set, or some classic wicker seating combined with a table can make a big difference in how buyers view your home.

Your curb appeal is the first impression you will make on your buyers, so make it a good one. If you are looking to raise your curb appeal, consult with an experienced realtor for more tips. We can put you in touch with a great realtor to tell you how to improve the value of your home.

About the Editor


Tanya Stewart

Ms. Stewart holds a B.S. in Engineering Psychology from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and Juris Doctorate law degree from the University of Georgia, Athens. She has over 15 years of experience running different businesses. She taught Marketing and Strategy for the Georgia branch of GKIC, a global Entrepreneurship & Marketing company.

GKIC influences more than 1 million business owners per year. Tanya specializes in Strategy for the business and implementation of the tactics necessary to execute the Companys plan. She also develops content, creates and refines campaigns and manages agents and staff to keep them on task. As a professional speaker and published author, she is articulate and persuasive, and serves as the American face of the company.

Her happy journey from Engineering-Psychology and through Law school merged into 15 years running different businesses. A professional speaker and published author, she has taught Marketing and Strategy for the Georgia branch of GKIC, a global Entrepreneurship & Marketing company that influences more than 1 million business owners per year. In seeking a new way to be of service, she Co-Founded HelpFindingMyAgent.com to combine her love of digital marketing and people.

Tanya Stewart
Vice President Sales &
Co-Founder of HFMA

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