Dons' musings about O Fallon Mo : It's Time To Improve Your Curb Appeal........

It's Time To Improve Your Curb Appeal........

It's Time To Improve Your Curb Appeal........

Why do I need to have good curb appeal? It is starting to cool down and........
........all the more to stay on top of your curb appeal. Between the grass turning yellow, the flowers dying, shrubs loosing their leaves, limbs falling off your trees, and, and, and, and. Get the picture? There is more to do now than there was in the summer. It's time to improve your curb appeal.
  1. Keep your lawn mowed and edged. Trim trees and shrubs, removing all dead limbs and debris. The grass will still grow for a bit longer in the colder climates, shrubs will still grow for a short period.
  2. Add color to your yard and front porch with flowers and/or hanging plants. There are fall flowers that will add a load of color to the front of your home and make it POP. And the cost is minimal if it helps get your home sold and gets you the price you are looking for.
  3. Arrange outdoor furniture and firewood neatly. Put away all lawn equipment, bikes and other toys. Neatness is a real plus.
  4. Repair any broken areas of your fence, deck, patio, etc. Make sure these areas are clean and in good shape. Now would be a good time, if you haven't already, to stain the deck even if you just did it, three years ago.
  5. Walk around your home and check the exterior items like siding, window sashes, trim and shutters. Clean these areas and/or paint as needed. Give special attention to the front door, clean, paint or maybe put a new one in.
  6. Look up on your trip around the exterior and make sure the gutters are clean of debris. Wash or paint as needed. Realign the gutters if they look crooked.
  7. Still looking up check the roof for shingles or flashing that needs replacing or repair.
  8. Now would be a GREAT time to replace broken windows, doors and screens. Make sure each looks clean and in good condition.
  9. Look down and check the driveways and sidewalks. If they need it, maybe they don't, power wash them and patch any holes and try to remove stains.
  10. Touch up the "little things" like house numbers, mail box, door bell, etc.
Weathered WindowsFall is a great time of year and YES homes still sell this time of the year. However, lack of attention to detail this time of year to curb appeal will slow the sale of your home. Buyers still drive-by homes and check them out and if they don't like what they see from the street they pass on what could be a GREAT home on the inside.
Staying on top of the little things continually while the home is on the market will insure you selling your home while others go UNSOLD.
For help in getting your home ready for the market in St. Charles County Missouri give Don Rogers CDPE, GRI a call today at 636-229-8865.

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Don Rogers is a licensed REALTOR® in Missouri.  I specialize in St. Charles County Missouri and have called O Fallon MO my home since 1993.  If you are looking to buy or sell or you are relocating to the area and would like information about the St Charles County MO area do not hesitate to give me a call at 314-954-6775 or if you would prefer to send me an email.

 

Comment balloon 10 commentsDon Rogers • September 24 2012 04:27AM

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An excellent reminder, Don. This brings to mind a house I toured last week. The curb appeal was less than appealing -- dying plants, unkept lawn, weeds, etc. And this was a $400,000+ home. Yikes.

Posted by Peggy Wester, Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County (Realty Executives Integrity) over 5 years ago

Great advice Don! I hope you are doing well my friend.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 5 years ago

Don, that is one thing I point out to my clients.  you can tell when the pride is ther and when it was just put in place for show.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 5 years ago

Thank you Peggy for dropping by today for a visit I really appreciate it. You would think that someone with a $400k home would want to get top dollar for it and pay more attention to the details and curb appeal of the home.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 5 years ago

Hello Bill G,

Thank you sir for stopping in today.  All is well with me just getting older that all. :-))

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 5 years ago

Good afternoon Bill F.,

You are so right it needs to be more than just for show. Pay attention th the detail and get the home sold.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 5 years ago

Excellent, excellent advice. Spot on. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Rhonda Duffy, #1 Retail Listing Agent in the U.S. (Duffy Realty of Atlanta & Rainmaker Realty) over 5 years ago

Hi Don.  You don't get a second chance to make a first impression.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 5 years ago

Good morning Rhonda,

Thank you again for stopping in. I am glad that you enjoyed the read.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 5 years ago

Good morning Conrad,

How are thing up in MA. are you starting to get some fall colors? If so how about sharing some?  Have a GREAT day my friend and a very busy week.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 5 years ago

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