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Avoid These 5 Curb Appeal Mistakes

Making sure your curb appeal is on point is essential if you are planning on showing and selling your home. Unless you are planning to sell your home for a whole lot less than it is worth, then you should make sure you have a plan in place for your curb appeal, too. The curb appeal of your home will give off the first impressions to the buyer, and if you do it right, it can add on a substantial amount of money to your asking price.

That said, there might be some curb appeal mistakes that you don’t even know you’re making. Below, we have some pointers that you should keep in mind if you’re going to be updating your curb appeal or selling your home:

5 Overlooked Curb Appeal Elements

1 – Failing To Keep Your Car Clean

No, you’re not selling your car, but it should still be sparkling clean and in good condition on your driveway. Having a broken down, dirty car on the driveway can instantly bring down the tone and feel of the property.

You’d be surprised how this can mess up the first impression! Take the time to clean your car as well as everything else, so that the impression in the viewer’s mind stays nothing but positive.

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A dirty car gives visitors the impression that you don’t care for your possessions–including your home. Unfair, but true!

2 – Allowing Your Neighbor’s Side To Stay Messy

If you have a messy neighbor, you should respectfully go and ask them if they would mind tidying as you have viewers over. If you don’t want to do that or you don’t think they’d comply, ask them if they mind if you do it. You need to be careful here, as you want it to look tidy but you do not want to get in trouble.

This outcome can depend on the relationship you have with your neighbor. Sometimes, simply tidying up their refuse area as well as mowing their lawn and hosing down their car might be enough to clean things up.

3 – Focusing on the finer details

Focusing on the finer details of your curb appeal makes a huge difference. Spending a little money on smaller changes can help you to make more money over time. Looking at different styles of garage doors might seem silly, but finding the right door could make a big difference to your garage, and therefore your curb appeal.

What other fine details can you focus on?  

4 – A Bad Paint Job

Painting the outside of your home is fine, providing you do a great job and that you choose the right color. You should stick to neutral colors, as not everybody has the same taste. If you don’t trust yourself to do a good job, then get a pro in to do it.

5 – Having A Dead Garden

Not everybody can be expected to be a pro gardener, but a dead garden will do you no favors. You should clean up any dead plants and flowers, as well as any mulch or debris. Try to keep it tidy, and consider adding potted plants for a little life and color.

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Potted flowers and plants add color anywhere.

Don’t Forget These Curb Appeal Elements

Don’t make these 5 curb appeal mistakes. They are details that home buyers will not overlook. The best part? Each correction will cost you just a small portion of your budget. Have any curb appeal advice? Share it in the comments–we’d love to hear.

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