Curb appeal creates a first impression when selling your home that impacts the buyer throughout their viewing. Moreover, it can even make or break a buyer’s decision to tour or not tour your home. So sellers need to do all they can to enhance their home’s exterior façade for added street appeal.

Because curb appeal provides clues to buyers as to what life might be like living in your house and its condition, outside maintenance and beautification should be a priority for sellers. Obvious prime concerns include mowing regularly, as well as fresh paint, trim and/or siding.  Beyond those major and basic preparations, there are some smaller and less expensive curb appeal improvements that make a huge difference.

-Make sure the path from your buyer’s car to the entrance is free of toys, lawn care items, fallen twigs or other debris. Stepping over or around items detracts from the flow of the tour at the outset and in colder climates this additionally means that winter snows and ice should be cleared.
-A fresh coat of paint can make your front door look brand new. Once the impression of “new” or “well-kept” is formed in the buyer’s mind, that impression typically endures throughout the showing.
-A manicured lawn gives the impression of a carefully tended home. Grass creeping onto and in the sidewalk cracks may look sloppy.  A small border of an inch or two of space between the lawn and the sidewalk makes the entire yard look neat and well-kept.
-Thin out plants that are overtaking the zone of other plants by leaving space between plants and shrubs to provide an airy and clean appearance that buyer’s value.
-Add color. Bright flowers can do wonders for the facade of a home by drawing the eye to your home’s exterior assets.  So add some seasonal flowers and color into the landscape if you can. If you don’t want to dig, try strategically-placed planters and hanging baskets to greet your buyers.
-Add new mulch. Mulch fades with time, giving landscaping a drab gray base. Bright mulch creates contrast with the colors of flowers and shrubbery, giving them a healthier and more appealing appearance.

Consider taking the time to complete these tasks if you are planning to sell your home. You’ll be amazed at the difference you can make in such a short time, and what an impact your home will have on potential buyers. Feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
847-310-5300
[email protected]

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