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First Impressions Are Very Important

When sellers put their homes on the market, they often focus a lot on major interior work in terms of updating, but often forget the importance of the exterior and simple details. First impressions are important to potential buyers, and this is why the notion of curb appeal is a big factor in how fast a home will sell.

Here are five simple and inexpensive ways to improve the exterior and give it the curb appeal needed that will be well worth the money spent:

Landscaping should be cleaned up: rake leaves, mow lawns, add some flower baskets for color. If it is too early to put out flowers, then paint the flower boxes or pots in various colors to accent the landscape.

The front door should be clean, and painted if needed, with the knob polished or painted as well. Painting the knob a different color can really make it pop and this is perhaps the easiest way to convey the home is cared for. The front door is literally the point of entry for buyers and where they form their first impressions, so it shouldn't be overlooked.

Hose down the house and if needed, invest in a coat of paint. This makes a big difference.

Clean all windows inside and out and then show them off by leaving curtains open and blinds open for maximum light and sparkle.

De-cluttering is also important, and this applies to the exterior as well as the interior. One may as well pack early to de-clutter and make the home appear nicer and more spacious to potential buyers.

Once the clean-up is complete, take good, high quality photos to post online. Nowadays, many buyers will typically shop online first and judge the house by the pictures before making a decision to visit.

With the combination of a clean house, neat yard, attention to general repairs, and correct pricing, the house should sell in an optimum amount of time.

Home Price Round-up

<<LOW

914 SE Stratford Ct, Bend, OR 97702

2 beds, 2 baths, 1000 square feet, .07 acre lot

Built in 1994 | $165,000

Listed by Lowes Residential

MID>>

2457 SE Jennie Jo Ct, Bend, OR 97701

3 beds, 2.5 baths, 1656 square feet, .15 acre lot

Built in 1997 | $322,000

Listed by The Broker Network of Central Oregon

<<HIGH

1359 NW Remarkable Dr., Bend, OR 97701

3 beds, 3.5 baths, 5618 square feet, .60 acre lot

Built in 2002 | $1,250,000

Listed by Bend Premier Real Estate

Photos and listing info from Central Oregon Multiple Listing Service

About The Author

Nick Nayne, Principal Broker

Principal Broker at The Broker Network Realty in Bend, OR. Over 12 years experience in Real Estate working with buyers, sellers and investment properties.
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