Curb appeal, aka the overall attractiveness of your house to prospective homebuyers, often plays an important role in the home selling process.

For instance, a house with a neat, clean front lawn likely has greater curb appeal than a residence surrounded by an overgrown front lawn, and for good reason.

As a home seller, you want your residence to sell as quickly as possible. And in order to accomplish this goal, you’ll need to spend some time boosting your house’s curb appeal to make your residence attractive to prospective homebuyers.

Fortunately, there are many quick, simple ways to boost your home’s curb appeal, including:

1. Focus on the Roof

Is your roof missing shingles? If so, you’ll want to repair or replace defective shingles immediately, because failure to do so may lead homebuyers to consider alternatives.

Also, don’t forget to clean your roof if its shingles look dreary and streaked, as this can help you enhance your home’s curb appeal instantly.

2. Spruce Up the Front Porch

Setting up a few plants on your front porch can help give your home a warm, inviting feel. Thus, when homebuyers pass by, plants may help draw attention to your house over others.

Typically, colorful flowers are great for a front porch. These flowers are easy to set up in a porch container or window box and will enable you to add a splash of color to your home’s front porch.

3. Open the Curtains

Give homebuyers a glimpse into your home’s interior by keeping the curtains, shades or blinds open. By doing so, you’ll be able to let light shine through your home during the day, and ultimately, boost your home’s appearance to homebuyers as they pass by your residence.

Of course, try to be consistent with your window treatments. And if you open the curtains for one window, be sure to open the curtains for all of them to give your home a uniform appearance.

4. Install Light Fixtures Around Your Lawn

Increasing your house’s curb appeal during the day is great, but how can you ensure that homebuyers can get a better idea about the quality of your house at night? That’s easy – install light fixtures around your lawn, and homebuyers should have no trouble viewing your home at any time.

Lawn light fixtures usually can be installed in just minutes and are simple to use. Plus, these light fixtures allow you to showcase your house’s landscaping, walking paths and other excellent attributes.

5. Consider the Homebuyer’s Point of View

If you were a homebuyer, what would you say about your house’s exterior? Considering the homebuyer’s point of view is valuable and can help you better understand your home’s strengths and weaknesses.

Working with a real estate agent may enable you to identify and address homebuyers’ needs as well. This professional will collaborate with you throughout the home selling process and can provide plenty of outstanding insights that you can use to improve your home’s appearance without delay.

Dedicate time and resources to enhance your house’s curb appeal, and you should have no trouble generating interest in your residence as soon as it hits the real estate market.

As a society we are realizing how increasingly important it is to practice becoming more eco-conscious in our day to day lives. You probably already practice some eco-friendly habits whether it’s reusable bags at the grocery store, signing up for a recycling bin or carrying a water bottle around with your throughout the day. There are lots of small steps we can take. Below are some you may not have thought of, or have been meaning to start carrying out and just need that extra push!

When Cleaning: Choose non-toxic cleaning products and microfiber clothes over traditional cleaners. Microfiber clothes are a fantastic multitasker to keep in your cleaning arsenal. Used damp they are great for cleaning and scrubbing while when dry they can be used for dusting. Since microfiber clothes seemingly have cleaning super powers you will find yourself needing less cleaning product. When you do need a product to get the job done opt for a more natural or even homemade one. Vinegar and baking soda are two kitchen ingredients that are also efficient cleaners as well!

Smart purchases: Buy items made of recycled materials and reusable options over one-use products. Look for natural cleaners and products for not only around the home but for personal use too. What you put on your body matters, after all, your skin is your largest organ! When buying detergent look for a concentrated variety instead of the traditional watered-down options. And avoid dry cleaning!

It’s electric: Look for solar powered outdoor lights to save on your electric bill and, if possible, install solar panels as an energy source for your home. There are many companies today whose goal is to make solar panels more affordable for the average household. When upgrading old appliances purchase low energy varieties that are Energy Star qualified. Bonus points: you can usually get tax credits for doing so! Need a free way to save electricity? Turn off the lights when you leave a room and unplug any electronics not in use. Electronics can use power when plugged in even if they are not turned on! Try using power strips with an on-off switch to easily control electricity flow. CFL (compact fluorescent) and LED bulbs use less energy to heat than traditional ones and while pricier they pay for themselves over time.

Water wisely: Bathrooms are, naturally, the place where the most water is used. There a few upgrades you can make, for example, look for low-flow toilets and showerheads with the WaterSense label. Installing a recirculating water pump saves on water by allowing water to be hot when you turn on the faucet so you don’t have to let the water run while waiting for the temperature to change. Some free ways to save on water? Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth and flush the toilet less often throughout the day.

Heating & cooling: Thermal drapes are great in the winter to keep out the cold and in the summer to keep out the heat of the sun. Keep drapes open during the day and closed at night during winter and closed during the day and open at night during the summer. Opt for ceiling fans over air conditioning to save on energy in the summer months. In the winter, opt for more layers instead of increasing the room temperature. Draft stoppers and carpeting on hardwood floors are another way to keep your home warmer when it’s cold out.

There are so many ways to make your home a more eco-friendly one. Whether you have money to invest in smart upgrades or opt for the more frugal habits each eco-conscious step you take will have a positive impact in the long run on not only the environment but your wallet as well.

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