Enhance your homes curb appeal

In many cases, when a home is put on the market, its curb appeal has a lot to do with how quickly it sells. No matter how nice it may look on the interior or how many desirable features it may have, if a home does not make a good first impression from the outside, it is going to be hard to sell quickly. By taking some time to enhance the curb appeal of your home, you can make sure that prospective buyers are intrigued when they pull up in front of your house.

Enlist help from friends

It is often hard to look at your house objectively, to see the flaws that we are used to but that stand out glaringly to someone else. You are so used to your home and its appearance that you may easily overlook problems that will be instantly apparent to anyone who pulls up in front of your property. If you want to sell your home quickly and for the highest price, you need to be able to take an objective view of your home, warts and all.

A good way to do this is to enlist the help of friends or acquaintances. Ideally, these should be people who you primarily see outside of your home, so that they are not that familiar with the appearance of your property. Coworkers can be a good choice, since you mostly see them at work. Ask them to drive by your house and take a look at it, as if they were interested in buying it.

Have them write down their impressions of your home. What did they think upon first seeing it? What stood out as obvious flaws, and what were the best features? Did they want to go into the home and look at the interior, or did the exterior make them feel less interested?

Ask your friends to be as objective as possible. Try not to take what they say personally, even if doing so can be hard. After all, if you want to sell your home, you need to be willing to put in the time and effort that is required to make it look its best.

Look over what they have written carefully, and use this information to make a list of the best and worst features of your property. The best features are the ones that you need to work on enhancing, so that they stand out to anyone who is driving or walking by your home. The worst features are the ones you need to focus on improving or minimizing.

Take photos of your property

Taking pictures of your home can also be a good way to get a more objective look at your property. In many cases, taking black-and-white photos can help, since color often serves to distract us and draw our attention away from certain issues. When you are looking at a monochrome image of your home, you may notice certain things that you would otherwise tend to overlook.

Take steps to tackle any problems on your list

The first thing that you need to do is tackle any problems that you have identified. Cleaning this up first, before you start trying to enhance the strengths of your home, means that you won't have to worry about causing a mess later on. Any needed clean up or repair jobs should be finished first.

For example, if you have found mold or mildew anywhere on your property, kill it off. Home Depot has mold remediation, do not use bleach.  However, in some cases, you may need to call in professional assistance to get rid of mold.

Don't leave garden tools or other items in front of your home. Snow shovels, rakes, brooms, hoses, and other items should be stored away properly in your garage or shed. This goes for children's toys as well. You want the front of your home to look as uncluttered as possible.

Dirty windows or clogged gutters are a great way to turn away prospective buyers. Scrub your windows, wash the siding, and be sure that leaves and twigs are off the roof and out of the gutters. The outside of your home needs to appear pristine.

If your lawn has grown over your sidewalk or front walk, edge it properly so that it appears neatly trimmed. Any weeds or other plants that are growing between the slabs or in cracks should be removed. If there are cracks in the driveway, have them sealed before you put your home on the market.

Your lawn should be kept neatly mowed and free of weeds at all times. If it looks patchy or unkempt, take the time to reseed it before trying to sell your home. Leaves that fall on your lawn need to be raked up and disposed of on a regular basis. The same is true for any tree branches that may fall. If there are tree limbs growing near your roof, have them cut back.

Be sure to clean up your backyard as well, especially if it is visible from the street or from a neighbor's yard. Many sellers focus so much on the front yard that they neglect the back. An interested buyer is going to want to see your whole property, and if your backyard is overgrown or unkempt, this may reduce their interest or turn them off entirely.

A fresh coat of paint can often make even the dingiest home look better. Choose a neutral color that will appeal to the largest possible audience. You may love your garish pink or purple house, but you are going to have a hard time selling it unless you repaint it in a quieter color. 

Adding some decorative lighting to your front yard can also help, as can replacing your doorknob with a fancier or more attractive piece of hardware. Be sure to look at your home during different times of day, since you never know when a potential buyer may want to stop by.

By enhancing the curb appeal of your home, you can make sure that your home sells quickly and for a very good price.