Cute always sells quick especially when priced right! Necessity vs value insures that eventually all homes sell.
. If the front looks very bad,(cars up on cement blocks) they might just say, "forget it" and go to the next home.
Why take the risk? It's not difficult to plant some flowers and get the lawn in shape.
You drive 2/10ths of a mile further on the same road, and the fifth house is tastefully painted and the front door is painted in an accent color. There are healthy green plants on the porch, carefully-tended flowers lining the walkway, and both the shrubbery and the grass has been nicely trimmed. No toys or dog tie-outs are spoiling the look of the yard, and the house boasts a great front porch, equipped with patio furniture and contemporary house numbers.
It's easy. To which of these homes are you going to be most attracted?
Don't forget a new door can really add curb appeal, flowering pots and freshly mowed lawn!
It is the 1st thing a buyer sees.
Would you ask someone out you never met before that has missing teeth, dirty hair (and were not at work), and farts like crazy?
But price has it rulings so no if you are selling it for very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very cheap !
hm curb appeal, just like with what a buyer looks for in a home, or needs in a home and is willing to pay for, the impression what a great curb appeal is and what not is different for different people. Some my like that big shade tree in front of the home and its chancing colors in the fall and others may hate a big tree period!
So having said that, there are some things that institute great curb appeal
clean neat a well taken home, with a nice looking roof, nice windows nice entrance way
and then yes a few nice plantings (either done by a landscaper to make the property look well taken care of) or if the landscaping is in general good shape, make sure a landscaper does trim all the bushes and cleans out all flower beds and yes adding a few lovely hanging baskets or floor pots filled with bright wonderful flowers will make a difference....
The potential buyer will walk up to the house and they will like what they see and they will enter and look at the rest of the home in that spirit....
Often only small changes in the front of a home could make a big difference, I would definitely higher a good landscaper and have them "spiffy up" the front and keep the grass cut and green throughout...
Good luck to you and I hope it helps...
Your Chicago and North Shore Expert - YourRealtor4Life
Buyers look on the internet and if the main picture looks nice , they will click and look at other pictures of the house.
@Debbie: as always thanks for your support.
@Needhome: looking around at your questions, you are focusing on buying a home and increasing its resale value. We were after the same thing. We targeted homes with older kitchens and low curb appeal. Since our budget was limited we did look for a bathroom that was fully functional, but would require updating in 5-10 years. I donâ€™t know if the professionals would agree or not, but those are the areas that I felt where well funded renovations would bring me the most return for my dollars so we could buck the trend and actually have a home with some equity in it---and would promote my own pride and enjoyment of the property in the next 20-30 years. This is definitely not the time to be learning how to â€˜flipâ€™ a house, though.
Best wishes. Jana
Dan's right- you can't reasonably change the structure. But... you can fix things...
Tim's got a point. A lack of curb appeal will invite those who try to steal your home (offer much less than current value).
Finally, Deb hit it home with imagination and foresight. You see, it really does not need to cost a fortune to improve curb appeal. Dress up the house, as Mack says.
Wow, everyone's answer was so good! Every home is different. If great curb appeal does not really make more money for the seller (and it probably could) it will likely help it to sell faster. Either way, curb appeal is just another way of projecting pride of ownership. I think this is what buyers want to become- proud owners.
You have imagination, foresight, and can obviously see the possibilities - - not everyone can
So..........Needhome - poor curb appeal can hurt the seller, but it offers a special opportunity for the right buyer who can see beyond it, and envision the potential.
Prudential NJ Properties
If a house looks ugly most people will look for a house that looks better.
You can't change the basic structure of a house. You can fix things to make a worn looking house appear in great shape.
Yes, it effects it in a few ways. First if it has great hardscape and landscape, more dollars are paid for house. It is the first thing people see and it sets the tone for how they view the home.
Also if the houses surrounding the area do not have good curb appeal, I believe the whole neighborhood is devalued. For example, there are a couple of streets that the minute a house goes on the market, sells fast (the whole neighborhood is very well kept). Across the street same style and year but the neighborhood is hit and miss on the outside appearance... it sells for less and takes much longer. I see it happen all the time.
If the front of your home is unappealing and unkempt, no one is going to grace your doorstep to look at your home.
Long Grove, IL.
If the curb appeal starts off on a bad note, it can set the mood for the rest of the house. Any other defect or negative will be enhanced. If the curb appeal starts off on a good note, then defects or negatives may not seem as bad.
Cute sells. If they feel good about the house and it's condition, buyers may be more willling to offer more than if the house is in disrepair and in need of work.
If a house looks shoddy and unkempt from the outside- you will only attract low-ball offers from Investors looking for fixer uppers. There is a market for that type home.
If your home is attractive, and welcoming from the outside, you will be more inclined to attract Buyers who are willing to offer fair market value.
The choice is yours.