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Monday, December 13, 2010

How to Improve Your Curb Appeal This Season

You’ve heard the old adage: You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. That
statement underscores the importance of curb appeal if you’re trying to sell your home.

Curb appeal—the attractiveness of the exterior of a property--is particularly important if you live
in a market where there are a lot of homes for sale. Then it’s essential that your home make a
statement and stand out from the competition.

What can you do to improve your home’s curb appeal this season? Here are some tips:

  • Spruce up the exterior. Clean the windows and gutters, trim bushes, make sure the
    grass is maintained and in good condition, and plant some flowers—mums come in
    many beautiful fall colors--to make the house look appealing and brighten up the
    exterior. Consider a fresh coat of paint—if not on the whole house, then at least on the
    doors, shutters and other trim, where you can add accent colors.
  • If your house is not well lit, install some new lights in the front and on the walkways.
    This not only improves safety but also helps showcase your home and its unique
    features.
  • Rake up leaves and remove them. Sweep your walks and front porch, and shake out
    mats.
  • Add a few finishing touches relevant to the season, but don’t overdo it. Pumpkins and
    dried wreaths are holiday classics and can create a warm, homey feeling in potential
    buyers. Steer clear of extensive Halloween decorations or religious displays.
Interested in learning how to make your home stand out? Give our CENTURY 21 Adams &
Barnes offices a call today. Monrovia - 626.358.1858 or Glendora - 626.963.7621

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