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Selling your house? Curb Appeal is key

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House hunting season is here, and if you’re planning to put your home on the market, one thing is certain. You’ll be competing with scores of other homeowners who are hoping to sell theirs, too.

How to stay ahead of the pack? While you’re sprucing up the inside of your house, make sure you don’t forget the outside, as well. One thing housing experts agree on is the importance of curb appeal. First impressions can make or break a sale. A house with peeling paint and overgrown plants can keep potential buyers from even pulling in the driveway, because if you don’t take care of the outside, people will assume you don’t take care of the inside. According to the National Association of Realtors, homes with curb appeal boost your home’s equity, sell for more and sell more quickly.

Begin with the lawn, or hire someone to mow it. Also, trim bushes and pull weeds. Does your front porch, shutters and/or windows have peeling paint? Scrape and repaint. The old saying, “A coat of paint covers a multitude of sins” is true. But before you do, wash the outside walls first. That’s a simple move that can add $10,000 to $15,000 to your sale price, and should be done on wood, vinyl, metal, stucco, brick, and fiber cement siding, says NAR. Restain and seal a faded deck to look new again.

What condition is your roof in? Replace broken or missing shingles. Is your fence falling down? Is you mailbox leaning to one side? Straighten them up, advises This Old House. If your mailbox has seen better days, replace it.

Something as simple as updating your front door’s hardware can make a difference, says theclose.com. Likewise, another inexpensive investment that adds curb appeal is installing new, updated house numbers.

Inland Real Estate Group : 201 E Veterans Parkway, Yorkville, IL 60560 : 630.553.3600 http://inlandbrokers.com/