DOES CURB APPEAL SELL HOMES?

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In a lot of instances, it does.  Curb Appeal makes dramatic first impression.  It's the first thing a customer see when we are showing houses.  First impression is very important especially on high end properties.  Customers for luxury home properties expect a lot for their money.  If a house is nicely landscaped, it's more inviting for buyers to come inside.  The house seems to be talking to the buyers and saying "Welcome, do come in".  There are times when customers will not even want to see the house if the outside looks awful.  To them, it is a prelude to the coming attraction and if the outside is awful, chances are the inside is awful as well.  I have taken customers out and when they saw the appearance of the front yard refused to come in.  They will tell you the house is not for them even if they have not seen the inside.  It is easier to sell a home with the best looking yard than one with a messy yard.  Unless you are showing a handyman's special, then curb appeal is a big factor in selling homes and getting the higher price.

How do you improve your curb appeal?  Plant some flowering plants.  Flowers always attract attention for people walking in front of your house.  Plant some roses.  There are now easy maintenance roses, the Knock Out Series of Roses and they are fantastic landscaped plants and very disease resistant.  Plant some annuals for a quick fix.  They flower their hearts out in one season.  Lavender is a good choice for the edges of a walkway for it emit a lovely fragrance.  So does hardy geranium for its scented leaves.  If you have overgrown shrubs, give them a good haircut so to speak.   If the result is not as good looking as you anticipate, dig it up and plant new shrubs.  Get some other  interesting plants for their architectural form, shapes of leaves and color of the blooms.   Spring bulbs like tulips and daffodils are very attractive in the spring time.  However, these plants have to be planted in the fall.  If you have brown spot on your lawn, dig it up and reseed or better yet, put in a new sod.  Fix the driveway and walkway if there are cracks.  Give the exterior a new paint job.  Painting your exterior and interior walls is probably the cheapest home improvement you can do.  Change the color of the door.  Red says Good Luck so go for it.

     

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Rosalinda Morgan
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Bonnie,

Thanks.  I happen to be an avid gardener on my spare time so you know where I'm coming from.  I believe curb appeal is very important in selling homes.

Rosalinda

Feb 07, 2008 08:56 AM #2
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Shannon Jones
The Shannon Jones Team - Long Beach, CA
Long Beach CA Real Estate
You're right about the importance of curb appeal! With buyers doing so much searching on the Internet and driving around themselves -- and with the high inventory of homes in many markets -- if it doesn't look good on the outside, few people will actually make it inside.
Feb 07, 2008 09:25 AM #3
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Shannon - Yes, curb appeal is one feature homeowner should pay careful attention to attract more buyers and make their house stands out. 
Feb 26, 2008 02:42 PM #4
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