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Is your Home "Sale" Ready? Part 1 - Curb Appeal 02/26/23

Updated: Apr 2, 2023

With the shifting market, Sellers need to be more conscious about making their home "Sale Ready". What does this mean? It does not mean that you have to spend thousands of dollars to create a look that potential Buyers may or may not be attracted to. It does mean that with a little elbow grease and a small amount of money, you can make some notable changes. Creating curb appeal is essential to attracting interest in your home. 90% of homebuyers create a negative or positive image about the property before they even walk through the door. How your home looks from the outside is so persuasive that a well-prepared house may catch the attention of buyers who did not find the written description particularly compelling. The outside appearance of a property needs to be an invitation to come inside. Potential homebuyers are drawn to welcoming entries and uncluttered yards.


  • Symmetry appeals to the eye and is easy to accomplish. Lopsided landscaping or unevenly trimmed bushes will detract from the curb appeal; the overall appearance of the home needs balance.

  • Use outdoor lighting to add to landscaping appeal as well as a perceived safety feature.

  • Put a fresh coat of paint of the front door.

  • Use flower boxes and raised flower beds to add instant color. This is an easy, inexpensive way to enhance curb appeal.

  • Spruce up the landscaping. Eliminating weeds and adding fresh mulch can really make a difference and shows homeowner care and maintenance.

  • Clean downspouts and gutters. Repaint or touch up to eliminate rust spots.

  • Add a “smart” doorbell. 8 of 10 home doorbells are outdated or not working, so if you invest $200 in a doorbell equipped with a camera and speaker, you will gain the approval of home shoppers who are looking for security measures.

Check out this article from HGTV on affordable ways to increase your curb appeal or check us out at for more suggestions!

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