Why is Curb Appeal So Important in Selling Your Home?
As we enter the “Dog” days of summer, we tend to get lazy when it comes to taking care of our yard. The days are hot and humid in August as they have been all summer. We cut our grass, not because we want to, but because we have to as grass grows very quickly here in Mobile with all the rain we have. But we seem to neglect the weeding, the edging and the general tasks of keeping our yards as pretty as they looked in the spring. It is too hot to take care of our yards during the last “really” hot month of summer. We think “Why Bother?” Fall will be here in about 6 weeks and then we can get back out in our yards to work. A tall glass of cold lemonade or iced tea sounds so much better than “Yard Work.”
But…..if you are planning on selling your home, you must keep up your yard. It is all about “Curb Appeal.” Keep those bushes trimmed. Pluck off the dead flowers from all those pots of beautiful flowers you brought home in the spring. Keep the lawn edged and mowed. Power wash the house, sidewalk and driveway. Mulch the flowerbeds. It is better to stay on top of all these yard chores than try to tackle them all at once when you decide to list your house.
Curb appeal is the attractiveness of your home’s exterior when viewed from the street. Studies show that a majority of buyers will not get out their car if they do not find your home’s curb appeal visually attractive–that is, if they visit your property at all. With more and more people shopping for homes online, potential buyers could be turned off from viewing your property, just based on the listing photo alone! Addressing your home’s curb appeal is a critical component in marketing and selling your home.
Why is curb appeal so important in selling your home? It forms potential buyers’ first impressions of your home. Curb appeal sets the tone for your entire home. Buyers associate the condition of the exterior and landscape with the condition of the interior. Your home’s curb appeal must invite buyers to view the rest of the property. In a buyer’s market, curb appeal can mean the difference between a home that sells quickly for the asking price and a home that sells after months of sitting on the market for below the asking price.
Have you ever wished that everyone on your street would mow their grass on the same day so that all the yards look clean and freshly cut at the same time? In a perfect world, this would enhance all of our properties whether you are selling or not. But in our regular world, we are lucky to get our grass cut once a week due to those pesky “pop up showers” that Mobile has quite frequently. If you are considering listing your home, take the time to clean up your yard before your REALTOR® comes to take pictures of the outside and inside of your home. The pictures that are posted with the listing of your house could make or break the sale of your home.
In order to boost your home’s curb appeal, you must first identify your trouble areas. This means taking a careful inventory of repairs you need to complete before you begin showing your home. Here are a few tips to help you make a thorough evaluation:
- Stand across the street from your house in order to get the fullest view of the front, the driveway and the sides. Note any painting, repairs or replacements needed. Identify bushes or trees that are overgrown.
- Walk towards your home following the path that a potential buyer would most likely take. Note landscaping needs such as edging, raking, weeding, pruning and trash removal. Look for items that should be removed or hidden such as hoses, sprinklers, trash cans or toys.
- Look through windows to note interior views that detract from your homes curb appeal.
- Inspect your home’s walkway entrance. Note any cleaning, repairs, painting and lighting needs.
Perform this evaluation again in the early morning and late evening. Many home buyers will pass by a property on their way to or from work. Seeing your home at different times of the day can reveal other trouble areas.
Once you have identified and addressed your trouble areas, you can then focus on items that enhance your home’s curb appeal. Even with a limited budget, you can greatly enhance your home’s visual appeal by focusing on a few key areas. Items you may consider include:
- Adding colorful seasonal plants to existing flower beds.
- Purchasing new house address numbers and a mailbox.
- Installing a new door with glass inserts.
- Placing a new welcome mat and a grouping of potted plants at the entrance.
- Installing lighting along your driveway or sidewalk.
Here at The Cummings Company, our agents will be glad to advise you as to what needs to be done to get your house ready to sell. We understand how important it is to have that great “Curb Appeal.” Ride around your neighborhood and take a look at your neighbor’s yards. Even look at the neighborhood entrance. Most Home Owner Association’s maintain the common areas and entrances to their neighborhood and these areas set the tone for the entire neighborhood. First impressions always help as buyers are riding around looking at homes for sale. That “first impression” is your yard! Curb Appeal! So set that glass of iced tea or lemonade down, put on your gardening gloves and get to work on sprucing up your yard. Remember, fall is on its way and soon there will be leaves to rake. When you are ready to list, call The Cummings Company at 251-602-1941. We won’t help you mow the grass, but we will sell your home!