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By Marcus Necessary | Broker in 72712

5 things Sellers should do to improve curb appeal

There are many things a you, the seller, can do to impress a buyer. Can you do it even before they've seen the inside of the house? Sellers can do several things to give a buyer a "good feeling" about their home. Here are some pointers to get your home showing off on the right foot. 

1. Lawn

It seems obvious to say, but it's not. If you're a professional yard
man, go ahead and do it yourself. But most of us aren't so consider hiring a local professional. Make sure the lawn is consistently mowed. Edge the sidewalk.  Make your yard the best on the block

2. Landscaping

I would say that 90% of homes for sale have landscaping that is lacking. This is one of the biggest mistakes being made today by sellers. Spend the extra money on new mulch. Hire a professional to trim the hedges, trim the trees, etc. Make sure the sidewalks are clear of overhanging branches, etc.

3. Driveway

One of the worst things that you can do is leave cars/boats/trailers/RV's in the driveway. Store them somewhere and I'm not talking behind the fence! Pressure wash the driveway and sidewalk, make sure all leaves are blown off, etc

4. Windows

It's not something that most buyers can put their finger on but a home that has the windows washed will "outshine" the competition. It doesn't take much time but make sure it gets done.

5. Front Door/Patio

There are a few moments just before the buyer sees the inside of your home. This is the point where the Buyers agent is trying to get in to the lockbox, get the key out and unlock the door. These moments give the buyer their first opportunity to stop and look around. Make sure that your patio is spotless! This is a good place for potted plants, potted flowers, etc. Your front door should be in pristine condition. The door frame probably needs sanded and repainted. The front door may be the most important place to clean up.

You only have one shot at a first impression. Doing these LITTLE things will make a BIG difference in your homes appearance. 

Marcus Necessary, GRI

VP, Executive Broker

Weichert, Realtors - The Griffin Company

c) 479.531.2627




By Trevor Curran,  Tue Sep 18 2012, 03:33
Superb advice Marcus! When I was buying my first home---and even today with my First Time Buyer clients---I find it amazing the poor quality of "showings" of homes. Think of selling your home like going to the Prom: put on your Sunday Best and make a great impression!

Trevor Curran
NMLS #40140
By Chad Gray,  Tue Sep 18 2012, 04:17
Terrific curb appeal advise in a well-written post. Thanks for sharing!
By Marcus Necessary,  Tue Sep 18 2012, 06:57
Thanks to both of you. I appreciate the comments!
By Pat and Steve Pribisko,  Fri Sep 21 2012, 07:53
Marcus, excellent advice. Curb appeal is a Buyer's first impression of a house.
By Marcus Necessary,  Fri Sep 21 2012, 08:08
Thanks for reading!
By Mark Acantilado,  Mon Sep 24 2012, 07:04
2. Landscaping - Among the list, IMO, this is the most important things that could greatly affect impression of buyers about a property / home.

Mark T | http://www.agentcampus.com/
By Marcus Necessary,  Mon Sep 24 2012, 08:54
Thanks for the comment Mark! I agree Landscaping can be the biggest asset, or biggest downfall!
By Mark Acantilado,  Tue Oct 2 2012, 03:22
Yes it really is. I saw some homes before that have, well a good property to sell, yet they lack this kind of appeal from the outside. What most people, who are prospecting on homes, would first see is the outside - thus giving right away - an impression of how the property is maintained. As you noted, it can become an asset if you know how to do it, and it can also become one's biggest downfall when you do not know exactly how to start.

Mark T | http://www.agentcampus.com/
By Marcus Necessary,  Tue Oct 2 2012, 14:58
Thank for the comment Mark! Good insights

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