Increasing Curb Appeal When Selling Your Home

Increasing Curb Appeal When Selling Your Home

You want your house to be inviting to guests, naturally, but you definitely want it to feel attractive when putting it on the market. Prospective homebuyers aren’t just considering real estate — they’re looking for a home. They want to imagine their families spending many happy years under that roof. A well-maintained and friendly exterior does a lot to help them envision that. Any real estate agent worth his or her salt knows how important curb appeal is for selling a property. Any homeowner wanting to get the most out of his or her listing must take the time to make some home improvements.

For example, it’s hard to overstate how much a simple cleanup can do to make a house more appealing. Pressure-washing the siding, removing dead bushes and brushing away cobwebs will make your home seem new and fresh. Even if you don’t have the time and money to do it for your entire house, a fresh coat of paint on your front door can be a great way to add some color. Also, don’t underestimate the effect that some flowers and shrubs can have on making your front yard look good.

For these and many other ways to improve curb appeal, see the accompanying checklist.

Author bio: Chris Buenz is owner of First Fence Company in Chicago, Illinois. With more than 18 years of experience in both fencing and sales, Buenz is well-versed in the Chicago-area business market.