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First Impressions

First Impressions

An attractive exterior can make or break a home sale.

Whether it’s a job interview, a first date, or putting your home on the market, first impressions really do matter. It never hurts to enhance or improve your curb appeal. Over 75% of home buyers drive by a home first to view its outside appearance, before scheduling a walk through. You can make your property the envy of the neighborhood by following some simple steps.

Walk across the street and take a good honest look at your home. What do you notice first? What are your home’s best features and ways you could enhance them? Which features should you improve or minimize?

Lawn and landscape play an important role in selling a home. Great landscaping in top shape can reduce the amount of time a home stays on the market. Mow your lawn often, pull weeds and rake leaves. Make sure hedges and shrubs have been well trimmed and mulch has been refreshed. Sweep walkways, porches and driveways. Plant a variety of colorful flowers complimenting your home by providing continuous blooms throughout the growing season.

More people are beginning to view their outdoor spaces as a critical extension of their homes. Outdoor patios, porches, and even furniture are desirable items. It’s amazing what a splash of color in cushions, umbrellas and landscape notions can add to the enjoyment, without adding a costly modification.

Adequate exterior lighting provides safety and security while creating a welcoming ambiance. Ensure your front door has a pop of fresh paint or stain, beckoning potential buyers to step inside. Installing new accents like house numbers, kick plates, doorbell button, welcome mat, and mailbox adds additional appeal. Keep your windows clean to bring light and sunshine in. Examine roof, siding and gutters. Pressure wash any of these as required to give your home an exterior sparkle encouraging buyers to stop and stare.

A good looking face isn’t just memorable, for sellers an attractive exterior can make or break a home sale. The front of your home is what neighbors, buyers and guests see first. To ensure it sells before the rest—dress your home for success.




Written by: Debbie Gurley, Broker

For those who want to sell their home in AuroraGeneva, BataviaSt. Charles, Wheaton, Naperville, IL, get in touch with the real estate experts at Miscella Real Estate. Their agents will guide you through every step of the selling process from pricing to closing. Call them today at (630) 232-1570 or email info(at)miscella(dotted)com.

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