What Is Wrong With Your Home's Curb Appeal?

Posted on: 26 April 2017

As a homeowner, you probably know the importance of curb appeal when it comes to selling your home. Even though most homeowners know that the first impression can sometimes be everything to a potential buyer, some sellers still make ghastly mistakes that result in fewer buyers touring their homes. If you are planning to sell your home, here are a few curb appeal mistakes you need to avoid.  

Leaving Clutter Outside of the Home

Clutter inside your home can make the rooms appear smaller than they actually are and make it difficult for buyers to envision their families living there. The same thing happens when your lawn is cluttered. A cluttered lawn not only looks smaller, but it also gives the impression that the seller has not maintained the lawn and the home very well.  

Before listing your home, take the time to de-clutter your lawn. All of the lawn furniture, tools, decorative items, and children's toys need to be removed. You can leave a few decorative pieces to help dress up your lawn, but do not go overboard with it.  

Parking Your Car in the Driveway

Your car in the driveway might not seem like a big deal, but to some buyers, the sight of your car could indicate there are some issues with your home. One possible assumption is that your car being in the driveway is a sign that your garage is too small for the car.  

The car could also be a sign that you are home. If an open house or private tour is scheduled, you want buyers to know they can tour the home without you hovering nearby. Buyers need to feel comfortable enough to make a fair assessment of your home. With you there, they might not be willing to ask the questions of the realtor needed to make a decision.  

Having a Big Garden

A large garden might seem like a nice touch, but for some homebuyers, it could be something far more sinister. The larger your garden, the more work it will require to maintain it. For buyers who do not want to spend a lot of time maintaining the lawn, the sight of a large garden could be enough to turn them off.  

Although you have put considerable work into the lawn, now is the time to scale back the garden. Talk to your landscaper about modifications that can help the garden appear to be less work and still retain its curb appeal.  

During the assessment of your home, your real estate agent will note other problems that could possibly hurt your home's curb appeal.