HOME TALK FROM MARY EVE KEARNS
IMPROVING YOUR HOME'S CURB-APPEAL
Making exterior improvements to your home before putting it on the market will draw more potential buyers once it is listed. This is known as improving your home's curb-appeal, and because first impressions are important, it may help ensure a quick sale. But the first thing you need to do is decide how much time and money you are willing to invest in presale improvements.
You can go as far as resurfacing the driveway, applying a fresh coat of paint or investing in new siding. The good news is that you should be able to recover the cost of these larger improvements in the sale.
If you'd rather not invest so much time and money, smaller improvements can also do a lot to improve curb-appeal. Try adding colorful flowers to your landscaping or simply adding potted flowers to your doorway. Painting the front door an inviting new color may attract potential buyers. Even polishing your doorknob and putting out a new doormat can help make a favorable first impression.
There are literally dozens of ways to add to your home's exterior appearance. So contact me, your real estate professional, for more specific ideas about selling your home.
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