Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Looking "HOT" From the Street—Tips for Curb Appeal

Selling in a buyer’s market like we currently are experiencing in the Twin Cities metro, is tricky. Your home needs to look HOT from the outside in! As a Realtor, I have been showing homes all over Anoka County, from Blaine to Forest Lake this month. As the snow melts, some yards are looking rather boring. When buyers have hundreds of homes to choose from, decisions are made in a split second from a photo on a computer screen or from the moment a potential buyer drives up to the curb. It takes only a few moments for a buyer to assess a homes potential.

Stand in the street and look at your property from a buyer’s eyes. If your home is not screaming, “Buy Me” from the curb, now is the time to spice up the exterior!

Here are a few quick tips and reminders:

**Flowers add color! If your spring blooms haven’t blossomed yet, buy a dried floral wreath or colorful flag.

**Spruce up the landscaping with new wood chips. Make certain all of the landscaping bricks in the retaining wall are in place.

**Pick up trash from the yard!

**Rake any leaves that have blown in over the winter.

**Fix up that tattered Mailbox at the end of the driveway.

**Seal coat the blacktop drive.

**Move Boats, Trailers and Campers to another location.

**Wash dirt and cobwebs from front of home paying special attention to door where buyers will enter. Paint door if necessary.

**Replace tattered American flags with new ones. (Remember proper to dispose of old one properly.)

**Check for wind damage to gutters, siding, shutters and storm doors has been repaired or replaced. If the shutters or trim has faded, replace or repaint.

**Paint or stain siding and front deck as necessary.

Though it may seem like common sense, it is amazing how many homes on the market with lovely interiors, have let the exterior go. It may be a buyers’ market but smart sellers homes are selling. Addressing curb appeal is one way to get them through the door!

If you are relocating to Minnesota, are looking for Homes for Sale in the north and east Twin Cities metro area and need help from a professional Realtor, give me a call. Serving Anoka, Chisago, Ramsey and Washington Counties in Minnesota.

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