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Enter at your own Risk
Enter at your own Risk


Does the sign in your yard say “ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK!”

When it comes to selling your Ocean Pines home, curb appeal refers to the “first impression” that your house gives when a buyer approaches it from the driveway or the street.

Does your house look attractive and inviting, or does it appear run-down? First impressions are important and even if the inside of the home is perfect, the outer appearance can really affect a buyer’s perception.

If you are trying to sell your property, you have probably mowed the front lawn and even planted flowers in order to improve your curb appeal. However, could you have over looked one of these common curb appeal mistakes?

A great deal of attention is placed on the interior of a home when it comes to home staging. But think of the first thing a buyer will see as they drive up your street searching for your address. Will what they see get them excited about the tour? Or will they be tempted to drive by and cancel the appointment? Home sellers spend so much time preparing their interior for the sale that they can easily overlook what’s going on outside of the home. Yet great curb appeal can increase the value of a property by as much as 15-20%.

There’s a lot more to curb appeal than cutting the grass. Some studies show that landscaping can increase the value of a home by as much as 20%. Other feature enhancers, such as lighting and paint, can add value and appeal.

Buyers associate the condition of the exterior and landscape with the condition of the interior,” “Curb appeal must invite buyers to view the rest of the property.” A well manicured lawn is a magnet for buyers. On the other hand, overgrown trees or large bushes hiding the house are a no-no. Don’t Turn Your Buyers Away With These Curb Appeal Mistakes!

Garden Decorations – You might think that your decorative lawn ornaments are cute, but your potential buyers don’t necessarily have the same taste. If you have a few gnomes living in your garden, you might want to hide them away for a while when your home goes on the market.
Dark Pathways -Your potential buyers might want to visit your home in the evening, so make sure you invest in some outdoor lighting to guide their way to your front door. A poorly lit front walkway will not make a good first impression. Add low voltage lighting to highlight the yard, trees and the home’s exterior. “Also, adding a new welcome mat with a grouping of potted plants by the front door makes things more inviting.”
Dying Flowers – Adding flowers to your front yard can improve your curb appeal, until the seasons change and they begin to go brown and whither. Do your best to keep up with the garden maintenance throughout. Landscaping fixes include adding flowers or sprucing up the property with decorative grasses or Japanese maples. Accent the trees with rocks or boulders for a bold statement. Consider adding a modest fountain to the yard or garden. In addition, rake leaves, wash windows and skylights, clean gutters and trim shrubs.
Children’s Toys – If you have little ones, your yard is probably filled with discarded Frisbee’s, tricycles, skipping ropes, side walk chalk and other toys. Before showing your home, make sure that all of these are tidied away. Your potential buyers might not have children and might not be fond of them, so they want to be able to see what the lawn and the garden will look like when it is not covered in brightly colored plastic.

To keep your house from looking haunted … I thought I’d share this handy checklist of things that will help change the sign on the lawn to “Sold!”

• Manicure the yard.
• Clean the windows, doors, and front entry.
• Plant flowers-tastefully, and abundantly!
• Pressure wash the exterior.
• Enhance and beautify with lighting.
• Reseal the driveways.
• Paint your house.
• Focus on the front door.
• Don’t forget the shutters.

These are just a few of the curb appeal ideas to make your home look as appealing as possible. For more Ocean Pines home real estate tips, feel free to contact me at 410.430.8755 and for some Ocean Pines Halloween Fun … check out the link to Halloween and other things in the Pines! Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday!

About Donna Lewis Stiles