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June 30, 2019

The Top 4 Things You Should Do For Maximum Curb Appeal

The Importance of Exterior Maintenance of Your Home When Marketing it For Sale

For those that are trying to put their home on the market for sale, there are several necessary things that homeowners ought to concentrate on to make their home more sellable. One of the key components to assist make sure the marketability of a house is to maximize the home's curb appeal.

Staging a Home for Maximum Marketability

When it comes to the inside of a home, homeowners are aware of the concept that homes that are pleasing on the inside and show well can sell faster.  Statistics show that “staged” homes and houses with a well taken care of interior and exterior sell faster than those homes that are average. This is where “staging” comes into play.

Staging an interior of a home involves making the inside of the house look enhanced and polished, like it belongs in an indoor style magazine or on an HGTV show. In most cases, this requires removing certain personal things from the house, together with some furnishings and decluttering it.  The house is then accented with style accessories to make it look polished.  This can be done regardless of if the home is occupied or not.

When it comes to the outside of a home, “staging” is a method of creating transforming the yard, and therefore the exterior of the house, to look more beautiful and inviting.  Most people may think that staging the yard would be expensive, but just like the inside of a home, it can be accomplished by cleaning, de-cluttering and putting some new plants in.

Improving the Home’s Exterior for a Sale

While many homeowners judge the inside of the house to be the most important, the front of the house can actually make or break a sale.  Many buyers will not go and look inside a house if the house has a very bad curb appeal.  Additionally, the more well-kept a home is on the outside, the more likely it is to be well maintained on the inside.

In most cases, a front yard can be improved by simple and basic landscaping. Adding some outside furnishings, especially if you have a porch or similar area, will convey a more welcoming and "home" vibe.  When it comes to back yards, extending the interior of the house to the outside with a BBQ area or outdoor eating area gives the feeling of being connected with the outside world, which is very popular.

Top 4 Basic Exterior Enhancements for Maximum Curb Appeal

When getting ready to spruce up your house for maximum curb appeal, it is important to consider these four things:

  1. Cutting the grass, trimming the hedges, and clearing leaves are a must to keep the house looking well cared for.
  2. Removing any dead plants or thatch from around the house not only enhances the curb appeal but also reduces the chance of a rodent problem!
  3. Investing in treated bark mulch and a couple of new and vibrant shrubs and plants is a cheap and easy way to add a touch of color to what could be a very "monotone" view.
  4. Patching or repairing any cracks in the pathways or driveways goes a long way to improving the look of your home.

And now a bonus tip...  POWER WASHING!  If your home's paint is in good condition, hiring someone to power wash the front of your house will dramatically improve your home's curb appeal!  It will get rid of the dirt and dust that settles on homes and make the paint look much fresher and brighter.

As part of our seller services, the team at Huggins Homes will provide you with recommendations for improving the look and feel of your home, so that it may appeal to the widest range of buyers.

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