Does Your Home Have Enough Curb Appeal?
Posted May 16th, 2012 | by The Update
From Zillow: Whether you’re prepping your home for sale, or just want it to look good, don’t forget about the exterior — especially the front yard and door! Here are some great tips from home stagers and curb appeal experts on how to best showcase your home’s first impression.
Walk to the curb
The first order of business: Walk to the curb or street and look at your home from the road.
This will probably be the buyers’ or the buyer agent’s first, real-live impression of your house. Take the time to review the way your front yard looks. Does the front door look fresh and inviting? Is the landing or porch neat and tidy? These are the details that can make a huge difference for that ever-important first impression.
The money shot: Your front door
One big item: Don’t forget the front door!
Some home stagers recommend using the same exterior color for the front door, but I prefer to a color to complement exterior house colors… In addition to the front door, potted plants and tables and chairs are great additions for a front porch. For the smaller landing, Karen Eubank of Eubank Staging in Dallas, Texas suggests a pot of rosemary by the front door. What a great way to have potential buyers enter your home after taking a nice whiff of rosemary at the door, signaling their welcome.
Numbers add a punch
Last, but not least, don’t neglect the house numbers or lighting. House numbers are best seen with dark numbers on a light background and are very important when selling! Ensure there is enough light to read them comfortably from the road. And if the front of the house is hard to see from the road, place another set of numbers closer to the road so buyers don’t miss the house!
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