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Monday, June 30, 2014

Part of the process of selling a home is, of course, obtaining an appraisal. You've prepared your home for an assessor and have the appointment all set. But what about the outside? Before even seeing the inside of a home, the outside of it gives an impression. Spruce up the exterior of your home with new landscaping as well as some maintenance to help improve your overall appraisal. Here are some helpful tips that can make your yard and home façade look like new.

Choose plants like evergreens or perennials so there is always some greenery and vivid color in the yard. Perennials, as their name states, re-bloom year after year, and tend not to require a lot of care. Perennial flowers that are good for a garden include: forget-me-nots, geraniums, asters and peonies. If having a lot of plants in the front yard isn't to your liking, try instead putting planter boxes with brightly-colored flowers (like perennials!) in them to add noticeable charm to your home. Don't forget to mulch when adding new plants.

Besides adding in new greenery, maintain what is currently in your yard. As obvious it may seem, it is important to mow the lawn, trim the hedges and pull out weeds before an appraisal. Trim low-hanging branches away from windows so they are not dangerous to occupants of the home. Seeing that a yard is not in disrepair is important to a home's value.

The yard isn't the only curb appeal that needs work for an appraisal. Clear away any debris in front of your home. Make sure your outdoor lighting fixtures are a style that matches the feel of your home - and make sure they are functioning properly too. Other small touches such as purchasing a new doorknob and coordinating doorknocker can tie an exterior together. One last bit of maintenance that can be added is to replace the address numbers. By adding ones that reflect the home's exterior decor, the home can have a more uniform feeling to it.

Another simple trick is repainting the front door. Faded paint may not take away from a home's value, but it doesn't add to it either. Using a bold color that also complements the colors of the outside of your home can make the whole front feel brand new. Don't forget to use a glossy finish on the door; this will make the whole house look brighter. If the shutters are in poor condition as well, it is best to use the same paint on them. Matching the door and shutter colors will give your home a more all-around together look to it.

First impressions are crucial in many occasions. Home appraisals are certainly one of these occasions. These are just a few tips to help improve the curb appeal of your home, which will enhance the overall appraisal. There are multiple other things that influence the appraisal of a home. If there is a helpful approach to improving curb appeal, share your thoughts in the comments section.

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