Curb Appeal

After all the personal property is out of the house, the shag carpet is removed to expose the hardwood floors that have been refinished. The interior is completely painted, and the house is professionally staged with furniture, artwork and accessories, then what?

Improving curb appeal, i.e., the way a house looks from the street, usually pays off. For some buyers, curb appeal is so important that they won’t even look at a listing that lacks good street presence. Enhancing curb appeal can often be done inexpensively.

Trim overgrown plants to a size that allows buyers to see the architectural detail of the house. If the landscaping has been unkempt for years, remove dead plants and add colorful plants before the house goes on the market. A new lawn adds to the allure of a property. Kitchens and bathrooms are important to today’s home buyers. However, it wouldn’t be prudent to do a complete remodel just before you put your home on the market. You usually can’t recoup the investment. Generally, fix-up-for-sale projects should be limited to cost-effective improvements like new paint, replacing outdated light fixtures, and replacing worn floor coverings.

Elaine Abercrombie
Broker and Past President of the Santa Barbara Multiple Listing Service and Association of Realtors


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