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Curb Appeal Checklist

The importance of making a good first impression cannot be over-emphasized. Before the buyer even gets to the driveway, everything the buyer sees about your house has an impact--either negative or positive. Do a little "homework" before putting your house on the market and you will be rewarded with happy buyers.

Pay special attention if your property is a vacation home in Blowing Rock, Boone, Watauga, Avery or Ashe County,  NC.  It may need more work to "spruce it up" than the home you live in every day. Remove fall or winter debris. Trim shrubs back and remove broken limbs from trees. Put fresh mulch around the yard. Are there any drainage problems that need to be remedied? How does your driveway look--does it need regrading, reditching and a load of gravel or does the asphalt need refreshing? 

Does your deck or your house need pressure washing to remove mildew from an unusually wet mountain summer? How do your window screens look---clean or torn and dirty? Walk the path to your front door.  Make sure the approach to your house is in tip-top shape.  Use flowers, garden accessories and outdoor furniture to accent your home's entry.

Buyers want to see evidence that our  beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain surroundings are enjoyed from your home.  Show areas of rest, relaxation, attention to lovely landscaping, ability to entertain out-of-doors and your buyers will see themselves in your home.

Using the services of our construction company I have "staged" some of my listings because the sellers' house needed work, but they were unable to get the house ready for showings. I supervised the preparation of my client's house for the real estate market by using all my contacts in the construction trades. My clients were happy to pay for the work that needed to be done and their home showed much better.

If you are able to do the work yourself, read the following tips to assist you as you prepare your house for market. Remember, cleaning and trimming can go a long way toward making a good first impression of a home's exterior.

  • Inspect the outside ground. Remove any building materials, scrap wood, discarded household items, etc. from the property. Store garbage cans in the garage.
  • Check the home from the roof line down.
    • Is the roof free and clear from obstructions and moss?
    • Are the gutters clear and neatly hung?
    • Are the windows clean and free from obstructions (such as overgrown bushes or trees)?
    • Are bushes, trees and shrubs neatly pruned?
    • What does the roof look like around the chimney? Any discoloration?
  • Inspect the condition of the paint or siding?
    • Is it time to power wash the siding?
    • Is touch up paint needed?
    • Is the front door in good shape?
  • Do flower beds need an upgrade?
    • Are plants neatly pruned?
    • Is the bed free and clear of weeds?
    • Is the bed properly mulched?
    • Are flowers in bloom?
  • Keep the lawn neatly groomed.
    • Is the lawn free from weeds?
    • Is the lawn free from grass clippings?
    • Is the lawn neatly edged?

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