5 curb appeal elements you shouldn’t ignore

Exterior home staging is a way to enhance your home’s curb appeal.  When it’s done well, it gets your house noticed in the competitive real estate market. If you’re a handy homeowner, there are plenty of do-it-yourself opportunities to make sure your home gives the right first impression.


Angie Hicks, Angie’s List: “If you are on a budget and you don’t want to spend money on this project the good news is that it can be very do-it-yourself. So step across the street and look at your house from a distance and think about ways that you can make it look clean and simplify it. Then those are projects you can tackle whether it’s weeding flower beds, painting the front door. It’s the little things that make the difference.”

Mike Puckett, Sycamore Group Realtors: “The main things you can do for your home is make your front door look great because when you come to a home that is the first thing that you see, and [it] does leave an impression. It’s also the last thing you see when you leave the home. So, you want your front door to look good. Weeds, high grass, no color to the grass, low-lying limbs, shrubs above the window, all those types of things, get your yard green and weed-free. It’s not hard to do- a good weed and feed fertilizer [is needed]. Nice flower beds are always an enhancement. Make sure all your trim is nice and freshly painted. This is a wonderful example of spotting your street number. If not, make it really plain on your mailbox because you don’t want someone to drive by and get discouraged by driving by. You want people to be able to find the house easily.  I had my house for sale, and the people who bought my house actually said to me, “We were driving down the street and we saw your home, and my wife said that’s the one I want!” Without ever seeing the inside, that’s the one. It was because it was staged for my pleasure and for people in the neighborhood, but also to help sell the home.”

Exterior home staging tips:

Front door is first impression

Weed-free & well-groomed yard

Don’t forget caulk & trim

Spot the street number

Neighbors like it? New owners will too

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