A Few Tips & Tricks to Turbocharge Your Home’s Curb Appeal

If you want to turbocharge your home’s appeal before you put it on the market, there are several tips you need to remember.

First, when buyers pull up to your house to take a look at it, keep in mind that its first
impression has to be good. Whenever we host an open house, it’s disheartening for us agents
to watch a buyer pull up to the curb, linger for a minute, and then drive on. Whenever this
happens, you know something is wrong with the home’s curb appeal.
To prevent this from happening to you, look at your house from the curb and see if there’s any
area that needs to be spruced up. For example, make sure you have a clean entryway with a
nice welcome mat. Also, make sure your doorbell works.
Once people come inside, you want to create the impression that nobody wears shoes in your
home. We’d then advise taking it a step further by actually putting up a sign in the entryway that
asks buyers to remove their shoes and have a chair for them to sit on so they can do it.
Next, make sure all the lights are on inside and it’s as bright as possible. If you have a few
shady areas, install some higher-wattage bulbs near them—this really makes a big difference.
Additionally, your house has to be super clean. It’s amazing how many houses we go into that
makes us wonder whether the seller has spent any time at all preparing it for sale. We’ve never
seen a buyer not walk into a kitchen and open the stove to see if it’s clean inside. If it’s not, it
sends a message that you haven’t really taken care of the house. Just a little effort in this regard
can go a long way.
After that, make sure the house smells good. There are a couple ways you can do this, the
first of which we’ve already mentioned: cleaning. After that’s done, try stopping by your local
hardware store and picking up an ozone machine to set out. That will take care of any lingering
odors and make the place smell great.
As far as the home’s structure goes, there are a couple of mechanical things you can do that will
help your cause. If there’s moss on the roof, for instance, have that cleaned off. Unless you do
these types of things ahead of time, the inspector will notice them once they conduct their
Lastly, declutter, declutter, declutter. The more stuff you take out of your house, the better it
will show. And remember—it’s an absolute necessity that you not be there during showings. If
you have pets, make sure they’re out of the house as well.
If you follow these tips, you’ll be well on your way to showing your home in the best light
possible. If you want to take it a step further and hire a home stager, we have our own stage we
work with who we’d love to refer you to.
If you have any other questions about this or any other real estate topic, don’t hesitate to reach
out to us. We look forward to speaking with you. You can reach us at 1-888-713-3056 today!