Curb Appeal

I’m the type of person that is riding down the road and I’m checking out houses and lawns as I go.  Oh, I love that garden. I need to add that flowering plant to my yard.  Mmm, they need to cut those large shrubs down in front of their house.  OMG, what were they thinking?!!  Now, my husband on the other hand, would not notice any yard/lawn/garden other than his own.  And I sometimes think that he never notices our yard, unless I get behind on the mowing.  With that said, if you are trying to sell your house, that first impression from the street does matter a great deal!  A majority of the buyers out there looking are making a preliminary decision as they drive through the neighborhood and pull up in front of the house.  There are a few buyers out there that can see past the overgrown weeds and unpruned shrubbery to see the potential, but the vast majority are influenced positively by a well-kept, manicured yard.  By well-kept and manicured, I do not mean that you have to spend thousands on landscaping.  The quickest improvement that most sellers can make is to prune overgrown shrubbery to allow people to actually see all aspects of the house.  This is a very simple, low-cost fix and really makes a difference.  It is also very easy to plant a few in-season flowers. There is nothing more welcoming than a little color around the front yard and front door.  Another low-cost improvement.  And the most impact for your money will come from cleaning the outside of your house and porch.  Let the buyers pull up in your driveway and see a clean, neat well maintained house and yard with welcoming flowers.  It allows them to start feeling that this could possibility be their next home!  Do you have any little tricks or suggestions that the rest of us can use to improve our curb appeal?  We would love to hear from you!

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