Curb Appeal...

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Real Estate Agent with KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY "New Orleans"

If your house looks great on the outside, then people will want to come see the inside! 

Curb Appeal:

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    • Buy "Chunky House numbers" that are visible when people drive by. ($5-$7 a letter)
    • Buy a nice mailbox... ($30-$70)
    • Paint your door & Shutters a contrasting color...here in New Orleans you can go kind of wild. ($25)
      • Remember if you have a neutral colored house you can go bright on the doors and shutters...If you have a vibrant colored house it's best to go with black or white shutters to tone the house down)
    • Add Shutters to the front Windows. (If you are handy, you can make your own shutters for the tall Windows with solid wood bi-fold door panels) ($60-70 a set)
    • Add Window Boxes to your windows ($50-$75 a window)
    • New Plants/Landscaping ($100-$300)...make sure it's low maintenance and you can even buy an automatic DIY watering kit & a timer at Lowe's (in the plumbing dept- NOT gardening)...for $60!!!
    • If you can make it work with your homes decor...buy a Porch Swing ($100) or Rocking Chairs for the front Porch...

A White Picket Fence will make people drool too......."You know...the one with the white picket fence..."...how picturesque is that...

A SMALL INVESTMENT to set your house apart from the competition...BUYERS will see the outside and  want to see the inside!

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GREAT post many forget about the exterior I had so many clients REFUSED to go inside due to curb appeal.  Have a great week.

August 04, 2008 09:50 PM #1
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Randy Prothero
Island Style Realty Inc. - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

Curb appeal is important.  If they do not like what they see from the road, they most likely will not stop to look inside.  In Hawaii, we avoid the bright colors on the exterior though.

August 04, 2008 09:51 PM #2
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Angela~  Thanks for the great tips.  I am going to have to remember these and pass them on to my sellers!

August 04, 2008 09:52 PM #3
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Tony & Darcy Cannon
Keller Williams Legacy - Woods Cross, UT
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Angela, great post, I don't know how many times that I have been with buyers only to have them say keep going when we have stopped in front of a house that needed some work on the curb appeal.

August 04, 2008 10:01 PM #4
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles & Pasadena, CA

Angela: Don't forget the lawn and flower beds. Put down weed and feed on the lawn a month or two before putting the house on the market, or even just before you put it on the market and then water the heck out of it. A nice lush green lawn says that the house has been well cared for. I also tell my clients to put down bark chips or pine straw over any exposed dirt in the flower beds. It makes the place look like it has been professionally landscaped. The lawn weed and feed and the flower bed mulch can usually be done for much less than $100 and it helps the curb appeal a lot.

August 04, 2008 10:21 PM #5
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Angela- I just stopped by to welcome you to ActiveRain and to tell you I think your first post was great. Thanks for the tips...that's what this community is about...sharing and learning, networking and having a good time while growing your business!

August 04, 2008 11:56 PM #6
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KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
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Hello Angela,

Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post! The opportunities to learn and network are incredible here. Best of luck to ya!

-Keith

August 05, 2008 02:44 AM #7
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Welcome to ActiveRain!

If you would like a few tips on getting the most out of ActiveRain, please visit my blog Welcome to Active Rain.  It has a few simple steps of what to do now that you have joined.

If you ever have any questions, just let me know.

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Hi Angela, Welcome to AR, Be a Blogholic and start writing your own blog soon on AR. All the best for your RE business. This is the right place for customers, friends, realtionships etc.

Best - Sash 

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Welcome to Active Rain. I hope you will enjoy it and learn from it as much as I do. Happy Blogging!

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Welcome, Welcome, Welcome! You've joined a great place to network, make and meet new friends and discuss lots of interesting topics. I see you are already off to a great start! Stop by if you get a chance. I would love to hear your feedback on our thoughts! Well, have great time and ENJOY. Look forward to seeing you around.

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Welcome to the Active Rain network and congratulations on your first post!  Please do not hesitate to reach out and request assistance from the 102,000 plus members on YOUR network should the need arise.

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