The Edmond Sun

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June 5, 2009

Curb appeal is king when prepping for a sale

EDMOND — Let’s take a look at the outside of your home. It’s important to make certain that your home is the house prospective home buyers remember and are attracted to for potential purchase. I called on Edmond Realtor Ryan Hukill for help with this article. Hukill is a veteran Realtor with Paradigm AdvantEdge who has helped many sellers get the maximum value when selling their homes.

Q: Let’s cut to the chase. When it comes to getting your home ready for sale, what is the most important thing people need to do?

Hukill: “When it comes to selling your home, curb appeal is k3ing. Quite simply, it’s a beauty contest. A home can have the nicest interior amenities in the neighborhood, but if that home’s exterior doesn’t invite prospective buyers inside, these interior amenities will go unnoticed. I’ve seen it time and again, investing the time and money in boosting the home’s curb appeal will pay big dividends with more showings and a quicker sale.”

Q: So what are some of the specific suggestions you make to your typical client?

Hukill: “The top three things I ask of my selling clients are that they clean, paint and trim. Scrubbing the outside entry area of the home is critical for making a great first impression. Cobwebs, dirt and wasp nests must be removed. Very often my clients, are waiting at the homes entrance while I unlock the door. If the first thing they see is dirt and grime, it would be logical that they would assume that the inside of your home is unkempt as well.”

Q: So get specific. What should people do to boost curb appeal?

Hukill: “If the street side entry is congested or cluttered, clean it up, even if that means getting rid of it all. The biggest mistake some people make is thinking that if their home looks good to them, it will look good to prospective buyers as well.

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