There is no question, homes are selling fast in the Twin Cities this spring! In many cases, the sold sign is hanging within a day or two of the post being put into the ground. On occasion however, a home might linger due to lack of curb appeal. A home that oozes curb appeal is the reason people say "Honey, Stop the Car!" and "This is THE One!" without even stepping foot over the front door threshold. It can also be a determining factor in why some houses will have half a dozen offers the first day while others linger on the market.
But what does a homeowner need to do to make their Minneapolis/St Paul home a neighborhood standout? One key is staging. Homes with great staging sell quickly and for top dollar. Sunny warm weather has many buyers searching for their dream home both online and in person. Potential buyers drive by properties and check out the neighborhood. They do a slow pass in front of new listings to see what each home's exterior looks like in real life. During the winter a fresh blanket of snow and shoveled the sidewalk are enough to jazz up the exterior of a Minnesota home. But in May and June, Minnesotan's can really make their home's curb appeal POP! Here are a few quick ideas:
- ADD POPS of COLOR Even if you don't have a green thumb, invest in some bright colorful hanging baskets full of annuals for your front porch. Or put some planters with assorted plants on your front stoop. However, if you think you will be too busy to water the plants, it might be best to get a colorful flag or entry wreath instead. Dead plants in the doorway will be noticed too.
- Frame with MULCH Not time to weed gardens near house? A fresh layer of colorful mulch can really add some pizazz to the landscape inexpensively.
- CUT the GRASS If you home is on the market you have to make sure the lawn is manicured to perfection at all times. In fact, it is a very good idea to make sure all trees and shrubs are trimmed to show of the home too.
- PAINT the FRONT DOOR There are no excuses for having a dirty, scuffed up front entry with peeling paint. If you want to sell to an FHA first time homebuyer, you need to address the peeling paint issue anyway so why not make a great first impression with a freshly painted front door and entry?
- SEAL COAT the ASPHALT If the driveway is looking more gray than black, a fresh coat of sealant can make a world of difference.
- JAZZ UP the "SHE" SHED! Have a garden storage shed in your backyard? "She" sheds are IN! It is a beautified "makeover" of a basic shed with bright paint, fun planters, lights and decor that breathes new life into a boring, old shed.
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