Silver Spring seller tips: create curb appeal & don't fear color!

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

We have all heard that kitchen and baths sell houses, but there is one more area that you should pay a lot of attention to before you list your Silver Spring, MD home for sale: the front (or face) of your house. The importance of curb appeal cannot be emphasized enough.

As a listing agent in Montgomery County, MD I always consult with my seller clients first to a) learn as much as I can about the property and to b) prepare a pre-listing to-do list and timeline. Curb appeal is always on said list! It is not because many of my clients' homes lack it, but because it is so very important. Without curb appeal, without an inviting front, potential home buyers may not even step inside to see that fabulous kitchen or bathroom that you so lovingly (and perhaps costly) renovated. 

So what can you do to create awesome curb appeal, to make your house smile at all potential buyers? 

1. Clean, sweep and powerwash front steps, porch, siding, shutters. 

2. Check all fixtures and replace if worn out or broken (light fixtures, door hardware, railings etc.)

3. Spruce up landscaping, add seasonal plants.

4. Add some decorative touches (a rocking chair with a pillow, hanging or potted plants, welcome mat, a birdhouse, a windchime...).


5. Color! Don't fear color! A pop of color that is - remember, you want your house to smile invitingly at buyers, and not smirk or scream. In all seriousness, a bit of color can create interest, it can become that focal point that draws the buyer's eye, and help make that oh-so-crucial first impression a pleasant one. You can introduce a pop of color with landscaping, or decorative pillows, or by painting your front door. Just look at this lovely home pictured below. By adding some sunshine (that was the very first thing that popped into my head when I saw the yellow front door), the owner's introduced a focal point. It certainly caught my eye, so much so that I had to snap a picture which inspired this post. It's pleasant. It's memorable. It simply works. 

Silver Spring home seller tips: creating curb appeal

Silver Spring, MD Home Seller tips: create curb appeal and don't fear color! 

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Thompson Company, REALTORS
16910 Oak Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905
o: (301) 384-9177 c: (240)593-2860

Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD. She has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers since 2004 and focuses on residential Real Estate in  Montgomery and Howard County, MD. Andrea is a proud mom and hobby decorator with a vintage soul. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running and treasure hunting and is addicted to coffee.


 All photographs are my own and I'd like to keep it that way. All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.




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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Andrea Bedard very valuable list of curb appeal and don't fear color tips.

May 24, 2019 08:01 PM #1
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Andrea you are so right what a change from about 25 years ago, when we were panicking when a seller wanted to mix it up with colors:)Endre

May 24, 2019 10:54 PM #2
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

These are great tips!  Curb appeal is so important.  I have had clients pull up to a home and not even want to see the inside because of how it looks on the outside.

May 25, 2019 06:46 AM #3
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

I love a bold color as an accent Endre, just like that yellow door. It's like a pop of sunshine on a cloudy day 

Thanks Brian! I've had that happen, too, more than once. Sometimes the exterior gives us a good idea what to expect on the inside, but other times, it doesn't match it at all. It doesn't have to cost a lot of money to spruce everything up, and it will attract buyers. 

Jun 05, 2019 05:04 AM #4
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