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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Making a great first impression with your home

First impressions are an important opportunity in almost every facet of our lives.  The old saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression, so it is vitally important to make that first impression count.  Many homeowners have spent a lot of time and money getting their homes ready to be put on the market.  Updates to the kitchen and bathrooms are often big ticket items that Sellers want to make sure they do right because they are generally the upgrades that help add the most value per dollar spent.  While it is of the utmost importance to make sure the interior of your home is show ready when it's put on the market, it is just as, if not more, important to make sure your home makes a good first impression by adding some curb appeal.

The first thing a buyer sees when looking at a home is the front, exterior of the home.  Whether driving by, or looking at a photo, a Buyer is going to make a judgment call based on the way the house looks from the outside.  If a home lacks curb appeal, many Buyers will simply pass it up without ever taking the time to look at the wonderful upgrades that may be waiting inside.

If a Seller has already spent a large sum of money fixing up the interior of their home, they may be worried that there isn't much they can do to add curb appeal that will fit in their budget.  MSN Real Estate posted an article titled 9 cheap ways to improve your home's curb appeal, which offers great tips on ways to help grab a Buyer's attention without breaking the bank.

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