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By Kathleen Turner | Agent in Charlotte, NC

Spruce Up Your Curb Appeal BEFORE You List

If you are planning to out your home on the market in the near future, there are a number of things that you can do to not only increase the likelihood that your home will sell at top dollar, but also that your home will sell quickly.

One of the top 5 activities that you need to do before you list is focus on and spruce up your curb appeal. Remember what your mommy told you - you only have one chance to make a great first impression - at that first impression begins at your curb when a potential buyer drives up to take a look at your house.

Take the time to critically look at your home's curb appeal by acting like a buyer. Start at your curb. What do you see? Is your lawn neat and free of twigs, weeds & leaves? Are your bushes neatly trimmed? Overgrown bushes not only deter from the looks of your home, but also can create safety concerns by blocking windows or creating unwanted "hiding places". Is your street address clearly visible? You want to make certain that buyers can easily find your home! Is your walkway safe and free of trip hazards?

Walk up to your front door. Look for cracked and/or peeling paint. Look for spider webs. It takes a couple of minutes for a buyer's agent to open the lock box to get your key. As the agent is working the lock box, be aware that the buyer is standing there critiquing the front of your home. A nice pop of color from a couple of potted plants, such as red geraniums is always a nice and welcoming touch.

Not sure you can be honest with yourself? Have a trusted friend come over and walk the yard with you! The time you spend preparing the front of your home before you list will payoff with a buyer anxious to come in your home and see what else wonderful is in store for them!

Best success!

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