Avoid These Curb Appeal Mistakes

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Some homes cause buyers to stop their cars and fall in love.


But some homes have quite the opposite effect…



One Chance to Make A First Impression


While that saying might seem old or worn out, it is really true when selling a home. If you don’t have good curb appeal, then it is very possible that you may see buyers squealing their tires as they drive away from your home. Put yourself in a buyer’s shoes and look at your home. Be honest and ask yourself if your house looks attractive and inviting. Or does it appear rundown?


First impressions are important. Another saying you may not have heard is



Perception is Reality


When you are selling real estate, you eventually learn that for some people, reality has nothing to do with how they think or the decisions they make. So while your home might be bargain priced, if it has bad curb appeal it may not help you sell! Maybe the interior of your house is perfect. Sadly, some buyers may never even see the inside because they scurry away after seeing the outside! Curb appeal does affect a buyer’s perception.


Well here are some common curb appeal mistakes you need to avoid:



Lose the Cheesy Yard Decorations


I know you love your collection of pink flamingos. And that toilet you turned into a planter has received lots of laughs over the years. But let me clue you in on something. Just because you like something does not mean everyone else will!


Just like you prepare the interior of your home when getting it ready to sell, you have to do the same thing with the outside. I am sure you have read that you should get rid of the clutter and de-personalize the interior of your home. Well the same is true for the outside of your home!



Walking in the Dark


I bet you know your yard like the back of your hand. However, if you again put yourself in the shoes of the buyers, you soon realize that you need to check the outdoor lighting for your front door. A poorly lit front walkway will not make a good first impression.



Once Upon a Time


One great way to boost your curb appeal is by adding flowers and keeping your yard neat. However, if several months have passed and those once beautiful flower have turned brown, then you are shooting yourself in the foot!


What kind of message are you sending buyers when they see dead stuff in the yard?



The Obstacle Course


I have shown some homes that had an obstacle course.


Sometimes it was in the backyard.


Sometimes it was the driveway or the front yard.


But all of these obstacle courses were built with the same thing: TOYS! So if you have an obstacle course built with various toys in your yard, they need to put away before any showings.


These are just a few curb appeal mistakes you need to avoid. Remember that you only get one chance to make a first impression. And that for some people, perception is reality.  So get to work on that curb appeal BEFORE you put your home on the market!

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