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Buyer's are looking at your home sans curb appeal?

Yep, those buyers are snuggled in the comfort of their own dwelling cruising the Internet right now sans pants looking at your home. They have the convenience to view all those homes without having to hit the road. Potential buyers are checking out your property with intent to make a purchase.

Is your home show ready?

You as the seller need to appeal to one of the most powerful senses, the sense of, “I want it and I want now!” I’m pretty darn sure that’s one of the five senses. Yep, pretty sure!

Is the first welcome photo of the exterior of your property click-able and enticing? Does that photo illustrate the value that lay inside the home? If so congratulations you got them to stay a while and linger for a look around, their interest is peaked and they want more.


                                        You’ve got it baby and it is called ‘curb appeal, sweet!

                 Front porch by Redesigned Spaces 

If not, uh-oh your home is off their list then it’s on to the next property, lickity split. You’ve lost them to that well maintained beauty down the street. You know the type, well trimmed lawns, splashes of eye catching color in the garden, fresh coat of paint, no twinkling Christmas lights in the dead of summer, attractive welcoming face err… I mean front entrance.

No matter the price range of your property, the outside appearance of your home is an important step to tempt the home-buyer to see the goodies you’ve got behind your front door. By creating that all important curb appeal you will have those drive by home-buyers screeching their brakes to sneak a peek. Take advantage of the current season to create opportunities for the best first impression for your home.


  • Give that front door a fresh coat of paint.
  • Shine up or replace the lighting, kick plate and doorbell.
  • Need color by the door? Add a stylish wreath or basket to the front door.  Maybe a new welcome mat will do the trick. Use decorative planters with greenery or colorful flowers to anchor the front door.
  • Spruce up those outdoor flower beds by  mulching, weeding and for heavens sake if Aunt Martha’s prized hybrid flower  she gave you died…give it a proper funeral!
  • Power wash that moss & gunk off the porch and home.
  • Pick up the kiddies’ toys scattered through the yard.
  • Leave no evidence of your beloved ‘Bandit’ on the lawn, scoop up the poop, pronto!white line

 purple flowers  Boston fern  white flowers

Illustrate the value that lay behind your font door by maintaining the outside and tempt that potential buyer to click through and see what else your home has to offer them. Once you've accomplished that, your home will have showing appointments in no time!

Need more tips? Give your local home stager a call and they will be glad to help your home get those lingering looks!





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Comment balloon 24 commentsCynthia Bartch • August 18 2009 04:01PM


Cynthia -Yes, I think you're correct that it's one of the five senses (smile)!  As for your list of home staging tips for adding curb appeal not only are they "spot on" but very affordable.  Great list, Cynthia.


Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager ( almost 11 years ago

... so I have to I have to show these houses 'sans pants' ???


Ohhh I get it ;o)

Nice tips ! ...dressing up the front door is undervalued in my area :o)

Cheers Cyntee !!!!

Sheldon :o)

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) almost 11 years ago

Cynthia, Wonderful post and I know some people don't even think about it.  We call it the Mouth of Chi and it's essential that it be clean and open so all your suggestions fit perfectly.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 11 years ago

Hi Kathy, It's one of my most persuasive senses, it mostly happens around shoes, go figure :) Thanks for the kind words.


Oh Sheldon, my,my your demographic must be very interesting to say the least...whatever works for you my NJ friend;) You leave such original and entertaining comments, love it, Woo-Hoo!  


Goody Carole, I learned something today, I had no idea it was called the Mouth of Chi! Kinda makes sense it should be clean and open, huh? Love when you visit my little blog!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 11 years ago

Fabulous post as always and super duper list-love the "scoop up the poop"!

Posted by Cathy Lee, ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA (CL Design Services Home Staging) almost 11 years ago

What a great list, Cynthia!  I think I'll reblog it!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) almost 11 years ago

Gresat post, cute title, I'm sure that will grab a few comments! I just did an interview about starting the staging at the front door, with a fresh coat of paint...You are right, if they cannot see past the weeds and such, they will never come inside no matter how great it is!

