Tips for Improving Curb Appeal on Your Home to Sell It

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You should never underestimate the importance of a potential buyer's first impression on your home when it is listed for sale. A person's first impression can make or break a deal, and the first thing people will see when they pull up to your home is the exterior of it. This includes the outside of your house as well as the yard, and there might be some simple, affordable things you could do to ensure that every person's first impression is a good one when viewing your home. Here are some options you may want to consider doing before you list your home.

Get Rid of Excess Decorations and "Stuff"

A neater-looking yard is typically one that is not cluttered with a lot of things. This can include pure trash that you just haven't cleaned up yet, or it could include leaves from last fall, too many shrubs, or overuse of yard decorations. Therefore, the first step you should take is removing all these types of things. The goal is to make your yard look neater, tidier, and less cluttered. This step will not cost a lot to do, but it may take a few hours or longer to fully de-clutter your yard.

Touch Up Mulch

After de-cluttering your yard, you may need to touch up certain areas to highlight them or make them look fresher. Buy a few bags of mulch to place on top of the mulch you currently have. Mulch can look great in certain areas, but it tends to wear away and discolor each year. Because of this, you should spread new mulch over any old mulch you have. Fortunately, mulch is a very affordable product to purchase.

Power Wash and Clean Everything

Over time, your sidewalks, driveway, and siding on your home can begin looking dirty and dingy. If you power wash these areas, it will make a big difference with looks. If you do not have a power washer, you can rent one. You may also want to take the time to clean all of your exterior windows too, and you should clean anything else that looks dirty from the outside.

Add Flowers

Adding too many flowers is not a good thing, but adding a couple potted plants to your porch can be a good idea. In addition, if you have areas in your yard that have mulch, you may be able to plant a few fresh flowers in these areas to highlight them.

Taking the time to perform these steps can make a big difference in first impressions. To learn more about how you can improve the look of your home, talk to a real estate agent in your city.

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1 March 2017

Sarah's Renting Tips

Although I've never worked professionally in the real estate business, I sure know my way around it. How, do you ask? Well, I have simply rented a lot of different places and worked with a lot of different landlords and real estate agents. In the past 7 years I've lived in 11 different houses or apartments, none of them my own. In finding those 11, I have looked at literally hundreds of apartments. I used to hate house hunting, but now it's kind of fun. You just need to know what you want and the right questions to ask. Hopefully this blog can help you learn some of the tricks of the trade from another renter like yourself.