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    The Importance of Curb Appeal

    Home Buyers have become more savvy in recent years – I call it HGTV Syndrome! Don’t get me wrong, I love HGTV, but I often see when my buyers have been watching it a little too much. Dedicated cable channels such as Food Network & HGTV have vastly improved the general public’s knowledge and expectations. One area that has definitely raised the expectations for buyer’s is the curb appeal. 

    I have had many clients instantly have a negative opinion when we pull up in front of the property because of bad curb appeal. We have always heard that you should not judge a book by its cover, that does not apply to real estate. It is very hard for a property to over come a bad first impression. The issue is that poorly maintained landscaping as well as deferred maintenance are intimidating to buyers. They will feel overwhelmed with the amount of work to make the home look like an HGTV home. 

    When I am speaking to sellers about reading their homes for the market, almost always I say the same thing – Cut back your bushes and trim your trees. This can improve the appearance of almost any home.

    Here are a few tips to improve your curb appeal:

    • The #1 Rule of Curb Appeal is less is more! Do not over plant or use too much yard art. A little goes a long way. Let the home shine through.

    • Trim, trim and trim some more. 

      • The bushes (hedges) should be maintained below the windows.

      • Trim and prune the trees.

      • Not only does it look messy (inside and outside), but it hides the home, keeps the walls of the home damp causing mildew, and blocks light from getting inside the rooms.

    • Grass should be cut and edged. Mulch should be properly placed around the beds.

    • Keep kids bikes and toys put away and stored neatly.

    • Have home pressured washed annually.

    • Clean the mailbox and paint if needed.

    • Keep front porch cleaned, paint or clean front door.

    • Ensure doorbell button is clean and in proper working order

    • Have attractive and visible house numbers.

    • Have proper matching bulbs in all outside light fixtures. 

    • Clean spider webs from porch.

    • DO NOT underestimate the power of a new welcome mat and an attractive wreath on the door. 

    • Do not have any holiday decor out past the holiday. No one wants Christmas lights in July

    • No flowers or bushes is better than dead flowers or bushes.

    • Clean the windows.

    All these items will make a huge difference in how your home is seen by buyers. Less is more. 

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    Brian Birge

    Military Relocation Professional (MRP); Certified Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA); E-Pro Certified REALTOR® by NAR; Coldwell Banker Military Rewards REALTOR®; Cartus Relocation Team; Diamond Member of the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Savannah; Navy Federal Credit Union Select REALTOR®; 2018 Savanah Area REALTORS® Distinguished Sales Society; 2017 Coldwell Banker Platinum Partners Rookie Agent of the Year; Proud Member of National Association of REALTORS®; Proud Member of Georgia Association of REALTORS®; Proud Member of Savannah Area Board of REALTORS®; 24 years of Customer Service Management Experience

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