Folks are always fascinated by “foo-foo” beautification techniques. “Foo-foo” is my term for cosmetic fix-up or gingerbread. The primary goal is to upgrade the looks. Webster’s Dictionary defines cosmetic as correcting defects or to make beautiful. In come cases my techniques might stretch Webster’s definition a bit, but on balance, most folks agree: foo-foo techniques really do make ugly houses more pleasing to look at.
It’s important to understand that rent and buy decisions are often made in a matter of seconds by folks whizzing by the property in automobiles at 30 miles an hour. The first look and the first impression count for everything. If your property doesn’t generate positive vibrations on that first peek, you can forget the brand new carpets you installed inside.
Front yard fencing is decorative or foo-foo. This type of fencing is not meant to be useful. White picket fences surrounding the front lawns of older houses give them a homey look. Quite often, when I show houses to prospective customers, the first words out of their mouth when they see the property, “Oh, it’s lovely, I just adore your white picket fence.” Remember, they haven’t even set foot on the property. They’re still in the car looking.