Does YOUR home have Curb Appeal ?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Here in Reston, VA, Spring has literally sprung. Everything is alive and fresh and green with sprinkles of color!

Your home’s first impressions begin even before the front door. Your home must have appeal from the street. If it doesn’t appear welcoming on the outside, buyers will either keep on driving or form negative opinions before they come in the front door.

It can be very difficult to look at your own house objectively and with fresh eyes. If this is the case, enlist the help of a very honest friend. I think we all know 1 brutally honest person!

Stand across the street, then look at the property from each corner – is the landscaping overgrown? “If you can’t see it, you can’t sell it!” Add color to beds and plants of varying heights. Add fresh mulch or ground cover. Remove any dead plants and cut back all shrubs to window height. Clean all debris and moss from roofs and gutters.

Look at the condition of the lawn. Does the mailbox need replacing? What about the shutters and the window screens? And just how welcoming is your welcome mat? Does it say “Go Away” or “Attack Cat on Duty”? Then you might consider replacing that.
When choosing a door mat – the wider the better. This gives the impression of a wider entry way.

Perhaps the front door could use a fresh coat of paint, how about the trim – remember to check with your HOA for approved colors. Repainting the doors and trim help to make the house look crisp and in good condition and it’s one of the least expensive things you can do to dress up a home.

If you have a garage or driveway – be sure they look well maintained as well.

Garages and carports need to be swept out and organized. If it is necessary to use part of the garage or the entire garage for storage – just keep it neat. Children’s toys, firewood, etc should be stored in the back of the home.

Hopefully you've gotten some ideas for YOUR appeal!!!

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Have a wonderful Spring.


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