Thursday, March 11, 2010

Real Estate Tip #1 Curb Appeal

Here is the first installment of a series I will be writing here. For lack of a better name, I will call it "Real Estate Tips" Here is Tip #1: If you want to sell your house, fix your front door. Please feel free to take this as literally as you like. I understand that every situation is different. Maybe you think, well I might lose this house, so I really can't invest any money in making the front of the house look fashionable. Well, to be very blunt, you can't afford not to. If you are serious about selling your home, you really need, at the very least, to be able to get in and out of the front door with ease.

If you are really short on cash, use some Wd 40 on the hinges, or replace the knobs, and locks. Next, paint the door. This may seem unimportant, but please believe me, it is. About 95% of the buyers out there have very little imagination, so you really must think about your first impression. Curb appeal is REALLY THAT important. Studies have shown that landscaping is actually more important when it comes to selling your home, than the very popular kitchen remodel! After you make sure the front door opens and closes nicely, and the door is painted, look at your entryway. Is it clean? Are the front steps in good shape? You don't want your potential buyer to trip on his way to the front door! Better Homes And Gardens has a great article you may want to read that gives inexpensive, quick, and easy ways to improve your curb appeal.