Give Your Home Some ‘Curb Appeal’

Give Your Home Some ‘Curb Appeal’

Selling Your Home

Give Your Home Some ‘Curb Appeal’

ORLANDO, Fla. — If you’re planning to sell your home, remember that first impressions count. A home with “curb appeal” invites buyers to step out of their vehicles and begin their tour of the property.

“In today’s market, it’s a price war and beauty contest,” says Courtney Silverman, a Realtor® with The Keyes Company’s Weston office in South Florida.

Here are four simple ways Silverman and other Realtors suggest sellers refresh their yards to make a lasting first impression.

  • Remove the Clutter — Pick up any toys, bicycles, or yard equipment and store them in your garage. Park any spare vehicles down the street to ensure an unobstructed view of your home. Clean the porch by sweeping it, pressure washing, and adding a welcome mat or flag.
  • Give Your House a Facelift — Update your door. Whether you repaint it or replace it, a fresh door welcomes the buyer into the home. Replace or clean your doorbell and address numbers. Paint the trim and shutters around your house. Clean windows, doors, and rain gutters to refresh the appearance of your home.
  • Update Your Landscaping – Keep a well-manicured lawn and consider adding some fresh elements, such as bright flowers, shrubs, new mulch or small accent plants. Trim back any overgrown trees or shrubs that could block the view of your home.
  • Take Care of the Small Details – Remove the cobwebs and bugs from around your porch and door. Sweep away any leaves or lawn debris. Taking care of the small details, like chips in the paint or a wasp’s nest can make the difference between a warm welcome and a not-so-pleasant entrance.

By cleaning and updating the exterior of your home, you can make your house stand out from the others on the block. “My father told me, ‘One never has a second chance to make a first impression,” says Silverman. “The same applies to properties for sale. So, take the time to make the front of your home as attractive as possible. It’s the first step toward a successful sale.

Florida Realtors®, formerly known as the Florida Association of Realtors®, serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to its 115,000 members in 64 boards/associations.

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