Crank up the Curb Appeal!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 0528582


      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.   Hand Crank Sewing Machine

      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!  

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Beverly Carlson,  REALTOR, GRI, ASP, IAHSP, RESA


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Allegra Dioguardi
Styled and Sold Home Staging and Staging Training - Westhampton Beach, NY
Home Staging & Training, Suffolk Co. Long Island

Getting buyers to stop the car and get out and look is half the battle.

Very important stuff!

Aug 25, 2009 12:37 PM #1
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

Allegra,  I so agree that curb appeal is what gets the prospective buyer out of the car.  One time, I pulled up to a house with a made in advance appointment in the price range of the buyer and they refused to get out of the car because they didn't like the looks of the front of the house.  It may have been more the neighborhood than the curb appeal of the this particular house, but the point is the same.  You can't sell a house a buyer won't look at!  Thanks for your comment.

Aug 25, 2009 02:18 PM #2
Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner
Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268 - Iowa City, IA
Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices

Hi Beverly ~ I agree, curb appeal is critical to the first impression of a house. I particularly like your comment about cobwebs, dust etc. If a buyer sees those things before entering the house, they expect to see a continuation of that on the inside...It's a losing battle for an agent if that's the mindframe they have when they walk through the front door!

The best thing is that you really don't need to spend money to improve the curb appeal of a home. As long as it's clean, free from dead leaves and shows signs of general maintenance, then you're in great shape.


Aug 28, 2009 02:53 AM #3
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

Denise I so agree that clean and free of leaves shows that you have been maintaining.  If you never cleaned the front door, what makes anybody think you fixed anything?

Aug 28, 2009 03:03 AM #4
James Bath
Gulf Shores Realty - Venice, FL

Hi Beverly,  Even in 8 Posts on this subject, now positioned in and around yours on this Channel, I missed a crucial point...THE FRONT DOOR BEING VISIBLE IN PHOTO, LIKE AN EYEBALL OR 2 IN CONVERSATION!!!  The entryway is vital to this subject, if it is not visible then some trimming or pruning needs to take place, right?

Thanks for the POST!   Jim-In-Paradise  (

Sep 06, 2009 01:04 AM #5
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

Thanks Jim for your commnts.  Yes, you got it that if you can't see the front door, it is like not making eye contact. If the door is hidden by overgrown bushes, then yes, trimming is in order. 

Sep 06, 2009 07:07 AM #6
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

I'm with you and Jim about the front really needs to be visible!!!  I see to many homes hidden by trees and bushes and you wonder whats behind it.  Great post and great information.

Sep 08, 2009 04:23 PM #7
Brian Brumpton
Keller Williams Boise - Boise, ID
Boise Idaho Real Estate


Great article and I like the idea of taking a picture and having the client review it.

Sep 11, 2009 09:57 AM #9
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