Selling? The Secret's in the Curb Appeal!

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Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509

Making an attractive house begins with the first impression. It all begins with Curb Appeal! If you take care of your lawn yourself, be sure to get expert advice before you start and know what products and plants you’re using before you plant. Harsh chemicals can destroy landscaping and can do serious damage to ground water and pipes below. If you hire someone, check their credentials and get referrals.

 

The worst thing a homeowner can do is to neglect their landscaping and not maintain it properly. A well-maintained lawn and the correct landscaping are an investment in the property. If you are planning to sell now or later, prospective buyers will judge the interior and the exterior. A poorly neglected home is often a showstopper for potential buyers and it may attract the wrong people.

  

The following tips can be helpful:

 

  • Plan to mow your lawn at least once a week during the growing season. Use a weed wacker or edger to clean up around fences or play yards where the lawnmower doesn’t reach. 

  • Remove obstacles, such as newspapers, toys, weeds, leaves and clippings from walkways and patios. After you mow the lawn, use a leaf blower or broom to remove lawn clippings from walkways. Pull the weeds growing in between pavers.

  • Create a clean environment. Add a fresh layer of mulch in spring and in the fall.

  • Overgrown shrubs are a thorny issue. Even worse, it's a safety issue. Buyers want to see the house, walkaways, patios, doors, and windows.

  • Trimming trees, shrubs and bushes, fixing fences, and painting exterior trim goes a long way to make a good first and a lasting impression. Investing in hand pruners, loppers, and other tools to prune helps to save you money by doing it yourself.

  • A newly professionally painted door or a replacement front and back door (screen doors, if applicable) sends an automatic welcome to buyers.

  • A smart and inexpensive way to make a lasting impression begins with consulting your local real estate agent for more specific ways to help you sell. An attractive curb appeals attracts buyers!

The first step in creating beautiful curb appeal begins with making a great first impression. Everything else behind the front door will make or break a sale ---Patricia Feager©

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Comments (11)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Patricia awesome advice and when I see homes that start watering their lawn or paint the house first thing I think of and ask are you considering selling?:)Endre

Sep 22, 2021 10:55 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia - a welcoming first impression to a home for sale is sure to capture the attention of a prospective buyer.    

Sep 23, 2021 02:23 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I drove up to a house several times in the past with different buyer clients and they wouldn't even get out of the house. "Nope, I'm not going in that one". Why? It looked poorly maintained from the outside. They didn't even want to step foot inside.

So I agree with the importance of curb appeal!

Enjoy your day!

Sep 23, 2021 05:05 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel

Kat Palmiotti Sounds like something we would do.  I call it clues, if they can't take care of the outside, what fresh hell is inside?  LOL A

Sep 23, 2021 08:42 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Patricia... too many homeowners underrate the importance of curb appeal... I see it all the time when showing homes. I've actually had clients in my car who would refuse to come out and see a home when the curb appeal was less than stellar. 

Sep 23, 2021 05:08 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

These are such great tips and I wish all sellers would follow them for their own good.

Sep 23, 2021 05:34 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Patricia,

In some communities like outs, artificial grass is taking over.  We have a new hotel in town and their big lawn is wonderful artificial grass.  I agree with you, when we bought our first home, I would not get out of car if the great outdoors looked awful...LOL A

Sep 23, 2021 08:44 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia we only get one shot at a first impression, and once it is gone, it is gone.

Sep 23, 2021 04:25 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

There can be a lot of  people that think they have c

Sep 23, 2021 11:48 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is excellent advice to share with home sellers.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Sep 24, 2021 08:09 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I can't tell you how many times I've coached clients, Patricia, saying, "If it looks this bad on the outside, I worry that it's not been properly maintained on the inside." Sometimes I'm wrong - the exterior is simply not something the sellers enjoy maintaining but, they do take care of the inside.

If they were my sellers, I would coach them to HIRE SOMEONE!!! Spiff up the yard so there is never any doubt that the insides are spectacularly maintained too!

Sep 26, 2021 07:20 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Patricia:

This is such an important topic for sellers, even in this competitive market. We have all likely had buyers pass on seeing a home because of unattractive curb appeal...or shall we say no appeal.  But some will see the opportunity, too.

Jeff

Sep 26, 2021 05:21 PM