9 Pin-teresting Ways to Up Your Curb Appeal

As we get closer and closer to warm weather and long days, it’s a great time to start thinking about ways to increase the appeal of your home… whether it’s going on the market or just needs some refreshing. Luckily, we have Pinterest at our fingertips for some great ideas. Here are 9 “Pin-teresting” Ways to Up Your Curb Appeal from our very own Pinterest page.

Paint Your Front Door

The focal point of any visit to a home is the initial destination: the front door. Whether you go for a fun, contrasting color or a neutral update, painting your front door is one of the easiest and most impactful ways to up your curb appeal.

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Replace Old Hardware

Nothing kills a great first impression faster than a rusty door handle or immovable door knocker. An easy way to fix this is to replace old hardware on any of your outdoor entrances, whether it’s a gate latch, door knob or new decorative wrought iron piece on the your garage door. In some cases painting a metallic finish can look just as good, so take a look at both options to see which one your prefer.

Create Symmetry on Your Porch

Symmetry is pleasing to the eye, and it helps to give some semblance of order and neatness to the outside of a house. Place two identical plants, sculptures or pieces of furniture next to your front door or find other ways to create symmetry on your porch for a soothing, neat look.

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Give Your Mailbox a Makeover

Most old-fashioned mailboxes tend to be an aging afterthought on the edge our lawns, but if you have a free-standing mailbox give it a makeover that makes it a decorative part of your front yard. A fresh coat of paint and an elegant font for your address show that you have put some thought into the little details of the home and tells a buyer that the property is well cared for.

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Spruce Up Your Landscaping

An unkempt yard is one of the main things that can distract from a beautiful house, no matter how pristine it is. Remove dead shrubs, trees or flower beds and cut back out of control landscaping to give the appearance of a meticulous outdoor exterior. Be sure not to overlook vines, edging, low hanging branches and other smaller parts of your yard.

Plant Some Flowers

After you’ve cut back all the dead and dried up vegetation, spruce up your yard by planting a welcoming bunch of flowers. Both potted and in-ground flowers make a cheery addition to any home. Another great idea is to add window or railing boxes with potted flowers to spread the colors and greenery of plants to other areas of the home.

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Wash Your Windows & Gutters

Washing your windows may not be the first thing that comes to mind as far as high-impact improvements, but it really does make a world of difference. Giving your windows and gutters a little TLC will pay huge dividends with buyers looking for a clean and new-looking exterior.

Upgrade Your Walkways

A simple, natural looking walkway of flagstone is an upscale addition that is well worth the investment. Concrete often crumbles, cracks and otherwise wears over time, so consider rebuilding your walkway with stone steps for a more finished look that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. You can also put this idea to work on back patios or side walkways.

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Add Some Furniture

Large, spacious porches can take on the appearance of being lonely and empty areas, so try adding some comfortable and stylish furniture to fill some space and up the coziness factor. Buyers want to visualize themselves enjoying the house, so thoughtful additions such as outdoor furniture can help them to see themselves as the future owners

These are just a few places to start, but to see these and many more fun ideas, check out my Pinterest page to get inspired. Remember that the first impression is so important to buyers and can mean the difference between a great showing and a mediocre one, so make your curb appeal a priority. If you have questions about listing your home or preparing it for sale, feel free to contact me today. Happy Pinning everyone!

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“I want to sell my home… Where do I start?”

Spring is on its way! With warmer weather and peak home-buying season on the horizon you may be thinking about finding a new house for your family. The first step however, is making sure your current home is ready to sell and understanding how the process works. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

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Find an Agent

When you decide to sell your home, you can use one of two routes: find a real estate agent or sell on your own. 90% of real estate transactions involve a licensed real estate agent, and for good reason. Agents have firsthand experience in preparing homes for sale, getting the word out to potential buyers and navigating all of the paperwork and specifics of real estate financing. Look for an established real estate agent who knows your area well, has great negotiating skills and a solid reputation.

Prep Your Home for Sale

When getting ready to put your house on the market, you want it to be in the best possible condition. This includes a clean and meticulous appearance, so clean your house thoroughly or better yet, hire a professional cleaning service to do it for you. Make any outstanding repairs on broken or neglected parts of the house, and remove as much clutter and excess stuff as you can. An open and spacious home that is clean and welcoming helps potential buyers to see themselves living there.

Get an Appraisal and Inspection

The best way to keep an objective perspective and have sufficient support for setting the price of your home is by knowing exactly how much your house is worth. Sellers tend to see their home through rose-colored glasses, and a 3rd party evaluation of a house offers insight into potential drawbacks of a home as well as uncovers an serious problems that need to be addressed or disclosed. Be aware of the disclosure laws in your area to protect yourself from any liability. Appraisals and inspections are an added expense, but well worth the money and leverage in future negotiations.

Be Prepared to Negotiate

Although your real estate agent will help you to navigate the process of reviewing offers, make sure that you go in prepared to negotiate. The price you have in mind may not be the price that your house sells for so take a look at your finances and make sure you know what you’re willing to offer. One of the things your realtor will help you with is determining if potential buyers are serious and can afford the property, but when the time comes you have the final decision on which price will sell.

These aren’t the only steps involved in starting the process to sell your home, but these important points will put you well on your way to a successful sale. Give me a call or send me an email today and I’d be happy to talk more about getting your home on the market this Spring.