Curb Appeal Mistakes

Are you struggling to sell your home? If everything is in order inside, curb appeal just might be the ingredient you’re missing.

Curb appeal is exactly what it sounds like: It’s the feeling prospective buyers get when driving by your house or viewing it from the curb. We all know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover – or a house by its landscaping – but trust us, people definitely do.

What people see when they approach your home is equivalent to a first impression. And it’s critical for garnering buyer attention and selling quickly for top dollar.

So, is YOUR curb appealing?

Mitten Made Properties has been helping people sell their Metro Detroit homes for quite some time, and here are some of the most common mistakes we see sellers make when it comes to curb appeal.

Car in the driveway

A vehicle in the driveway signals that someone is home – even if they’re not. Most buyers prefer some privacy while exploring a property and will be much more comfortable if they know you aren’t there. An open driveway also helps prospective buyer imagine it as their own home before they even enter.

Peeling paint or dull exterior

A fresh coat of paint is a high priority to help make a good first impression. To buyers, peeling paint feels like a sign that the home hasn’t been taken care of properly. A fresh coat is a fairly low-cost way to perk up your home, especially if you do it yourself. If you have vinyl siding, give it a good powerwash. You’ll be amazed what a difference it makes.

Poorly kept lawn

Your lawn is one of the biggest keys to creating great curb appeal. A well-kept yard indicates that a property has been well cared for, and it also increases the overall desirability of the home. Do your best to get your grass in good shape, keep it mowed, and get rid of those weeds.

Snow and ice

Let’s face it, snow is just part of life in Michigan for half the year. Even if you’re not living in the home you are trying to sell, make an effort to keep the driveway clear of snow, the walkways safe and dry, and the eaves clear of icicles. You want potential buyers to see as much of your home as possible, regardless of the season.

We hope that gets you started with a few ideas to help your home make a great first impression!

But, if you’d rather skip the hassle of creating good curb appeal, or if your exterior is just too far gone to fix up, then give Mitten Made Properties a call at (248) 883-3340. We buy homes completely as-is, peeling paint and all. And we can make you a fair cash offer and close in as little as two weeks – at absolutely no out-of-pocket cost to you.

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