Curb AppealCurb appeal includes everything from the street to your doorstep. The visual landscape has to look its best to create an inviting entrance to the home. Here are the different areas to pay specific attention to:
The StreetSweep or use your leaf blower to remove litter or debris from the street in front of your house.
The SidewalkRepair broken or uneven sections of cement. Remove weeds that may be growing between the cracks. Edge and sweep the sidewalk to create a neat and tidy appearance.
The Front DoorConsider re-painting or re-staining the front door if fading has occurred. A buyer stands at the front door while the agent is obtaining the key, so there is plenty of time to study the door and the front porch. A new coat of paint or stain gives a fresh, new feel and creates a great first impression.
The PorchMake sure the doorbell is working properly. Place a new, inviting door mat in front of the door. Lastly, hang a seasonal wreath.
The FenceYou should never let a faded fence or a squeaky gate get between a prospective buyer and a great first impression! Staining or painting a fence is a fairly inexpensive way to update it. Since it is a large object in plain view, making sure it’s in good shape is vital. A buyer often judges the overall shape of the home by how well the highly visible home features are maintained.
The Mailbox and Front Porch SconcesA quick painting of an old mailbox will let the buyer know you care about details. If your front porch sconces are beyond help, new ones will cast a positive light on your property!
The Shrubs and FlowerbedsBig impact is created by neatly-trimmed shrubs and beautiful seasonal flowers. New mulch will give your landscape a fresh, new look. Taking time to tidy up this area costs little but makes a huge difference.
The TreesIf you can’t see the house for the trees, it’s time for a trim! Most often, the exterior photo of the front of a house is used for marketing on MLS. The style of the house is so important and must be visible for a buyer to know whether or not they even want to see the inside. So, remove what is overgrown or is taking too much spotlight.
Staging a home begins at the curb! Try to look at each of these areas through the eyes of a visitor to notice details often overlooked, and make the changes suggested above to create a great first impression! My next blog on staging the entry will give you some tips on creating a warm, inviting space for guests as they first enter the home.
This home has great curb appeal – freshly-painted door, wreath, doormat, & seasonal flowers!