April, 02 2018

From the Outside-In: TOD's Tips on Curb Appeal

Here are 5 big reasons why curb appeal is an important factor in selling your home:


1. It’s the first thing buyers see 

Your home’s curb appeal is the first thing buyers see when they drive up to the property. This initial reaction is very powerful. It instantly sets the tone of the tour and will have an effect on how buyers perceive the rest of the property. 


2. It reflects the maintenance of the home 

The state of a home’s exterior usually matches the interior. If the grass is long or patchy, the paint on the house is faded or peeling, and there are cracks in the driveway, then buyers are going to be very wary of what other kinds of maintenance issues could be awaiting them inside and in places that they can’t see. 


3. Bad curb appeal can be a deal breaker for some buyers 

There are many buyers who won’t even bother going inside to see the rest of the home if they aren’t impressed with the curb appeal. If the exterior is unimpressive, buyers won’t be intrigued to see what lies beyond it.


4. It helps your home stand out from the competition 

Bland or bad curb appeal makes a home forgettable. If yours looks great with a beautiful green lawn, colorful landscaping, and a freshly painted exterior, it’s going to stand out from all of the other listings that aren’t putting as much effort into it. 


5. It increases the perceived value of the home 

 Which do you think seems more valuable to a buyer: a home that has clearly been well taken care of over the years or one that is littered with maintenance issues?