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How to Spruce Up Your Curb Appeal

Curb appeal: you must do everything in your power to make your for-sale house stand out among the rest. With Sweetwater homes competing against new home sales, the first place to start is with the first thing that potential buyers see – the front outside of your house. It can make or break your sale. Below is a checklist of things to do to make the visage of your home the best and most appealing it can be.

Curb Appeal Tips for Front of the House:

  • Power wash the outside of the house. If you have loose, peeling, cracking paint, you’ll need to have the place painted.
  • Power wash 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. Remove them altogether if they look scraggly and dry no matter what you do.
  • 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 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.

Curb appeal extends to the sides and back of your house as well:

  • Power wash 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.

What curb appeal tips do you find most helpful?

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