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How to Make a Good First Impression

by Olga Rodriguez 10/06/2019

You hear much about curb appeal when you're reading through real estate blogs, but what does that actually mean? Is it lots of colorful flowers or perfect landscaping? What about exterior artwork or a decorative mailbox?

What it’s not

So, you probably already have more than a general idea of what curb appeal is, but here is what it is not:

It isn’t your house sticking out like a sore thumb in the neighborhood. That means that if all your neighbors have upgraded landscaping and yours is the only one that has rocks and dirt or dead patches of grass, the folks that stop by to see your home will plan on getting it as a fixer-upper or at least at a steep discount.

It’s also not having tons of water features and garden gnomes on your front lawn. And while re-purposing a toilet to be a flower bed might garner you a second look from drivers-by, it won’t endear you to homebuyers. And it certainly isn’t add-ons that fail to match the rest of the exterior.

What it is

In real estate parlance, curb appeal means anything that adds to a home’s exterior and is visible from the street. From landscaping to roofing upgrades; new windows to concrete treatments the driveway and sidewalks, anything that visibly positively catches the eye increases its curb appeal.

How to get it

The first best way to get curb appeal is to keep what you already have. That is, keep your lawn, roof, siding, stucco or brick, fences, doors, and windows in top condition. Fix anything that breaks. Paint what needs painting. Repair the roof after a storm. Repair or replace a broken or damaged garage door. Water and trim the lawn or replace it with eco-friendly and attractive xeriscape. Handle all upkeep on a regular basis so that when the time comes to sell, you don't have a lot of refurbishing to do and can concentrate instead on those little "extras" that set your home just a little above the rest.

With all the regular stuff handled, you can spend a little bit more on adding colorful plants and planter boxes, painting the door a cheerful, inviting color, and perhaps changing out the carriage lights for something new. And when the curb appeal is well in hand, focus on the inside to get that top dollar return.

If you need help determining which items provide the most curb appeal in your neighborhood, reach out to a local realtor.

About the Author
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Olga Rodriguez

Olga L. Rodriguez, Realtor I am a customer-service-oriented real estate agent who helps home buyers and sellers in Florida, in the cities of Miami, Kendall, Coral Gables, Hialeah, Palmetto Bay and Miami Beach. If you're looking for an agent with patience, perseverance, and a passion for helping people, you've just found her! My working experience I received my real estate license in 1986. Since that time I have worked in the real estate field both part time and full time. When raising my children I worked as a teacher and part time real estate agent. I have also worked as a real estate paralegal, and appraiser. Working as a teacher I learned the skills of patience, perseverance, and being organized. My paralegal experience allows me to efficiently explain legal documents to my clients. The knowledge that I gained from working as an appraiser allows me accurately price the homes of my sellers and advice my buyers on the price of their purchases. My love for math, negotiating, business and my passion for helping people has led to choose real estate as my preferred profession. As a realtor I can truly say, "I love my job”. What Makes Me Different from Other Agents Service: I strive to exceed my clients' expectations in all aspects of the real estate process by providing excellent customer service and effective negotiating practices. Education: Success in real estate starts with education. You have to understand the nuances of the local market, the dynamics of supply and demand, and how these things affect buyers and sellers. I make sure that my buyers and sellers are well informed at every step of the process, so they can make smart decisions. Contact: Buyers, sellers and renters have a lot of questions during their real estate transaction. I let them know what is happening every step of the way during their real estate transaction. I am available at all times and can be reached by phone, text, or email. A Smoother, Less Stressful Real Estate Experience Buying, selling or renting a home can be exciting, but it can also be stressful. That's why I work extra hard to keep my clients informed, and to make the process as smooth as possible. In my free time I enjoy traveling, visiting new cities, states and countries. I also enjoy swimming, cycling, and boating.