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Curb Appeal Tips for Selling Properties
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

You’ve decided to sell your property. As we’re an appraisal services company, and though the job responsibilities of a real estate agent differ from those of an appraiser, our team knows what it takes to make any property — including homes — sell. Though for both people and properties it’s what’s on the inside that matters, when you go to sell any type of property, ensuring the exterior looks its best is equally as important as setting up the interior. When you place your property on the market, and want it to sell for the best price, then following these few tips can boost curb appeal on almost any property.

•     Plant!
As we’re almost nearing the first day of summer, many varieties of plants will be at their peak for growing and planting in the season. In order to give your building’s appearance a welcoming feel, including plants of different shapes, sizes, and colors can boost curb appeal — especially to aid in selling properties. So just what type of plants should you include in your property’s landscape? It doesn’t matter if your landscape is a compact plot or if your property is rolling in the acreage, you can create an instant garden with planters, pots, containers, and beds. As annuals only live for one season, plants like begonias, zinnias, impatiens, and nasturtiums are a good place to start. Adding in other plants like evergreens, daisies, hostas, holly shrubs, azalea shrubs, and even succulents can all make the outside of a home or other property seem more welcoming. As this is still your property for now, you want to give it the best building appearance possible. But, you don’t necessarily have to have traditional plants like evergreens included in a property’s curb appeal.

(If you’re not sure where to start with your landscaping, HGTV lists plant type basics and the best place to plant each variety here.)

•      Paint!
You don’t need to bring out all the stops and paint your whole building from top to bottom (though it wouldn’t hurt). But if you’re trying to sell a home, or another type of building, that also happens to be painted in an offbeat color such as mustard yellow, the offers may not exactly pour in. And this could be based on its appearance alone, we’re sad to say. In residential settings especially, neutral colors on the exterior of buildings are preferred. So when you’re heading out for new buckets of paint to get rid of that mustard color, look for shades of browns, taupe, off-whites, blue-gray, and some “colorful” neutral choices include light blue and pale yellow. Though you’ve made this place your own over the years, remember, potential buyers want to see what they can do with the building and the building appearance is of the utmost importance.

•      Clean!
An evident curb appeal tip, but it needs to be said. Scan the yard or landscape of your property for any debris, clutter, dead branches, fallen leaves, or other objects that don’t call the outdoors home, and determine where they actually belong. Tend to plants, whether they are newly planted or are mature, in ways that are fit to them: trimming, pruning, and tidying up can turn a regular landscape into one that’s meant to boost curb appeal. But it’s not only the landscape that could benefit from cleaning; make sure other areas of your property’s exterior are spic-and-span as well. Paved surfaces like a pathway or your driveway, as well as garage doors and fences can look brand new with the use of a power washer. If you have any hardware or furnishings that have seen better days (That porch light that’s hanging on by a wire? Got to go.), now is the time to replace them so you can show off your property, because your hard work on the building appearance can assist in getting it to the right buyer and fast.

These curb appeal tips for selling properties may have you smacking your hand to your forehead and going “That’s obvious!” This may not be your first time around the block, but it could be the first time putting properties on the market for other people. But here’s one last curb appeal tip we have for you before you head off to your local home improvement store for some much-needed supplies: make the exterior of your home, or other building that you’re selling, one cohesive appearance and not a bunch of different design aspects thrown together. Keeping the flow uniform on a property from the outside to the inside will not only boost curb appeal, but also aid in selling properties.

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