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  • Writer's pictureJoel Guyer

Six Features That Dramatically Affect Your Home's Curb Appeal

If you're putting your home on the market, it's critical that you understand the concept of "curb appeal." Curb appeal is the impression your home gives at first glance. It's not just how it looks, but what visitors feel when they approach your home.

The better you make that initial impression, the more likely you are to entice potential buyers to want to see what's inside. And who knows? That could be the deciding factor in making a sale. Here are six features that will dramatically affect your home's real estate curb appeal:

1. Window Treatments

Windows are unique in that they are the only feature that affects both the interior and exterior look of your property. So picking the right window treatments is essential. Here are some things you should consider:

· Light Filtering Shades Generally, light filtering shades are your best choice for windows facing the street. They let in plenty of light, so homes look bright and cheery while maintaining privacy.

· Decorative Blinds - On the other hand, blinds or shutters look great on windows that provide more privacy. If you have a lot of trees or bushes around your home, decorative shutters are the perfect solution to give your home some added style.

2. Stained Front Door

A stained front door provides instant curb appeal. Not only does it make your house stand out, but it also gives potential buyers an instant sense of warmth and welcome. It's important to choose a stain color that matches your style and coordinates with your home's exterior colors so you don't look out of place.

3. Mature Landscaping

Your landscaping is an integral part of your home's curb appeal. It's not just how it looks, but also how well maintained it is. A lawn that's overgrown with weeds and dead plants can make your home look unkempt.

Ideally, you should hire a landscaping service to help you maintain this part of your curb appeal. Not only will they keep your yard looking great, but they'll also help attract buyers with the first signs of spring.

4. Lighting

Lighting is just as important as landscaping, as it can set a different mood for your front yard, depending on the time of day and the type of light bulbs you use. You want to choose lights that advertise your home's benefits (open floorplan, large windows, etc.) without being too bright or distracting from the home's appearance.

5. Potted Plants & Flowers

Potted plants and flowers add a pop of color to your front yard. And since they're in pots, you can easily transport them in when it's time for a new look. If you don't have much green space around your home, try planting flowers in the beds around your front porch instead.

6. Privacy Fences & Gates

A privacy fence provides an added layer of protection from strangers and burglars, but they also serve as a great decorative element for your property. A well-maintained white picket fence gives a traditional or vintage look that's perfect for a cottage-style property.

Gates give your home an elegant look and serve as a great transition between the outside world and the privacy of your yard. Swing gates are perfect for front entrances, while you can use sliding gates around the back to provide more room for vehicles.

Closing Thoughts on Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is a crucial part of your home's value. In the competitive real estate market, showing potential buyers why your property is better than others in the area can be just the thing you need to get it sold faster.

We can't help you with every one of these suggestions, but we'd love to help with the window treatments! Schedule a free appointment and we'll bring samples to your home so you can see some of your options to improve your curb appeal!

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