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By Hugh Scooter Willey | Broker in 27949

Curb Appeal – BOTOX for your home’s face!


When you’re preparing your house for the market in Outer Banks, almost every realtor will explain how valuable curb appeal is when it comes to marketing your home. Curb appeal can mean a lot of things, of course, ranging from wholesale replacement of the roof, paint, and landscaping, to a few tidy details designed to spruce up the place.

One of the best (and most cost-effective!) tune-ups you can make works both from the curb and from up close. It’s kind of like Botox for your home’s face. It’s a little something I like to think of as the “Front Door Tune-up.”

The front door is a focal point on your home, both from a distance and up close. Here’s how to leverage it for maximum impact:

1) Paint the door with an appropriate, fresh, contrasting, bold color. Not only will this draw the eye (possibly even away from the crack in the driveway!), but it will go a long way to creating the impression of a new paint job.

2) Replace faded, small address numbers with classy, visibly new hardware. Long gone are the days of tacky decals. Even a modest investment at an upscale home accessories store can add a touch of luxury to your entryway.

3) Replace knob/handle and lock hardware. The feel of the doorknob, the click of the hardware, and the sense of security the door conveys matters hugely. It’s a front-line sensory experience for potential buyers. A sticky, weak, degraded set of locks only hurts your first impression.

4) Upgrade the door, if possible. Sometimes paint and hardware won’t do the trick. If you have an older home in an area where many of the same styles of door were used, this could be a good time to differentiate your home while upgrading the aesthetic. Soft lighting, graphic house numbers, pretty planters, and fun accessories make a welcome addition to your front entryway.

Will a door save your home from significant cosmetic problems? No. But I’ve seen it work again and again: The “Front Door Tune-up” is a subtle but effective listing tool. I have lots of resources on curb appeal!

Got questions? Ask! hughwilley@sunrealtync.com or 252-489-8491

Hugh “Scooter” Willey

www.nagsheadhomes.com

www.hughwilley.obxwhere.com

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