A Sign You DON'T Want to See in Your Front Yard

Real Estate Agent with Prudential Lancaster Real Estate

This is one sign you don't want to see in your front yard if you are trying to sell your home:

The exterior of your home and street view are the first thing  buyers see and they start forming their impressions of your home as they pull up to your home.

In this economy with so many homes on the market, you want your home to stand out and say to the buyers “Pick Me. Pick Me”.

As spring approaches, here are 5 simple ways to improve your curb appeal.

Start with the obvious

1 Yard Cleanup
Mow the grass, pull the weeds and remove the twigs from your yard and garden. Add fresh mulch to your flowerbeds. Tidy up and enjoy being outside.

2 Windows
Do your windows need to to be replaced?  It may be expensive but the improved appearance to your home will definitely be an asset to your home If you don’t have the money to replace the windows, do wash the windows. This improves the appearance of your home not only from the outside but also from the inside.

3 Take a look at your driveway
The driveway is one of the first things a buyer sees and feels as they walk or drive up to your home so take a hard look. Does it need a new sealer? This can be inexpensive and done in a relative short period o time.

4 Create a welcoming porch
Make your front porch welcoming - add a few chairs and table to your porch. Or if your porch isn’t large enough for furniture, add a few colorful planters. Remove the recycling boxes and put them out sight  Replace the light bulbs and if needed , install new light fixtures.






5 Exterior walls
If you have aluminum siding, consider power washing the exterior to spruce it up.  Does it need a new coat of paint? And don’t forget to include the front door. It may need a fresh coat of paint or a good power wash, too



These simple steps make all the difference in attracting buyers to your home and making your curb appeal the best possible.





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Joyce Herr
SRES®, ABR®, e-Pro
Prudential Lancaster Real Estate
100 Foxshire Drive
Lancaster, PA 17601.
(717) 291-9101
(717) 572-4315 (cell).
(717) 393-2336 (fax).
www. joyceherr.com

Comments (12)

Roberta Anderson
Hearth & Home Staging - Silverdale, WA
Hearth & Home Staging, Staging Kitsap County

The sign made me smile! Timely post, because spring is indeed almost here. Hard to believe it's time to mow the lawn here in the Pacific Northwest.

Mar 03, 2011 07:39 AM
Tim Peterson
Wisconsin Realtor Safety and Concealed Carry Classes - Madison, WI
Realtor Safety Training Classes

Hi Joyce-simple yet great ideas to get a house ready for sale

Mar 03, 2011 02:38 PM
Michele Myers
Prudential Homesale Services Group - Harrisburg, PA
Harrisburg/Hershey Realtor

Interesting sign.  I have always advised sellers of the importance of the walk-up to the home.  Over-grown bushes, rusted door lights and poorly-painted front doors are key areas for improvement.

Mar 03, 2011 11:39 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Joyce--Use of the sign is creative way to capture attention and sets the stage to present your message to sellers.

On another note:

Here's my front porch.Porch Imagine two glasses of wine about 5 o'clock each summer evening.  Yes, the snow will go away.

Mar 04, 2011 12:15 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Very good advice for home sellers. Hopefully, all will be doing their spring cleaning.

 Life is good when there are flowers to photograph!

Mar 04, 2011 10:35 PM
Joyce Herr
Prudential Lancaster Real Estate - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County & Beyond

Thank you for the comments - love your porch Mary!, Happy hour anyone?

Mar 05, 2011 01:57 AM
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

These are all great ideas Joyce and worth doing!  BTW, we have never seen a sign like that before!! Scary! 

Mar 06, 2011 02:05 AM
Joyce Herr
Prudential Lancaster Real Estate - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County & Beyond

I found the sign in a park area that I jog. When I saw the sign I had to laugh and it gave me a great idea for a blog post.

Mar 06, 2011 02:21 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Wow, it's a real sign?  I assumed you made it in one of those funny editing programs!  Great advice for sellers!

Mar 06, 2011 05:26 AM
Joyce Herr
Prudential Lancaster Real Estate - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County & Beyond

@Sharon - No I actually saw this sign in a park that I jog through and thought it would make a great blog post.

Mar 06, 2011 09:24 AM
Bill Burchard
3B Realty: 951-347-3818, CA - Murrieta, CA
Broker, Realtor, Representing Buyers and Sellers

LOL! Wow, Joyce... That is quite a sign. And given that they actually made and posted the sign, I suspect it’s almost a statement that it’s not getting mowed anymore! Great advice for home sellers to clean up around their home, by the way.

Mar 07, 2011 05:22 AM
Todd Clark
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

If you want to get more for your home then you need to create the best curb appeal you can. Presently there are a lot of short sales and foreclosures, you don't have to look like most of these homes. You can get more by doing the simple things by cleaning up your yard.

Mar 21, 2011 06:01 PM