Real Estate Curb Appeal Is More Important Than You Think
by Brad Pauly
on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at 3:31pm.
If you were a homebuyer, how would you feel about this house?
In my personal opinion, this house is a perfect example of curb appeal. The lawn is neatly kept and empty of clutter, and the house itself is in pristine condition. The front of the home is the first thing that potential buyers will see so why not make it look good? If you've spent any time searching for a house to buy, you have no doubt encountered a house that you immediately discount, without having seen the inside. This demonstrates just how important curb appeal can be.
I am not saying that sellers need to spend a lot of money on lush landscaping, but at least mow and clean up the lawn, take the kids’ toys inside, move the plastic pool and at the very least, park the quad in the garage. Not sure how your home looks to potential buyers? Check out this curb appeal exercise from about.com.
I have had the "pleasure" of showing several houses recently that had toys strewn about the yard, the old family car on blocks in the driveway, or worse. One of them even had a plastic flamingo with a broken wing welcoming people into the home. All of these things could steer home buyers away from your property. All of these things can be fixed, and the best part is, they can be fixed for free! The point I am trying to make is that curb appeal is a very important part of selling your home; it costs you nothing to keep the front of the house free of debris and to cut the grass. A few hours of your time over one weekend afternoon could mean the difference between selling your home quickly for a good price, and having it sit on the market for months or even years.