When Selling Your Home, Curb Appeal Is Important

By
Real Estate Agent with UTR Texas-Realtors Tx. #0599060

Most real estate agents will tell you that your home's curb appeal is very important and is key to the efficient selling of your home. What does curb appeal mean, and how important is it when it comes to selling a home?

Curb appeal is how your house looks when first viewed from the street.  It is the presentation of the exterior of your home as seen by others in other words.  When selling your home, curb appeal is important simply for the reason stated above.  If a home has peeling paint, a front door that needs to be painted or refinished, and a overgrown or negected lawn, buyers may be detered from even wanting to see the inside of the home.  The opposite holds true as well. A well-maintained yard, beautifully painted and clean exterior, and a welcoming front entrance will make the buyer more excited about seeing the interior of the home.

The importance of curb appeal when selling your home primarily comes down to the perceptions in the minds of buyers.  The exterior of the home is the first thing the buyer will see of your home, and as a first impression it will stick in their minds and may altar how they view the rest of the house.  Buyers want a house to be nice both inside and out.  With a good first impression they are less likely to concentrate on any minor flaws on the interior of the house. 

When selling a home, curb appeal is important because it now only marks the division between a home with great curb appeal or a home that has a poor curb appeal but between two equally good houses.  If one seller has been maticulous in the maintenance of the homes exterior and another seller not a maticulous in the home's outside appearance, the well maintaned home may be first in recieving an offer from a buyer.  This adds another dimension to the importance of curb appeal when selling a home.

So how can a seller optimize the curb appeal of their home?  A seller can start by looking at their home from a buyer's point of view.  The seller needs to look at what areas of the yard  and the home's exterior need attention and sprucing up.  When selling your home, curb appeal is important because it will raise the profile of the home in the eyes of prospective buyers. Your real estate professional is a great resourse if you need ideas about how to enhance your home's curb appeal.

 

Posted by

Michael Scruggs

Realtor

UTR-Texas, Realtors

713.823.2284

Comments (9)

David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Michael,
Texas sellers can help their house stand out by pressure washing the driveway and side walk.

Nov 21, 2015 02:03 AM
Michael Scruggs

You are so right about having a pressure washed driveway and sidewalk and the impact is has on the curb appeal.

Nov 23, 2015 06:58 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

It is so essential to replace the word "home" with the word "house"...and then to really see the spaces we live in.

Nov 21, 2015 02:34 AM
Michael Scruggs

Thank you for your imput Li.  I do appreciate your comments.  

Nov 23, 2015 07:20 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Like everything else the "first impression" will be a winning situation or loosing. Most people do not have vision so the attractive curb appeal is very important.

Nov 21, 2015 04:20 AM
Michael Scruggs

Thank you for your comments Marco! Your comment is spot on in regards to curb appeal.

Nov 23, 2015 06:52 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Michael Scruggs 

If you can't get a buyer through the door, you can't sell them the house...curb appeal is all important!

I see you are new to ActiveRain - welcome aboard!

Nov 22, 2015 11:37 AM
Michael Scruggs
UTR Texas-Realtors - Houston, TX
ABR, CNE, TAHS

Thank you, Lisa!

Nov 23, 2015 06:49 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I swear some people have a total mental block over this topic Michael Scruggs and all the advising we do will not change their attitudes but it is up to us to keep on trying.

Nov 29, 2015 10:09 AM
Michael Scruggs
UTR Texas-Realtors - Houston, TX
ABR, CNE, TAHS

Bob thank you for reading my post.  Your comments are very true.

Nov 29, 2015 10:28 AM
Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

Michael Scruggs you are right about curb appeal being the difference between two identical homes.  I have seen a home with less features bring more because from the moment a buyer sees it they love the home.  They don't care about the outdated light fixtures, the can see how much care and love is already available in the home from the moment they pull into the driveway.

Dec 07, 2015 01:55 AM
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL
GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA

I enjoyed your post, I'm glad I came across it in the achieves. Have a super week this Christmas season.

Dec 21, 2015 11:35 AM