Boost Curb Appeal in a Weekend

First impressions are hard to shake, which is why curb appeal is such a key element to control when selling a home. Unfortunately, many of the major improvements to curb appeal are also major expenses. Here are a few quick-and-easy tricks to improve a home’s exterior without a big investment.

  • Clean it — No need to spring for new siding if a good power-washing will make it look new. Driveways and sidewalks also build up grunge over time that a good cleaning can erase. And don’t forget to clean the inside and outside of the windows!
  • Hide the utilitarian — There’s plenty on the outside of a house that serves a function but doesn’t look pretty. Hiding trash and recycling bins behind a fence, concealing a garden hose, and strategically landscaping or decorating to conceal vents or plumbing can help a house look neater.
  • Invest in the details — An old porch light, outdated house numbers, or an unattractive mailbox can drag down an otherwise beautiful house. By the same token, replacing those things can elevate the whole look.
  • Try some trim — Painting the trim around doors and windows or even adding some colorful shutters can completely makeover a house’s face.
  • Add flower pots or boxes — Landscaping can be expensive, but you can bring some of that same color and energy in a snap with flower pots or flower boxes.

With a quick trip to the hardware store and a free weekend, these small-seeming changes can make a big difference in what first impression potential homebuyers take away.

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Jim Passi
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Schaumburg, IL 60173
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My wife and I recently

My wife and I recently purchased our home in Joliet, and we used Jim Passi from CityWide Mortgage to get our mortgage. Throughout the entire time, from the first moment we called him to the closing day and beyond, Jim was just amazing. He answered all our questions, some repeatedly, with grace and compassion. He even worked with me while I was having a few temper tantrums on him.

Jim took the time to explain every detail of the process to us, because we have no clue about this process. We aren’t finance people. He is extremely patient with us on every question, and aspect of the mortgage process from preapproval all the way up and through the closing. He explained to us why he does things the way he does, versus the way other brokers do things, and they make complete sense.

We will and DO recommend Jim from CityWide Mortgage to everyone looking to purchase a home today or in the future. Jim is the best mortgage guy one can work with.

Thank you for all you did for us.

Robert and Ruth W.
Joliet, IL

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