3 Tips to Making a Good Home Impression

What's your home's Curb Appeal WorthThe term first impression is usually used to refer to people we first meet and where we instantly create a mental image of them.   The image we create of the person is either favorable or slightly lacking until we get to know them better.  The same applies to homes.  If you are looking to buy or sell a home, the home also has the potential to make either a favorable or slightly lacking first impression, as well.

A home’s first impression is often referred to as “Curb Appeal”.  Curb Appeal is defined as “the general attractiveness of a house from the street or sidewalk”. It is a term that most people probably only consider when selling their home. While that’s a very important time, it’s good for us to remember that Curb Appeal is something we should pay attention to all the time. Proper maintenance and upkeep of our homes is an important factor that affects the entire neighborhood.

Potential buyers visiting your neighborhood not only consider the curb appeal of the property for sale, but also the general condition of other surrounding homes. The condition of the neighborhood has a direct effect on the prices paid for homes in it. The main thing to remember is that you don’t have to make expensive upgrades in order to have good curb appeal. Keeping the exterior in good condition, and proper maintenance of the current landscaping will go a long way.

Here are three easy tips that directly impact your home’s curb appeal:

Front Door
The front door is the focal point of your home. A good cleaning, a fresh coat of paint or updating the color of paint will leave a positive impression.

Maintain Landscaping
Prune growth, pull weeds, plant flowers, and renew ground cover. Reset any wood or stone borders in your yard that may have moved out of place.

Renew paint, siding and trim
Maintaining the exterior surface of your home by repairing defects and refreshing the paint will keep your home looking its best and create a positive mental image.

If your front door, landscaping and home’s exterior paint are in good order, below is a video from Lowe’s that shows additional ways to improving your home’s first impression.

Do one, or do them all. What is important is maintaining your home for your own personal enjoyment, but also for the potential buyer you or your neighbor may be trying to attract.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in the San Ramon Valley, contact Villa Properties at (925) 519-0794 or by email at mike@myvillaproperties.net and let us help make the process easier and enjoyable for you.