curb appealIf you’re planning on selling your home in the near future, you may want to improve the curb appeal of your home.  According to Dean Graziosi, homes with a level of curb appeal tend to sell faster than less appealing homes.  When it comes to improving the curb appeal of your home, you don’t have to totally redo the entire exterior.  Simple improvements and inexpensive upgrades can have a large impact on the desirability of your home.

The way your home appears from the street can make either a positive or negative impression on potential buyers.  If your home is well-landscaped and properly cared for, potential buyers will not hesitate to step inside.  However, if your home features overgrown hedges or dying flowers, they may not have a favorable impression when they enter your home.

One of the easiest improvements you can make to your home is simply power washing the exterior.  Simply attaching a long-handled, soft-bristled brush to your hose will remove any dirt and dust that may have accumulated on your home.  This step can have the same impact on your home as applying a fresh coat of paint.  If you do not own a power washer, you can rent one from your local home improvement or tool rental stores in your area.  This simple step can add between $10,000 – $15,000 dollars to the sale price of your home.

Another easy and affordable way to add curb appeal to your home is to wash your interior and exterior windows.  This will help show prospective buyers that you have regularly performed the proper maintenance necessary to keep your windows looking and functioning great over the years.  While you’re doing this, you may also want to remove any debris that may have found its way onto the eaves and gutters.

If you notice that your house still does not look as sparkly and shiny as you had hoped, Dean Graziosi recommends that you apply a fresh coat of exterior paint.  This small step will give your home an instant pop that buyers will immediately notice.  If your entire home does not need to be painted, you may be able to touch up some trouble areas that you may have noticed during the cleaning process.

The next area you should focus on is your yard.  Take a walk around your home and take note of any bushes that may have become overgrown.  After you have completed your inspection, you should then go through your yard and trim any overgrown bushes that you noticed.  Next, you can add some color and life to your yard by planting new flowers and adding mulch around your trees and shrubs.  These are simple steps that can make a huge difference in the curb appeal of your home.