You are probably familiar with the expression, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.”  When it comes to selling your property, your home’s curb appeal is going to make that vital first impression.  Here is how to enhance your property with DIY projects that give your home a competitive edge.

Why curb appeal is so important.  Most homebuyers make a snap decision when they glance at a house.  They either like it, or they don’t.  Frequently this choice is made based on photos of your property, and sometimes it’s based one what is seen when driving by.  Either way, the exterior of your home is presenting the majority of information being used for the evaluation, and it’s how a potential buyer decides if the home’s interior is of interest.

As some experts say, your curb appeal tells the buyer if the home is visually appealing, if the property is well-kept, and whether the seller pays attention to details.  When you’re selling your house in a competitive market you need every advantage you can gain.  Homes in Southlake, Texas, sell at an average price of $605,000, and so it’s important to make your home look as good as possible.

Declutter your property.  Decluttering is an important and simple step toward improving your home’s curb appeal.  When in reference to your home’s exterior, this refers to the miscellaneous personal belongings that inhabit the landscape. Items such as skateboards, gardening equipment, trash bins, and your garden decor items should be eliminated.  Leave only very select items, such as a few pieces of outdoor furniture and potted plants.

Refresh your entryway.  If your front door is looking tired, it’s time for a spruce up.  A couple of coats of paint can breathe new life into your home’s entrance. DIY Network recommends selecting a bold color that stands out from the rest of your home, which sends a cheerful and welcoming message.  Choose a hue that compliments the rest of your home’s exterior.  If your door’s hardware is scratched, dingy or weathered it’s a good time to replace it with a shiny, new selection.  While you’re at it, replace your doormat with a new one.

House number.  Replacing your house number is a simple DIY project with big impact on your home’s curb appeal. Tired, worn out numbers give a negative impression to potential buyers, so install shiny new ones.  HGTV points out that the style of the numbers should reflect the overall style of your home, so keep that in mind when looking at various fonts.

Light fixtures.  Out-of-date lighting can make a property feel as if it hasn’t been kept up to date.  Purchase and install new light fixtures to catch the interest of home shoppers.

Siding, trim and hardscape.  Your home’s trim should be clean and fresh, so give it a new coat of paint.  Siding and shutters should be cleaned as well, and roofs and gutters should be free of debris.  Walkways and patios should be washed and tidied up, and any repairs should be made in advance of listing your home.

Landscaping.  Your landscape is a big part of your home’s curb appeal, and some professionals feel it can be a pivotal piece of your presentation.  Start with a good tidy up.  Overgrown, outdated shrubbery conveys neglect to potential buyers.  Dig up old shrubbery and replace it with tidy, modern selections.  Remove evidence of pets and remove damaged plants or grass.  Also manicure your lawn so edges are crisp and weeds are eliminated.  Plant some blooming flowers and add a fresh layer of mulch.

Make a great impression!  Your home’s curb appeal is a key element in enticing potential buyers.  Enhance your home’s exterior with cleaning, refreshers and updates.  You’ll create a competitive edge to help sell your property for top dollar!

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