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Get them out of the car and into your home! Curb appeal

Curb AppealSpring is in full swing here in Connecticut. The trees are starting to leaf out, the daffodils and tulips have been up for a bit, some of the flowering trees are showing off for us. Things are looking great! Soon our gardens will be in full swing.

What does this have to do with real estate? Plenty! If you are planning to sell your home, take a good look at the outside of your home. Curb appeal is the way to get the buyers inside your home. I can tell you for a fact that some buyers won’t even get out of the car if the outside isn’t appealing.

What can you do?

  • Make sure you clean up the yard. Not just the leaves from last fall or the branches that might have fallen in the yard. Take a look at what you might be storing outside and get rid of it. You need to use a buyers eye, pretend it isn’t your house, take pictures and see how it looks. Too much “stuff” in the yard will turn buyers right off. The worst offense is old vehicles stored on the property.
  • Paint your front door. A fresh coat of paint will do wonders for the home.
  • Get some flowering plants and place them by the entrance, keep them watered and weed free.
  • If you have a front porch, does it also need a fresh coat of paint? Is the furniture broken down? Make sure the porch is clean and inviting.
  • Check your flower beds. Make sure they are weed free, perhaps a fresh coating of mulch will help.
  • Keep the grass mowed, address any dead or brown zones in the yard.
  • If you have a fence, make sure it in good shape.
  • The driveway should be in good shape. If you have pot holes, fix them!
  • Find a place to store those garbage cans. You don’t want potential clients getting out of their vehicles and seeing overflowing garbage cans before they see anything else!
  • Check your garage doors. Are they worn out? Do they need a coat of paint? Is the wood in good shape around the doors? Replace, repair, paint as needed.
  • How is your deck? Make sure the wood is clean, the railings are in good shape and if it is painted and the paint is peeling, give it a fresh coat.
  • Check your gutters, clean them out and keep the leaders clear and in good working order.

If you want to get them out of the car and into your home you need to look at your yard and the outside of your home with a new eye! There are many websites with great ideas and photos to help you out. I found a few interesting ones, try Myhomeideas.com or a great article written by Elizabeth Weintraub about curb appeal on About.com.

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Comment balloon 15 commentsAndrea Swiedler • April 22 2009 05:26PM

Comments

Andrea, Wonderful curb appeal information.  I must say one of the things I miss out of the cold north are the tulips and daffodils.  It is too warm in Houston for them to come back so you have to plant them every year and that's just too much work.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 9 years ago

Andrea, cleaning up around the door, the walkway, and beautiful flowers all help them get to the door.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 9 years ago

Marchel, I was hoping to take pictures today of the flowers and trees, but no sun until just now. Thank you!

Gary, how many times have we pulled up to a house and our clients say "Let's not go in." Getting them over that is sometimes impossible. Even with the speech about how we should go in to see inside, doesn't always work. Thank you!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 9 years ago

Andrea,,wonderful information..I always tell my clients to get some potted plants to put at the doorways when the weather is nice..curb appeal is so important!

Posted by hannah williams about 9 years ago

Andrea - Great information!  I don't know how many buyers I couldn't even get to leave the car once we drove up to a home, simply because the property lacked that very important ingredient - curb appeal.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 9 years ago

Hi Hannah, you look a bit different! Yes it is.

Myrl, amazing isn't it? Thank you!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 9 years ago

Andrea - This time of year is beautiful, and simple fix ups can make a dramatic difference to the appearance of a home. 

Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) about 9 years ago

Judy, so true. It just needs to look good!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 9 years ago

Andrea, once I had a client refuse to even go into a house with zero curb appeal.  Eventually, I got her over the plain-Jane exterior and she bought the place, which is now lovely.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 9 years ago

You don't get a second chance at a first impression.

Curb appeal is one of the most important things to put a buyer in a positive mood about a home.

Great job Andrea!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) about 9 years ago

Pat, you were lucky to get her over it. Sometimes you don't get that chance.

Craig, thank you! It really is.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 9 years ago

Great advice Andrea! Spring, or anyting for that matter, is a great time to spruce up your yard when you want buyers to come knocking at your door!

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) about 9 years ago

Hi Terrie, you are right, anytime a house is on the market it is a good time to spruce up the outside.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 9 years ago

Andrea, that's a great outdoor spring-cleaning list for all of us, whether we're selling or not.  But if your house is on the market, it's an absolute most.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) about 9 years ago

Leah, you are right, there is not a choice if you want to beat the competition!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 9 years ago

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