The term Curb Appeal is basically how attractive is a home when viewed from the street or the “curb”. I have found that my buyers will not get out the car if they do not like the home's curb appeal. In fact, many buyers will rule out a home that they view on line if they do not like the curb appeal. With internet photos and Google Earth, it is easy to check out a homes curb appeal and with more and more people shopping for homes online, potential buyers could be turned off from viewing your property, just based on the listing photo alone. Addressing curb appeal is a critical component in marketing and selling your home, because curb appeal forms a “first impression” of a home. In other words, curb appeal sets the tone for the entire home. Buyers associate the condition of the exterior and landscape with the condition of the interior. Your home's curb appeal must invite buyers to view the rest of the property. In a buyer's market, curb appeal can mean the difference between a home that sells quickly for the asking price and a home that sells after months of sitting on the market for below the asking price. Here is one way to assess the curb appeal of your home. The next time you come home, stop across the street or far enough down the driveway to get a good view of the house and its surroundings. What is your first impression of the house and yard area? What are the best exterior features of the house or lot? How can you enhance them? What are the worst exterior features of the house or lot? How can you minimize or improve them? Park your care where a potential buyer would and walk towards the house, looking around you as if it were your first visit. Is the approach clean and tidy? What could you do to make it more attractive? You can even take photos of the homes exterior and then make a list of the problem areas you discovered. The first thing you should do is clean up the landscaping and then put some time into projects that make the home look nice such as exterior power washing, painting, wood repair. The amount of time any money you put into preparing your home will pay off with less time on the market and a higher sales price.