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Curb Appeal Checklist

Creating and maintaining curb appeal is essential to smart selling because it makes buyers enthusiastic about your house and helps them begin to imagine living there. Use a checklist and pictures to analyze the impression your house creates and pay attention to the details.

 

Curb appeal is crucial. Buyers will drive by your house and decide within 3-5 seconds if they like what they see and want to go inside. Not only must your house look attractive when first listed, it must be maintained in peak condition throughout the selling process. This is especially critical for unoccupied houses which can look neglected.

To help you analyze the curb appeal of your house, we’ve developed the following checklist. Some items should be addressed before the house is listed, others are maintenance chores. Remember that even seemingly small details matter!

• Entryway/front porch swept and furnished simply, space permitting.
• Front door painted in an accent color, or freshly stained and varnished.
• Light fixtures clean and updated, if needed. Fixtures to scale and coordinated with the architecture.
• New door mat.
• Clean or new door hardware and doorbell.
• House clean and free of dirt, mold and webs.
• Paint colors coordinated with the architecture and permanent elements like stonework and brick.
• Roof, gutters and downspouts clean and in good repair.
• Decks swept and washed, with a finish coat in good condition.
• Walkways, driveway and patios swept and resurfaced as needed.
•  Tripping hazards removed.
• House numbers visible from the street.
• Lawn mowed and edges trimmed.
• Mailbox undecorated and in good repair.
• Mulch replaced as needed.
• Trees and shrubs pruned.
• Flowers coordinated with house colors.
• Spent flowers pruned or removed.
• Flower beds weeded and neatly edged.
• Small decorative accessories stored.
• Hoses, trash cans and other utilitarian items hidden.
• Trailers, boats and RV’s stored off premises.

After completing the checklist, take pictures of the house from every angle for an objective view of what others will see. If you need help choosing paint colors or lighting fixtures, call a professional stager. For help with landscaping issues, talk with the staff at your local nursery. Creating curb appeal is a wise investment that will help protect your equity.  A buyer can be persuaded by curb appeal alone, if it creates the necessary emotional connection.

Smart Selling Tip:
Creating and maintaining curb appeal is essential to smart selling because it makes buyers enthusiastic about your house and helps them begin to imagine living there. Use a checklist and pictures to analyze the impression your house creates and pay attention to the details.

©2009 Sandy LeRoy and Mary Stephens

 

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