Make a Great First Impression With Curb Appeal in Delaware

Curb appeal is the ultimate welcome mat, evoking a feeling that makes visitors want to come into a home—or walk away.

The good news is upping the ante on a house’s façade is not excessively difficult or expensive—think uplighting to create an upscale vibe at night, colorful flowers cascading from urns, the soothing flow of a fountain.

Here are insights on curb appeal from Amy Schrader of Patterson-Schwartz in Rehoboth Beach.

Why is curb appeal so important?

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[It] sets the tone for whether a home is desirable or not. Is the home well cared for on the exterior? Does the buyer want to take the time to schedule a home tour and take a closer look? If the exterior is in bad condition, the interior likely needs work, too. The exterior also assures buyers that home is in line with deed restrictions and rules of community.

What turns buyers off visually when they pull up to a property?

Signs of neglect, such as missing shutters, mildewed siding or a roof in disrepair. Landscaping that is difficult to care for or overgrown, such as shrubs that aren’t pruned.

What gets buyers excited when they pull up to a house?

A home that is neat as a pin, with manicured landscaping, sparkling windows and freshly painted trim.

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What’s a quick, effective way to spruce up a front door?

Wash the door, paint it an attractive color. Also, clean transoms, sidelights and adjacent windows.

Any tips for creating attractive landscaping?

Plant evergreen shrubs, and a mix of perennial and annual flowers. Vary the height of the plants and lay down fresh mulch.

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