Improving Curb Appeal to Attract the 'Drive By' House Hunter

Posted by Dan Wolf on Friday, August 8th, 2014 at 9:25am.

After finding a property on different Anchorage home search sites, a lot of prospective buyers do a "drive by." If they don't like what they see, they may not call a Realtor to set up an appointment to walk through your home. Curb Appeal can improve the odds of attracting house hunters so they don't just drive off.

•    Straighten and Clean the mailbox

A lot of people neglect their mailboxes even though it's a part of the Curb Appeal. If your mailbox is broken or damaged, it should be replaced. Otherwise, a quick spray of cleaning detergent can often remove mildew stains. Most mail carriers do not appreciate plants that attract bees near the mailbox so it's better to plant along the sidewalk. During the holidays, tie a red ribbon around the mailbox post.

•    Washing the driveway

Rent a pressure washer for the day to clean your driveway as well as the adjacent sidewalk outside your home. Pressure washing is a lot less expensive than resurfacing the driveway. Pressure washing often removes a stubborn layer of dirt and stains. While you have the pressure washer, use it on the outside of the home.

•    Planting flowers and bushes, mowing and trimming the lawn

Depending on the time of the year, plant flowers and bushes leading up the grand entryway. Tear out any dead plants and prune away dead branches or spent flowers for the best curb appeal. Another idea is to use potted plants. To keep it balanced, always buy two of any plant so you can put one of each on either side of the entryway.

Other inexpensive curb appeal ideas include decorating with a seasonal wreath on the front door and an attractive outdoor rug. Sweep and shovel snow every day while your home is on the market.

For more ideas about improving your Curb Appeal or getting a home ready to sell in Anchorage, contact us.

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