Posted by c m almost 11 years ago

Well done post, Cynthia! Love your sense of humor! ;)


Posted by Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) almost 11 years ago

Love your title Cynthia,made me read your post.

Excellent advice for the seller to pay attention to. I spend a least a few minutes outside before going in as well as driving around the neighbourhood to see who else has good mouth of Chi in the neighbourhood.

Then when i mention to them about paying attention to the outside I casually mention the lovely house down the street with the great curb appeal. They immediately go into great detail about how much they admire that particular house. All of a sudden the light goes on in their head and they understand what I am talking about. It makes a difference, makes the house memorable and creates a positive response by those who see it.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 11 years ago

Hi Cathy, ya know I hesitated on puttin' that particular verbiage in there but then thought what the heck, it's really how I talk/write! Thanks for the visit!


Hello Maureen, Oh sweet, thanks for the re-blog!!! Please feel free to flag this a fabulous feature too, LOL!


Hey there Cheryl, How very cool, you did an interview? I wanna know all about it!!! Something about that those words 'sans pants'.......


Hey Debi, Well thank you very much, I try, I really do. I am known to be a silly goose :)


Hi Michelle, You are so right when the client can see a visual {{{BING}}} they get it! Thanks for stopping by!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 11 years ago

Got to admit when I first saw the post I had no idea what home "sans pants" could mean.  Thanks for the enlightening.  Oh, your 100% right.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) almost 11 years ago

Jack, I'm my own little world here...I could have worded it;

  • "Buyers are looking at your home in their undies"...
  • "Buyers are looking at your home on the internet"... ( more professional ) Ack!

You are not alone, my husband had no idea what that meant and I had to tell him it meant no pants. I'm still a goof by nature and will probably be all my life ;)

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 11 years ago

Your pictures are and plants can make a big difference!

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) almost 11 years ago

Cynthia- You are so right about the "I want it and I want it now" sense.  Great pictures to illustrate the need for good curb appeal and a great post.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 11 years ago

Sans pants indeed!  Can we get a picture of that?  lol

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 11 years ago

Curb appeal is huge, and it does make a big difference in getting someone to stop vs. to keep on driving.

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) almost 11 years ago

Hi there Ann, I thank you on the picture compliment. Yep, I certainly agree with you there, they make it look fresh and inviting!


Hi Kathy, I just wish I didn't have that sense when I see shoes :)


Hey Georgina, Oh my can you imagine? No, no, no! No photos please!!!

Hey on another note are you still living off the grid? I remember reading that quite awhile ago and showed my husband. I hope I don't have you mixed up with another AR member.


Hi Cindy, Here in my area it certainly is a big deal, I know it was for me when looking to buy another home!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 11 years ago

Great post and so well-written!  Every home I've ever bought had great curb appeal.  I pretty much knew before the front door opened that I was going to like it.

Posted by Wendy Carroll almost 11 years ago

I love it, Cynthia! Memorable writing and prictures for a great post meant to be shared!

Posted by Debby Dutilh (Art and Soul Home Staging) almost 11 years ago

Hi Wendy, Thanks so much! I know what you mean, I shopped online for my last two homes and the curb appeal made me stop & click or it was off to the next one!


Hello Debby, I sure do appreciate your very kind words. I get lucky with the camera at times, Woo-Hoo!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 11 years ago

made my smile this was a fun read -- but more importantly to the point -- the point of importance!

Posted by Karen Dembsky, Atlanta Home Staging (Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA) almost 11 years ago

Glad I could do that for you today Karen, Yep it was to the point, your words spoken like the teacher you are. Love it!

Why I was adjusting some off center pics as you were viewing this...Ooops it knocked me off the dash board!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 11 years ago

Cynthia, I found this post in the 2nd chance blog and came right over. Very clever title for an excellent post on the importance of curb appeal, staging and condition! I hope this one gets a feature!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Hey Russell, Sorry I'm just responding to this but I think there is gremlin in server as I'm not getting notifications in a timely manner.

Yo know I could have gone w/ a more eloquent title but sans pants sounded more like how I speak :) Thanks for stopping by I appreciate you taking time to read this!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 10 years ago

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