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F16-Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday. December 5, 1976 'Curb Appeal' Important Do It Yourself To Home Buyers, Sellers 2 : : ' ;.. . J xv: ... , a"" . i latively new houses," he said, "don t have enough decent-sized shrubs and trees around them, but many older hduses have too many large shrubs and trees. And overgrown planting does not add one bit to curb appeal, but makes the house look depressing, dark and dreary. Too much planting also can make the interior of a house dark and often damp." On the matter of insurance, Cobb says that you should not wait until an improvement has been completed before increasing the amount of insurance on your house. "As soon as you know the scope of the work but before it begins," he explains, "get in touch with your insurance agent. Explain to him what you plan to do, what the approximate cost will be, when the work is to begin, and when you expect the job to be completed. He can then arrange to have your insurance increased to cover you as the work progresses. one way of improving the outside of your residence is to get rid of details that don't match the style of the house. He points out: I "Multi-colored aluminum awnings may look all right on a Florida stucco house, but the same thing on a Cape Cod house in New England looks totally inappropriate. Overly fancy doors, too much or too fussy ornamental metalwork on stair rails or as trim, too many different colors on door and window trim, sometimes coupled with patterned brick walls and variegated roofing colors all these mean an overdressed house, as distracting to the eye as an overdressed matron replete with shiny earrings, clanking bracelets, dazzling beads and brooches, a bouffant hairdo and rhinestone-trimmed eyeglasses. Neither house nor lady can be seen for the trimmings." Another Cobb suggestion is to get rid of overgrown planting. "Most re I" I''- I r 1' 1 ,: ' If ; -; f v , jf";" :j . - ': -0 . J i - 5 ' ' t I : , . 'I 'i I I i ' By ANDY LANG AP NtwifMturtt The cliche about the importance of a first impression is never more important than when you are preparing to sell a house. Real estate brokers know well that many a possible sale is lost before the prospective purchaser sets foot inside the house. If the outside of the house looks shabby or the lawn is overgrown or there are other visible evidences of neglect, the customer is likely to feel that the inside is equally in need of care. There are many instances when a client will refuse flatly to inspect the interior even when assured that he will be pleasantly surprised by its practical layout. and excellent condition. This first-impression aura is known as "curb appeal" to architects and builders. An inviting front door, an attractive fence, well-placed shrubbery and shutters are among the items that catch the eyes of guests as well as of possible buyers. There was a time when shutters, for example, were functional and thus had hinges so that they could be opened and closed as desired. Today, most shutters have no hinges and are simply attached to the house. That's because it was discovered years ago that, even when shutters were not necessary, they had a decorative appeal and were usually requested by the buyers of development houses. Hubbard Cobb, whose latest book is "Improvements That Increase the Value of Your House," suggests that Start Classes Wed. Evening, Dec. 8th REAL ESTATE BROKER EXAM CRAM COURSE WED. THURS. FRI. EVENINGS & ALL DAY SAT. & SUN. HOLIDAY INN of Palm Beach Gardens, P.G.A. Blvd. at 1-95 4S R0's'"""i Information Contact Kt REAL ESTATE EDUCATION Oil A Oil AT SERVICES CORP. 044 "fc1! U I (A ( h I' J i ff'f ! : ' ' 'ill Fcr immediate ccmpbta personalized mortgage . informationcall ycW neighborhood Fidelity V Federal mifrtcasp csunxctor vthcut delay! Plant Stands Come in All Shapes North 'v. 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