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5 Summer Curb Appeal Ideas for Selling Your Home

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

When perspective buyers pull up outside of your home for the first time, you want to create instant appeal.  If your home looks run down or unattractive before they even get inside, some buyers will refuse to go in.  With home sales peaking in the summer months, the five tips below will give you a leg up on creating curb appeal that will grab potential homebuyers’ attention.

1.   Neat and Tidy

Before you worry about anything else, make sure that the outside of your home is neat and tidy.  Pick up any trash laying in the yard, trim and edge the lawn, and break out the hedge clippers to trim those stray branches.  By making the lawn and shrubs look well cared for, you give the impression that the rest of the home is equally as kept up.  It is also a good idea to power wash the shutters and siding of your home, as this creates a home that looks clean.  No one wants to move into a dirty house, so make it easier for buyers to fall in love with yours.

2.   Flowers

Cheerful, summer flowers can be a great curb appeal addition.  Hanging baskets of red geraniums or purple pansies can add life and color almost instantly.  Be sure that the baskets are well-kept and in good condition.  A ratty looking basket, even with the most beautiful of flowers, will not make a very good first impression.  Planters and pots by the front door or along the walkway are also inviting and appealing.

3.   Flags

Summer is the month of patriotic holidays in the United States, so include a crisp American flag outside of your home.  While some may disagree that showing partiality for a nationality, even for one in the country in which you live, is a negative, but for many people, the site of a waving American flag in summer is reminiscent of childhood and the feeling of home.  If you are leery about hanging an American flag, choose a cheerful decorative flag instead.

4.   Door Wreath

A door wreath can be a great welcoming site for potential homebuyers.  Wreaths speak to attention to detail and the desire to decorate.  When homebuyers see that you have taken the time to decorate the front door, even if it is just with a wreath, they are much more likely to want to see the rest of the house.

5.   Solar Lighting

Although outdoor lighting is important any time of the year, in the summer it adds a different feel.  Outdoor lighting in the summer gives the impression that the outdoor space is just as useable and welcoming as the interior of the home.  Make the homebuyers feel as though they would be just as comfortable sitting on the front porch at night, as they would be inside on the sofa. Solar lighting is an easy and inexpensive way to bring dramatic lighting to the great outdoors.

Curb appeal can quickly make or break a home.  Thankfully, sellers have the ability to change key points to the home’s exterior and make it more attractive.  Do not overlook or minimize the importance of having curb appeal that buyers simply cannot pass over.