Leslie Cain: Curb appeal made easy

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Most potential buyers start forming an opinion about a home as soon as they pull up to the property or even before that, based on photographs they have seen online, which means you only have one chance to make a positive first impression and start the showing off on the right track. Here are seven simple ideas to enhance your curb appeal quickly and without breaking the bank:

Make it Sparkle with a Pressure Wash

Home exteriors and driveways turn dark with dirt that often times we don’t even notice because we see it every day. Pressure washing the entire outside of your house, walkways and driveway can brighten up your curb appeal.

Paint Your Front Door

Adding a fresh coat of paint to your front door is a great way to instantly brighten up the front of your home. Bold colors are popular right now, but check online to get a good idea of what color would best complement your house.

Refresh Porch Furniture

If you have outdoor furniture on your porch or deck, wipe it down and wash the cushions, if needed. Also, add a plant or flower vase on a small table. The goal is to create an inviting, comfortable setting for which potential buyers can envision themselves enjoying the porch.

Get Rid of the Clutter

Move garbage cans and recycling bins to the side yard and/or out of sight. If you have an air conditioner or other large unit that you cannot move, consider building a simple lattice box around it so it is not as noticeable. Place hoses and any yard tools left outside into the garage.

Repair and Paint Fence

If you have fence around your front yard, make sure it looks well-kept and that it accents the house. Also, make sure the latches work properly since potential buyers and real estate agents will be coming in and out.

Add Symmetry and Lighting

If you have open space on either side of your front door, add a decorative feature such as small lanterns or mounted planters. There is something attractive and comforting about symmetry and subtle lighting. It draws people in and is pleasing on the eyes.

Mow the Lawn and Trim the Bushes

This sounds obvious, but surprisingly it does not always get done. So, no matter what time of year it is, make sure the yard is mowed (or snow shoveled), the bushes are trimmed and the walkway and driveway are clean and free of debris.

For more homeowner information or to find a licensed real estate professional, contact the Sierra Nevada Realtors at 775-885-7200 or www.sierranevadarealtors.org. Sierra Nevada Realtors is the voice of real estate in Carson City and the surrounding areas. It is committed to building better communities throughout the region and participating in the political process to protect the industry as well as private property rights.

Leslie Cain is president of Sierra Nevada Realtors and a Realtor with RE/MAX Realty Affiliates in Carson City. Cain has been active in the real estate industry for nearly 14 years and is very passionate about the Northern Nevada community. She holds several certifications including Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) and Senior’s Real Estate Specialist (SRES). Cain can be reached at leslie@lesliecain.com or 775-781-1386.


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