What is curb appeal and does it really matter? Yes! Emphatically yes! Curb appeal does matter and in a big way. So what exactly is curb appeal anyway? Well, let’s talk about curb appeal because curb appeal could help bring you that top dollar offer you are looking for.
Curb appeal is the way your home is presented from the exterior. Everything from your lawn, your trees and shrubs, your flower beds, your exterior paint etc. Basically, curb appeal is what people see when they first drive up to your home; that instant impression they get and that instant decision in the back of their minds before they even see the inside of your home. Remember what they say about first impressions!
Here are a few quick tips you can use to instantly improve the curb appeal of your home.
• Weed and feed your lawn and keep it watered
• Make sure your shrubs and trees are trimmed and well manicured
• Purchase some flowers or plants that are compatible with the time of the year
• Remove all personal items such as shoes, toys etc
• Replace your front door mat. A crisp fresh door mat makes a great first impression
• Remove any clutter that may be laying around your home’s exterior – things such as old hoses laying on the ground, old flower boxes or cracked pots etc
• Look at your outdoor furniture. Is it old, worn and outdated? If so remove it
• Do you have any exterior faucets that are leaking? If so get them fixed
• Check your gutters. Are they hanging or in disrepair? If so fix them
• Clean your windows and screens, you will be surprised what a difference this makes
• Do you have a wooden patio or deck? If it needs repaired then repair it and it wouldn’t hurt to give it a fresh coat of paint or stain to make it more appealing
• Do you have any old worn out bird feeders? If so remove them
• Check your bird baths. Make sure the bird bath is clean and has fresh water
• You may want to consider removing any outdoor decor that reflects too much of your personal style. Of course a nice bench or flower pot is generally acceptable
• Remove any tree swings that are made of plastic or tires and remove all traces of the old rope as well
• If you have a children’s inflatable or plastic pool, remove it
• Remove all traces of anything having to do with your pet (as much as possible) such as old bones, dog togs, chewed anything etc.
• How does your fence look? Do you have any loose pickets or areas that could be easily fixed to reflect a well kept home?
These are just a few of the things that will not cost you much money but could bring in higher offers. If a buyer’s first impression is of a well kept home then that is what they will continue to see throughout the tour. So take a few minutes and spruce up your home and get it ready to put up for sale. You will be glad you did!
About the Author: Millie Gil has been a successful Licensed Real Estate agent for over 25 years in Florida. Millie is Vice President of Bold Real Estate Group, a boutique agency committed to concierge personalized service for discerning buyers, sellers and renters of residential and commercial properties. For more information please forward your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
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