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Curb Appeal, what not to do

I think the decision to buy is often made at the front door. There are certainly more drive bys  before a showing appointment because of the extensive research made by Buyers to find the home on Internet. It's time to place some Mums on the front entrance in time for FALL.

Curb appeal, one of the items that should be high on every seller's must-do list before they put their home on the market. There are a number of things that can be done to - at the very least - spruce up the front of the home.

Curb appeal, or better, the lack thereof, is one of the top 5 reasons why buyers may not enter a home!

What not to do

5. Don't be bland

you want your home to stand out, in a positive way, and stay top of mind. Check with your HOA, if applicable, which kind of changes you are allowed to make that will make your home look a bit different than the rest. Can you change the style/color of the front door or shutters? Are window boxes allowed? How about light fixtures? Landscaping? Add some personal touches, a pillow in your front porch rocker , a wreath on the door or a welcoming sign.

4. Don't neglect your yard

trim overgrown bushes and trees so that your house can be seen from the street. Water your lawn, rake the leaves and add a few colorful plants.

3. Don't leave anything in disrepair

is your front door hard to open and people "must jiggle the key" to unlock, please replace the lock! Make sure railings are tight, gaps are sealed, bees nests are removed, downspouts are extended and draining away from the house.

2. Don't stay in the dark

As we enter the Fall and Winter seasons, pay extra attention to your outdoor lighting. Is your porch light functioning and bright? Could your front yard benefit from some extra lighting to show off your curb appeal?

Last, but not least, my new #1 Curb appeal, what not to do:

Don't leave anything out front that does not belong there!

Curb appeal, what not to do


Sadly, this is a true story. I just snapped this picture last week while showing homes in 20906 Silver Spring.

I had to do a double-take as I walked up to the front door.

What in the world ...?

While I'm house hunting with my buyers, we always end up assigning nicknames to the homes we toured. It's much easier than referring to the street address.

Make sure you home will be remembered as the pretty house! You wouldn't put an offer on the crappy one, or would you?


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Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD. She has enjoyed assisting buyers, sellers and renters since 2004 and focuses on residential Real Estate in  Montgomery and Howard County, MD. Andrea is a proud mom of two girls and hobby decorator with a vintage soul. She enjoys everything beautiful in life and always answers the phone with a smile.


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Comment balloon 3 commentsCheryl Ritchie • September 14 2015 11:42PM


Cheryl, you only have a short time to get the buyer attention. Why not start at the front door. 

Posted by Frank Rubi, (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) about 4 years ago

Buyers do tend to nick name houses and they can be very creative. You want your house to be so outstanding that they concentrate on making an offer not coming up with a nick name.

Posted by David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation, Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential (Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC ) about 4 years ago

Cheryl Ritchie That's a first for me.  Perhaps they had people doing outdoor work?  One can only imagine.

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) almost 4 years ago