CRANK UP THE CURB APPEAL!
MY GRANDMOTHER had a sewing machine that you cranked and now I have a sewing machine with a computer chip inside with funky stitches that most of them I hardly ever use.
The old crank machines were easy to understand - turn the wheel and the needle went up and down through the fabric creating a nice basic straight stitch. It was a simple basic approach to sewing. I miss the simple approach.
CURB APPEAL TO HOME SELLING IS BASIC TOO, just like the basic straight stitch. Curb appeal is basic to marketing a home to sell. Cranking up the curb appeal is simple to accomplish!
Here are tips to crank up the curb appeal:
1. Get fresh perspective by going to the curb of the street in front of your house to sell and take a photo. Photos don't lie! Can you see the front door from the street? The front door needs to be visible in photos for prospective buyers. Like eye contact during speaking, a front door must be visible for connection appeal with the buyer.
2. Take a closeup photo of the front door area. This is where your prospective buyer will stand and wait while the Realtor opens the door. Hopefully the lock will open smoothly without a hitch for the Realtor. When I lived in a house with an attached garage, I went in through the garage and practically forgot the front door. Sellers may have forgotten the condition of the appearance of the front, but the front door is what prospective buyers notice first.
The front door gives a first impression that doesn't give a second chance.
- Do you see cobwebs and dust anywhere?
- Is the metal hardware rusty?
- Do you see a wasp nest?
- Is there a welcome mat that has seen better days?
- Does the thresh hold have any chipped paint or damage?
- Is the entrance free of all debris, boxes, indoor furniture, dead plants?
3. The least expensive fix for front curb appeal is to paint the front door and facings. Stage with a new door mat that says WELCOME! No cutesy sayings like "protected by an attack cat! "
4. Next spruce up the landscaping on all sides of the yard. Check for dead hanging limbs from trees and bushes. Trim the bushes to all the same height. Mow and edge the grass. Cover bare spots and around bushes with fresh mulch.
5. Add color next to the front door. An easy way is to use potted flowering plants, one on each side of the front door.
6. Check the condition of the mail box and house numbers. Clean, paint or replace as needed.
7. Go around the entire perimeter of the house and yard including the alley if there is one and remove any trash or anything that is not meant to be outdoor furniture or attractive to be sitting outside. This includes most everything particularly tools, paint cans, boxes, toys, sports equipment.
Crank up the Curb Appeal with these Basics and Sell your house Faster!