Oc Curb Appeal

By: Drew Hartanov

Curb appeal is perhaps the best way to draw interested buyers into your home. Being able to present an attractive package has the ability to make a sale much quicker and less stressful for sellers. Curb appeal refers to the image and feeling that buyers get when first viewing your home from the street. Curb appeal is a powerful tool and without a decent level of it, homes can languish on the market as people will naturally want to see homes that are appealing and well taken care of.

Creating curb appeal takes are careful eye, stand out at the end of your driveway and make an assessment of things that could be improved and upgraded. In an average home there are usually a few things that can always be improved to increase value such as paint, landscaping, and yard cleanliness.

The best step to take first is to simply clean up the yard. Remove any junk that may be lying about taking up space. Nothing is more detrimental to curb appeal then a mess. At this point you can also make sure that the plants are appropriately trimmed and tended to. Plants can easily grow out of proportion and overtake the yard so make sure you spend some time on getting the gardens into shape. If there are any plants that are less than healthy, replace them with nice new flowers or plants. Also putting down some mulch over the topsoil can help to keep weeds from returning after your garden upgrade.

Landscaping is a great way to increase the value of a home. It can be as simple as adding some feature areas in the yard like a gravel or rock garden. Or, if you are a slightly more talented builder you can create terraces or wood borders for your gardens. If your yard suits it, maybe even build a pagoda or a gazebo as a focal point for the yard.

Finally, paint. Nothing brings new life to a home like a new coat of paint. Make sure to choose neutral colors that will appeal to as many people as possible. Utilizing extreme colors can easily alienate certain buyers and most home buyers will not like the fact that they may have to repaint the home's exterior. The less work buyers have to do after buying the more attractive the home will be.

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