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How’s Your Curb Appeal? 10 Tips to get the front of your house show ready!

Potential home owners do what they call a “drive by.”

Curb Appeal Add Value to your Home
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It’s exactly as it sounds.  They drive by the house to see if they like the external look of the house.  If they like it, they will make an appointment to see it.  If they don’t, they keep on driving.  It’s that simple.  The house may be stunning inside, but some people don’t want just a stunning house inside, most people want the outside to match the inside.  Take a look at the front of your house objectively.

The exterior of your home should look as polished as the interior.

Walk across the street to get a real good look at it.  What does it look like?  Are the bushes and tress overgrown?  Do the bushes block the windows and thus the natural skylight coming into the house?  Is the paint fresh and contemporary looking?  Bushes need to be neatly trimmed.  Flowerbeds  need to be weeded and looking fresh.  Does the doorbell work? What about the backyard?  Are kids toys discretely put away?  Is the play structure, if any, in good working condition and looking tidy? Are the garbage and recycling bins piled nicely and discreetly hidden away?  Is the deck fresh looking or in need of a stain?  Paying attention to the details to the outside of your home will increase the value of your home.

1. What statement does your front door say?  Well kept & up-to-date or worn & tired?Top 6 Popular Paint Colorstaging-add-value-to-your-home-debi-collinson

Clean or paint the front door.

Clean or replace the mailbox if its rusty.

Polish or restain wood doors and trim.

All wood doors should look clean and fresh, especially the front door for that important curb appeal.  Painted doors and trims also needs look to fresh.  It may mean that you need to paint over them, especially if the door is from the big box store and you haven’t gotten around to painting it.  Trim should be repainted if its chipped and showing wear and tear.  Especially in high traffic areas.

2. Is your garden neat & tidy?

Mow the lawn. Trim the trees and shrubs. Weed the gardens. Add colorful plants or foliage to fill in bare spots.  Edge the gardens and walkways.  If you’re not a gardener, ask a friend to help.

3. What message does your porch give?

4. Shine, paint or replace light fixtures.

Replace any light fixtures that are rusty and beyond repair. Light fixtures are an inexpensive way to add value to your home.

5. Sweep the walkways and driveway.

6. Replace doormats that are worn and torn.

7. Shine brass hardware on the doors.

8. Hose off the exterior of your home.

Especially around entrances. Use siding cleanser.

9. Wash the windows.

Clean windows show off your house.

10. Hide your garbage cans & recycling bins to the back of the house.

But wash them out first before you  put them away.  It should not be in a place where it’s the first thing potential buyers see when they drive up.



Welcome! I’m Debi Collinson. Designer. Stager. Real Estate Investor. In 2006, at the request of a realtor, I staged my very first home. Staging houses was just starting to become popular. I watched every staging show on HGTV that I could find. I was very nervous staging my first house, but the sellers liked their newly redesigned home so much that they turned down an offer for full asking price. I went back to design school and have never looked back. Since 2006, I have been staging & designing spaces to make them look like they belong in a magazine page, and buying “fixer uppers” to fix up & either sell for a healthy profit or to rent them out. Sign up to receive my e-mails of how to make your home stunning and how to sell your house for top dollar!

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