To Improve Your Curb Appeal
Every seller knows that there home should have "curb appeal." But what
exactly does that mean.
Before you go to the expense of replacing major components, try some of
Trim the vegetation around your home -- particularly those bushes that may
conceal windows. Then be sure that your landscaping looks great all of the
time, even if you have to hire a gardener while your home is listed.
Invite visitors into your home by placing yellow flowers near or at the
entry porch. Yellow draws the eye, and potential buyers will feel
If there is patio furniture or BBQ and playground equipment in the
backyard, be sure it is in good repair.
If you know the day that your home will be shown, buy a loaf of frozen
bread and bake it before the potential buyers arrive. Leave the exhaust
hood off so the odor will spread throughout the house.
In the Master Suite bath a pleasant a odor is a good idea too. Do NOT use
potpourri. Many people are allergic to it. Instead, get some cheap
strawberry bath bubbles at the drug store, and run a half tub full of hot
water with the bubbles. After you let the water out, the room will have a
pleasing atmosphere, and most people won't know why.
I think it goes without saying, but I've learned to say it anyway…..The
family room and a child's room needs to be picked up, and the beds made.
Take down family photos on the hallway and living room walls. If you're
trying to sell your home, it pays to let the buyer imagine their photos on
the walls. I don't think this is necessary in the Master Suite — As a
matter of fact I believe that family photos on the dresser there and
around the TV entertainment area of your home imply that this house is a
"good family" place.
Speaking of hearth and home impressions, nothing says that more than a
fireplace. If it is cold outside, light your fireplace, (provided it
doesn't smoke). The image of a warm fire is universally appealing to
Remove excess furniture. I know, ALL of your furniture is necessary,
but..... Take a tour of the model homes at your local builder, and you'll
find furniture that is two-thirds of normal size, and very little of it.
Why?…. Because it makes the rooms look larger.
Speaking of making things look larger, my last suggestion is the hardest
one for me. My garage has never been clean, but you should clean yours out
before you list your home, even it this means you have rent a storage
facility. Also, leave the cars out when your home is to be shown.
If these tips don't help, then you can consider doing the expensive
things. But give the tips above a try first. I can testify they can make a
home appealing and that appealing homes get more offers.
Finally, in case your agent hasn't told you, if possible, you should leave
the premises while your home is be shown to potential buyers. Your
presence makes buyers uncomfortable, and they may not linger long enough,
or be honest enough with their agent, if they think you can hear their