Curb Appeal

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Tips to give your home Curb Appeal


*  Powerwash the outside of the house. If you have loose, peeling, cracking paint, you’ll need to have the place painted.

*  Powerwash the windows outside and clean them on the inside. Be sure to remove debris and cobwebs—these will make windows look dull.

*  Clean out gutters and replace if they’re rusty, bent or look old and in disrepair.

*  Rake up leaves and dead vegetation and dispose of it.

*  Keep the lawn mowed throughout the sales process. Make sure sidewalks and walkways are edged neatly.

*  Get rid of weeds, dandelions and grass growing up through the driveway or sidewalks.

*  Trim trees so that no limbs are touching the roof.

*  Affix or replace loose roof shingles.

*  Make sure all yard tools and toys are stowed away. Roll up that hose neatly.

*  Put bikes, skateboards and scooters in the garage.

*  If you have a basketball hoop, replace the net if it’s torn, dingy or worn.

*  Trim back unruly, unkempt bushes.

*  Install a motion detector light in the front yard so when lookers come by in the evening, they can see the front of the house.

*  Install low-wattage ground lights along the front walkway.

*  Keep the walkway to the house, the driveway, and the sidewalk in front of the house swept.

*  Plant bright-colored flowers and keep them watered and looking beautiful. Remove wilted dead blooms religiously.

*  Wherever your foundation shows, place a planter with colorful flowers.

*  Give your front door a fresh coat of paint or replace it.

*  Replace the door’s hardware and knob.

*  Paint or stain your wood fences and repair any broken fencing.

*  Replace the mailbox.

*  Apply large, clearly visible house numbers to the front of your house.

*  Keep garbage barrels in the garage out of sight.

*  Powerwash your deck or patio and sand and stain if necessary.

*  Secure any loose railings and boards on your deck.

*  Trim bushes and vegetation around your patio or deck.

*  Set up attractive, comfortable-looking sitting areas in the back yard. You can stage the outside of the house as well as the inside.

*  If you have a dog, be sure to use the pooper scooper on a daily basis. If your dog’s a barker, keep it inside rather than let it stand outside chasing potential buyers away.

*  Remove any wasp nests and ant hills from the premises.

*  Keep all backyard toys and tools put away and the hose rolled up.