The Real Estate Minute: Importance of First Impressions

By: Gary Bartlett Email
By: Gary Bartlett Email

This is the time of year when many homeowners start to think about making some outdoor improvements. That can be a very good decision especially if selling your home is something you've been thinking about.

Curb appeal is similar to meeting someone for the first time--a good first impression is likely to increase the chances of a second meeting.


With still so much inventory for sale, buyers simply can't be bothered with homes that don't dazzle them from the get-go.

1. Color is key.

An attractive landscape usually has color. Many people add flowering plants along the walkway and porch area to create a focal point on the home. The colorful plants add a cheerful welcome and create a memorable landscape.

2. Use colorful mulch.

Maybe you have an area that needs some sort of mulch. You don't have to use the traditional wood chips, which soon deteriorate Rubber mulch uses recycled ground rubber that comes in several different colors including green, brown, blue, and cypress.

3. Illusion of space.

Hide boundaries such as fences and walls. Use tall but thin plants in your yard which can make a small area look bigger. Curved lines can help soften the look of a home that is constructed with too many straight lines or right angles.

Be sure to give extra attention to the driveway. Oil spills are highly unsightly and will create a memory of your home that you don't want. Clean up the spills and move the parked cars to give buyers a chance to take in the entire home.

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