Generating curb appeal

Ways to get buyers to look at your home.
Amping up your home's curb appeal starts with a short walk across the street. Turn and look back at your house. What draws your eye?

Finding what it takes to entice a buyer inside may be as simple as a small purchase or as complex as a major renovation. Ask a local real estate agent or an interior designer for more ideas like these that may help cast your seller's spell:

Front Door/Entryway
Accenting a focal point of your home's front can range from a touch of color to a complete remodel. Keep in mind that any changes should augment rather than dominate the scene.

  • Display a potted plant


  • Add or upgrade light fixtures for a touch of elegance


  • Upgrade hardware with a door handle or knocker for a style accent


  • Paint trim, molding or door to freshen any residence


  • Try a new look by upgrading trim and door


  • Add railing or archway


  • Consider a stone veneer to convey a sturdy, powerful presence



Mailbox
Be wary of planting flowers around base or running plants up the post or pole since it might attract bees.

  • Accent with paint


  • Replace house numbers


  • Replace box



Driveway
Keep in mind that some believe the journey matters more than the destintion.

  • Pressure wash


  • Fix cracks and chips


  • Add accents with a border of brick, stone or pebbles


  • Repave



Yard
An ill-kept yard can turn away suitors quickly. Don't force them to use their imagination. Let a landscape designer help create a welcoming view.

  • Mow and weed


  • Plant a garden


  • Create walkways


  • Add or remove plants or trees with attention to where it directs the eye


  • Add arbors and fence panels


House
If a potential buyer sees more potential than you do in your house, they may ask for a discount for the fixes they forsee.

  • Pressure wash siding


  • Paint trim


  • Add shutters or accent trim


  • Insert window boxes


  • Replace gutters and downspouts


  • Replace roof




Don't overlook how your home looks at night.Do the lights you burn in the evenings cast a favorable glow or a harsh view of your residence? You never know when a potential buyer may drive past. Give them a reason to stop.

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