There are many things to focus on when you’re selling your house in the Atlanta market, but curb appeal is right there at the top. Just like with a job interview, that initial impression can make or break what will happen next. For homebuyers, the exterior view of the home is the first test. If they like what they see on the outside, they’ll want to see if the inside is as impressive.

Creating curb appeal doesn’t have to be expensive. If you have some money in the budget, you’ll likely get a great return on your investment by yielding a quick sale. Here are some of the best ways to achieve curb appeal.

Landscaping

Keep your lawn healthy. Lush, green grass has great appeal, especially during the spring and summer. Keep the lawn mowed and fertilized. Take care of it so you don’t have any ugly, dry, yellow patches.

Shape landscaping and trees. You don’t want your trees covering up your house and keeping buyers from seeing your home from the street. Prune the trees, and trim the landscaping so it looks attractive and well-kept. Add a fresh layer of mulch to your ground. The bright cedar color and scent provide instant appeal.

Pine straw also works well in beds and is a Georgia staple. If it is good enough for Augusta National, it will be good enough for your lawn.

Add some pops of color by planting flowers along borders or along the walkway. Cluster some flower-filled containers together in a large group by the front door or in some hanging baskets. Many people love a house with lots of flowers blooming. You and the kids go dig in the dirt. Have fun with it.

Cleaning and neatness

Focus on the door. Most of us enter our homes from the garage, so the front door is out of sight and often overlooked. Consider painting it to give it a crisp, clean look. You could even opt for a contrasting color to give your home’s facade a little punch of attention. Add new hardware, or adorn it with a wreath. Polish up the kick plate to an impressive shine.

Make sure your walkways are clear. Kids’ bicycles and toys should be out of sight. Hose down the sidewalks and driveway so they look clean and fresh.

Power wash the house. It’s amazing what a vast difference a clean house can make. If your paint is looking a little dingy, think about investing in fresh paint. Your house will look brand new.

Think about the garage door. We might not think much about it, but the garage door can take up about 40 percent of a home’s facade. You want it looking crisp and clean to enhance the view from the street. Clean it, paint it or replace it.

If you need additional advice about curb appeal, selling your home or finding a real estate agent, contact Duffy Realty today.

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