My neighbor’s house went on the market last week. What’s the first thing I did? Mow my yard.
Home buyers want to purchase a house in a neighborhood where there’s great curb appeal all around. In fact, the look of the neighboring houses may be more important than the house they actually buy. Why? They know they can control (improve) the look of the house they buy; for the rest of the neighborhood, however, what you see is what you get.
If you’re worried about the home values in your neighborhood, do your part to attract home buyers who appreciate a nice looking street and are willing to pay a little more to live next to houses that look a little better than the next neighborhood.
Remember that home buyers drive through the neighborhoods they’re considering several times before they make their decision on which house to buy. Court these buyers (your new neighbors). Create urgency (and a higher offer) by showing them a neighborhood where people are friendly, the grass is cut, the chores are done, and life is good.