In previous blog entries and articles, we have touched on the importance of maximizing “curb appeal” when it comes to preparing a home for sale. Why is this such a big deal? Because the curbside appeal of your home creates the first impression for your prospective buyers. From the moment potential buyers drive up to your property, they are evaluating it. Your driveway, your yard, the front of your home—it all factors in to their first impression.

A home with great curbside appeal starts the showing off on a positive note. If your home is lacking in curbside appeal, however, your prospects may decide to skip the showing altogether.

You only get one chance to make a first impression—so it’s important that you don’t overlook important details. Below are four steps to help you maximize the curb appeal of your home.

  1. Start with an honest assessment from the perspective of a buyer. I recommend that you literally walk across the street, then turn around and view your home from the perspective of a potential buyer. What jumps out at you? What are some of the positive features? Can you identify any negatives that make the home less appealing?
  2. Highlight the positive attributes. Whether it is beautiful flowering plants, a stately old tree, or stunning windows in the front of your home, do your best to identify and highlight the “best” parts of your home. Keep the windows sparkling clean. Keep the tree well trimmed. Ensure that your flowering plants are plainly visible.
  3. Clean up any trouble spots. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much to ruin a first impression. If you’ve got unsightly patches of dead grass, or a weed infestation in your flowerbeds, it’s important that you address them immediately. If you need help identifying these trouble spots, please get in touch with me immediately!
  4. Look for “accessories” to accent the front of your home. Whether it is a porch swing, a patio table, flower pots, or something else entirely, well-placed accessories can perfectly complement your front yard and give your home the appealing, welcoming feel you want to create.

Professional home staging is a proven method to both increase the sales price of your home, and decrease the amount of time it spends on the market. If you would like to learn more, please contact us today. And remember… it all starts with curb appeal!