Curb Appeal When Selling Your Home

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When your home is for sale, one of the most important things you can do is to make the outside look so inviting that buyers want to come inside. That's called 'Curb Appeal.' Good curb appeal

The home pictured on the right, for instance, has an inviting walk leading up to the front door. The owners have chosen blue hydrangeas to draw your eye up the flower-lined walkway. A variety of shrubs and trees add interest to the attractive home. If you were lookng for a home to buy, wouldn't you want to see inside this one?

Curb appeal is something home owners can address as they live in the home - don't wait until you decide to move!

The house itself needs to be well maintained and painted in attractive colors. Fences and driveways are also part of your home's curb appeal.

Flowers, shrubs, trees and lawn are a part of your home's curb appeal that can be improved every year. Just go to your local garden center every couple of weeks to see what plants are in bloom in your area. Add a few as your time and budget permit.

 

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Rainmaker
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Jim Frimmer
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist
HomeSmart Realty West

I also like curb appeal but my other half doesn’t because then there’s nothing for him to do outside, so we always look for crappy homes outside that have been renovate inside.

June 02, 2011 10:09 PM
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof
The Little REALTOR® That Could
Keller Williams Realty

Maria,

That's a lot of work you put into one post and you make it look so easy. I admire people like you who can do so much with graphics. Your blog post is terrific!

The curb appeal is so essential - it either draws people in or detracts their attention. I've seen beautiful homes with no curb appeal and simple small homes that weren't much to look at from the outside, but when they were all dressed up with the beauty of all the right landscaping, that made a better impression on me, than the big house that I know cost a lot more money!

I appreciate all the work you put into this post and I know others who read it will too.

Patricia

June 08, 2011 06:25 PM
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373

Maria, GREAT curb appeal you have created and photographed!     I agree with Patricia, you do a great presentation with your blogs too!

June 10, 2011 10:23 AM
Rainmaker
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Sharon Parisi
Dallas Homes
Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty

Maria, your beautiful slide show brings you point home!  Great post!  I think you may have found the secret to not losing a post as it is uploaded.  I'm going to try your sequencing with my next post. Some of us are losing posts, as we upload.

October 07, 2012 06:28 AM
Rainmaker
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Stephanie/Bob The Ruiz/Miller Team
The Ocala Dream Team
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty

Hi Maria, your post does a great job sowing the different types of curb appeal.

October 07, 2012 06:34 AM
Rainmaker
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Terkel Sørensen
Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales
Real Estate Places

Maria, i love it when there it's actually some thought behind the plantings. I used to have a great big Camellia Bush next to out front door, piles of big red flowers as long as the season went on. Always drew people to the door.

October 07, 2012 06:41 AM
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker
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Maria: Too bad that some people don't enjoy this type of curb appeal while they live there. Then frantically make it look good when they try to sell it. I love my yard and feel proud of it every day. If I had to sell, I know people are already lined up to buy it, it has a good reputation.
October 07, 2012 07:39 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg Homes
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago

I love showing homes with curb appeal like your photos. Makes the buyers excited about the interior of the home & makes a better overall impression.

October 07, 2012 08:06 AM
Rainmaker
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Elite Home Sales Team
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Keller Williams Realty

First impressions are so important and that is what curb appeal is.

October 07, 2012 08:15 AM
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Dörte Engel
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton
RE/MAX Leading Edge

Dear Maria,

Those are some nice homes. Choosing a variety of perennials as you live in your home makes getting ready to sell much easier, because you only need to fill in with a few annuals to add interest for the longer market times these days.

October 07, 2012 08:17 AM
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Sylvie Stuart
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagstaff, AZ
Keller Williams Check Realty 928-600-2765

Curb appeal is very important when you are trying to sell your home. It's your first impression for your home. Buyers will make assumptions on what your home is like on the inside from the exterior appearance. It happens for sure in the Flagstaff real estate market. Great pictures!!

October 07, 2012 08:45 AM
Rainer
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Sylvia Jonathan
Broker Associate, SFR
Coldwell Banker Platinum Properties

Very nice presentation of an idea everybody has heard. The photos can now truly inspire owners to follow through.

October 07, 2012 08:53 AM
Rainmaker
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Tom Esposito
Alpharetta Home Solutions

Nice post.  I read your directions on how you put the slide show together, but really didn't understand.  Anyway, the results are great.  I'll have to play with that description. 

October 07, 2012 08:53 AM
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Jeff Dowler CRS
Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
Solutions Real Estate

Maria

I missed this the first time around but the issue remains a critical one, and perhaps even more so today in this competitve market. Admitedly some people don't mind, especially if they have a vision or want to transform a yard but it can sure be a turnoff as people see how much work has to be done. And of course this leads to the assumption the rest of the home is eqully in need of help.

Jeff

October 07, 2012 11:44 AM
Rainer
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EMILIA B COOPER REALTOR® . SFR . NCHSE
Short Sales, Foreclosure & Bank Owned Real Estate
CHARLES RUTENBERG REALTY

Maria Thank you for the information! Beautiful Pictures!!

October 07, 2012 12:45 PM
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Brad Baylor
ERA Coup Agency

Thanks for the great information Maria!. Nice pics too...

October 08, 2012 07:16 AM
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Nan Jester
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL

There are some really appealing photos and some great exterior staging in these homes. Great job.

October 08, 2012 01:34 PM
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Dana Smithers
PRES Staging Training, Redesign Training & Busines
PRES Staging Resource Centre

Great post and I totally concur! As a home stager we know the value and impact of that first impression. And since 80+ of buyers look on the internet first that first impression needs to be WOW from the outside in!  I have written an ebook Creating Curb Appeal That SELLS! and I would be happy to share it with anyone reading this post. Go to my facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PRESstaging and do a post asking for this ebook and I'll email it to  you so leave your email address!

October 10, 2012 12:45 PM
Rainmaker
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Wayne B. Pruner
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI
Oregon First

Great curb appeal is so important and this is where you get the most bang for your buck.

November 09, 2012 09:29 PM
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Mike Warren
Real Estate

Thanks for sharing this wonderful information. Great post.

February 07, 2013 01:51 AM
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