How Critical is Curb Appeal?

Stamford, Connecticut (PressExposure) August 05, 2006 -- Stamford, Conn August 5, 2006

Whether you are buying, selling, or looking, the power of “curb appeal”, or lack thereof, is undeniable. In fact, “the curb appeal of a home can do more to sell it than any costly interior renovations,” says Richard Roll, President of the American Homeowners Association (AHA)(R). Real Estate professionals agree: people judge a home by its exterior. Here are some suggestions that will make your home beautiful and worthy of top dollar in today’s competitive market.

Many Sellers Make Unnecessary Indoor Improvements

Don't waste time and money on fruitless enhancements that don't generate a return on investment. Many home sellers make unnecessary improvements, thinking they are sure to boost the appeal, but experienced real estate sales agents say the wrong improvements can actually deter the sale of a home. Knowing how to dress a house for sale, and what improvements to avoid can save you thousands of dollars.

Here's a basic approach with ideas to boost your curb appeal.

Anything creative you can do to give your home a unique, tasteful personality will go a long way. For instance:
· Adding a unique feature such as a trellis or gazebo.
· Redesigning the front landscape and adding new flowers and shrubs.
· Creating more usable space for outdoor barbecues, parties, or relaxation
· Installing a small patio with landscaping and planters around it
· Trees are a simple improvement to greatly improve your outdoor ambience. They can add privacy in the backyard, or create a pastoral feeling with green space.

When making exterior improvements, follow these general principles:
· Pull together some interesting features in the front of the house such as colorful shrubs or trees.
· Plant bold, colorful annuals.
· Create street access to the front of the house with a path or walkway.
· It pays to enlarge or improve the porch.

Other exterior items that will lend beauty and functionality, include:
· A patio and patio awning
· A seating wall
· An outdoor fireplace, fire pit, or barbeque
· Water features, such as a waterfall, fountain or pond
· Replacing any damaged or deteriorating concrete, brick, or flagstone.
· Installing privacy screening or trellises and arbors to accent any entrance area.
· Landscape lighting can add a touch of class.
· Update and re-sod or replant the lawn.
· If your grass is more than 20 years old, your lawn probably needs a makeover.

You may be surprised at how affordable a 'curb appeal' tune-up can be!

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About American Homeowners Association (AHA)(R)

Richard J. Roll, American Homeowners Association (AHA)(R) Founder and President, created the AHA in 1994 after speaking to thousands of homeowners and discovering that they were facing similar problems – high costs, no clout, little knowledge. The AHA helps homeowners and first-time homebuyers obtain the most value for their homes, build equity, avoid common pitfalls, and save $1000s on home improvements and home maintenance.

Now the world’s leading homeowner’s savings, benefits and advocacy membership group, since its inception, AHA has served over 1 million homeowners and first-time home buyers and helps them to capture the most value in their homes, and make wiser decisions regarding home buying, selling, financing, maintenance and home improvements.

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