Studies show that when someone approaches your house, they decide in the first eight seconds whether they like it or not. In the real estate business it's known as curb appeal. Curb appeal is most important when you are trying to sell a house or offer it for rent. But even if you're not, it's something to think about. Sometimes, people don't even see their own front door because they enter through the garage.
It's all too easy to let the front of the home maintenance get the best of us. Clutter, leaves, dust and debris can accumulate and so do the chores involved in keeping things clean and neat.
Some suggestions for increasing curb appeal include washing down the front of the house including the front door and exterior light to eliminate cobwebs and dirt. Gutters need to be cleaned and weeding, trimming and raking out leaves and debris is helpful, including removing empty flowerpots and flowerpots with dried-out or dead plants. Does your doorbell, mailbox, door mat and exterior light fixture need to be replaced? A handyman can easily and inexpensively replace these items. Take a look at the landscaping and determine if replacing some plants will improve the curb appeal of your home.
If you're thinking of selling or leasing your home, people want the home to look cared for and loved. You may want to ask your Realtor for assistance. It's all about making your home as appealing as possible!