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Your home’s curb appeal can tell a detailed story about its overall condition and routine maintenance, or lack thereof.
The moment a home buyer pulls up and gets out of their car, they are making keen observations. Torn window screens, seasonal weeds and various debris spread throughout the front of the yard says, don’t expect things to be much better once you get inside. We’ve personally had home buyers say, “let’s skip this one” just from viewing the appearance of the outside of the property.
Imagine being out of the dating scene and re-entering after 10+ years. Most will believe they could just hop right in as they are. Sure they could, but have they asked for an opinion on what they could do to make the best first impression? Perhaps losing the mom-jeans, getting a new hair cut and hitting the gym could give them an edge over the others. Yes, that sounds a little brutal, but we want to you to maximize the return on your investment, so we offer tough love.
Similarly, replacing damaged window screens, pulling the weeds and tidying up the exterior of your home can make it more appealing, giving you an edge over your competitors. Even in a Seller’s market, the condition of a home can be the difference between getting the high end of value as opposed to the lower end.
Don’t worry, most homes will not need a complete overhaul. Here are some basic things you can do to spruce up the curb appeal of your home: