Why Is Curb Appeal is Important to the Sale of Your Home

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group S-96414

Why Curb Appeal is Important to the Sale of Your Home

When it comes to selling just about anything, it's all about presentation and price.   Homes are no different.     Personally I don't care to work around the yard.      I would rather do just about anything before cutting the lawn or maintaining a garden.   It's just not my thing so I know first hand that maintaining or creating curb appeal is not easy, but the real estate person in me knows it is essential for a quick sale at a higher price.   

The Curb Appeal of your home is your first foot forward.  Having great curb appeal will result in more money and/or a quicker sale.   That makes it worth paying attention to!   

What is Curb Appeal?    It is the attractiveness of your home on the outside, as seen from the road.   In other words the first impression.    When you hear people say, "I've always wanted to see that house",  I think, that's the best definition of curb appeal!importance of curb appeal

 

Even though Curb Appeal will vary for each individual style and location of home, there are similar principals that apply.  

 

Tips for creating Curb Appeal.

  • Maintanence.   Number one on the Curb Appeal hit parade is maintenance.      The condition of the roof, siding and walkways as well as a mature well kept lawn is key.     
  • Evaluate, Clean or Replace any thing that looks old or dingy.   This will include anything from paint and siding, to cutting back shrubs, evaluating lighting, walk way and driveway.  
  • Consider Design and current trends in shrubbery and paint color, and lighting.  Evaluate the placement of lawn ornaments, furniture, plantings or even a mailbox.   
  • Architectural Detail.  Do you need to eliminate or add something that will bring out the period detail in your home such as shutters or window boxes, a front porch swing or rocker?  
  • Enhance Color  with use of plantings or accenting the front porch or door.   
  • Consider the season.   The snowflake flag in summer needs to go.  :)      

 

 Curb Appeal is important!   It takes work, but it will pay off in a quicker sale with likely a higher price.   And, who doesn't want to have the prettiest home on the street? 

 

When selling your home, you want someone to say while driving by your home,

"Honey, Stop the Car!"

 

 

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Carol Ann Palmieri
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Carol-Ann Palmieri is a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 25 years along with her partner Al Mussi have helped literally hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.
Carol Ann Palmieri

A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education.

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Al and Cal's primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Norwood, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have resourses to help anyone, anywhere....

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Clay R. Seay
Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage - Saint Augustine, FL

Curb Appeal is so important to the Buyers. As others have said, it is the first and last view of the home for them as well as a key factor in getting some buyers out of the car and into the home.

Aug 06, 2013 02:02 AM #29
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Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
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First impressions are extremely important.  Same with real estate!!  Kathy

Aug 06, 2013 02:07 AM #30
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Marilyn Wier
RE/MAX Space Center - League City, TX
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You are right on with this post. Curb appeal is very important when selling a home. If a for sale sign is out front and the yard and exterior of the house look nice then a buyer is more likely to want to see the interior. A lot of times what's on the outside is a good indication on what's in the inside.

Aug 06, 2013 03:06 AM #31
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Paul Collier
Patriot Home Mortgage - Huntington Beach, CA
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A fresh pot of flowers and a freshly painted front door in a warm color seem to do the trick every time. I often suggest clients invest in a landscape company to do a good pre-listing clean up (mow, trim, prune, weed), and then hire the neighbor kid (or whomever) to do the mowing regularly so the house is looking constantly ready to show. Especially when clients are busy trying to keep the inside clean and ready, it's nice to leave the outside to someone else.

Aug 06, 2013 03:11 AM #32
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Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker - Naples, FL

Woohoo Carol Ann, Congrats on the feature.  I have a couple now getting their home ready for that "curb appeal"!

Aug 06, 2013 03:23 AM #33
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Christine Farkas
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
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When it comes to Curb Appeal most people will not even inquire if the outside of a house is not presentable. Fresh cut lawn, weeds pulled, and a few pots with anything green in them goes a long way. It's one thing if a house is vancant and not lived in for awhile, potential buyers will catch onto that and should understand. However a lived in home with a yard/exterior that's not up to par is another thing, a sign of neglect and maybe worse things to come, both outside and inside the house.

