How Important is Curb Appeal?

We all know that old saying “ you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” And when it comes to our homes, the same adage holds true.

Curb appeal, or the attractiveness of your home from the street, is critical if you are selling or renting your home. Many buyers associate the condition of the exterior and landscape with the condition of the interior. In fact, studies show curb appeal is so important that if a potential buyer thinks that the exterior is unattractive they won’t even look at the inside of a home.

As you begin to evaluate your home’s exterior, consider the following:

- Does your home need repairs or repainting? Pressure wash your house and decks to clear away any mold or mildew and fix anything that’s broken.

- Is your yard well-maintained? Keep the grass mowed, bushes pruned, and get rid of those weeds.

- Does your yard look cluttered? Remove things like hoses, trash cans, and other yard tools from sight.

- Does your home look inviting, both during the day and at night? Add color with seasonal flowers, put down fresh mulch and add lighting to poorly lit walkways and porches.

Want to take it a little further? Add some color, texture, and finishing touches that will make your home even more attractive to potential buyers or renters. Take a look at this recent Today Show segment, where HGTV’s Genevieve Gorder provides examples of some simple changes that can have a major impact on your home’s curb appeal.

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