If you are thinking about selling your home, you know that to get a potential buyer interested in scheduling a showing with a realtor, they must first be interested in the exterior of your home. This is what is known in the industry as “curb appeal” at it refers to how attractive or alluring a potential buyer finds a house while passing it “on the curb”. If a house does not have good curb appeal, it may mean that a potential buyer will not even proceed in contacting a realtor about the house or taking any next steps to view the property. This can delay the selling of your house and could be frustrating especially if the inside of your house is completely remodeled. Here are a few things that you can do to increase the curb appeal of your home before putting it on the market.
- Fresh coat of paint- Everyone knows that a fresh coat of paint can immediately freshen up the look of a wall or room, so why not employ the same tactic on the outside of a house? A fresh coat of paint will make the house seem cleaner, brighter and larger, giving it extra curb appeal and aesthetic.
- New and/or well maintained garage doors- Garage doors are, when you think about it, a large percentage of the outside of a house. If they are damaged, dirty or in poor condition, it will make the rest of the house seem damaged, dirty or in poor condition too. If it is in your budget, you can look into getting new residential garage doors which will not only increase the curb appeal of your house but will also increase the value of your house when you put it on the market.
- Immaculate landscaping- As far as curb appeal goes, few things are as off-putting as overgrown grass and bushes, huge spiny weeds and scraggly trees. Instead, think about investing in good landscaping. This could include mowed grass, trimmed hedges and bushes, pruned trees, and perhaps even some planters or hanging flowers. This will ensure that your house looks clean and lovely which will entice potential buyers to want to see the inside.
- Clean windows- Dirty, clouded windows are never a good way to entice someone to enter your home. In fact, not only does it look bad from the outside, but it looks bad from the inside too and can also minimize the amount of natural light you get in your home. You can clean windows yourself or use a service, but making sure you have clean, clear glass will go a long way in increasing your home’s curb appeal.
- Clean driveway- If your driveway is cracked, full of weeds and marked with oil stains from car maintenance, it is a good idea to hose and scrub it down as well as pull weeds and even fix cracks. A poorly maintained driveway implies the rest of the house is poorly maintained and does absolutely nothing to increase curb appeal.
When selling your house, make sure to pay special attention to exterior items like windows, paint and overhead doors to ensure you get a lot of interest from potential buyers.