Curb Appeal—It matters

by Sally Soles

As a Realtor with 17 years of experience in the industry and founder of the Smart Service Sales System™, I take the pain and worry away so you can spend your time with, and focus on, what matters most - your family. Because that's what this is all about.

The outside of your home should be a preview to what’s inside your home

When getting your home ready to sell, remember to pay attention to the exterior. The appearance of the outside sets the stage for the buyer walking in. Studies show when a favorable mindset is achieved prior to entering a home, a more favorable impression is made overall and a better outcome will result.

So the question then becomes—what should a homeowner do to enhance the curb appeal? First you want to take an objective look by walking around the house making notes on what needs attention. Dead and dying shrubs need to be removed and flower beds should have fresh mulch. Overgrown shrubs that crowd the entryway should be removed or pruned back. Are there leaves clogging the gutters? Be sure to get them cleaned out. Survey the lawn—does it need weed control or fertilizer? Consult with a lawn care professional if you think you need guidance on what to do and when to do it.

Next, look at the house. If you have vinyl siding it could probably benefit from power washing. While you’re at it, check the front walkway and deck (if present). Do they also need cleaning? Power washing gives a fresh new feel to any home and is well worth the investment of time or money to have it done. If you can, wash the windows or have someone do it for you–it adds an extra sparkle. If roof shingles are missing, have them replaced. Check the front door and shutters—do they need a fresh coat of paint? Does the door handle and lock set on the front door work properly? Make sure they do. Is the storm door opening and closing properly? Is there any loose weather-stripping that needs to be replaced or re-fastened? Take a look at your exterior lighting—has it weathered? Is any glass broken? Are the bulbs burned out? These are things buyers see and pay attention to. Resolving issues up front shows a buyer the home has been cared for.

Now turn your attention to the driveway. If it’s concrete, it may also need a good power washing. If it’s asphalt, fill in any cracks with crack filler and have the driveway sealed with a nice even coat of sealant.

Set a timeline and schedule to do the things you want to do or have done by professionals—don’t try and do everything in one weekend, give yourself time.

Give your home a welcoming appearance that invites buyers inside and you will be rewarded with good offers! These are just a few things you can do to increase the value and salability of your home. If you aren’t sure what to do or have specific questions about enhancing the curb appeal of your home, call us and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

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