Thursday, May 21, 2015 / by Matt Chase
First impressions are very important when it comes to selling and buying a home. This first impression is often referred to as curb appeal. Curb appeal is the perceived value of a home. Some simple things can be done to spruce up a home's curb appeal before going on the market. It is important to objectively look at your home when it comes time to judge your own home's curb appeal.
Inspect the roof and chimney. Look at all the shingles and make sure none are missing. If your home has brick, make sure the mortar in between them is secure. The gutters should be repaired and cleaned out as well. Power wash the home and get rid of any seasonal stains, cobwebs, and dirt built up over the years to make your home's outside appearance really stand out. If needed, paint the outside of the house, keep the colors fairly neutral though. After a fresh coat of paint, install bold new house numbers if needed.
Another thing to look at would be the windows. Clean windows on the inside and outside. Check the trim around windows especially, and check for any paint peeling. If there are visible chips, repaint. Landscape is something to really be objective about. The key here is to keep it low maintenance. This can be as simple as adding new plants to ones that have died, getting rid of lawn ornaments or other decorative items, removing weeds, and cutting the grass.
Other possibilities are upgrading the front porch or entry way to the home. A fresh coat of paint on the front door, upgrading the light fixtures, and even possibly the mailbox are all minor but effective fixes. Make your home seem as inviting as possible. You want others to feel like they can see themselves living there. If you or someone you know is interested in selling a home, specifically in the Lorain or Cuyahoga counties, feel free to contact us at Chase Group- Keller Williams Realty, Greater Cleveland West online here or at 440- 452- 2000.