Santa Clarita Real Estate Update
Five Steps to Increasing your Home's Curb Appeal
April, 2010 - Issue #66
"Curb appeal" is the good impression or feeling made when looking at a home from the curb to the front door. It is taking the best exterior feature of the house or yard and enhancing it to the fullest potential.

Believe it or not, it can be one of the most important factors to home buyers; many will decide not to view the inside of a home if the outside does not look up to par.

Here's how to maximize your curb appeal.

Keep landscaping neatly trimmed and maintained.
Keep your grass green and replace dead spots with new sod or seed. Don't neglect flowers, plants and trees. Trim dead stems or branches and if they aren't looking good, replace them! You'd be surprised how far some inexpensive annuals, like petunias or impatiens, will go.

Add low- voltage landscape lighting.
It's an easy and instant upgrade that will really make a dramatic effect at night. You can't presume that your home will only be viewed during daylight hours.

Re-paint the exterior.
That means the trim, shutters, front entry door and garage door all need a fresh coat. While you're at it, replace the hardware with new door handles and knobs if yours are showing wear.

Replace your mailbox.
The last thing a home buyer wants to see after leaving a beautiful home and yard is a beaten-up old mailbox.

Park your vehicles in the garage.
This will showcase your home from the street and will indicate to potential buyers that the driveway has ample room and will meet their needs.

Remember: No matter what your budget is, always keep it simple, neutral and appealing to the masses. The way you live and the way you sell are two totally different worlds. You want to set the stage to invite buyers into your home with welcoming curb appeal.

Joshua Suess is with The Suess Home Selling Team - Re/Max of Valencia; 702-4640
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