Have you ever went to check out an address and as you approach the block, you get that sinking feeling as the neighborhood gets rougher and tougher with taller grass and torn screens and another beatup junk car parked in the drive? Every city has these neighborhoods and some nice people may actually live there, but you simply aren't going to sell a house in these areas very fast.
The first step if you find yourself in this situation is to make sure that your home is not part of the problem! Next, take a photo of your front yard and then grit your teeth and actually look at it like a buyer might. Now make a list of things you would like to see look differently in the photo.
When this list is made, then you can decide what is a self help project and what you need help to get accomplished. Having a plan will take a big load off and once your plan is in motion, and your neighbors see you are serious, then if you are lucky, they will start to clean up their yard as well.
THREE SIMPLE STEPS TO BETTER CURB APPEAL FOR EVERYONE
- 1. Paint the front door. If the front door paint is in good condition, then clean the door with soap and water. YOU WILL BE AMAZED! Here's a fair warning, what should be a ten minute door cleaning may turn into an hour as there are door facings, there are window glass panels, there is the porch ceiling where cobwebs may be discovered lurking.
- 2. Invest in a neutral Welcome mat. Yes, it needs to say WELCOME if you are selling not "CATS RULE and DOGS DROOL" or some other such silly saying.
- 3. Add a pot containing colorful flowers by the door. My favorite is red geraniums, except in the Abilene heat, you need to pull the geraniums indoors much of the summer because of the blistering heat is too much for them.