By G. M. Filisko, contributing writer, HouseLogic
You’ve preached to sellers that curb appeal goes beyond making a good first impression and that the way their house looks from the street can impact its value and shorten the time it takes to sell. But have you given them concrete curb appeal tips they can implement today?
Get “8 free tips for adding curb appeal to your home” now available in the August “Curb Appeal” article package at the REALTOR® Content Resource. Here are just two of the tips you’ll find there:
1. Paint the house. Hands down, the most commonly offered curb appeal advice from real estate pros and appraisers is to give the exterior of your home a good paint job. Buyers will instantly notice it and appraisers will note it on the valuation. Just make sure you stay within the range of accepted colors for your market. A house that’s painted a wildly different color from its competition will be marked down in value by appraisers.
2. Have the house washed. Before you make the investment in a paint job, take a good look at the house. If it’s got mildew or general grunge, just washing the house could make a world of difference, says Valerie Torelli, a California real estate agent. Before she puts a house on the market, Torelli often does exterior makeovers, a service she pays for herself. Overall, she says her goal is to spend less than $5,000 and generate an extra $10,000 to $15,000 on the sale price.
For even more free tips you can use on your Web site, blog, or e-newsletter, head to the August “Curb Appeal” article package at the REALTOR® Content Resource. There you’ll also find tips on outdoor lighting for curb appeal and safety, landscaping for curb appeal, choosing an exterior door, and a guide to garage door options.
The REALTOR® Content Resource, the new tool brought to you by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, is an exclusive NAR member benefit that entitles you to download free homeownership content in your consumer Web site, blog, or e-newsletter. HouseLogic is the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS’® no-topic-left-uncovered consumer Web site geared to helping home owners make smart decisions to maintain, protect, and increase the value of their home.