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Increase Your Curb Appeal

Why Do This?

You wouldn’t go on a first date without looking your best, and your house shouldn’t be sold without looking its best, either. When it’s time to sell your home, small changes can make a big difference – curb appeal can increase your home’s value by 5-10 percent! Wowza. Plus, over 80 percent of real estate agents have had potential buyers decline to look at a house solely because of its exterior.

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Time: 45 minutes

How To:

Note: If selling your house isn’t in your near future, think of these tasks as investments. If you decide to sell down the road, the work will already be done.

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    Upgrade the house number. A house number can do more than let the pizza guy know where to deliver your pepperoni – it can show style and add major curb appeal points. If someone has to look hard to find your house number – or it hasn’t been updated since the ‘70s – head on over to the hardware store and do some shopping. Tip: Try out this DIY numbers project for an industrial, modern look.

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    Water your yard. The landscaping in your front yard is a potential buyer’s first impression of your home. And, when it comes to curb appeal, a beautiful lawn can add as much as $1,777 to your home’s value! So mow your lawn and employ a lawn-watering strategy that’ll pay out in spades.

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    Add flowers. Flowers are a great way to add a pop of color to an otherwise drab lawn. Think of them as makeup or a nice tie for your home. If you’re not interested in the garden game, potted plants by the front door will do the trick, too. Tip: If you weren’t born with a green thumb, try these tricks to keep your potted plants alive.

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    Repair shutters. Shutters are like eyebrows – if they look great, you barely notice them, but if they’re in disrepair, you can’t look away. So, how do your shutters look? If they’re crooked or the paint is peeling, re-hang them, replace them or touch up the problem. Note: If your home doesn’t have shutters, add them. It’s an easy way to create an “I’m pulled together” look.

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    Clean up the walkway. Not only will a clean walkway look nice, it will help prevent any trips or falls – a definite negative when it comes to showing a house. By keeping your walkway well-maintained and hazard-free, you’ll up the curb-appeal ante.

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    Light it up. Outdoor lighting is an easy way to add drama and visual interest to your home. It also adds security and safety – two important elements to a potential buyer. Line the walkway with lights or install motion sensors to your driveway. Note: We recommend hiring a contractor to handle this job.

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    Repair siding. Ripped or damaged siding is like a torn or stained dress – it’s an easy way to make a bad impression! If the siding is in disrepair or the paint needs to be touched up, take the time to maintain it. Not only will this increase curb appeal, it will prevent a costly siding replacement.

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