Curb Appeal... it's easier than you think,

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Curb Appeal... it's easier than you think.


l Power wash the outside of the house. If you have loose, peeling, cracking paint, you’ll need to have the place painted.  You can rent a variety of tools rather than purchasing...  Tool Rental

l Power wash the windows outside and clean them on the inside. Be sure to remove debris and cobwebs.

l Clean out gutters and replace if they’re rusty, bent or look old and in disrepair.

l Rake up leaves & dead vegetation. Autumn Leaves

l Keep the lawn mowed throughout the sales process. Neatly edge the sidewalks and walkways.

l Affix or replace loose roof shingles.

l Make sure all yard tools and toys are stowed away. Roll up that hose neatly.

l Put bikes, skateboards and scooters in the garage or shed.

l Trim back unruly, unkempt bushes.

l Install a motion detector light in the front yard so when lookers come by in the evening, they can see the front of the house.

l Install low-wattage ground lights along the front walkway.  Landscape lighting @ Lowe's

l Keep the walkway to the house, the driveway and sidewalk in front of the house swept.

l Plant bright-colored flowers and keep them watered and looking beautiful. Remove wilted dead blooms religiously.

l Wherever your foundation shows, place a planter with colorful flowers.

l Give your front door a fresh coat of paint or replace it. Curb Appeal & Paint Colors

l Replace the door’s hardware and knob.  Consider the trends in the area. Is brass more appealing or is brushed nickel?

l Paint or stain your wood fences and repair any broken fencing.  Stick with neutral colors to appeal to more buyers.

l Install a new the mailbox and upgrade the doorbell (Wired, Wireless, Camera)

l Apply new large, clearly visible house numbers to the front of your house.

l Keep garbage containers out of sight or in the garage.

l Power wash your deck or patio and replace the decking if necessary.

l Secure any loose railings on your deck.  Add some lighting.

l Trim bushes and vegetation around your patio or deck. Flowerbed

l Set up attractive, comfortable-looking sitting areas in the back yard. You can stage the outside of the house as well as the inside. Emphasize the porch or backyard to highlight another living area.

l If you have a dog, be sure to clean up their waste daily. If your dog’s a barker, keep it inside rather than let it stand outside chasing potential buyers away. Or consider boarding your dog for a short while.

l Remove any wasp nests and ant hills from the premises.

l Organize all backyard toys and tools put away and roll up any hoses.


Need more suggestions or personalized ideas for you and your home?  Call Us Today... 202-365-8138

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