The visual attractiveness of a house as seen from the street. (Merriam-Webster)
Client Tony calls…“A couple of the houses you sent look interesting, I’m going to take a drive by and take a look at them after work.”
As we set out for some showings on a Saturday client Jan says…”I’m most excited to see the house on Sycamore, it reminds me of the house from Miracle on 34th St.”
Agent Bob calls me, wants some feedback from my showing on one of his listings, sadly I have to tell him…”Bob, my client didn’t want to go in, they saw the outside and wanted to move on.”
Everyone talks about it…you know, the visual attractiveness of a house from the street…curb appeal. Agents talk about it, potential buyers talk about it…houses speak about it too.
When it comes to selling a house, everything speaks…the house “speaks” and “curb appeal” is the first thing it says.
What a house has to say, can be heard in the words of clients Tony and Jan and the sad words told to agent Bob…
”I’m worth a closer look”
“I’m cute as a button, like something out of a movie,”
“Don’t bother coming in.”
Let’s be real, not every house can look like one out of the movies, but since your house is going to speak you want to be sure to put the right words in its mouth.
And how can you do that??
If the door is faded, paint it.
If the screen is broken, fix it.
If the front yard is naked, dress it up some.
If it’s too covered up with trees and overgrown bushes, strip it down some.
And the grass, gutters, and roof??
Keep it trimmed, keep them clean and make sure it’s in good shape.
Clean and spruce up!
Curb appeal…that thing that can make a home worth a drive-by, that thing that can make a potential buyer super excited to see more, that thing that can be an insurmountable hurdle to a sale. That thing that speaks volumes.
You want your house talking about its hardwood floors, the updated kitchen with the groovy new light fixtures. You want the house to exclaim how well it’s been taken care of by showing off it’s newer furnace and brand new hot water heater. You want it to answer every question, you want it inviting folks to sit on the couch to imagine themselves living there. You want the house to welcome those new owners home. But the house isn’t going to get a chance to say any of those things unless the first thing it speaks is right.
Walk out to the street and take a gaze back…what’s your house saying to you??