Curb Appeal – The Way To Get More For Your Home
Ms. Jones, a potential buyer, drives by your home prior to viewing it with her Real Estate
Professional. The red brick, the large windows and the two-car garage looked very attractive.
Like in the MLS listing.
However, she can not avoid noticing the patchy lawn, missing shingles on
the roof, the chipped window frames, soiled siding, and the bicycles and wagons stacked,
three-deep, on the side of the garage.
The front door is a foul shade of violet. She shakes her head and drives away, without even getting out of her car. She calls her Real Estate Professional and says she would like to look at another house.
It is always a good idea to improve your home’s outside appearance. In fact, it is essential to
increasing the price you will receive for your home.
A prospective buyer will determine, in seconds, whether your home is a prospect.
Set the stage with good curb appeal
Curb appeal is the overall impression that your home creates when viewed by a potential
buyer. It is the quality that gets buyers thinking about your home as their home.
As soon as a potential buyer sees your home, they will begin creating an emotional connection, be that
good or bad, with your home. A buyer begins to form a picture in their minds.
Could I live here?
Can I maintain my current lifestyle in this home?
How much work do I have to do?
After viewing a home that looks cared for, on the outside, they will want to move inside. Be sure to
consider the following areas when enhancing your curb appeal.
Paint: Chipped or peeling paint detracts from the appearance of your home. An inexpensive paint job, including front door, fence, shutter and other surfaces can significantly enhance your homes appearance and value. Choose a neutral color that matches the brick, siding, fence or trim of your home.
Landscaping: Mow and edge your lawn. Repair any unsightly patches. Trim trees and shrubs. Replace old pots with new ones. Water flowers. Store garden tools in the garage or basement. Sidewalks/driveway: Hose down sidewalks and driveways. Clear any clutter. Store any toys, sporting equipment or bicycles, neatly in the garage or basement. Remove stray weeds from adjoining lawn areas.
Eavestrough: If possible hose them down, along with the siding and sidewalks. Remove any
leaves or debris. If they’re damaged or loose, repair them.
Fences/siding/exterior: Complete any repairs to these areas. A fence that looks like it will
blow over the in the strong wind, leaves a bad impression. Be sure to hose down these areas,
prior to viewing.
Cracked/uneven foundation: Have this area repaired. A buyer is less likely to purchase your
home if they will be hit with foundation repairs.
Lighting: Upgrade any worn or rusted lighting. Warm lighting around your home’s exterior
creates an inviting appearance. Even a smaller home can appear cozy with the correct lighting.
Finishing touches: Put out a new, inexpensive welcome doormat. Clean any outdoor furniture
and replace old and worn cushions. If you have a pet that lives in the backyard, be sure to
advise your Real Estate Professional in advance. Even better, arrange for pet boarding when
showing your home.
When you pay attention to your curb appeal, your home will likely spend less time on the
Uncompleted repairs could lengthen the time needed to sell your home. The first impression that a buyer makes of your home is important. It sets the tone for the rest of the walk through.
When your prospective buyer falls in love with the exterior, he or she will anticipate an equally appealing interior.
With good curb appeal, you are issuing a personal invitation: “Welcome. Come on in.”
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