When it comes to selling your home, curb appeal is especially important. The outside of your home is the first thing buyers see, and it leaves a huge impact on their first impression. This impression can determine how long the “For Sale” sign stays in your yard.
Your home is a product, so package it well. If you were a buyer, would you want to step inside? Take a step back and look at your home from a buyer’s point of view. Find what stands out and what needs to be fixed. Highlight the positives and minimize the negatives. To help you do this, we’ve gathered a list of curb appeal dos and don’ts. Let Miracaza help you package your home so more buyers want to step inside.
Nature should work in your favor. The trees and bushes on your property need to work with, not against, your home. Trim your trees and bushes, remove dead trees, and mow the lawn to help enhance your home rather than hide it.
Go above and beyond to attract buyers to a home that doesn’t need work. Fill in the patchy spots on your lawn and maintain the shape of your yard. When a buyer sees an up-to-par lawn, they are more likely to think the insides of the house match the outsides.
Add to your lawn, porch, and front door areas with potted plants. Vibrant plants are a great way to add color to your home without using paint. Plants create a bright and welcoming environment that gives buyers an at-home feel before they even walk through the door.
Another way to make the colors around your home pop is to get rid of any dirt and grime. Pressure washing is a must-do. Your home’s exterior (including the driveway, carport, and patio) should be spotless. It’s also a great way to get rid of mold!
After pressure washing, you may need to freshen up any faded or chipped paint. Or, if the paint is old and out-of-date, update it.
The entrance and exits are crucial when selling your home. It’s the first and last thing homebuyers see; leave them with a good impression.
Ensure all the doorways are free from cobwebs, dirt, grime, and dust. Also, make sure to check for debris from chipped door frames (or scratched door frames if you have or have had pets). Clean and update door handles and locks if needed. If funds allow it, a newly stained door and welcome mat can go a long way too.
Make sure your home looks as good at night as it does during the day. Low voltage lights along the driveway, sidewalks, and bushes/trees give your home a safe appearance while also enhancing its glow. Extra bonus points for light fixtures on porches or by front doors, which add a decorative element to your home.
Don’t forget to clean up the less obvious parts of your home. Tend to your roof and gutters to let buyers know your home is well-maintained. Remove debris and moss, and make sure to reattach loose gutters.
Also, don’t forget to clean up your mailbox. Like the yard, the mailbox is one of the first things buyers see. Replace or repaint your mailbox, if needed.
While you want your home to look good, don’t design it in a style that screams you. Keep it basic so the buyer can see how they would fit into the home. Likewise, too many land ornaments – flower pots, statues, and planters – can make your lawn look cluttered. Keep it simple with one or two flower pots and one bird feeder at most.
Curb appeal can seem overwhelming but, in the end, it pays off. Curb appeal says a lot about your listing and how buyers perceive the rest of your property. Make sure your home grabs buyers’ attention in a positive way as soon as they drive or walk up to it. Your home doesn’t need to look perfect, but let it look its best. Set your home up for success from the inside out.