The Best Way to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Even in today’s housing market with low inventory, a buyer’s first impression of a home matters. Of course, you only get one crack at making a great first impression, and it boils down to one thing, curb appeal. The way a home looks from the outside is considered curb appel, and it can have a big impact on how much you can sell your home for. According to a study by University of Texas at Arlington business professor Sriram Villupuram, on average, a home with higher curb appeal is likely to sell for 7% more than a home with a less-welcoming exterior.
According to Bailey Carson, home expert at Angi.com, “The first impressions for potential buyers has a big impact on their mentality as they tour your home, and it can alter what they feel your home is worth”. You don’t want some chipped paint on the exterior of his door to give a bad first impression as to what the interior of the home may look like. We have decided to put together a list to boost your home’s curb appeal to help get you top dollar for your home.
Spruce Up Your Landscaping
According to a survey in 2019 of real estate agents by Home Light, a well-landscaped home sells for anywhere between 1% to 10% more than homes with no landscaping. You will want your home’s landscaping to look clean and trimmed when potential buyers pull up to see your home. Professional landscaping can be pretty costly. The good news is you can give your outdoor space a facelift – adding some instant curb appeal. Just like the interior, it is important to do your regular outdoor yard maintenance. These simple tasks will make a big difference when it comes to your houses curb appeal:
- Mow your grass
- Blow away leaves and debris
- Remove any weeds
- Pick up any garden tools and put in your shed
- Trim your shrubs/bushes
Accessorize your backyard landscaping with flowers and plants. If you don’t have the green thumb or time to maintain a lush flower bed, try researching lower maintenance flower options. You can even use larger flowerpots. Another option is window boxes or hanging planters with annual flowers. Beautiful flowers can instantly add curb appeal.
Make the driveway, walkway, and windows clean with Power Washing
You may not notice how dirty your driveway is when you pull your car in and out each day, but potential buyers will. If your driveway has tire marks, oil spots, or other grime, you can typically get rid of them with power washing. We specialize in power washing, concrete, driveways, roof cleaning, house washing, decks. You name it, we can clean it. Buyers notice roofs and it goes beyond just curb appeal. A roof is a major part of the home. Having a dirty roof gives the appearance and impression your roof and home has been neglected. We are able to take care of this before listing your home to ensure your home is looking its best. Because, lets face it, there are few things more satisfying than power washing years of dirt and grime off your siding, porch, walkway, and driveway.
Paint your front door
The front door is the main entrance to your home. It is worthwhile to do this quick improvement before getting ready to sell. Now you can’t decide the right color? I know some homes looks beautiful with a bright-colored front door but, a Zillow study in 2018 found that homes with black or charcoal gray front doors sell for nearly $6,000 more than expected. Painting your front door is a quick and easy project for you to tackle. However, if your front door is warping, rusting, has cracks, it may be necessary to go ahead and buy a new one. You want a home that the front door stands out, not blends in.
Swap Out Your Fixtures
To give your home’s exterior an updated, modern look, replace any old outdated light fixtures and old house numbers. A new mailbox can also make your house more inviting. Good outdoor lighting can not only boost the appearance of the home but can also add an extra layer of safety during the evenings. Having a well-lit walkway to your front door is a must. There’s nothing welcoming about a dark entryway. Replacing the fixtures can give a more fun and fresher look. If you still want some additional light sources, hang some porch string lights, or use some solar powered lanterns to light up a walkway.
Make Outdoor Spaces Inviting
If you have a front deck or patio, don’t leave it empty. A good outdoor living space is a “must have” for most homebuyers. Patios, porches, and decks should look clean, fresh, and inviting. Staging the exterior is just as important as staging the inside of your home. The exterior needs to look fresh, clean, and uncluttered.
Another easy way to make the outdoor space of your home more inviting is to update your house numbers. By removing your old house numbers and replacing them with something new and clean can quickly modernize the look of your home. Be sure to choose a font for the numbers that aligns with the architecture and style of your home.
Fix It Up
Take care of any small or minor repairs you may have been putting off. Simply fixing ripped screens, chipped paint can make a difference. Every tiny flaw may stand out to potential buyers, so it is worth taking a day to fix them. Take a quick walk around the outside and inside of your house and note anything that requires a quick fix. Next, get the tools you need and get to work.
Capture The Curb Appeal
Professional photography is incredibly important for a great listing presentation. When buyers are looking, often times they find a home online first. If you don’t have good, clean, staged photos, potential buyers will scroll past your home. Great home photography comes from collaboration between your agent who knows what to show (or not show) and a photographer who knows how to best capture it. It is important for your photographer to consider the best angles, time of day (lighting), and any special elements that should be highlighted. Photos are important before listing your home.
Could your home use a bit of extra curb appeal? Your home’s exterior is just like the cover of a book, it sets the stage for what’s inside. Whether you are interested in selling your home or you just want to make some improvements for your own enjoyment, adding additional curb appeal can be a fun way to express your creativity and make your house look nicer.
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