Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Curb Appeal

A few years ago, no one ever seemed to talk about "curb appeal," but now it comes up all the time with my buyers and sellers. Thanks HGTV! In case you don't know, curb appeal is how appealing your home looks on the street. Does its appearance invite you in with a warm embrace, or would it be a perfect place to film a horror movie?

Here are a few basic tips to help maintain your home's curb appeal:

*Every time you mow your lawn, change the cutting direction. If you are showing your home, mow it in one direction, then once again to ensure even cutting and to provide an attractive square design.

*Keep your front door freshly painted, and regularly clean the door's handle, hinges and other hardware to keep it shiny.

*When painting your home, consider the exterior build. One-story or rancher type homes should have a paint design that accentuates vertical elements. Conversely, multi-story homes should emphasize horizontal elements.

*Keep the front of your home clutter free. Arrange any lawn furniture you might have, and keep lawn tools put away in the garage or a shed.

*In planning your landscaping, avoid trees and bushes that might drop a lot of leaves, and think color and fragrance.

These are just a few simple tips that can be used for almost any home. If you would like to discuss ideas for your own home, please let me know. I'm always happy to help. I can be reached at 510-547-5970 x57 or MSmartt@jps.net.

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