Add Value to Your Home by Improving Your Curb Appeal

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Whoever said ‘you never get a second chance to make a first impression’ may very well have been talking about your home’s curb appeal. The way a home appears to potential buyers from the street can be the make-or-break that determines whether they ever even make it through your front door.

Luckily, small changes can make a big difference when it comes to improving your home’s curb appeal. Here are some relatively easy things homeowners can do to increase their home’s value, and decrease the time it takes to get it sold.

Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

1. Add A Fresh Coat Of Paint

Real estate experts agree that nothing give’s your home’s exterior an immediate facelift like a fresh coat of paint. Generally speaking, your home’s exterior is not the place to make a statement. That’s why most realtors and appraisers recommend sticking to neutral colors.

If you don’t have the time or budget to cover your whole house, a freshly painted front door (and a new welcome mat) can do wonders for your home’s look.

2. Power Wash Your Home

And so can a good scrub down. If painting your home falls outside your time or budgetary constraints, a thorough cleaning to the exterior of your home can be the next best thing. A good power washing can erase years’ worth of dirt and mildew in an afternoon. If you don’t own a power washer, you can rent one from your local hardware or home supply store relatively inexpensively. Washing your windows (both inside and out) can go a long way towards brightening up your home.

3. Clean Up Your Yard

Last but not least, don’t forget your yard. A neglected yard can turn a potential buyer so far off, they may never make it inside your home. Make sure your lawn is mowed regularly. Lay down fresh mulch and trim back any overgrown wildlife in the front and back of your home. Planting colorful flowers, or even placing them in window boxes or in planters on the front porch can also give an instant boost to your home’s curb appeal.