Creating Curb Appeal—First Impressions Count!

As the saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” In the business world, a strong first impression could land you a job. In the real estate world, it could land you a buyer! When buyers begin looking for a home, they search Internet listings or drive through the desired neighborhood. Either way, the first thing they see is your home’s exterior. Chipped paint, overgrown lawns, and other unsightly elements don’t scream “look at me.” That’s why curb appeal is so important.

Here are a few tips for creating appealing exteriors that will make buyers want to see more.

Repair And Replace
Walk around your home’s exterior and look for things like rotting wood, chipping paint, cracked walkways, or broken fences. All of these things can detract from the beauty of your home. Add a fresh coat of paint, repair anything that is broken or falling apart, and replace anything that is beyond repair.

A Power Shower

Never underestimate the power of a good shower! Stains on driveways, dirty windows, and marks on siding can all be addressed with a good power wash. Whether you rent the equipment and do it yourself or hire a professional service, sparkling glass and spotless siding can go a long way in making your home look like new.

Go Green
We know, lush green grass in San Antonio is hard to come by. But that doesn’t mean you can’t create some lovely landscaping. Try Xeriscaping your yard and flower beds with indigenous plants (think succulents) and incorporating flagstone or gravel for a look that is low maintenance and drought tolerant, and money saving (and added bonus to buyers). Add pretty pops of color with seasonal blooms in porch pots and window boxes.

Clear the Clutter
This should go without saying, but pick up any toys in the yard, and if you have a dog make sure you “scoop the poop.” Avoid cramming too many items on porches. A pretty bench, a couple of plants, or a swing (if space allows) is plenty.

Accessorize Appropriately
Just as the right tie or perfect earring can complete a look, a few well-placed decorative items can add the finishing touch to your home’s curb appeal. A seasonal wreath on the front door, decorative house numbers, a pretty door knocker, lighting sconces and other small details can take your home from “so-so” to “so great” in seconds.

Remember, when it comes to house hunting you have less than 60 seconds to make a first impression. Following these tips can make sure yours is a great one!