The Running Realtor: Home for Sale - Curb Appeal

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Home for Sale - Curb Appeal

Curb Appeal - Where does it begin?

The most attractive homes move quick so many agents will suggest homeowners brighten up the exterior of their property in order to make the best first impression.  I suggest clients literally start at the curb with their mailbox. 

As a real estate agent the mailbox is often the first thing I notice while driving down the street looking for a home. In my area they come in all shapes and sizes.  The majority of newer mailboxes seem to be the functionally molded plastic type that do a fine job but do not offer much character.

While out on my long run last weekend I carried a camera to snap some shots.  My first picture was a dual pole bungee cord supported white mailbox.  There were several others along my 11 mile route that were in sad shape. Duct Tape is another favorite that homeowners use to keep their mailboxes attached to the post.

Of all the mailboxes I passed on the two hour run the traditional style set in the stone base with a few flowers was the most appealing to me.  The work at that home went well beyond the mailbox, the lawn also registered in my mind as being a lush weed free green and finely trimmed.  That is exactly what you want the buyer to see.

If you are planning to sell your home take a look from a buyers eye.  Drive down the street and look at your mailbox.  What do you see?   Next take a minute to look at the house, would you call to make an appointment to see the inside or drive away? 

You do not need a fancy or expensive mailbox but strong and straight makes a difference. Numbers also help, make your house easy to find and inviting so prospects will want to look inside.

When you are Coming to Connecticut -  Contact Dan Cummings - The Running Realtor for help with Real Estate.

Comment balloon 6 commentsNo Longer Active • June 04 2007 03:38PM

Comments

this is so funny - we had our mail box stolen twice - it was a fish - now we have the standard good ole fashioned one - however it does not sit in front of our house we have a bank of them down the road - nothing like setting us up for ID theft.
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) about 11 years ago
Dan, I also like the stone one above, but I also like the ones that people have made that looks like their house.  With my luck the snow plow would take them down with the first snow fall.
Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 11 years ago

Thesa... There are plenty of mailbox bashers around here too... Not so much stealing them but kids like to destroy them.

George...The stone one is impressive but a bit costly for most homeowners.  I did see several that still had the guards up for plow protection.   My driveway has decorative corner fencing and last year the plow destroyed two sections because he was flying down the street slinging wet heavy snow. 

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 11 years ago
Dan--I have a brand new white mailbox in the garage but mine currently resembles #5. It is something on the "Get it Done" list this summer as the new one has been in the box for 3 years!! Oh well...our home is not on the market. If it was it would have been done first thing! From the curb to the front door is the most important walk a buyer will take!
Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) about 11 years ago

Dan,

Number one is priceless! Duct tape fixes everything ya know! :)

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Teri...we all have that to do list. As I was driving down my street I noticed I do not have numbers on the side of the mailbox.  Only on the front so you have to be directly in front of the mailbox to see them.

Suzanne...I have been in my house over 25 years and have mastered the quick fix... Guess I'll need to do some real work before a selling.

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 11 years ago

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