I mowed my lawn finally! It had gotten way out of hand. My house looked like the delinquent child in the neighborhood. I mowed and then weeded one of the flower beds. It was amazing what a difference it made. Every time I pull up to my house I smile. In this episode of my guide to selling your home – I want to talk about curb appeal.
That’s how important curb appeal is. You want to create a positive emotion in a buyer. When they pull up to your house that first impression sets the mood and creates the first emotions. Heck even if you aren’t selling wouldn’t you like to smile every time you drive up to your house?
I have had buyers decide they didn’t want to look at a house just based on their first impression driving up to the house.
What impression does your house give out? How do you feel when you pull up to your house? Do you smile, are you glad to be home? Or do you cringe and think about all the things that need to be done?
Simple things you can do to create great curb appeal.
For starters mow and edge your lawn. You can rent an edger at your local rental company. Trim your trees and bushes and weed your flower beds. Nothing looks nicer than a clean flower bed with some new bark dust spread out.
A simple inexpensive big bang is to plant flowers in the plant beds and flower pots in and around your house. Put a fresh pot of flowers near the door, on the patio or deck and along walk ways. You can get flowers inexpensively at many of the stores in your area and local nurseries. Some of my favorites are Shonnards, Garland, and Susans Garden and Coffee Shop (use to be Schmidts) and I also like Bi-mart or Home DePot.
A pet peeve of mine is to walk up to a home for sale and the entry is full of cobwebs and it hasn’t been swept. Take time to clear out the cobwebs and sweep the entry and walk ways. Wipe down the entry door and better yet give it a fresh coat of paint.
I would also recommend washing your windows. We never really know how dirty our windows are until we wash them. They have a cool new product that you can hook to your garden hose and spray your windows clean! Works pretty good. You can also hire someone, which if you have a two story home that might be the best option.
These are basic, simple inexpensive things you can do yourself or hire out and have your house looking ready to sell in a weekend.
If you want to really impress the buyers when they pull up, pressure wash your house, driveway, walkways, patio and decks. Also if your roof is covered in moss have your roof cleaned as well. This gives your home a cared for, like new look and creates a positive first impression that will help your house sell quicker and for more money.
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