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    How to Add Immediate Curb Appeal to Your Home

    Posted by Lauren Parker on May 31, 2019 11:14:58 AM
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    The concept of curb appeal has evolved over the years. It’s no longer simply a matter of attracting people’s interest on the street. It’s about attracting people’s interest online. In the era of Instagram, the power of the pic can get people talking about your home. It can even influence its price. It pays to be prepared. It might even pay off.

    Is your home ready for its close-up? The House Manager team has compiled a list of 8 easy things you can do to enhance your home’s curb appeal. Many of the suggestions are as old as the concept of curb appeal itself. Others reflect today’s snap-happy Instagram era.

    We can’t promise that if you follow these tips your home will go viral, but we have every confidence they will make your house look nicer, increase buyer interest and maybe even raise its value.


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    Think Green ...  

    Every Realtor will tell you that curb appeal grows when you add greenery. What they may not tell you is that there are lots of ways to “go green.” One strategy might be to plant evergreen fillers, then add annuals that bloom across seasons. Drought-resistant landscaping is an increasingly popular choice in the Bay Area as well. It all depends on the home, but there’s no denying it: green is good. Even displaying a simple wreath on the front door can add a welcome hint of earthiness, hominess, and sales worthiness.


    ... But Don't Go Overboard.

    When it comes to American houses, style matters. Popular Bay Area home styles include Victorian, Queen Anne, Mid-Century Modern, Craftsman and Mission Style. The point is not to hide your home’s distinct architectural character. Think of those previously mentioned potted plants as complements to your home’s existing style. Be strategic with your placements. Make sure all of that greenery doesn’t steal the show.  

    Pressure Wash the Exteriors.

    Maybe you don’t have time to paint your home. Maybe you don’t want to go to the expense of paying somebody else to do it for you. Pressure washing your exteriors is the next best thing. You know how you feel after a facial? Pressure washing achieves the same effect. It will perk up even the most tired exteriors. Pressure washers can be rented at most hardware stores or home centers. The investment is minimum. The payoff could be significant.

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    Pass the Painted Door Test.

    Accents are sexy. Everybody says so. The “painted door” effect is an example of a home accent that can bring the rest of your home’s paint job to life. Just pick a color that pops and grab a paint brush. (The crew at DIY Network advises you to read this before you start.) You’ll attract buyers and earn Instagram likes.

    A painted door is also just one example of effective accent work. Applying a fresh coat of paint to the shutters, the awnings, even the door’s sashes can accomplish the same effect. It’s all about refreshing the facade, attracting the eye, and welcoming the visitor—at a fraction of the cost of what it would take to paint the whole house.

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    Got a Porch? Make It Irresistible.

    Potted planters, porch swings and rocking chairs are all examples of pieces you can add to your front porch to spruce up its overall appeal. The effect should be charming, inviting, even cozy. Remember: A little effort can go a long way. Be measured in your approach and make sure all of the pieces fit together.

    No Porch? No Problem. 

    Not every home has a porch, or a porch swing. The good news is a strategically placed pair of Adirondack chairs in a neatly kept front lawn can achieve the same effect. Fire pits are another way you can spark interest in a potential buyer. Be creative with your outdoor spaces. Be orderly, too. We hope it goes without saying the yard itself should be presentable, the grass mowed, the hedges trimmed, the shrubs cut back. Remove any trash or recycling bins from view and park the car in the garage.  

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    Leave No Holiday Behind.

    Bunting for the Fourth of July. Jack o’ lanterns for Halloween. Holiday lights during the festive month of December. Nothing captures the eye during a holiday season like a home that warmly embraces the holiday season.

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    Instagram loves a good story. There’s a reason one of the company’s most popular offerings is called Instagram Stories. How can you turn your home into a storybook charmer? Here’s one idea: If your home is of a certain vintage, embrace that vintage. Refresh its past. Restoring the beauty of an early century Queen Anne or a mid-century Prairie-style bungalow could be the fast track to a prospective buyer’s heart.

    You could even use Instagram Stories to document the restoration process. Where else to look for inspiration than This Old House?

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    Curb appeal has changed, but the principle remains the same. We’ve outlined in this article a few simple steps you can take to make your home more inviting to passersby on the street, and more camera-friendly for people who prefer to scroll through the listings online. Both crowds matter and your home’s exterior sets the tone.

    Taking the photo yourself? The New York Times offers a few helpful tips for making it more photogenic. You won’t just be sold by how easy is it to make your home look the best it can be. You might just sell your home!

    Topics: home maintenance, remodeling, selling your home

     

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