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4 Curb Appeal Faux Pas That are Killing Your House Sale

Curb appeal is still very much important, and every single home can benefit from improvements. Working with a real estate agent is the best way to get the inside information and expert tips on improving your home’s odds of selling. However, are you overlooking some major mistakes just because you’re so used to them?

Take oil stains on the driveway for example. Your eyes and brain have probably teamed up to consider those spots “normal” and you might not even notice them. However, it’s one of the first things prospective buyers see when they pull up.


Here are some of the most common curb appeal mistakes sellers make and how to fix them:

1. A not so green lawn

Only in extreme circumstances, such as the California drought, can you risk having a lawn that’s anything but green. There are many ways to go green, including quality faux grass as is suggested by the LA Times and eco-minded experts. Whether real or not, a green lawn signifies health, wealth and happiness which is exactly the kind of mood you want your buyers to be in.

2. Garish decorations

This actually goes for the color of the house, lawn decorations, and just about anything that personalizes the property. Buyers want neutrality because they’re searching for a blank canvas they can make their own. While Oddee might offer some inspiration for wacky lawn décor, it should be taken in jest (not as a recommendation). Put the quirky stuff in storage.

3. A “closed off” house

You know what this means: Windows that are shuttered, an entryway that seems foreboding, or a bunch of “Keep out!” signs peppering the fence. Making your home welcoming can be as simple as opening up the blinds. If your potential buyers are scared off before they even go on a tour, what are the odds they’ll make an offer?

4. Subpar sidewalk care

Technically and legally it may not be your job to mow that little strip of grass between the sidewalk and your mailbox. It might not be your responsibility to pick up all those dropped fruits, leaves or pinecones. It’s also not up to you to clean up that graffiti that’s leftover on the sidewalk by your home. However, buyers are purchasing a neighborhood, not just a house, and a little extra effort beyond your “technical boundaries” can go a long way.