Improving your Curb Appeal of your home Check list:
There are dozens of small, inexpensive home improvements that you can do to up your home's curb appeal. Adding curb appeal to your house not only makes it easier to sell, but it also gives your house that nice and finished look in which you can take pride in. Even in a sellers market the buyers want to have a move in ready home; then they are paying top dollar for a home they want a TOP DOLLAR, MOVE-IN READY HOME. When deciding on which upgrades to make to your house, consider what your house currently looks like and what will look best with it.
1 Power wash the outside of the house. If you have loose, peeling, cracking paint, you’ll need to have the place painted.
2 Power wash the windows outside and clean them on the inside. Be sure to remove debris and cobwebs—these will make windows look dull.
3 Clean out gutters and replace if they’re rusty, bent or look old and in disrepair.
4 Rake up leaves and dead vegetation and dispose of it.
5 Keep the lawn mowed throughout the sales process. Make sure sidewalks and walkways are edged neatly.
6 Get rid of weeds, dandelions and grass growing up through the driveway or sidewalks.
7 Trim trees so that no limbs are touching the roof.
8 Affix or replace loose roof shingles.
9 Make sure all yard tools and toys are stowed away. Roll up that hose neatly.
10 Put bikes, skateboards and scooters in the garage.
11 If you have a basketball hoop, replace the net if it’s torn, dingy or worn.
12 Trim back unruly, unkempt bushes.
13 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.
14 Install low-wattage ground lights along the front walkway.
l Keep the walkway to the house, the driveway and sidewalk in front of the house swept.
15 Plant bright-colored flowers and keep them watered and looking beautiful. Remove wilted dead blooms religiously.
16 Wherever your foundation shows, place a planter with colorful flowers.
17 Give your front door a fresh coat of paint or replace it.
18 Replace the door’s hardware and knob.
19 Paint or stain your wood fences and repair any broken fencing.
20 Replace the mailbox.
21 Apply large, clearly visible house numbers to the front of your house.
22 Keep garbage barrels in the garage out of sight.
23 Power wash your deck or patio and sand and stain if necessary.
24 Secure any loose railings and boards on your deck.
25 Trim bushes and vegetation around your patio or deck.
26 Set up attractive, comfortable-looking sitting areas in the back yard. You can stage the outside of the house as well as the inside.
27 If you have a dog, be sure to use the pooper scooper on a daily basis. If your dog’s a barker, keep it inside rather than let it stand outside chasing potential buyers away.
28 Remove any wasp nests and ant hills from the premises.
29 Keep all backyard toys and tools put away and the hose rolled up.
To learn more about improving the value of your home and for a free in-home consultation call Wendy Dyes; Nashville's Top Real Estate agent 615-807-0340