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Making That First Impression

by Shelly Eshelman 06/30/2019

You hear much about curb appeal when you're reading through real estate blogs, but what does that actually mean? Is it lots of colorful flowers or perfect landscaping? What about exterior artwork or a decorative mailbox?

What it’s not

So, you probably already have more than a general idea of what curb appeal is, but here is what it is not:

It isn’t your house sticking out like a sore thumb in the neighborhood. That means that if all your neighbors have upgraded landscaping and yours is the only one that has rocks and dirt or dead patches of grass, the folks that stop by to see your home will plan on getting it as a fixer-upper or at least at a steep discount.

It’s also not having tons of water features and garden gnomes on your front lawn. And while re-purposing a toilet to be a flower bed might garner you a second look from drivers-by, it won’t endear you to homebuyers. And it certainly isn’t add-ons that fail to match the rest of the exterior.

What it is

In real estate parlance, curb appeal means anything that adds to a home’s exterior and is visible from the street. From landscaping to roofing upgrades; new windows to concrete treatments the driveway and sidewalks, anything that visibly positively catches the eye increases its curb appeal.

How to get it

The first best way to get curb appeal is to keep what you already have. That is, keep your lawn, roof, siding, stucco or brick, fences, doors, and windows in top condition. Fix anything that breaks. Paint what needs painting. Repair the roof after a storm. Repair or replace a broken or damaged garage door. Water and trim the lawn or replace it with eco-friendly and attractive xeriscape. Handle all upkeep on a regular basis so that when the time comes to sell, you don't have a lot of refurbishing to do and can concentrate instead on those little "extras" that set your home just a little above the rest.

With all the regular stuff handled, you can spend a little bit more on adding colorful plants and planter boxes, painting the door a cheerful, inviting color, and perhaps changing out the carriage lights for something new. And when the curb appeal is well in hand, focus on the inside to get that top dollar return.

If you need help determining which items provide the most curb appeal in your neighborhood, reach out to a local realtor.

About the Author
Author

Shelly Eshelman

My sole purpose is not just to have clients. My life’s purpose and mission is to create more Homes for Special Needs Adults, the disabled and senior citizens.

Having many years in Real Estate as well as lending experience allows me to understand all the aspects of the transaction, to share my knowledge with you. 

I am third generation Real Estate Broker Entrepreneur and helped my grandmother drop flyers door to door as a little girl for her business. She taught me so much, which molded me to become the realtor and person I am today.

Scope of work:

Buyer’s looking to buy and seller’s looking to sell. 

All areas of Southern California. My areas of focus: 

Luxury Home Sales

Residential Homes Sales.

Turn Around Sales 

Mission to be Sold Fast homes. 

I work with all different types of situations. Divorce, Probate, trusts,

REO’s, fix and Flips and more.

Need someone to manage the properties/homes? I offer 

Property Management Services for both residential and commercial.

Additional services and Business areas:

Rental properties and Residential Property Management Services to help renters find homes to move into and landlords to find great tenants. 

Concierge Service For tenants "Free of Charge for tenants"

●Commercial Sales and Property Management

●Consulting, selling, startups for:

●Adults with Mental Disabilities (ARF’s)

● Residential Care Facilities (RCFE’s)

● Skilled Nursing Homes (SNIF’s)

●Urgent Care setups/Exiting,

●Radiography-MRI & CT

Education/Certifications:

● MBA in Business and en-thesis in Project Management, ● BA in Business

● AA in Real Estate

● Certification in Real Estate ● DSP I & DSP II ● CPI Training ● Admin Cert’s for RCFE & ARF

Published Author of the following books: 

1. 27 Mistakes First-Time Home Buyers Make And How To Avoid Them

2. How To Sell Your Homes For More Money

3. How To Sell Homes Fast For Top Dollar