According to the Zillow 2014 Nationwide Survey of Real Estate Agents and Interior Designers, the number 1 investment for a home seller is Curb Appeal. And the second best investment a home seller can make is hiring a professional home stager.

You’ll never get a second chance to make the first impression. Buyers begin to make assumptions about the property right from the curb-side … even before they step in. So creating a strong first impression is a very important step in the process of selling your home.

Here are a few tips that will help you create a great curb appeal:

De-Clutter And Clean

A clean entrance can go a long way toward establishing a positive first impression. Remove extra objects from the entrance like kid’s toys and bikes. Tuck the garden tools and hoses, lawn mowers and garbage bins away. On the day of the photo shoot ( for listing ) or the open-house , remove vehicles from the driveway and park them away from the entrance.

Repair And Re-Finish

A well maintained entrance sets the mood for the entire house tour. When buyers see chipped paint, huge cracks in the driveway and trim that needs to be repaired it adds to their list of to-dos and their budget. Avoid this turnoff by completing all these small repairs.

Remove dead and dry plants from the front yard. If the lawn isn’t great, try using extra fertilizer to make it grow lusher and greener. Trim the bushes and edges of the lawn to create a well maintained and finished look.


Create a curbside visual that entices the potential buyers to come inside and a take a look. Bring in life and energy with color. Potted flowers and basic landscape can set the tone of an inviting space. Adding a fresh coat of paint to the trims, entrance door and garage doors can do wonders for the look of the property. Just make sure that you don’t overdo the colors.

Style your porch by creating welcoming vignettes. A bench or a combination of bistro chairs and table will help potential buyers visualize using and enjoying the space. Warm it up with colorful outdoor rugs or mats.

Bringing in a Professional Stager to work with you and your realtor will help you achieve all this and much more to get your home a faster sale and top dollar.

Minol Shamreen Studio M Designs | (408) 858.1438 | Austin, Texas

Minol Shamreen is a HSR Certified Professional Home Stager with an impressive background in architecture and interior design. She offers customized staging and styling solutions to her clients and excellent partnership plans for Realtors. She claims to be an HGTV addict and loves to blog about all things design!

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