Oct 14

Curb Appeal - What’s That?


Curb Appeal - What’s That?
Written by Bill Barksdale

 Dear Seller, there are many things you will want to do to get the best return on your real estate investment when you sell it.  One of them is to create “curb appeal”. Curb appeal is about emotion. When a Buyer drives by your house or visits it with their agent, they are having an emotional experience - whether they know it or not.  Are they “turned on” or do they want to move on to the next house on the list?

Where do you start?  Well, what do you see when you drive up to your own house?  Try looking at it as if you were driving up to it for the first time.  This subtle change in your attention will make things pop out that you have ignored or just learned to live with.  If it pops out to you, it will to your prospective Buyer as well.  Does the place need a fresh coat of paint?  If you can’t afford to do that, would painting the door make a difference?  Remember, as the agent is fumbling with the lockbox to get in, you Buyer is looking at what? - The front door!

Do you have “stuff” in the front yard that you’ve been meaning to get rid of?  Now’s the time.  Are you a collector of “cute” yard ornaments?  Got too many?  Consider packing them up for your move now.  Of course, it should go without saying that you need to keep the lawn mowed and the grounds raked up and looking great.  Weed flower beds and while you’re at it, go down to the nursery and get some colorful plants to put in neglected beds.  Some flowers in a pot or two can do a lot.  Make sure you don’t place them where someone could trip over them (ouch!).

Got too many vehicles parked in front?  Consider finding someplace else to park them.  Clean up the oil spots.  Very few Buyers are looking for a used car lot.  If they are, it’s not your house they want.  If they have a lot of vehicles, they want to see plenty of vacant space to park theirs, not your collection, as lovely as it may be.

Worn out roofs, pealing paint, dog do do, garbage cans and refuse - all may make a prospective Buyer want to move on.

More ambitious Sellers may give the house a face-lift with a new roof line, bay window, fence or other improvements.  Your tax advisor can tell you about all the tax advantages of spending money on getting your house ready to sell.  They can be significant.

Most Buyers prefer to buy a home that feels loved.  You see, it’s emotional.  Love and caring go a long way in selling a house and living life.  I wish you success on your home selling journey.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR, Bill Barksdale: I have been selling real estate in the Willits/Mendocino Co. market for over 18 years. I can be reached at Coldwell Banker Mendo Realty Inc. PH: 707.459.8888 or Email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . I hope you will find my site (Bill Barksdale's Real Estate Site) of use to your home buying or selling a home now or in the future.

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