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Updating Curb Appeal on a Budget

You know what they say about first impressions: They’re everything.

That’s why curb appeal just may be your home’s most important selling feature. After all, if a prospective home buyer doesn’t like what they see on the outside, will they really waste their time coming in? Probably not.

The good news is you don’t have to spend a fortune to make your home look great from the curb. Here are a few simple tips for putting your home’s best face forward without breaking the budget.

Get Out the Elbow Grease

Shave years off the face of your home by giving it a good scrub down. You probably have all the tools you need sitting in your garage. Remove dirt and grime from concrete, brick and siding with a pressure washer—or your garden hose and a scrub brush—and make your windows and doors sparkle with a bucket of soapy water.

A fresh coat of paint will bring new life to anything that’s showing wear and tear. If you can’t afford to paint your entire home, that’s okay! Touch up areas that are obviously peeling and focus on the finer details like trim, fixtures and even your mailbox.

Tidy Up the Landscape

Once the exterior of your home is spick-and-span, it’s time to do some yard work. Start by clearing out any clutter or debris. That includes everything from leaves and branches to trash cans and gardening tools. If it distracts buyers from the main attraction—your home—pick it up and put it away!

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Next, dig into your plant beds and get a little dirt under your fingernails. It won’t cost you a dime to pull weeds, but budget a little for flowers and mulch. A small investment here can have a big impact. Some cities offer free mulch as long as you have a way to haul it. Don’t forget to prune the shrubs back to show off the windows you worked so hard to get clean.

Put the finishing touch on your lawn by filling in any bare spots with grass seed and using an edger for an especially trim look. If you don’t have access to a gas or electric model, you can purchase a manual edger for about $20 at your local hardware store.

Create a Grand Entrance

If you’ve ever gone home shopping, you know the drill. You get to the front door, and it takes a few minutes for your real estate agent to get the lockbox open. So what do you do while you wait? You look around and take in all the details. You can bet your home buyers will do the same. That’s why it’s important for your entrance to leave them wanting more.

First things first: Get rid of the cobwebs and replace the light bulbs. Then freshen up your porch fixtures and door hardware with a little paint or install some attractive, low-cost replacements. If you really want to make a statement, paint the front door a bold hue that complements your home’s exterior palette. Finally, add some charm by dressing up your porch with a colorful variety of potted flowers.

Get Top Dollar for Your Home

Curb appeal is a great way to spark home-buyer interest. But getting the best price for your home has more to do with the type of real estate agent you have. You want a star negotiator with a proven track record for selling homes in your market.

You may already have an agent like this. If so, you’re off to a stellar start! But if you’d like to see the top agents Dave recommends in your area, we can introduce you today.

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