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Focus on Curb Appeal to Sell Your Home For More


Improving curb appeal is the number one thing a homeowner can do to boost the marketability of their home.
Posted: February 23, 2021 by Dani Dooley

Curb appeal describes how your house looks from the curb; is it attractive, welcoming and enticing to potential buyers? For buyers your home's outdoor appearance can be a huge factor in whether they pursue the property and make an offer. If you do nothing else to get your home ready to sell, at least make the outside look great.

Curb appeal is about making a great first impression. A Princeton research study found that people's first impressions of people and objects are made within 1/10th of a second, and that those first impressions take a lot longer to change. The National Association of Realtors reports 99% of Realtors believe curb appeal is important in attracting a buyer and that 66% of buyers rank curb appeal as a very important factor when considering homes. It’s hard to overstate the impact positive curb appeal can have on the sale of your home.  

According to a HomeLight Agent Insight Survey seventy-six percent of top real estate agents say improving curb appeal is the number one thing a homeowner can do to boost the marketability of their home. 94% of agents say curb appeal adds dollar value to the sale as well. It goes without saying, that you should clear the yard of toys, extra vehicles, and other personal belongings that could distract potential buyers from being able to imagine themselves living in that property. The survey suggests these additional items are the top 5 curb appeal projects to take on:
  • Basic yard care service — mow and fertilize the lawn, kill any weeds (91% of agents recommend)
  • Remove dirt, grime, and cobwebs from the entrance (90% of agents recommend)
  • Trim your trees and shrubs (85% of agents recommend)
  • Scatter fresh mulch (85% of agents recommend)
  • Put a fresh coat of paint on the front door (71% of agents recommend)
When it comes to curb appeal and attracting home buyers, these small projects can have a significant impact on the bottom line of your sale. HouseLogic reports that thoroughly cleaning the outside of your home can add anywhere from “$10,000 to $15,000 to the sale price”. Making these small improvements can make a big difference.
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Dani Dooley is a Realtor in Kauai, Hawaii. She was awarded the Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society in 2020 for being in Coldwell Banker's top 11% of agents internationally. She is ePro certified and a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLMHS). Follow @DaniDooley.Kauai.Realtor

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