Seller Tips

Unlock Your Happy Place

Six Ways to Increase Your Home Value

Most buyers form their first impression of your home before leaving their car

First Impressions

In a competitive market, it takes more than trimming the hedges and planting flowers to create curb appeal. The exterior of your home must be in good condition – fresh paint, clear of clutter and no visible repairs needed. A broken step, overgrown bush, or abandoned toys in the yard can spoil the buyer’s first impression.

Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is important because it sets the tone for what the buyer is going to see inside. If the buyer likes the exterior, he or she will be predisposed to also like the interior. To see what needs to be done to sell your home faster and for a higher price, go outside, stand on the curb and try to look at your home the way the buyer will.

Walkways & Driveways

Make sure walkways are clear of weeds and debris. Repair or replace cracked steps or pavers. Driveways should also be clear of vehicles, toys and garbage cans. Park cars in the garage.


Keep your lawn mowed, edged and watered. Prune dead branches and plants. Weed flower beds and replace leggy, thin landscaping with fresh plants and flowers. Cover flower beds with fresh groundcover such a bark, wood shavings or rock.


Replace loose or damaged roof shingles, clean the gutters, and paint and caulk window trim and doors. Repaint the front door an eye-catching color that complements the rest of the exterior. Replace broken windows.


Power wash siding, brick, windows, and porches. Remove spider webs. Paint or replace furniture. Replace mailboxes, light fixtures, door knobs. Put out a welcoming new floormat. Some parts of your home may require more work than others, but it’s well worth it to get buyers eager to see what’s inside.