Collection of the Week: Curb Appeal

Curb Appeal Collection“Honey, stop the car, we’ve got to see that house!” is music to a home seller’s ears. Perfecting a home’s curb appeal isn’t the holy grail of home selling -  it won’t blind a buyer to a termite problem or leaky roof – but first impressions really count. Where a sweet smile and perfect outfit can be the ticket to acing a first date and potentially a lifetime of partnered bliss, a home’s curb appeal can be the ticket to a quick and profitable sale.

A 2006 Psychological Science study found that it takes just one-tenth of a second for us to judge someone and make our first impression. That’s not a lot of time, and we suspect homes aren’t that different from people.  We pulled examples of quick tricks from this Redfin Curb Appeal Collection to highlight how minor, affordable updates can make a big difference. The homes featured are in Seattle primarily, but you could make these adjustments no matter where you live. Read on for a few simple ideas.

Refresh the paint on your trim, front door, or garage.

7024 25th Ave NE, Seattle 981157024 25th Ave - Red Accent
Sold 12/2012:$430,000
Beds: 3
Baths: 2
Listed by: Corey Robinson, Keller Williams Greater Seattle

Epitomizing mid-fifties architecture with its red-brown brick and low-slung roof, this little bungalow in the Ravenna neighborhood has a throwback style that looks updated thanks to the freshly painted red garage door and front stairway. Paint is relatively cheap and can instantly refresh a home indoors and out, making it an affordable yet impactful option.

Turn on the lights.

3507 W Lawton Circle, Seattle 981993507 Lawton Circle 98199 - Curb Appeal
Sold 2/2013: $839,000
Beds: 3
Baths: 3.5
Listed by: Kelley Meister, Windermere R.E.N.W. Eastlake

What cookies do for your nose, lighting does for your eyes, and arguably, both bring a feeling of nostalgia. A well-lit home feels welcoming, evoking feelings of vibrancy and life. It’s by far one of the most effective tricks to entice potential buyers on nighttime drive-bys, showing a home that positively glows from the inside out.

Maintain your landscaping.

7021 58th Ave NE7021 58th Ave NE - Great Landscaping
Sold 12/2012: $610,000
Beds: 3
Baths: 1.75
Listed by: Dale Kaneko, Windermere Real Estate Co.

Interiors are important, but they don’t help your home’s first impression.  Typically, a well-kept yard signals that the sellers care about their home, an encouraging sign to potential buyers. This View Ridge abode has an appealing front yard with freshly trimmed hedges, a swept walkway, and tidy rock wall.  Whether a home has a rockery or an orchard in the yard, start by cleaning it up. Remove dead plants, trim your hedges, and mow your lawn.  Just like a fresh coat of paint, plants have the ability to refresh the look of a home, or even to help it achieve a more perfect symmetry.

Do you search Redfin and see great homes with great curb appeal? Start your own Collection!