Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Enhance Your North Shore Home's Curb Appeal in 5 Easy Steps!

We all appreciate the summer months in Chicago’s North Shore area as it gives us the opportunity to spend time outdoors and soak in all that the city has to offer. It’s also the time we think about our homes- making necessary repairs or spending time sprucing up.

Those looking to sell their North Shore home are the first to evaluate their homes’ appeal and make updates in hopes of a quicker sale. But, whether you’re in the market to sell or if you just want to update the appearance of your homes ‘ exterior, take a look at the 5 Ways to Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal below.

1. Spruce Up Your Lawn-
Before putting your home on the market, take some time to whip your yard into shape. Start by keeping the lawn mowed, raking up leaves and pulling weeds.

2. Clean and Declutter-
You want buyers to focus on your home -- not on your collection of lawn ornaments -- so put away any distracting items. Remove grime by pressure washing your siding, and clean your windows inside and out.

3. Add a Focal Point-
Adding colorful flowers is a great way to make an average yard pop. Install flower boxes in your windows or place low-maintenance, potted plants around your front door.

4. Refresh With Paint-
If your North Shore home's exterior looks a little dull from the harsh winter, a fresh coat of paint can work wonders. If you don't have the time to paint the entire house, freshen it up and add a splash of color by painting the shutters, trim and railings.

5. Focus on the Front Door-
Your front entry should be the main focal point of your home's exterior. Make a dramatic difference by painting your door, adding a new welcome mat and polishing your doorknob.

I hope these tips will help you this summer as you focus on your North Shore home! If you have any questions about the North Shore real estate market or would like to see some of the current homes for sale; please let me know! Or, if you are thinking of jumping into selling in this market; I would be happy to help you each step of the way!

Janie Bress

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