Has your home been on the market for more than 30 days? How about 90 days? If you find that your home has been up for sale for more than 90 days, you seriously want to sit down and consider what is happening. If you are not even getting any showings on your property, you may need to improve the curb appeal.

The curb appeal is basically a term for the appearance in the outside of your property. Stand on the sidewalk in front of your home. What do you see? The key is to try and look at it from the perspective of a buyer. If you have difficulty doing this, your realtor should be able to make suggestions or, if you are selling your property for sale by owner, ask a friend to help you out. They can give you a fresh eye to tell you what may need to be fixed.

The following are some things to look for when you want to improve your curb appeal:

  • Make certain there is no chipping paint on your house, garage, or sheds. Painting the exterior of your home and other outbuildings will give everything a fresh look.
  • If you have vinyl siding on your home, rent a pressure washer and give it a good cleaning. When it is dirty or covered with mildew, buyers may assume that if the outside looks this bad, the inside must be worse.
  • Clean the windows. Many potential buyers can often be turned off by windows that appear dingy or dirty.
  • Give your yard a good cleaning. Put all tools away and don’t have toys laying around your yard. Everything should have a place, including your hose and rakes.
  • Define your outdoor living space. If you have simply thrown your patio furniture out on the lawn and have it scattered about, try putting it all together to define the living space you have outdoors.
  • Update your landscaping. Your landscaping should help to enhance the outdoors. If you have a tree that needs to come down, get rid of it. Planting flowers around the yard can also help to improve the appearance of your property.

These are just a few of the things you can do to give your property good curb appeal. Many potential buyers are lost by having a yard that is cluttered and a home that needs a good paint job. Get your property prepared for selling and you may find yourself with a sale.

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