Selling Your Home with Curb Appeal

Selling Your Home Is Easier if it Has Curb Appeal. If you are trying to sell your home you will want to try to see it from your prospective buyer’s point of view. Whether you have lived in your home for a year or two or for over twenty years you see it from a different angle than anyone else would. There are small things that you can do so that people coming to look at your house will see it with the best possible “curb appeal”. A small amount of time and money can make a big difference in how the buyer perceives your home. If the front looks well cared for they will automatically feel that you take care of the property.

Stand on the sidewalk or curb in front of your house and try to imagine it as though it were someone else’s home. Look at the front door, the landscaping, the windows, the driveway, the front porch and the mailbox. You want the buyer to make an emotional connection to your house. What jumps out at you as being in need of some attention? Look for these things:

  • Is the front door painted and clean? Has the doorknob been replaced in the past few years? You can polish and clean this area and it will look fresh and new. Remove any shoes or other items that may be in the way as the buyer moves toward the front door.
  • What about the driveway. Is it stained with oil? Are there toys, bicycles or trash cans blocking the way?
  • Is the lawn neatly manicured? Some fresh flowers can be very inviting and do not cost very much. Choose colors that will compliment the colors of the house. Avoid too much red or orange.
  • If you have windows in the front of your house open the curtains and turn a light on, even if it is the middle of the day. Take a damp rag and wipe out the windows, inside and out.
  • Get a new door mat. Sweep or hose off the area so that it looks nice and clean

All of these things will add to your home’s curb appeal. No one can say exactly what curb appeal is but we know it has to do with the feeling someone gets when they first pull up in front of a home. People buy for emotional reasons and then rationalize the decision later. If the front of your home looks well cared for, clean, and inviting then it is more likely that the buyer will enter the house with a good feeling.

Written By: Connie Ragen Green

Connie Ragen Green is a Real Estate Broker and State Certified Residential Appraiser in California and has bought and sold over 100 properties since 1983. Visit her at for more information about buying and selling real estate.

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