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Enhance your Curb Appeal

May 01, 2015 10:37AM ● By Glenn Allen

by Glenn Allen

Enhance Your Curb Appeal  

Curb appeal is the first thing buyers assess when they look at your house, and like all first impressions, it has an immediate psychological impact. If your home looks inviting from the outside, buyers can visualize themselves pulling into the driveway after a long day of work before even stepping inside the door. And the sooner you make that emotional connection with the buyer, the better position you are in to sell your house quickly at the price you want.

When working with my clients, my recommendations are geared towards making the biggest positive impact for each dollar invested. Typically we expect to double or triple the return on the investment when making improvements.

You need to be smart about it, though. Focusing on these five key elements lets you spend less money while achieving high impact results. 

Clean Landscaping

The buyer doesn't want to see problems. They want a yard that is attractive and easy to care for. If your lawn looks neglected, having new sod put down is a simple fix that doesn't cost a lot. Fresh mulch in garden beds is a must; dark colors have the most impact. Adding color strategically with plants that have colorful blooms or foliage makes the house look like a home.

Inviting Entrance

Making changes to the front door boosts the property's appeal. The fix might be as simple as removing the screen door or applying a fresh coat of paint and new hardware. Invest some time in staging the porch or entry area. Companion chairs or a bench let the buyer feel welcome; freshly potted plants add appeal.

Fresh Color Palate

Depending on your budget, the price point of the house and the existing color, consider repainting the entire house. But even focusing on just the trim strikes a new color balance can transform the whole house.

Crisp Details

Make sure you have the exterior of the home, garage, and drive expertly power washed. Replace broken screens, seal cracks in the driveway, and repair a broken gutter. Maintenance issues interfere with a buyer’s fantasy that this home will be a refuge from the outside world.

Balanced Composition

Curb appeal is about overall impression. Your house and yard should work together harmoniously and strike the right balance between comfort and elegance. Your property should appear both unique and appealing to most buyers in that price range.

As an agent, I help sellers prepare the exterior of their homes and yards in a way that hits this balance. I can help you create curb appeal that hooks buyers from the moment they first see your house while minimizing cost and maximizes impact. More information and suggestions can be found at my website For a free, no obligation enhance and staging consultation, please contact me.

 Glenn Allen, RE/MAX Real Estate agent, can be reached at [email protected], 925-709-1000 or visit, and