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How to Maximize Curb Appeal
By Donna Faulk
Whether buying, selling, or residing permanently, a
homeís exterior speaks volumes about the care and condition of the property as
a whole. In order to avoid costly
repairs, I recommend that my clients conduct a seasonal inspection of the
exterior of their home.
Here are some of my personal recommendations to clients who
are listing homes:
condition of paint on home. If
faded or peeling, plan to repaint.
using bright colors on the exterior.
weed, edge, and fertilize grass and shrubbery.
unsightly shrubs and plants and add new bark to freshen flowerbeds.
wash drive, sidewalk, curbing, and even drain area in front of curb if
youíre a Type A personality!
curbing or cracks in concrete.
inside and outside of windows.
front windows arenít raised often, consider removing the screens for a
condition of entry door. It is
a focal point of your home. Check
to see if it needs painting. Look
for any lose stripping and clean any glass.
gutters and make sure downspouts are secured.
simple in the flower bed. Wild
flowers arenít usually a good choice near the entrance.
doorknob, kick-plate or any exterior hardware.
the doorbell looks a little cheesy, invest in a better one.
(On my list!)
or clean mailbox. If itís
rusting, take some action!
or clean outdoor furniture.
light fixtures and use the maximum wattage allowed.
Make certain that all landscaping lighting is in working order and
stabilized in the ground.
any lose railing. Clean or
the entrance with matching plants. When weather permits, ferns are a nice
compliment here. Mums are good
using drapery in front windows that isnít light or lined with light
lose brick. It can be a safety
yard for insects, especially ants.
down the cobwebs! (Yes, we all
have them from time to time.)
any cracked windows or torn screens. Replace
any rusted screens. (Shame on
for a new door mat. It makes a
good first impression.
porch and walkways swept. Leaves
give an unkempt appearance.
trash cans and debris from curb in a timely manner.
By the way, Type Aís make great real estate agents!
Feel free to contact Pratt or me at anytime with your real estate
questions. We are here to serve
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