Realtor Joseph Graventi’s top tips for adding curb appeal to your Downers Grove Listing

Why Curb Appeal Matters 

First impressions are very important when it comes to selling your Downers Grove home. According to the National Association of Realtors, 63 percent of home shoppers will stop by after viewing a home online that they like. What will those homebuyers see? They will see the houses exterior, which includes the front entry, the yard, the driveway, and the sidewalk.  What they see will serve as a snapshot of what might be to come when those potential buyers enter your home.  The outside of your Downers Grove home is a big key to the buyers’ first impression.real estate agent downers grove joseph graventi

#1 Curb Appeal Starts with the Online Presence of Your Home

Because 99% of home shoppers begin the search process online, professional photos are the pinnacle to getting homebuyers to the front door.  A professional photographer will be able to show off each aspect of the exterior of the home at it’s very best.

#2 Make Your House Shine

Before you go planting more mums and azaleas, give your home a good scrub.  Top Downers Grove real estate agents say washing a house can add $10,000 to $15,000 to the sale price of some houses.

A pressure washer, a bucket of soapy water, and a long-handled brush can remove most dirt and mildew from the exterior of your home.  In addition to cleaning the house itself, the pressure washer can bring your walkways back to life.

Clean all of your windows, inside and out, and clean the ever neglected garage door.

#3 Pretty Up Your Front Door

Your Downers Grove home’s entry is its focal point.  Give it a splash of color or put in a fantastic custom wood door.  While you’re there, give some attention to the hinges.  There’s nothing worse that entering a new place, and it sounds like you’re walking into the Adam’s Family foyer.

#4 Replace that Rundown Hardware

The entry door knob and deadbolt, new house numbers, a wall mounted mailbox, and a new overhead chandelier, are elements that, when brought together, can add some interest to your Downers Grove real estate’s exterior.  When these elements function together, rather than random discount items picked up at the local home improvement store, they can really spruce up your houses curb appeal.

#5 Don’t Forget the Roof

The condition of your roof is one of the first things a potential homebuyer will notice, and it is one of the first things that a real estate appraiser will assess.  Missing, faded, broken, curled, or otherwise damaged shingles will be an eyesore on your curb appeal.  This will only be enhanced if your neighbors have properly maintained their roofs, or worse, replaced them.

Some roofs simply need a little TLC.  Removing 20 or more years of dirt or moss can make your roof shine.  Calling a professional roof cleaner will cost you a fraction of the cost to replace or repair a roof because of a bad appraisal.

#6 A Little Bit of Elbow Grease Can Go A Long Way

Imagine pulling up to a house in Downers Grove and the gutters are sagging, the shutters are all crooked, there are missing stones from the walkway, and the windows are dirty, some even cracked.  I’m sure your not thinking, “hey, I think I’ll pay top dollar for this little cutie”!

Doing a little general maintenance can do wonders for your Downers Grove real estate.  Here are a few general maintenance chores for your to get to work on:

  • Check for and refasten sagging gutters
  • Replace missing mortar and bricks in brickwork
  • Reseal your driveway and/or walkways
  • Clean and/or replace your windows
  • Straigten the shutters, or replace if necessary

That’s it!  Follow these simple steps from Downers Grove real estate agent Joseph Graventi and your home will be spick and span, and sale ready in no time!

Contact Joseph Graventi Downers Grove Real Estate Agent

Joseph would love to hear all of your home selling or buying dreams.  Please contact him at:

Phone: 630.618.0763
Email:  [email protected]