Curb appeal is more important then ever in this competitive housing market. With so much inventory, how can you make sure that a buyer will make it in your house?
This week I went to meet an agent that was working with me on another house. I met her at a house she was just listing so we could exchange some original documents. As we approached the house she asked me what I thought of it for the price she had just listed it at. It was a big house in a town, ok yard, and I thought, hmmm . . . that is kind of high. It looks like they put a new front door on the place and they want that much for it ??? . . . I proceed inside to take a tour since I was there. It was gorgeous. New carpet, refinished hardwood floors that looked amazing for being original -especially in a home that could be about 100 years old. There was a large updated eat-in kitchen. There was a huge new deck out the back and a great yard for being in town. The rooms were large through out the house, the main bath was enormous for the age of the home and it had beautiful ceramic tile. The fourth bedroom on the third floor had all new carpet and was bigger than any room in the house, spanning from back to front, which is a typical size for these type of homes.
The thing that is now sticking in my mind is the though of when I first got here. This house is so awesome with how it has been remodeled but how is anyone going to know this from the outside. It has old white siding that is very dirty and brown drip marks staining the house from rusted gutters. The yard looks like no one had done a thing to it in years and that no one cared a bit about it.
If the house was painted or sided and some modest landscaping put in and maybe a flower box on the large homey porch, it surely would stand out among its competitors. I am sure you would capture the emotion of the buyer as soon as they got there, and after seeing the inside, they probably would not have a problem getting a nice price for the home. But the key is getting them in there, if all they see is the outside.
Realtor.org has some interesting things to say about curb appeal as well.