Make a Good First Impression
We all know how important it is to make a good first impression, and it’s no different when it comes to selling a home. Curb appeal describes the outside of your home and the effect that it has on a potential home buyer, and it can be anything from a freshly mowed lawn, to new paintwork, to flowers and shrubs planted in your front yard. If you are selling your home, it’s easy to focus on your home’s interior and overlook the appearance of the exterior.
If a buyer sees an untidy and unappealing exterior, they may think the inside of the home looks the same way, even if that isn’t the case. And if you are selling your home in a neighborhood full of many similar homes, some added curb appeal can make your home stand out from the competition.
Is it Possible to Have Curb Appeal Without Breaking the Bank?
Fortunately, it is easy to add curb appeal to your home without spending more than you can afford. As a rule of thumb, we recommend you should spend no more than 10 percent of the value of your home on improvements to its exterior.
If you aren’t sure where to start when it comes to spending time and money on improving the look of your home, figure out what your budget might be and where you can best spend it. It’s possible to give your front yard a whole new look by spending less than a thousand dollars, although how much you spend depends on the size of your house and yard, as well as what you are trying to achieve. Think of what attracts you to a home if you were a home buyer driving up to a house for sale.
How to Increase Curb Appeal By Upkeeping Your Lawn
Your lawn is a great place to start when it comes to making that all-important first impression. Make sure your lawn is mowed and trimmed, and any debris is removed from it. If you have overgrown bushes or shrubs, either remove them or trim them, and weed any flower beds.
Getting rid of that accumulated dirt and dust on your driveway or pathways can also help to give your home instant curb appeal, as can a few strategically placed potted plants or hanging baskets. Don’t forget your actual house – simply painting the front door, window frames, and shutters can make a big difference, as can giving your siding a good powerwash. And many potential buyers will evaluate your roof, so it’s worth making sure any moss, leaves and dirt are removed, and any minor maintenance issues are addressed.
Curb appeal can really make a big difference when it comes to selling your house faster, and getting more for it, especially in a crowded real estate market.