Ever hear of the old saying, "Your first impression is your last impression"?
Curb appeal is one factor that can really make or break your experience as a home seller. When your home is listed for sale on the multpile listing sevice ("MLS"), a front exterior shot of your home is usually the first primary photo that is seen online by buyers and agents (if an exterior photo is not used for the primary photo – many agents will assume that the exterior of the home is less than appealing). And when buyers arrive at the front door for a tour with their agent – or for an open house – an attractive exterior appearance is crucial for making a strong first impression (if a home doesn't look promising on the outside – many buyers will decide to just 'drive-by' and will never even make it inside for a tour).
The better your home's curb appeal = the better your home's first impression on potential buyers. If buyers are welcomed by a well-kept landscaped yard, a freshly painted exterior, clean windows, and an attractive front door – they will walk in with the assumption that the homeowner takes good care of the home. On the other hand, if potential buyers are welcomed by an overgrown front lawn, weeds sprouting from the driveway, chipped paint, and a shabby exterior – they will walk in with the assumption that the homeowner has failed to maintain the rest of the home, just like the exterior.
Houzz recently posted an article, with some basic tips for freshening up your home's curb appeal. And if you're seriously considering selling your home soon – ask your agent if he/she has any suggestions on how to improve your home's exterior to make it even more appealing to potential buyers….
The Houzz article can be found here: