Preparing Your House For Sale Selling

Creating Curb Appeal to Get Buyers in the Door

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The National Association of Realtors states that 49% of all houses are bought based on one factor— Curb Appeal.

But, how do you achieve it? Here are a few quick ideas:

• Addresses aren’t just for mailboxes. Consider placing decorative custom numbers on your home. “You spruce up your landscape with plants, so why not liven your home address the same way?” suggests Angie’s List.

• Glam the front door. Elizabeth Arden was onto something with it’s Red Door brand. Likewise, painting the front door lipstick red is in, for those who dare. For those who don’t, or whose houses aren’t a neutral color, Forbes advises to “try a more muted shade like sea-blue, or sage-green, or even black.”

• Replace (or repair) your roof. By experts’ standards, 40% of a home’s curb appeal hinges on the condition of the roof. That’s the first thing potential buyers see from a distance.

• Pressure time. Using a pressure washer to blast away dirt and debris from your property can actually be fun. But as HGTV cautions: “Be careful not to dislodge, or get any water underneath your home’s siding.”

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By Dana Ash-McGinty

Dana Ash-McGinty is the Principal Broker of ASH | MCGINTY, a Washington, DC Real Estate Brokerage. This real estate maven has 15+ years experience in residential, commercial and land sales in addition to multi-state residential renovation, re-zoning, and condo conversion projects. A sought after real estate authority, she has been featured on CNN and in various real estate and financial publications. Dana is married to the highly esteemed Dr. Dana W. McGinty, a Washington, DC internal medicine physician and medical correspondent. They are often referred to as "The Danas".