By: Diane Bickle
Ever seen a pretty green yard, nicely shaped flower beds and an inviting front porch? Chances are you have seen such a house; it has a For Sale sign in the front yard. Homeowners know that the first thing that will grab the attention of a buyer is the curb appeal of their home.
Where to start? Step across the street from your home and look back at your home through new eyes. Pretend like you are a buyer looking for a home. Spend a few minutes taking in the view. What do you see? Are there any loose shingles on the roof? Is the paint peeling around windows or trim? Are flower beds overgrown? Are gutters and down spouts in their proper locations? Make notes of what you see and write out your plan to make the necessary improvements.
Take notice of the yards where the SOLD signs go up. This will speak volumes in terms of what attracts buyers. It’s said that emulation is the highest form of respect. Find a yard to emulate; whether in the neighborhood or in a magazine.
KNOW THIS – You can have an amazing, shiny penny on the inside of your home. And yet, if the exterior is rough or even just boring, you will not get the traffic into your home to see that amazing upgrade or paint job. YES, people do judge a book by it’s cover and they will judge your home by it’s exterior.
Curb appeal attracts people to want to see the inside of your home. Curb appeal sells homes for more money, in less time. A small investment of your time and money can net you the sales price you want in record time! Get out their and work in your yard – catch some rays while you are at it, bone up on your Vitamin D too!
Curb Appeal Tips
- Paint your exterior door a bright color that makes it pop
- Put flowers in bright colored pots on your porch
- Trim hedges
- If you have vinyl siding – power wash it; if you have paint, touch it up
- Seed and fertilize your lawn for a lush, green yard
- Make sure your yard man edges your walks every time they mow
- Clean up flowers beds; weed and edge them
- Add new mulch or rocks to flower beds
- Upgrade your light fixtures and door fixtures