Curb appeal 101

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You’ve decided to sell your house this spring. The photographer is coming today to take photos of the listing, and your home looks spectacular. Buyers will love the new hardwood floors in the common area. The new kitchen backsplash really stands out. And everything else is so clean, so attractive. Too bad prospective buyers might never see just how stunning it is.

You thought of everything to make the inside of your home picture perfect. But the outside? Not so much. It’s seriously lacking curb appeal.

The phrase “curb appeal” represents the difference between home shoppers enthusiastically walking up to your front door to see what’s behind it and telling their agent to drive past the house without getting out of the car. A house with stellar curb appeal has a chance to sell much faster, and for a higher sales price, than the same model house across the street that lacks the extra exterior touches.

So just how can you make sure that your Saratoga County house has the curb appeal to entice buyers to take a look inside? These ideas include easy do-it-yourself projects and some that likely will require the services of a pro.

  • Paint the front door, trim and/or shutters.
  • Neaten the landscaping. Prune trees. Shape shrubs. Make sure the lawn is mowed and freshly edged. Add mulch to planter beds.
  • Plant a tree.
  • Make sure the exterior of the house is clean. Rent a pressure washer or hire a professional to remove years of dirt from the vinyl siding and walkways. A pressure washer also will clean trim, doors and posts you plan to paint.
  • Wash the windows, inside and out.
  • Hire a roof cleaner to wash the roof. That will make the roof look brand new and also extend its life.
  • Upgrade the mailbox.
  • Clean exterior lights or replace them with something with a little more pizzazz.
  • Replace aged house numbers.
  • Add a picket fence or window boxes for flowers.

Before you list your house this spring, take some of these steps to bolster its curb appeal. The investment in time and money will pay off.