Curb Appeal. Some would say either you’re born with it or you aren’t, but we say that with a little time and effort you too can increase the curb appeal of your home. Of course, this presumes that your home is already in reasonably good shape and doesn’t have any glaring defects. If the roof has caved in, worrying about curb appeal is as futile as putting lipstick on a pig. San Francisco, because of our smaller lot size and the fact that most homes generally don’t have large front yards or entrances (depending on your neighborhood) makes upping your curb appeal a little bit of a different game then in the suburbs where the homes are detached and the yards are homogenous.
Tip #1: Add Some ColorÂ - While most homes in San Francisco don’t have large yards, we usually have some space to add flowers. Perhaps it is a planter box, or some artfully arranged terra cotta pots along your front steps? Either way, a splash of vibrant color can help make a positive first impression on buyers.
Tip #2: Powerwash – You’d be amazed at how accustomed we all become to the dirt and grime that builds up on our homes as a result of city living. Take a little time to rent a powerwasher (or hire someone to do it) and wash off the front of your home. If you’ve got peeling paint, now is also the time to touch that up. A sparkling clean facade that is free of peeling paint helps convey that your home has been well cared for, and will also make a positive first impression on buyers.
Tip #3: Tidy it Up – Strollers lying around out front? Dog leashes? A stack of books you’ve been meaning to donate? Visual clutter will immediately distract your buyers. You don’t want them to notice your stuff, you want buyers to be able to imagine their stuff in your home. So get rid of as much of your stuff as you can. This particularly applies to entry ways, one of the first spots a buyer will see.
We love helping sellers make their homes look amazing – if you are thinking of selling and want more great ideas, don’t hesitate to get in touch.