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Curb Appeal Brings in the Bucks!

Updated: Apr 26

by Monica Collins


There is an adage that says, “You only have one chance to make a good first impression.” This could not be truer than when selling a home. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), more than 95% of home searches begin online1. Having great pictures for your listing is important, but also crucial to making that lasting impression is to have curb appeal so that when buyers pull up to your house, they want to see more.


Here are 7 things to do outside the home to help create a fantastic experience for buyers:


1. Tidy up the landscape. Is the lawn free of weeds, fertilized and edged? Are flower beds free of debris? Fresh mulch placed in them? In the age of drone photography, dark brown mulch really pops in photos. While common sense tells us that pet “deposits” should be removed, I include it as a reminder because life gets hectic.

2. Wash your exterior windows and screens. Since you are already washing the inside windows, finish the job by doing the exteriors as well. It will make your home sparkle.


3. Keep front door area free of debris (including leaves that like to lurk). Wash your front door and give it a fresh coat of paint or stain if necessary.

4. Add a fresh welcome mat, potted flowers/plants and freshen up window boxes.


5. It is worth considering having your home and driveway power-washed for a fresh clean look. It also lets buyers know you take good care of the home. Inspect the drive and sidewalk on your property for cracks and missing pieces and address as needed.


6. Clean out gutters and downspouts. This will help with drainage around the house and look neater.


7. Make sure your outside lighting works and that the bulbs match.


All these tips will help you get to your ultimate goal:



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1. National Association of Realtors (NAR), Real Estate in a Digital Age, (2021) https://www.nar.realtor/research-and-statistics/research-reports/real-estate-in-a-digital-age


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