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The worst house on the block

A few rocks and a little greenery added a focal point to the front yard.
A few rocks and a little greenery added a focal point to the front yard.

Buyers who bought in the suburbs for that “country feeling” have had developers come in and build new homes and totally change the landscape of their once serene neighborhoods.  No one wants to have the worst house on the block, but sometimes it happens because the neighborhood changed.

There is little a homeowner can do when their gently sloping front yard becomes a hill because a developer cut the streets at such a low grade.  The opposite is also true; sometimes developers haul in dirt and build streets higher than an existing home.  Either way, the homeowner is stuck with an old home and unfashionable driveway surrounded by new homes.

While the new homes in the neighborhood should increase the value of existing homes, extreme changes to the landscape can be very detrimental to a sale.  A homeowner, who has not only lost the serenity of suburban living but now needs an all wheel drive vehicle to scale their driveway, needs to find positive ways to get their home noticed.

Home staggers, and real estate professionals, will tell you that to get top dollar your home has to be the best home on the block, but what if your home is the worst home on the block?  Can a lower sales price make your home more desirable?  Perhaps, if you get the price low enough, but in today’s real estate market a lower sales price is not always the answer.  

This home in Kansas City had undergone suburban development issues that left the Seller without prospects.  People drove past this home because of the steep driveway and lack of curb appeal.  Two inexpensive changes to the exterior got buyers to stop and look at the home.  

The first change was to build a rock garden around a couple of small trees the owner had growing in the front yard.  With a few rocks, and some greenery we gave potential buyers something to look at.  The next step was to get rid of the iron columns and install wooden columns on the front porch.  The small changes were enough to get the home sold without the seller having to reduce the price.


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