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Getting your house ready for listing?

Tips to increase your curb appeal

Increasing your curb appeal is one of the important tasks that you need to consider when you are preparing to list your house on the market, the first imprison counts as the last thing the buyer wants to see is a neglected property. You will be surprised by how much your house look with a few low cost DYI projects, and the following are some tips to help you out:

1. Check all exterior lighting and make sure that all bulbs work

It’s a good practice to turn on your exterior lights during showings when it gets darker and you want to make sure that all bulbs are working.

2. Add fresh paint to the shutters, trim, and front door

Taking care of those chipping and flaking paint and adding some colors will impress new buyers, a fresh paint job will make a difference and will increase your curb appeal

3. Fix any broken windows or screens

Broken windows or screens means that the house is poorly maintained please make sure to fix any broken once before showing the property.

4. Apply a fresh seal coat to your driveway

Asphalt surfaces are particularly susceptible to wear and tear, both from weather and from automobile traffic, check your driveway for any cracks, potholes or other signs of wear and prepare to apply fresh seal coat before showings.

5. Make sure to clean out your gutters

Cleaning gutters is a small task but it could distract buyers and add to their “to do list” so make sure your gutters are clear of any leaves so buyers can appreciate the house.

6. Make sure your door lock is in good working condition

I had few times where I had to struggle with the door lock to show the property to my clients and one of my clients ask me to leave stating that she doesn’t care about the property if the owner didn’t bother to take care of small thing like that.

7. Clean any built up dirt on siding & windows

Bring your home exterior back to live by removing all the built up dirt by using pressure washer that you can rent from a hardware store.

8. Add fresh paint to your deck and stage with outdoor furniture

Give your deck a new lock with some fresh paint and place some comfortable chairs and a table and let the buyers envision themselves relaxing with a drink on their deck.

9. Remove any tree debris, leaves or clutters

Nothing turns away buyers than a front yard full of trash and other clutter.  Make sure your lawn is clear of any misplaced debris. The goal is to show buyers your property is well-maintained and will not require immediate work after they move in.

10. Trim all trees & shrubs and plant new flowers

Trimming your growing trees & shrubs is like getting a haircut and planting flowers can easily brighten up your front yard and adds value to the curb appeal.

11. Mow and water the lawn

Healthy, green lawn is sure to capture buyers’ attention. Make sure you don’t neglect your lawn as you prepare the rest of the property!

For Sale By Owner Tip: Do Your Research

You don’t have a Realtor telling you how much you should sell your home for or how to market it, so you’re going to have to figure this information out for yourself by doing your own research. For example, you can look for other homes on the market in your area that are comparable to yours. You can also see how they’re marketing their home in your area. If it’s in the Minneapolis area, you would want to find techniques to market in that location.