First Impressions Are Very Important!

I encourage sellers to spruce up their home’s exterior, so buyers will have no reason to turn on their heel. Well-chosen improvements can draw buyers into the home and add value. Both the front of your home and yard should say; “This house is loved.”

1. Touch up painted surfaces. Remove peeling paint and repaint the affected areas. This is one of the most economical improvements you can make that truly makes a huge difference.

2.Perk up a front porch. Add large seasonal flowers in big pots, planted window boxes, a new welcome mat, and some comfy furniture. If you already have seating, make sure you clean the upholstery. Repaint or stain worn wooden floorboards in a color that complements the front of the house and door.

3. Make windows sparkle. Use a garden hose to wet outside windows before washing; it helps loosen dirt. Second- or third-story windows may necessitate professional help.

4. Clean dirty masonry. Atmospheric pollution and Mother Nature can take their toll on all types of exterior materials, such as brick and stucco. Use a nylon rather than s steel-bristle brush, and avoid cleansers that damage color and finish.

5. Paint gutters to match trim. You will find a large selection of colors in enamel paints that adhere to metal.

6. Illuminate the site. Too many lights make a walk look like an airport runway. But a home should look safe and attractive. Add a few lights in trees for a special glow.

7. Tidy landscaping. Remove dead trees and leaves, prune overgrown shrubs, edge beds, and plant seasonal flowers. To keep a tip top lawn, you should plant, fertilize, and water according to a schedule that reflects the climate and soil conditions. Instead of traditional mulch, consider GroundScape Landscape, made from shredded recycled tires and colored to simulate natural mulch or wood chips. It’s heavier than mulch so it won’t blow away; and it repels weeds, insects and mold.

8. The Front Entry. A front door should be clearly visible since it’s the entry and focal point for prospects. A polished knocker adds class.

You have just one chance to make a good first impression!

-Dwayne Hicks

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