curb-200x300It is said that you should not judge a book by its cover, but as far as houses go, make no mistake that it will definitely be judged on how it looks from the outside; this is where curb appeal comes into play. If the home you want to rent out is unappealing from the outside, chances are, the offer may be turned down. Your interiors are important, but that is not what gives people the first impression.

How to increase the structure’s curb appeal

If your property is a single loft in an apartment block, it is a lot easier. curb appeal, however, is more important when dealing with single homes or even duplex style constructions. Here are a few cost effective ways to give it better curb appeal.

  • Landscaping: If the house has a lawn and a backyard, make sure the grass is trimmed. If you have a hedgerow, getting it evened out will make it look neat. When the last tenants moved out, they may have left a lot of things lying around, so make sure the trash is moved out, if there are a lot of leaves lying around, get them raked out.
  • Driveway: If you have a drive way leading up to a garage or parking space, make sure you have it paved and edged. If there is any dirt like oil or mossy patches, you can get it power washed. It always has great results and gives the stone or concrete a brand new look.

It can be a lot easier for people to overlook minor drawbacks on the inside if they find the exteriors appealing. It is said that people decide within a few seconds whether of not to take a house or not, so sprucing up your property’s curb appeal is very important.

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