Why is curb appeal important?

Real Estate Agent with The Debi Stein Network Licensed in VA and CA

First Impressions

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.



Comments (1)

David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

If it doesnt look inviting and warm I am probably not interested.

Curb appeal matters

Sep 21, 2015 11:20 AM