The Importance Of Curb Side Appeal
People tend to overlook the importance of prepping their home to sell. And one of the most effective ways to market your home is through curbside appeal. If you are planning on listing your home for sale, implementing this type of thoughtful marketing will increase your chances of a quick real estate transaction.
Want to know how? All City Realtor explains the importance of curb appeal and what you need to do to get your home “show ready.”
What Is Curb Appeal?
Curbside appeal is the outlook of your home from the curb. Homebuyers have a tendency to judge a book (or in this case, a house) by its cover. So if they pull up to the curb and see a home with missing shingles and a brown lawn, they may just drive away. It won’t matter if the inside has state of the art appliances and other modern amenities— the curb appeal already has them moving on to the next deal.
But preparing your front yard and the outer extremities of your home, the better chance you have of giving off a good impression. After all, these people are searching for their dream home. And their dream home probably has a fresh coat of paint and a pressure washed the driveway.
How To Get That Curb Side Appeal
You don’t have to put a ton of money into your home’s curbside appeal. All you want to do is give off the impression that the home is in pristine condition from the mailbox to the electrical units. That facade will be clear from the curb, which means the front of the home needs extra special care.
Here are just a few ways you can get that curbside appeal:
The most noticeable aspect that buyers will consider is whether or not the house has had a recent paint job. People aren’t going to want to put in the time and money for a fix as simple as an exterior paint job. It’s better to foot the bill for this yourself in order to sell the home quicker.
A fresh coat of paint will do wonders to change your curbside appeal, even if you don’t get creative with the landscaping. Make sure you choose a neutral color like white or beige in order to appeal to a broader buyer market. An outside paint job is going to cost you a couple of thousand dollars, but those numbers would probably be included in the closing costs anyway. You can choose to pressure wash the outside for a cheaper fix, but it won’t work nearly as well as a bonafide paint job.
You home’s lawn is going to be the second focal point of your curb appeal. A brown lawn or messy shrubbery is an instant eyesore that will turn buyers away. Make sure the grass stays trimmed, along with any bushes or trees. If you have it in your budget, it may even be worth it to hire a landscaper to plant flowers and other greenery in order to liven up your home’s veneer.
The last key piece of your home’s curbside appeal is the driveway. The driveway should be pressure washed to get rid of any car oil stains and to just give it that overall clean look.