Published on July 1, 2014
WWW.PEGGYLENTS.COM The Art of the Approach: Curb Appeal, and More When considering the mysteries of what attracts the ultimate buyer, few will deny that ?curb-appeal? is a sort of magic bul- let. The term is a buzz word for the entic- ing image of your home as seen from the street, and is similar to the adage of ? judging a book by its cover.? Buyers who rely upon this might overlook a treasure in the rough, but savvy sellers know curb ap- peal is a key tool to finding a buyer more quickly. Curb appeal is key when buyers are look- ing through multiple listings, getting a feel for neighborhoods from the comfort of their cars -- just ?driving by.? Often, buyers will look at advertisements and listings online or in print, and if they are local will take a peek on their way home from work. Be- cause of the power of this ?curb view,? of- ten the primary photographs used in ad- vertisements and listings are from this an- gle. Money spent in improving this viewing angle is among the smartest investment. Simply put, painting and pruning trees and shrubbery can transform a home, helping to shed light on its features. Other aspects of the approach to a home can be equally enticing and help to pave the way for a successful interi- or viewing. After all, when care is tak- en to the outside of a home, people feel that the interior will also have what they are looking for. Driveways and walkways that are well main- tained and artfully presented greet po- tential buyers as soon as they step out of their vehicles. Trees and shrubs that lose their leaves can create slick areas on driveways and walk- ways and be unattractive if allowed to affect landscaping and lawns. Ensure that you consider this when selecting trees to plant near driveways, and keep leaves in check during fall viewings. During the winter, when snow and ice might prove to be a prob- lem, it is essential to maintain driveways and walkways carefully. This is not only for safety, but it illustrates the type of person who has owned and maintained the house itself.