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Bob and Gail…, Real Estate Pro in Columbus, GA

What do you think is the best way to add curb appeal to an older home without spending a fortune? Brick, 1 story with enclosed garage...blah looking.

Asked by Bob and Gail McLain, Columbus, GA Wed Apr 4, 2012

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Landscaping will definitely help, and evergreens next to the foundation will give you year round green. In addition to painting the front door and/or garage doors, you might consider replacing exterior light fixtures or taking them down and spray painting them!
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Since it is a brick home I suggest making sure all trim looks clean and fresh- maybe applying a new coat of paint so it pops. Also replacing old hardware and outdoor lighting to give your older home a new look may help potential buyers see past the age.
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I wrote a blog peice on preparing your home for sale that should help you. Take a look:
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With all the pros answering, I'm surprised nobody mentioned the little details everybody sees - like doorknobs and similar hardware.

Think first impressions - what will a potential buyer see as negative - starting from the road and entering the house. Replace inexpensive items that are not in perfect condition (mailbox, door hardware, dead or dying bushes, exterior fixtures, etc.), repair, restore, refinish, and spruce up the approach to the house. Give your house a power wash. Everybody sees your mailbox, your driveway, your front door, the front of your house and your front yard. Remove clutter inside and out. Park in the garage if you have one. A manicured and green front lawn may need some planning ahead. If you can't keep up with the various treatments, hire a professional or get a company that specializes in lawn care to do them. Spend a few weekends pulling weeds and controlling bugs. And keep pulling weeds as they show up.

We tend to overlook things we are used to seeing. Get a friend whose taste you admire to help you see things that should be addressed.

Find a good professional photographer to take the pictures to use in online ads.
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Paint the front door and add bright planters on either side. Also, plant some annuals to really bring in some color.
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Landscaping can make it pop. Be careful though it can get expensive if you don't watch out.
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Painting the garage door is usually one way to do this.
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Color, as Priscilla suggests.

Look at the front door; add color there.

New shutters, or add shutters. (Just the inexpensive kind.)

Add flowers around the house. If you're selling, go with annuals. Impatiens is good--inexpensive, lots of color, just keep watering.

New mailbox.

And do the landscaping Pat and Steve suggest.

If you've got a driveway, put a layer of sealer on top to freshen it up.

Hope that helps.
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Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
Most definitely color, I read an article that said yellow is the best color to use in your landscaping because it's inviting and will make people want to stop and come in. Also a nice looking mailbox with a planter will look good too.
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Hi Bob and Gail,

How about a nice flower garden with roses and other blooms that go all spring summer and fall? Then, for the open houses, a few vases filled with those same flowers in the home...

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Paint all wood trim; remove all overgrown bushes and put in new landscaping; mow the lawn regularly; etc.
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Well, I like to drive around the neighborhood and if I see something cute like an arbor or trellis, then take a quick photo! Not too hard to find a handman to work from the photo. Magazines also have some great ideas, but driving around the neighborhood helps you visualize similar homes easier I think.
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