In A Buyers Market Curb Appeal Is Imperative!

By
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite

Brentwood TN Real Estate

 Walk outside and take a good look at your home.  Take a look at the other homes in the neighborhood.  If they are all looking the same, there is a problem.  Your home is not ready for showing.  It lacks curb appeal.  You need to get it noticed. In the current real estate market in Brentwood, Franklin and Nashville TN areas there are many homes for sale, you must give the potential buyer a reason to come to yours!
You want your house to stand out. You want people who drive by say things like, "I like that house", or "I wouldn't mind living there".  You need to know what will make them say that.  Look at your house again and see it's potential.  Determine what would make someone say those things about your house.

The first thing is a nice yard.  You may think a small yard is a draw back.  It is not at all.  You just need to know how to enhance it.  You need to make it colorful.  Add some bright, cheery flowers along the walkway.  Put in a flower bed under the windows, or along side the house.  Clear out any unwanted trees or shrubs.  These things can make a small yard look even smaller.  You want to give your home a warm and inviting look, not one of cramped space.  Make sure the lawn is mowed and edged neatly.  If there are bare spots, get some grass seed and re-sow it into the lawn.  Trim the larger trees so there is no chance of dead branches falling.  You can also tell potential buyers you just had the trees trimmed.  This means they do not have to do it for quite some time.

 The next thing you need to look at is uniformity.  Make sure all the windows look the same from the outside.  It actually makes the house look better kept.  This can be done by installing vertical blinds, mini blinds, or even shades.  If you do use shades, during the day make sure they are all at the same level during the time the house is on the market.  You want everything to look uniform.

When you are looking at the windows, take a look at the trim work.  If the windows  have shutters but some are missing, either replace the missing ones or take down the existing ones.  You do not want the house to appear as if it is in need of repair.  Missing shutters makes it look as though no one took care of the place.  The paint may be cracked and peeling.  Get the scraper and a bucket of paint and redo the trim work.  This will make the house look cleaner and give the impression of good repair as well.

 You may have cement sidewalks or steps.  If you do and there are cracks, fix them.  You can do this with filler cement and a trowel.  This is a big improvement not only to the look of the home but to the safety of all who come there.  If the railing for the steps is missing or broken replace it.  Certain Federal funding (FHA, VA loans) will not go through on a house which does not have a hand rail where there is more than two steps.  Again, replacing the hand rail makes the home look more complete and adds to the safety factor. Due to the recent changes in FHA loan limits, Brentwood, Franklin and Nashville TN real estate markets will be seeing more of these types of loans for potential buyers. It will have to be corrected in order to close, so you might as well address it now.

Of course you will want to replace any broken windows or doors.  This can really damage the curb appeal when  a buyer drives by and sees this.  Also, if there is vinyl siding that needs to be repaired or replaced, you will want to do this now; a quick pressure washing might be in order as well. Don't forget your mail box! Is it old, dented, leaning to the side? Replace it! People forget that the mail box is one of the first things a potential buyer sees. Don't forget to put your address on it in large easy to read numbers! 

 The key to making your house more attractive is looking through the eyes of someone else.  If you can not do this, enlist the aid of your REALTOR, family and friends.  They can take a look and assess what needs fixed in a hurry.  Make a list and just do it.  Not only are you adding more value to your home, you are attracting more buyers.  When you have more buyers, you can sell your home in a lot less time. 
 

All you need is a little curb appeal!
Call me now to see how I can help!

Vanessa Stalets
Brentwood TN Real Estate
RE/MAX Elite
615-957-6333 
615-661-4400

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Location:
Tennessee Williamson County Brentwood
Groups:
Realtors®
The Art Of Marketing You
RE/MAX Active Rain Bloggers
Dedicated Bloggers
Blast from the past !
Tags:
brentwood tn real estate

Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Rainmaker
928,382
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN
I'm sending this to one of my sellers. Great post.
Apr 11, 2008 01:13 AM #1
Rainer
179,258
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating
Vanessa ~ Too often I think homeowners tend to forget the outside.  I'm not selling right now, but I know that I need to get some new bushes out front and fix our driveway - just for my own pride!
Apr 11, 2008 01:23 AM #2
Rainmaker
1,057,289
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Vanessa

Have you ever pulled up to a place and had the prospects in your car say "We don't have to get out and see this one" I have good points to make to a seller..Thanks for the thoughtful post.

Apr 11, 2008 01:31 AM #3
Rainer
70,478
Jan Wood
None - Gallatin, TN

Vanessa:  Sellers get the inside of their homes ready for listing but they sometimes forget the exterior... painting around windows and uniformity of the look of the exterior. 

Landscaping is one huge item some sellers neglect.  Beautiful landscaping increases the likelihood of a quick sale.  It also increases the value of one's property.  Great post, Vanessa.

