How To Create Maximum Curb Appeal And Sell Your Home

How To Create Maximum Curb Appeal And Sell Your Home

Curb appeal is that undefinable something that draws you to a home at a glance. It is a combination of visual charm, good upkeep and attention to detail.  An attractive entryway or appealing landscaping can make or break a sale. If your home lacks curb appeal, many prospective buyers will reject it or even try to lowball you on price.  

In a survey, real estate agents named curb appeal one of the five most important factors in selling a home.

 

Here are several ways to bump up your home’s curb appeal:

1. Bust clutter

“Clutter,” of course, is in the eye of the beholder, so think of it this way: Buyers need to imagine your home as their own, with their possessions and their style. Go for a clean, streamlined look.

2. Freshen the entry

Clean the front door and give it a couple of coats of paint. Repair, replace or remove damaged screen or doors.  Declutter, clean and repaint where needed. Finally, consider a new or custom front door to give the home a well-tended look. Polish any metal knobs and fixtures. Place a big planted pot on each side of the front door.

3. Add living space outdoors

If your porch, deck or garden allows, install furnishings that expand the home’s living space into the outdoors. Outdoor rooms are a trendy attraction for homebuyers.  Suggestions include adding an inexpensive indoor-outdoor rug, a porch swing, deck furniture, mood lighting, dining or barbecuing areas, or an outdoor bar.

4. Repaint the exterior

Repainting the outside of your home isn’t a low-budget option. But if the home is ready for a paint job and you can swing it, a new coat of paint seriously pumps up curb appeal.

Take a neighborhood tour to research colors and shades that appeal to you and that fit in with the neighborhood. If you see a paint color you like, ask the homeowner for the color name and brand.

5. Paint trim

If you can’t paint the entire home, paint the trim, or just the window trim in an accent color. This is a relatively simple upgrade that provides plenty of pop.

6. Replace entry fixtures

Old fixtures often seem dated and unappealing to buyers. By contrast, new exterior light fixtures can quickly give a home an updated look.

While you’re at it, replace the house numbers, the entry-door lock set and front-door mailbox. Brushed nickel gives a contemporary look, while an oiled bronze finish works well in traditional homes.

7. Power wash

Rent a power washer if you don’t own one and clean the decks and pavement.  If you can’t repaint, use a power washer carefully to clean and brighten the home’s siding.  Power washers can damage wood if used incorrectly, so get instructions and be careful.

8. Clean the windows

Have the windows cleaned or do it yourself, but don’t put your home on the market without sparkling windows, inside and out.

9. Clean and repair the roof

If your roof has moss, weeds or mold, clean it until it looks great from the street. Replace missing or broken shakes or tiles. Clean the gutters.

10. Mow, weed and trim

Keep the lawn carefully mowed. Spend a weekend shaping, pruning and cutting back overgrown shrubs. Mow neglected and overgrown areas.

Prune trees and remove limbs that hang over the house. Weed gardens thoroughly, and cover beds with mulch or compost.

11. Add high-impact landscaping

Tasteful landscaping can define a home’s exterior. Also, get instant results by installing a few trees in pots to fill holes or bare spots in the landscaping.

Frame the front door or entrance with symmetrical pots holding small trees or medium-sized perennial plants. If your budget is limited, concentrate purchases on buying plants that will create a beautiful entrance.

12. Install outdoor lighting

Path lighting is an inexpensive, high-impact upgrade. You can install it yourself.  Use a low-voltage outdoor system, or skip the wiring altogether and use individual solar path lights. The solar lights are less bright, but path lighting doesn’t require blazing light, only visual cues for safety and attractiveness.




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