Tips To Improve Your
seller knows that there home should have "curb appeal." But
what exactly does that mean.
you go to the expense of replacing major components, try some of these tips:
Trim the vegetation around your home -- particularly those bushes that may
conceal windows. Then be sure
that your landscaping looks great all of the time, even if you have to hire
a gardener while your home is listed.
visitors into your home by placing yellow flowers near or at the
entry porch. Yellow draws the eye, and potential buyers will feel
A large percentage of home buyers decide
whether or not to look inside a house or take it seriously based on
its curb appeal - the view they see when they drive by or arrive for
a showing. You can help
make sure they want to come inside your house by spending some time
working on the exterior appearance.
It's difficult to look at our own house in the same way that
potential home buyers do, because when we become accustomed to the way
something looks and functions, we can't see its faults. Decide
right now to stop thinking of the property as a home. It's
a house—a commodity you want to sell for the highest dollar
Curb Appeal Exercise
The next time you come home, stop across
the street or far enough down the driveway to get a good view of the house
and its surroundings.
is your first impression of the house and yard area?
are the best exterior features of the house or lot? How
can you enhance them?
are the worst exterior features of the house or lot? How
can you minimize or improve them?
Park where a potential buyer would and walk towards the
house, looking around you as if it were your first visit - Is the approach
clean and tidy? What could you
do to make it more attractive?
Take photos of the home's exterior. If
you have a digital camera, view the color versions first, then remove the
color and look at it in black and white, because it's easier to see problems
when color isn't around to affect our senses.
Make a list of the problem areas you discovered. Tackle
clean up and repair chores first, then put some time into projects that make
the grounds more attractive.
mold and mildew on the house, sidewalks, roof, or driveway.
away unnecessary garden implements and tools.
windows and gutters.
dirty siding and dingy decks.
sidewalks and remove vegetation growing between concrete or
the lawn. Get rid
and dispose of leaves, even if your lot is wooded.
tree limbs that are near or touching the home's roof.
Don't Forget the Rear View
Buyers doing a drive by will try their best to see your back
yard. If it's visible
from another street or from someone's driveway, include it in your
curb appeal efforts.
Evening Curb Appeal
Do your curb appeal exercise again at dusk, because it isn't
unusual for potential buyers to drive by houses in the evening.
One quick way to improve evening curb appeal is with
low voltage lighting along your driveway, sidewalks, and near important
a decorative street lamp or an attractive light fixture to a front
sure lighting that's visible through front doors and windows enhances
the home's appearance.
There are times that adding elements to your landscaping can
improve curb appeal, but there are other times when removing
something is even more effective.
For example, we had a listing for a large brick house with
large white columns. Tall
evergreens, planted in front of each column, had grown taller than the roof.
They obscured the columns and
windows and made it difficult to see the front of the house.
We suggested that the owner remove them. She
trimmed them back, but it didn't do the trick — they were unattractive and
still kept potential buyers from seeing the true character of the house.
I sold the house to a couple who could see past the trees. One
of their first tasks after closing was to yank them out of the ground,
instantly boosting the home's curb appeal.
Most buyers cannot visualize changes, and often won't take a
second look at a house if the first look doesn't appeal to them. Home
buyers who can visualize changes, and are prepared to make them, expect you
to reduce the price of the house to compensate for the work they plan to do.
A Few Curb Appeal Tips
you can budget it, a fresh paint job does wonders for a dingy house.
Drive around your town to find color schemes that are appealing.
a more attractive front door, maybe something with leaded glass inserts.
you can't justify the cost of a new door, consider replacing plain
doorknob hardware with something more attractive.
new hardware is beyond your budget, repaint or stain the door and polish
If you brainstorm, you'll find that there's a solution to
most problems—one that lets you stay within your budget. The
trick is to find the areas where improvements are needed, then work on them
as best you can.
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