Is curb appeal really a big deal when selling a home? Picture this: A prospective buyer enters an immaculate house with a well designed home office tastefully decorated with vacation photos and college memorabilia. Next the buyer walks into the gorgeous kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and hardwood floors. The house tour continues upstairs with spacious bedrooms well staged in neutral colors. So what’s wrong with this picture? Unfortunately, the buyer never noticed any of that because he couldn’t get past the rickety fence, weedy grass and dead plants in the flower beds out in the yard. Yes, curb appeal is one of the most important aspects of selling a home. Curb appeal is that first impression of your home. Opinions formed based on the appearance and the curb appeal outside speaks to how you care about your home. And once formed those opinions likely will never change.
So what are some ways to address curb appeal when selling a home? Here are 5 tips to improving your home’s curb appeal:
- The most obvious first step to improving curb appeal is to address overgrown grass and weeds. Overgrown grass can give the impression that the home is not well maintained. Keep the lawn neatly mowed, watered, weed free, and if necessary hire a landscaper to make sure your lawn is looking its best.
- Although a fence can add to curb appeal, a low quality, rusted, chain link fence can be an eyesore. So can a wooden fence that has not been stained or painted. Even a vinyl fence can be stained with mud or mildew. Make sure your fence is clean and in good repair. Sometimes the only solution is to remove the offending fence.
- Another issue when addressing curb appeal is a bee infestation. Look around your porches or around your decks for bee or wasp nests. Bees or wasps hanging around the entrance to a home is likely to deter a prospective buyer from even venturing inside. Carefully removing bee hives is a good idea.
- It is not a great first impression if buyers have to inch past bushes covering a path to the door. Make sure bushes are trimmed. Removing old, overgrown bushes and replacing with smaller, easier to maintain bushes as well as the addition of color with flower pots or window boxes can easily increase your home’s curb appeal.
- Power washing the siding of the home and garage as well as the sidewalk is an easy way to increase your home’s curb appeal. A home’s exterior can look brand new after it has been power washed.
Selling a home? By following these 5 simple real estate tips you will be maximizing its curb appeal and drawing buyers into your home instead of turning them away!