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Five easy ways to add instant curb appeal to your home

First impressions are everything when it comes to selling your house, especially given that most buyers form an opinion about a home within the first seven to ten seconds of arrival. Your home’s curb appeal (or lack thereof) can effectively make or break a deal.

When you’ve lived in the same place for a significant length of time, it can be easy to turn a blind eye to your home’s cosmetic blemishes. But if you step outside and take a look at your house through the eyes of a buyer, you’ll probably see some pretty obvious places where you can make improvements. Luckily, you don’t need to spend a ton of time or cash to give your home the aesthetic boost it needs.

Here are five ways to add instant curb appeal to your home:

 Replace exterior light fixtures Are your exterior lights coated with dust and bug guts? Clean them! If they’re glaringly outdated, new ones might be in order. When shopping, be sure to consider both style and function. Tip: Save time on installation by choosing light fixtures that have the same mounting system as your existing ones.

 Give your front door a makeover The entry to your home is the focal point of its curb appeal and should be priority number one when sprucing up your exterior. If you’re hesitant to experiment with color, consider installing a custom wood door. You might be surprised at the difference a door makes.

Create an instant garden There’s no need to spend a ton of time or money on professional landscaping. Swing by your local garden center and pick up some ready-made containers or create your own with your favorite plants and flowers. Arrange them asymmetrically on your front porch to create a dynamic setting.

Upgrade your mailbox Whether your mailbox is at the end of your driveway or mounted by your front door, make an effort to go above and beyond the obvious aluminum box. Think of it as an accessory and take a page from the Michael Kors book of thought. “I’ve always thought of accessories as the exclamation point of a woman’s outfit,” he said. Just be sure to follow your city’s mailbox regulations.

Install new house numbers If your house numbers are old and rusty, installing some new ones can create instant curb appeal. After all, your address will be the very first thing potential buyers will look for when approaching your abode. Try your best to match your new house numbers with the finish of your exterior light fixtures to create the biggest impact.

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Kate Kasbee
Kate Kasbee is a blogger and freelance copywriter living in Los Angeles. She has a background in real estate marketing and has also written about a variety of subjects including pet care, how to adopt a vegan diet, and technology. Prior to living in sunny California, Kate spent eight years in Chicago where she lived in nine different apartments in five different neighborhoods. Though she’s not quite done exploring, Kate dreams of planting her roots and owning a home with creaky floors and plenty of land for starting an organic farm.
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