How Does Curb Appeal Affect a Home Sale?
I have been asked by a number of clients what the meaning of the phrase "not a drive-by" is on a listing sheet. Explanation: The home does not look good from the street, or it has no curb appeal.
What exactly is curb appeal?
Curb appeal describes the actual attractiveness of the exterior of a home. And, currently it is a science that is the subject of numerous television programs instructing homeowners on how to create and improve it.
When a home has a well-landscaped yard with bushes, plants, trees and flowers it greatly enhances its curb appeal. There is a reason why gardening and landscaping are big business and they are directly connected with home maintenance as well as home sales.
Typically, the first impression a home makes is crucial to its resale value. If the house does not look good from the street, most buyers will just keep driving.
But, curb appeal is not just about plants and flowers. There are a number of items that can improve the initial impression of a home:
- Kill the mold and mildew on the sidewalks, roof and driveway.
- Pressure wash the exterior and wash the windows.
- Mow the lawn and get rid of any weeds.
- Trim tree limbs that may be touching the house.
- Strategically install landscape lighting and a lamp post.
- Put in a decorative sign with your home's address on it.
- Paint the exterior and trim.
- Install an attractive and eye catching front door.
- Buy a new mailbox.
- Roll out a fresh welcome mat.
The home selling environment right now is not an easy one and first impressions can be everything. Creating perfect curb appeal is not only important but it can be a critical factor in getting noticed right now and it is a crucial to getting those buyers to actually come into the house and not simply - drive-by.
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Claudette Millette, Broker, Owner, The Buyers' Counsel - (508) 881-6230