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Increase Your Home's Curbside Appeal

Your Home's Exterior
Your home's exterior is the first thing a potential buyer sees when visiting your home. The following tips will help you increase your home's curbside appeal and create a strong first impression to potential home buyers.

Replace missing slats, stakes and posts.
Repair broken hinges and paint or stain the fence if necessary.

Mow, trim and fertilize the lawn.
Weed flower beds and replace dead plants and trees.

Driveway, Garage, Carport
Clean up grease or oil spots on concrete surfaces.
Make sure the garage door opens freely and the automatic door opener is working.
Provide an unobstructed view of your home from the street by not parking cars, boats or other vehicles in the driveway.

Front Entry
Polish door handles and door knockers.
Replace worn or broken items, such as an unsightly mailbox or rusty doorbell.
Be sure porch lights are working and add welcoming features such as a new door mat and flowering plants.

Siding and Trim
Consider painting the highlight features of your home, such as trim work, shutters, gutters, down spouts and railings.
If necessary, add a fresh coat of exterior paint to the exterior siding.

Remove debris such as tree branches and leaves.
Straighten the TV antenna.
Make any necessary repairs to worn shingles or cracked surfaces.

Patio, Deck
Flowering plants and outdoor furniture add appeal.
Remove any unnecessary items such as gardening equipment.
Tidy any visible items, such as an outdoor grill or barbecue.

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