Apr 11, 2008 01:35 AM #4
Ambassador
254,583
Melissa Grant
A Serendipity World - Greenbackville, VA
The Law of Attraction In Life & Business
You hit the nail on the head with this one ! Great job !
Apr 11, 2008 01:37 AM #5
Rainmaker
307,884
Vanessa Stalets
RE/MAX Elite - Brentwood, TN
REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
Larry- Great, glad to help in anyway! Sometimes people hear things better from someone else..
Apr 11, 2008 01:49 AM #6
Rainmaker
307,884
Vanessa Stalets
RE/MAX Elite - Brentwood, TN
REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
Kathy- So true, but the outside is what the buyer sees first! Must be well kept! Post pics of your endeavors...
Apr 11, 2008 01:50 AM #7
Rainmaker
307,884
Vanessa Stalets
RE/MAX Elite - Brentwood, TN
REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
Steve, absolutely, and it is always hard to tell another agent that we did not even see the house because the outside was so poorly represented.
Apr 11, 2008 01:51 AM #8
Rainmaker
307,884
Vanessa Stalets
RE/MAX Elite - Brentwood, TN
REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
Jan- Yes, sellers often don't really think about the outside. Well done landscaping adds value in many ways, but it must be well done versus haphazard.
Apr 11, 2008 01:52 AM #9
Rainmaker
307,884
Vanessa Stalets
RE/MAX Elite - Brentwood, TN
REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
Melissa- Thank you! :.)
Apr 11, 2008 01:53 AM #10
Ambassador
1,280,818
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
Vanessa - GREAT job on this post!  I think it should be featured on Localism.  Have a great weekend!
Apr 11, 2008 02:13 AM #11
Rainmaker
307,884
Vanessa Stalets
RE/MAX Elite - Brentwood, TN
REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
Jason- From your lips to the AR Gods ears...lol Thanks for the compliment!
Apr 11, 2008 02:24 AM #12
Ambassador
1,280,818
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
Yep - It worked.  I flagged it for a Localism feature.  Didn't take long, huh?
Apr 11, 2008 04:29 PM #13
Rainmaker
143,647
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging

Vanessa,

This is a wonderful post!  I absolutely agree with you that the way a seller represents their home is everything.  Starting of course with curb appeal.  If the condition of the yard and the home from the exterior are not up to par, you may not be able to even get potential buyers off the car to take a look inside.  Of course now a days people are looking at photos on the Internet mostly, so if the house does not look great in pictures potential buyers won't even take the time to look even though they may be missing out on a great home.  Home maintenance is crucial when selling a home.  All of the items you mentioned in your post are key elements for any seller to consider before putting their house on the market.

Apr 11, 2008 07:16 PM #14
Rainmaker
307,884
Vanessa Stalets
RE/MAX Elite - Brentwood, TN
REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
Jason- Wow! This is my 3rd or 4th Localism feature post, I appreciate the flag! :.)
Apr 12, 2008 01:06 AM #15
Rainmaker
307,884
Vanessa Stalets
RE/MAX Elite - Brentwood, TN
REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
Michelle- Thank you for the compliment! Sadly, the pictures on the Internet do play the deciding part more often these days. I try to tell my buyers that pictures can be very deceiving and to look closer at the ones whose pictures don't look fabulous and to not get too excited over the ones that are! So often the pics look great and you get there and it is a whole different animal! I agree wholeheartedly that if the outside does not look well cared for many buyers will not even look at the inside, and if they do they already have it in their minds that it is  a bit sub par.
Apr 12, 2008 01:10 AM #16
Rainer
82,781
Patty Carroll
Vancouver, WA

Hi Vanessa,

This is a well thought out post, Thanks for sharing...now I have to get outside and take a look at my own curb appeal!

Patty & Scott Carroll - RE/MAX Equity Group Vancouver WA

 

Apr 12, 2008 06:06 AM #17
Rainmaker
307,884
Vanessa Stalets
RE/MAX Elite - Brentwood, TN
REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
Patty and Scott- Laughing at you, I am sure it looks great! Thank you for reading! :.)
Apr 13, 2008 04:09 AM #18
Ambassador
1,553,806
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
Vanessa,  It never ceases to amaze me how "derelict" some house look - you have to wonder if their listing agent understands "best foot forward"  Karen
Apr 14, 2008 10:29 AM #19
Rainmaker
307,884
Vanessa Stalets
RE/MAX Elite - Brentwood, TN
REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
Karen-I am truly astonished at some homes I come across, often however, it is not the agent but the seller who does not understand this concept. We are bound by what our clients want us to do and we can not make them do what we say, we can only suggest and/or choose not to represent them.
Apr 14, 2008 10:32 AM #20
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Rainmaker
307,884

Vanessa Stalets

REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
Ask me a question
*
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Additional Information