Drive down alternate Route 40 from Braddock Heights and you enter an eye-catching museum on East Main Street.Many of the houses you encounter are loosely termed “Victorian” in honor of Queen
Curb Appeal First Impressions Are Everything
Competition for top quality homes in Frederick is strong.
First impressions are everything!
So you have decided to sell your home. How important is curb appeal?
The visual impression the buyer gets as they walk up to your front door sets the tone for the buyers showing experience.
Curb Appeal - National Association of Realtors (NAR)
Curb appeal is the 1st impression your home make's in the buyers mind. Among REALTORS®, 94% have suggested sellers improve their curb appeal before listing a home for sale. 99% of NAR members who are residential sellers, believe curb appeal is important in attracting a buyer (79% very important, 20% somewhat important). Ninety-seven% believe curb appeal is important to a potential buyer (66% very important, 31% somewhat important).
Landscape Projects (NAR):
•Install a front walkway of natural flagstone three feet wide and 30 feet long. Add two stone planters six feet long and two feet wide. Install five flowering shrubs and one deciduous 15 foot tall tree. Mulch with landscaping bark. Twenty-seven percent of REALTORS® such as myself have suggested sellers complete a landscape upgrade before attempting to sell, and 11% said the project most recently sealed a deal for them, resulting in the sale of their home. Cost Recovery estimate:
• Landscape Professionals’ cost estimate: $6,000
• REALTORS® estimated cost recovered: $5,000
• Percent of value recovered from the project: 83%
Pay Attention to the details:
These details include door hardware and handles, light fixtures and house numbers.
• Polish the hardware or replace it with a style that complements the home, such as oiled bronze for traditional styles and brushed nickel for contemporary styles.
• Purchase new numbers with the same finish as your hardware or purchase an address plaque to affix to your home or place in your yard.
• Update the style of your exterior lighting. If you’re replacing lights, look for ones that have the same mounting system as your current ones.
• Add more lighting to increase the safety of your entryway by adding an overhead fixture or wall sconces.
Paint is a sure-fire way to boost the curb appeal of your home and make it the envy of your neighborhood. Update your home with a coat or two of the same color or choose a new shade. If you’d like to paint it the same color, scrape a small swatch and bring it to the paint store to match it. Specialized paint stores may retain the name of the color you choose to use again for touch ups. Also paint the door, trim and shutters in a shade that complements the rest of your home. Remember to prep the surface area before you start painting to help the paint last longer.
Stay on top of maintenance:
Performing regular maintenance not only helps prevent costly damage, it can also augment the value of your home. Studies show deferred maintenance may decrease your home’s value by as much as 10%.* Tasks such as replacing missing mortar between bricks, resealing cracked asphalt and touching up faded or cracked paint may seem insignificant; however, these small imperfections may stand out to potential buyers and leave a negative impression, especially in competitive markets.
The National Association of REALTORS®
Jerry Bish has lived in Frederick County for over 25 years. He and his wife raised their 2 daughters in the New Market and Mount Airy communities. In addition to a strong knowledge of Frederick Count....