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3 Curb Appeal Tips To Attract More Buyers to Your Flips

by Michael LaCava on August 3, 2014 · 23 comments

  
3 Curb Appeal Tips To Attract More Buyers to Your Flips

“Curb appeal” is one of the most important factors that determine how fast you sell your flip.

As they drive up the driveway, the outside of the house is the first impression that prospective buyers will get of your property – so what they see first is super important.

The curb appeal will give the prospective buyer some sort of impression of your flip, for better or worse.   Hopefully for you, more better than worse…

If you ignore the exterior of the house and only focus on the inside, you might detract potential homeowners.

In contrast, if you transform the outside of your home into something visually appealing and welcoming, you might attract more buyers.

In addition to the the more people it will attract  to your open house, improving curb appeal will also increase the value of the property.

1. Give Your House A New Face

When people are searching for a house, they often flip through listings of hundreds of properties. They squint at the small photographs on each page.

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Quite often, they will decide in a fraction of a second whether they want to move on to the next one or give it a chance. In order for you to catch the buyer’s eye, you want an attractive exterior.

And, since the photos are so small, you want to improve the largest, most space consuming part of the house. Most prominently, you want to improve different faces. Some common ways to do this include:

  • Painting The Exterior
  • Installing  New Siding
  • Painting or Install New Trim
  • Painting The Garage.
  • Painting The Porch If Present
  • Painting or Replacing The Shutters
  • Cleaning or Installing a New Roof
  • Power Washing The Exterior And Porch
  • Cleaning Or Installing New Windows
  • Cleaning Or Installing New Gutters
  • Buying A New Set Of House Numbers

Don’t forget about the landscaping. Around the property you can do a general clean up which  include trimming all loose branches hanging, raking leaves and debris from perimeter and any trash around property including in woods around property and on street.

You can make the front of the house look real nice just by raising the beds, add some nice plants and bushes and mulch. You don’t have to spend a lot of money and you can do some of these things yourself if you have the time.

2. Revamp Your Driveway

An area that many house flippers overlook is the driveway. If the existing driveway is in poor condition, you may want to consider improving it. Things like grass or weeds spouting up through cracks can be an ugly turnoff for potential buyers.

Your first course of action when dealing with a driveway should be to remove any unwanted plants in and around the driveway. If the driveway is too cracked, you may want to consider repaving it or repairing and sealing it. Or, if your property has a gravel driveway and the stones have thinned out, you could set a fresh layer down.

For a more expensive property, try using an unconventional material for the driveway like brick. Maybe consider having an interesting pattern installed.

If you really want to create something unique, try using an interesting pattern of different materials. At the very least, sweep and blow down the driveway and then power wash or hose  it down before you take the photo for the house listing and on the day of an open house.

3. Create An Outdoor Focal Piece

To  bring your house to the next level and really make it stand out from the rest, you want to find some sort of focal piece. Some houses have pre-existing outdoor focal pieces that you can enhance and highlight. For example, a porch on its own is great, but you can make it amazing with some simple improvements.

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As mentioned before, painting and cleaning the porch are essential. Also, you could add some decorations like flowerpots and even add a few Adirondack chairs. Sometimes, properties don’t have anything in particular that stand out. In this case, you should try to add something if your budget permits it.

Things like a patio or simply patio furniture can create a nice conversational arrangement. Or perhaps you could add an arbor to the side of the house or near a garden.

You could even install a trellis over the garage door Finally, we will leave you with something we’ve said time and time again: always buy a new mailbox!

If you made it this far, leave a comment below!

What are some other ways to increase your curb appeal and sell your flips fast? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

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Antonio Coleman August 3, 2014 at 9:39 am

Yo Michael,

Curb appeal will make or break a deal when choosing between properties. People like to see their money go long way, so they feel their getting the best deal and property. I ask the magic question as of..

1. Will I Live Here?
2. Does It have good features?

So it’s worthy spending those extra dollars in the beginning knowing you will get it back at the end. Great Post Michael

Antonio Coleman “Signing Off”

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Michael August 4, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Thanks Antonio. Great points!

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Jimmie Adams August 3, 2014 at 10:12 am

Thank you for all of your great tips on improving your property.

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Michael August 4, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Thanks Jimmie

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Gabe Sanders August 3, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Yes, curb appeal will make all the difference in the world whether a buyer is attracted to a home or not.

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Shelli Callan August 3, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Yes! I was just telling my husband last night we needed to get the mailbox post straightened out. Thanks for the back up!!

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Michael August 4, 2014 at 5:15 pm

No problem Shelli. The little things matter.

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Neisha August 3, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Thank you for sharing!
First impressions are very important and if the outside does not match the inside, it could be a deal breaker!

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Michael August 4, 2014 at 5:15 pm

So true Neisha.

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Jordan Thibodeau August 3, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Thanks for the post mike. First impressions are critical in RE. I’m a big fan of adding colorful drought resistant perennials to the front yard of properties.

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Michael August 4, 2014 at 5:16 pm

That is great. What size plants to you usually use.

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Deanna August 4, 2014 at 12:53 am

Something I keep seeing is big flags slapped on the front of houses. Patriotism is great, but seeing Old Glory used as a prop to sell houses…not so much.

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Michael August 4, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Good point Deanna. We don’t put flags up. I never really put any thought into that.
Thanks for your comments.

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Terri Lewis August 4, 2014 at 10:49 am

Great tips. Thanks for sharing

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Michael August 4, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Your welcome Terry.

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Sharon Vornholt August 5, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Michael-

You can’t get people in the door if the outside looks less than stellar. Good curb appeal is imperative for a quick sale, and a lot of those things really don’t cost that much. Great tips.

Sharon

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Michael August 7, 2014 at 9:29 am

So true Sharon

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Tina GLeisner August 6, 2014 at 11:22 am

I’m surprised that you’ve listed a new roof, siding or windows … simply for curb appeal. These are all very expensive items not usually associated with flipping houses. I think cleaning, painting and landscaping are more cost effective. I do like your idea for picking a focal point as always recommend this for interior remodeling but never thought of it for curb appeal.

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Michael August 7, 2014 at 9:31 am

HI Tina – Note I said also clean roof, paint siding and clean windows which are less expensive. However if they are in to tough of shape then you have to replace so It is important to figure that our before you buy so you can adjust your offer accordingly.

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Joseph C. Cox August 6, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Trust Michael, and trust me on the mailbox. It’s the best indicator of how proud the previous owner was in the upkeep of his/her property. As a Realtor, it’s the first thing I look at, to tell me what’s in store for me inside!

Good article, Michael, thank you.

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Michael August 7, 2014 at 9:32 am

Your welcome Joseph. Glad you understand the importance of the small items as well.

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Todd Blair August 20, 2014 at 11:10 am

Great information and so many sellers don’t realize that when buyers come to the house there needs to be enough space in front of the front door for the buyers agent, the buyer and anyone else they’ve brought along. Too many times, sellers clutter up the front porch so that nobody can stand there while the agent fiddles with the key box. You need to leave enough room for everyone to feel comfortable by the front door.

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Michael September 7, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Get rid of the clutter for sure

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