Podcast 27: Use Porch Appeal to Help
Sell Your Home
With Professional Realtor Jeannie Timmons
How important is curb appeal when selling a home? Consider this.
When potential buyers pull up in front of your home what do they see?
They see the exterior of your home and the front porch.
Curb appeal is the attractiveness of your home's exterior when viewed either on the internet or from the street and can make or break a deal.
Your home's appeal must invite the buyer to view the rest of your property and it is also a strong indicator of how well the home has been maintained on the inside as well.
Jeannie focuses on this real estate selling mantra: repair, clean, and decorate, all three of which are very important.
Porches are really the first room of the house that a buyer sees and experiences so it is one of the most important areas of the house,
and curb appeal is essential to making a great first impression.
Along with Jeannie, Mary and I will share lots of ideas as to how you can create curb appeal to maximize your home's selling potential.
Creating curb appeal is really easy to do and can be done quite inexpensively; lots of times you can use items your already have on hand.
Listen to Our Audio Program: 00:32:06
Well maintained curb appealing front porch
- How long it takes for a buyer to form an opinion of the outside of your home
- Stories about how two homes were sold with the help of very low-cost but smart updates to the exterior
- Jeannie's insider tips on how to refresh your home's curb appeal to make it super appealing to buyers: sweat equity + R, C and D
- Why the front porch / stoop is one of the most important areas of the home to prospective buyers
- The small things that Jeannie says are important to pay attention to
- Where Jeannie advises to keep colors neutral and where she encourages pops of color
- The one kind of flowers that Jeannie encourages us not to have on our porches
Program Excerpts: Porch Appeal to Sell Your Home
Jeannie Timmons shares...
Paint and Replace
"Painting the front door, porch railing, the trim, and the shutters.
So just a fresh coat of paint - that's just sweat equity.
I always have my sellers change the hardware if is worn or rusted.
I would just have them go and buy new hardware for the door: the doorknob, the lock, and even the kick plate if there's a kick plate, and house numbers.
All of those things are just small details that make such a big difference. "
Home Seller Inspection
"When I'm working with a with a seller, I like to act like a buyer.
And so what I'll do is put my buyer's hat on and we will take a pen and paper and we'll walk through the house.
I would look at it just as if I was the buyer and make a to-do list with them.
But after the cleaning and repairing comes the fun stuff - the decorating.
And so the porch is key in that."
"Even though as a realtor we get tired of neutral but neutral is always best.
Because people can visualize their stuff in there.
Nine times out of ten unless the house is new or just happens to be the colors that you have in your old house, buyers are going to go in and paint anyway.
I've had buyers who have said, "oh, my comforter would not go in this bedroom because of the color of the walls."
"The key is to make your porch inviting, warm, and cozy and yet not cluttered.
You don't want something that is so cluttered that you can't really walk around without being afraid that you are going trip over the flower pot."
Curb Appealing Front Porches
Aesthetically pleasing front porch
Who wouldn't want to spend time on this porch?
Listen to Our Audio Program: 00:32:06
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