When you are selling your Oakland or Piedmont home, you can increase its appeal dramatically by the effective use of curb appeal.  Just as many sellers stage the interior of their home, they need to consider the effect that a handsome exterior will have on potential buyers.  The good news is that many of the ideas below can be done without a large financial investment.

Your first step is to look at your home the way others may see it.  How will drive by buyers see it?  What impression are you giving about the home in general?  Here are some top tips:

1. The yard must look clean and neat.  Remove all debris from the front yard, and be sure to include the sidewalks, garden beds, gutters and porches in your cleanup.  Weed and remove all dead plants, and overgrown shrubs that hide your home.

2. Make the approach to your home attractive and safe.  Check all walkways to make sure that the paving stones are level and safe, and not cracked.  Perhaps include bright seasonal plants and flowers along the main walkway, and see that they attractively placed in the front yard. 

3. Update your fixtures.  Put up fresh new lighting at the door to enhance nighttime appeal.  Additionally, replace your house numbers with a new fresh design, and consider the same for your mailbox.  

4. Consider painting and brightening up the trim on your home, front door and window sills.  Use colors that highlight these spots and compliment the current home's color.  

Obviously, your nearest home improvement center will be a wonderful resource for you.  In addition to keeping costs down by shopping sales, you can get a wealth of information from the experts there to help you.  

So, make a plan, and give yourself time to implement it.  I will be glad to help with ideas and suggestions.  

Posted by Bruce Wagg on


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