First impressions are the most important – you have about 3-5 seconds to impress a potential buyer as they see the front of your home… if they don’t like what they see, they’ll move on – sometimes without even looking inside!  Adding Curb Appeal

To make sure that you’re working with the latest trends that will appeal to today’s Buyers, we recommend that you work with an interior designer or landscape designer to make sure that your time and dollars are spent well. If you need a recommendation, we have some great professionals we’d be happy to recommend.

There are a number of things you can do to add curb appeal to your home. Depending on your time and resources, here are some ideas that can add an extra touch.

Items that can be done in a day…

  • Dress up the front door – the focus of any home is the front entry. A fresh coat of paint with some color or a custom wood door create a nice entry point to your home.
  • Replace outdated and old hardware – house numbers, door hardware, mailboxes, light fixtures and other ancillary items help convey a bit of character.
  • Create Symmetry – history has proven that symmetry is pleasing to the eye and its simple to arrange. Try creating symmetry with light fixtures and front door accents.
  • Outdoor Lighting – landscape lighting makes a lasting impression with your home’s curb appeal and also provides safety and security.
  • Quick Gardens – create an instant garden with containers, colorful pots and flowers. It’s quick, affordable and available at nearly any garden center.
  • Mailbox Makeovers – Your mailbox should reflect your home’s personality. You can dress it up a bit with a coat of paint or try adding some color or character to the post.
  • Reinvigorate Your Garden Beds – Get your landscaping into shape by pruning, weeding and planting color. Or consider a quick border cleanup or replacement.

Take the weekend to complete these ideas…

  • Add fences, gates or arbors – these little amenities add value to your home and can be found easy to use kits or prefabricated pieces.
  • Get a little Artsy – Give your yard a little spice with a touch of art. Birdbaths, water features, sculptures, metal decor, and wind chimes are nice touches – but don’t go overboard.
  • Add shutters or paint the trim – These accent pieces act like architectural eyeliner. When adding pieces like this consider function and durability as well as character.
  • Plants, Plants, Plants – Add some color to that yard by adding a flower bed or other plants. Key places include along driveways and walkways, corners of the yard, and in front of the house.
  • Gutters and spouts – from a functional and fashionable standpoint, replacing older gutters and downspouts can convey that your home has been cared for.

If you have more time, we’d recommend these minor upgrades…

  • Paint, Siding, Trim – A facelift for your home, with care for the surface and fresh coat of paint can take years off the age of your house.  Painting is one of the most inexpensive ways to increase the value of your home.
  • Take Care of Your Driveway – without doing a complete tear out and replace you can upgrade that parking spot. Repair cracks, kill weeds, and add flagstones or pavers to widen the pad.
  • Welcoming Walkway – A well designed walkway makes your home inviting and cozy to anyone that approaches. Try a colored resurface for existing walkways or revamp with stones and pavers.

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