If you’ve ever gone through the home shopping process, you know that some houses just have it. While you might find some homes a bit lackluster and uninspiring, there are others that catch your eye and start your imagination racing from the moment you drive by and see that For Sale sign. A lot of that is based on personal preference and opinion, but there’s also a science behind it. In real estate, we call that science curb appeal—that “This home could be yours” quality that only certain houses possess.
At The Patterson Group, we know how important it is to get potential buyers’ attention early on. With so many houses on the market—especially in Alexandria, where the market often moves really fast—people who are unimpressed with the exterior of one house can just move on to the next. To avoid this, we have some tried-and-true tips for clients who are selling their homes to make sure that they are presented in the best possible light from the moment they go on the market.
Consider it like putting makeup or a gorgeous new dress on your house! You don’t have to be getting ready to sell it to try these tips (but if you are, also see our post on staging); you could be preparing to entertain or simply wanting your house to look its best. Either way, you’re sure to make a statement and show an enviable attention to detail and décor.
1) The most important thing is to paint your front door! A front door is a beacon and a symbol of hospitality. A freshly painted front door goes a long way in making your home look welcoming and well-maintained. Painting the shutters is a good idea, too.
2) Try putting up an American flag. You can’t go wrong by showing your patriotism and adding a touch of the familiar. The next time you’re in Old Town, make a game of how many American flags you can count while walking or driving around—Old Town’s streets are wonderful examples of fabulous curb appeal.
3) Clean up your yard! Add fresh mulch (maybe a few days in advance to avoid the mulchy smell) and some colorful potted plants. Placing flowers by the entrance instantly makes a house look friendly and warm.
Born, raised, and bred in Alexandria, VA, Britt Patterson is a true product of the great state of Virginia. Britt attended Waynewood Elementary (Class of ’96), Carl Sandburg Middle School (Class of ’98) , and West Potomac High School (Class of ’02), she then went on to attend Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) where she majored in Business Marketing and Minored in Real Estate. Britt “officially” joined the family business as a licensed Realtor in 2008 after two years of working the political fundraising field and prides herself on her Alexandria real estate knowledge, alongside her integrity, loyalty, and professionalism as an agent and Vice President for the family business.
The Patterson Group is one of the most experienced and trusted real estate teams in the area, serving Alexandria, VA for over thirty years. We offer professional, hardworking, detailed and friendly service and a large network of contacts and resources accrued over our many years in Alexandria real estate. Comprised of seven Alexandria locals, six of whom are licensed realtors and three of whom are accredited staging professionals, The Patterson Group is passionate and knowledgeable about Alexandria, VA and here for all of your Northern VA real estate needs. Allow us to help you find your home here and discover all that the Alexandria lifestyle has to offer.
400 South Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314