Curb appeal is what first attracts buyers to homes in the SF East Bay. Potential buyers can be put off if the outside of the home is not attractive. It sets the tone of the entire home. In a buyer's or seller's market, curb appeal can mean the difference between a home that sells quickly for the asking price and a home that sells after months of sitting on the market for below the asking price.
Assessing Curb Appeal
Stand across the street from your home and identify your trouble areas. Take careful inventory to your home’s appearance. Do the shutters need to be repainted? Any landscaping or lighting that needs to be done? Look through your windows to see if your interior distracts from the exterior. Evaluate the home at different times of day, potential buyers will drive past the home to and from work so be sure to have proper outdoor lighting.
Enhance Your Curb Appeal
Once you’ve found your trouble areas, focus on certain areas to make your home stand out.
Repaint or put on new address numbers
Place a new welcome mat at the front door
Add lighting to light up address, front door, and walkway
Buy colorful potted plants for the front door
Clean up the yard
Photographing The House
When the photographer comes to take pictures of the house, be sure to clean up any clutter in the windows. Freshly mow the lawn and trim trees, bushes, and plants. Remove any cars or toys from the front of the house. Request multiple shots and even night shots to show off the newly installed lighting.