Curb Appeal, Part Two – Clear the Yard

July 25, 2012

One Step at a Time – Giving your home Curb Appeal

Curb Appeal,Simplify Staging and Redesign,The Joles Group,Rosemary Joles,Realtor,Craigs list,Diagnostic,First Impressions,San Diego Homes for Sale, La Mesa Homes for SalePart Two

Part One

We only have one opportunity to make a good first impression

The decision to buy starts when the prospects step out of their car in front of the property. Prospects will immediately imagine what their friends and family will think when they drive up. Virginia blogger, Kimberly McMahon

This is week two in the Simplify series to help homeowners show their home at its greatest advantage.

Curb Appeal,Simplify Staging and Redesign,The Joles Group,Rosemary Joles,Realtor,Craigs list,Diagnostic,First Impressions,San Diego Homes for Sale, La Mesa Homes for SaleClear the Yard

I almost want to laugh at this one–but not in a haughty way. Most of us can relate. We get busy. At times we develop tunnel vision. Take a step back and really look at your space. Have things been left out? Take some time and put things away. Throw trash out.  Items that belong in the garage, like empty flowerpots or gardening tools, should go there. This simple key will keep your yard looking neat and up to date.

Sometimes a simple detail like unwinding and then rewrapping the gardening hose can make a huge difference. Removing visual noise and confusion is the key.

Diagnostic

Take a walk around the block. Look at other people’s homes. I know I have a few favorites in my neighborhood. Some people really know how to do this, don’t they? Now go home and look at yours. I hope you are not saying ouch! But even if you are, this next key can really separate the kids from the pros.

Give yourself permission to trash things

Maybe you have some scrap wood that you were going to use for a project but never got around to it. Things like that lying around your property are a turnoff to prospective buyers. Sell it on Craigslist or give it to a friend.

When you are looking to sellyou want the buyers to feel like life just got a whole lot easier if they buy your home—NOT like their “to do” list just got a whole lot longer.

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Visual confusion can be removed by sorting through things, putting like items together in a pleasing arrangement. I remember a baker’s shelf I once had in my backyard. Whenever I took the time to dust off the implements and stack pots and other items, it added harmony to the space. When I didn’t the area looked sloppy.

This simple fix can go a long way in improving the overall appearance of your home and getting your property sold.

Curb Appeal,Simplify Staging and Redesign,The Joles Group,Rosemary Joles,Realtor,Craigs list,Diagnostic,First Impressions,San Diego Homes for Sale, La Mesa Homes for SaleGuest Blogger is Rita Mailheau of Simplify Staging and Redesign

For help staging your home or building some curb appeal, go to www.simplifysd.com, or email her at Simplify at rita@simplifysd.com.

Photos Courtesy of Tim Matteo/Flickr; The State of Minnesota; Country Living; Simplify Staging & Redesign

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