Making the right first impression is important. After all, you wouldn’t wear just jeans and a t-shirt to a job interview, would you? So why then would you neglect what kind of impression your home makes when it comes to preparing it for sale? From keeping up with yard work to scheduling garage door repair, Albuquerque home sellers can do a number of property maintenance projects to ensure that their properties have the curb appeal to stand out from other homes in popular neighborhoods like Nob Hill or the North Valley. But do you know the kind of curb appeal mistakes to avoid?

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At NationServe we've put together a list of common curb appeal mistakes to avoid ensuring you make the right first impression with your home.

What to Avoid

1. Failing to Keep Up with Maintenance

First and foremost, don’t overlook curb appeal entirely. It may be tempting to put off property maintenance when your schedule is too busy. Or you may think the inside of your home is the real selling point, so the yard comes second. But when it comes to selling your home, it’s vital to catch the attention of potential homebuyers as soon as possible.

Cleaning up messy lawns, repairing dented garage doors, fixing chipped paint, and handling other property maintenance tasks can mean the difference between whether or not a homebuyer stops in during the open house or continues to drive on by without a second glance.

Man fixing his home outside on a ladder

2. Over-Improving Your Property

On the other end of the property maintenance spectrum, a property that looks like it requires too much maintenance can discourage sales. You may think having a garden filled with flower beds and carefully groomed hedges makes an interesting curb appeal feature. After all, you’ve spent years crafting your garden. Who wouldn’t love it?

Sadly, one person’s dream garden equals another person’s upkeep nightmare. Not every homebuyer will want a yard that requires a lot of work.

3. Clutter in the Yard

A cluttered yard is an uninviting one. From overgrown plants to bicycles left in the yard, what’s left outside says a lot about the condition of the inside. For example, leaving your vehicles parked in the driveway tells potential homebuyers that your garage, and by extension the house, just isn’t big enough to accommodate all your belongings. Additionally, realtors warn that parked vehicles in your driveway can become a distraction in online listing photos.

4. Ignoring the Little Details

Once you’ve cleared the clutter from the yard, take a good look at your home’s exterior. Little details like dead leaves or plants in your garden, a torn window screen, or mud on your porch or walkway may not seem like big problems, but they are all red flags to a buyer who wants to know that a home has been well maintained. A little clean-up and mending can go a long way!

woman cleaning her front yard

5. Eyesore Garage Door

Make sure your garage door is in good condition. Avoid leaving your garage door in disrepair with peeling paint, dents, or scratches. Not only are these eyesores, but the neglected condition may also give homebuyers the impression that the garage door’s functionality isn’t good either. If you find your garage door doesn’t close properly, or the panels have unsightly gaps, it may be time to replace the garage door altogether. NationServe carries a fine selection of Wayne Dalton residential garage doors in Albuquerque and other cities throughout the United States.

Effective Ways to Boost Curb Appeal

If you’re on a tight budget, you may be thinking you can’t afford to fully upgrade your home’s exterior to maximize curb appeal. Luckily, there are a number of budget-friendly tasks you can do to quickly clean up your home’s exteriors:

  • Paint your trim, shutters, or front door
  • Upgrade your mailbox or house number sign
  • Plant a tree or some other low-maintenance greenery
  • Replace exterior lighting fixtures
  • Add flower boxes to your windows

Improve Your Garage Door; Improve Your Curb Appeal

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Visually, the single biggest element of your home’s façade is likely your garage door. A properly installed and maintained model can, therefore, make a big difference to your curb appeal. You can hire our experts for garage door repair to improve your garage door without having to completely replace it. If your garage door opener makes a lot of noise when in operation, or if your garage door appears to close incorrectly, make an appointment for garage door opener repair.

If it’s time to replace your garage door, visit your nearest NationServe showroom; we have a wide selection of garage doors, in materials ranging from traditional wood or steel to contemporary aluminum, glass, vinyl, wood, and fiberglass. As an official dealer of premier Wayne Dalton™ garage doors in Albuquerque and other cities in the US, NationServe brings you attractive, affordable doors that help prospective buyers see your current home as their next home.  Contact NationServe to get a quote.