Why is curb appeal so important? Because it is the all important FIRST impression that a buyer has of your home. I'll also add that it makes an impression on the buyer's agent as well. You can be sure that if the agent is impressed, s/he will say something like 'does't this home look great on the outside?'. So here are five quick tips to improve the curb appeal of your home:
1. Clean it up! By this I mean make sure the trees and buses are trimmed properly, yard utensils put away, toys picked up, leaves and branches swept, grass cut and edged. Wash windows too!
2. Repaint the front door. Look for a color that compliments the rest of the house--or go bolder and pick a bright, sharp color that's not too loud. Clean the windows of the storm door, repair any torn screens, make sure hardward works properly. Add a small seasonal wreath if appropriate, and buy a new doormat.
3. Stage the porch. If you have a front porch, this will increase your curb appeal dramatically if staged properly. Be sure the floor is clean and repaint if needed. Stage a small table and chairs with some new outdoor pillows; add a rug to anchor the space; consider installing a porch swing or adding a rocker as well. Don't overdo it. It's easy to create another 'room' on your porch that will charm buyers the minute they see it.
4. Repair any wood rot and repaint the trim. This is especially important at the front of the house. While your agent is fumbling around getting the keys out of the lock box and unlocking the door, the buyers are looking around the front exterior. Don't let them see rotted wood and peeling paint.
5. Add color and visual interest through flowers and greenery. Well placed pots of flowers and green plants show that the homeowner wants to accent the exterior of the home as well as the interior.
Take the extra time and money to improve your home's curb appeal before putting it on the market to sell. It will make a difference!