Creating Curb Appeal

What is curb appeal?
Curb appeal is the first impression your home makes on a potential buyer. If they aren’t impressed with the outside of your home, they aren’t likely to investigate further. Even if they do, they may tend to look at it more harshly thinking it has not been well-maintained. “Curb appeal” is a common term used for how attractive your home looks to buyers. The more curb appeal your home has, the more likely it is to sell quickly and garner a higher selling price.

Get an advantage over your competition
With so many houses on the market today, any advantage your home has will help it sell. This is where the home with curb appeal has the advantage. An appealing home will attract more street traffic so people driving by and seeing your sign will be more inclined to stop and look.

Over 84% of all buyers use the Internet
With 84% or all buyers using the Internet to shop for a home, you need to show them an attractive home so they’ll do more than just look at your home on the Internet.

Easy and inexpensive ways to add curb appeal
Creating curb appeal can be easy and inexpensive. We’ve outlined some ways to make your home more appealing to prospective buyers.

It’s easy to overlook minor problems with your home such as finger-smudged light switches, weeds in the flower beds, peeling or chipped paint, etc. As a matter of fact, you probably don’t even notice them anymore, but potential buyers will! Ask your realtor or a friend to take an objective look at your home to spot any cosmetic defects. Then take action on their findings.

Mow, trim, clean and fix
Be sure your lawn is mowed and the gutters are clean. Trim the bushes and fix anything that’s hanging or broken. Shine your doorknob, paint the door and clean the windows. Pressure wash the house as well as the walkways. This will give them a clean, white appearance. Edge the yard for a manicured look and add fresh mulch to flower gardens. Landscape the yard or plant flowers to create a well-maintained feel to your home. If the house needs painted, do it. Nothing sells a house faster than a clean, fresh look.

Create an inviting entrance
The first thing a buyer will notice before entering your home is the front porch. Make sure it looks inviting. Place two large planters with flowers in them on either side of the door or walkway for an attractive look. This will create a focal point, forcing your visitors to focus on one area rather than the entire home at once. Put a seasonal wreath on the door to imply warmth.

Now, wasn’t that easy?
Making these easy, low-cost improvements to your home will make it much more appealing to prospective buyers looking for homes in your area. Following our advice will help your home sell more quickly and for more money.

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