Aug 06, 2013 03:26 AM #34
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Trisha Bush-LeFore
Preferred Properties Land & Homes - Walla Walla, WA
Providing Realtor Services in the Walla Walla Area

You are completely right! Sometimes it is frustrating to have clients who pass over certain homes without stepping foot in them just because they have no curb appeal, but it really is that important.

Aug 06, 2013 04:12 AM #35
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Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

Curb appeal is the first impression. If the house looks bad from the outside, most likely the buyer will not want to take the chance and see the inside. At the very least, do the basic maintenance!

Aug 06, 2013 04:17 AM #36
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Jimmy Faulkner
Florida. Homes Realty & Mortgage - Wantagh, NY
The Best Of St. Augustine

It is curb appeal, curb appeal and curb appeal. Once the buyer is smiling at the outside of the house, selling the inside go a lot easier. FIRST impressions mean a great deal in many aspects of life, and yes, get the snowflake flag off the lawn.

Aug 06, 2013 06:27 AM #38
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Obviously, the inside of a home that is for sale must always be at its absolute best.  But... if the curb appeal just isn't there... how can a set of buyers see how wonderful the inside of a home is... if they cannot be enticed to enter the home in the first place because of how it looks from the outside?

Aug 06, 2013 06:30 AM #39
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Tamra Lee Ulmer
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, AZ
NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!

I totally agree! Curb Appeal is so essential to attracting Buyers to the Home. Planters and Fresh Mulch around a Tree give a touch of fresh landscape too.

Aug 06, 2013 06:34 AM #40
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Amanda and Jared.  Thank you!

 

Hi Clint.  haha....  I so know that feeling.    Thank you for the push.  

 

Hi Nina.   Agreed!

 

Hi Ed.  Thank you.

 

Hi Joe.  Can you hear me howling???

 

 

Aug 06, 2013 10:04 AM #41
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Andrew.     So true.      If marketed correctly, we are all in these days.     People see more from the get go and I think that is part of the reason I don't show as many homes before a buyer makes a decision.   

 

Hi Michael.   Isn't it funny how many have made the connection with the opposite sex?  :)

 

Hi Tom.   Thanks for checking in! 

 

Hi Drick.  Thank you!

 

Hi David.  My experience as well.  

 

 

 

Aug 06, 2013 10:12 AM #42
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Richie.  haha.   I have actually noticed that too!

 

Hi Debb.   I agree.   I think buyers do to.

 

Hi Betty.    I agree.  They think the home has been loved. 

 

Hi Harry.    Me too!

Hi Fred.   Thank you!

Hi Fernando.  Thank you!

Hi Matt.   We all do that.   Even agents I think.  Thanks.  

 

Hi Pat.   Thank you!

 

Hi Clay.  I agree.  

 

 

 

 

Aug 06, 2013 10:18 AM #43
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Kathy.   Yes!!

 

Hi Marilyn.    We agree!

 

Hi Paul.  Good point.   It's not easy having your home on the market.   

 

Hi Christine.    Thank you!   Congrats to you!!

 

Hi Christine Farkas.    Exactly!

 

Hi Trisha.   Yes, and worse than that, agents themselves!

 

Hi Suzanne.    Yes!

 

Hi Jimmy.    And, at least put boots and a scarf on the flamingos! 

Aug 06, 2013 10:24 AM #44
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Karen.   Especially with a lot of competition.   Thanks. 

 

Hi Tamra.    Planters and mulch do go along way.  

 

 

Thanks all for checking this out and weighing in.   Appreciate your comments.

Aug 06, 2013 10:26 AM #45
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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Curb appeal is a huge factor.. Often seller under estimate the importance of curb appeal.  It is the first impression..

Aug 06, 2013 11:52 AM #46
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Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Carol...It's amazing how a bit of work and some funds can make such a difference in a home's curb appeal. It is definitely effort and money well spent.

Kate

Aug 06, 2013 02:16 PM #47
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Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Miss Cal, Another featrured blog in a long line of excellent posts. Curb is so important as you said. If the place looks like a dump from the outside think of what it looks like inside is usually what folks are thinking. 

Aug 07, 2013 07:12 AM #48
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Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
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Hi Cal, 

Your 25 years in the business plus tremendous customer service and overall knowledge shows up in posts you make such as this one. Anyone in your area  who wants to buy or sell a home needs to find you to assist them. 

Aug 12, 2013 07:41 AM #49
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