How to Create Curb Appeal When Selling Your Home
Oh yes, those two magic words. “Curb appeal.” The holy grail of selling a home. We all know it’s important to create an inviting canvas for potential buyers. But why? Well, for the same reason you want to look your best for a job interview. Or a first date. You want that second meeting. To stand out. The saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” could cost you potential buyers if they don’t like what they see before they even step foot into your home. But be careful. Just like a date with too much perfume on, less is more. Too much landscaping can be just as off-putting as a complete fixer-upper with no landscaping! Below are some helpful tips to create the perfect balance for your potential buyers.
- Pressure wash the driveway, walkways, and house.
- Clear gutters.
- Wash windows inside and out with hot, soapy water.
- Inspect your roof. Clean it up and repair any missing shingles or repair any minor damage. If there is major damage, consider replacing the roof. It could wind up adding to big a big payoff when selling.
- Paint the entire house if it has been awhile since the home has been updated and your budget permits. If not, focus on painting the garage door, front door, and shutters. Make sure you choose nice, neutral colors that you can find elsewhere in the neighborhood.
- Consider adding some large pavers or flagstones to create interesting walkways.
- Add new address numbers that are easily readable from the street as well as attractive.
- Rake, mow, and edge lawn.
- Place a couple of accent plants in nice pottery near the front door.
- Remove any dead landscaping.
- Trim back any overgrown bushes, shrubs, and/or trees. Consider removing any that have high maintenance or block large portions of the property.
- Plant sod or seed in bare patches of lawn.
- Add fresh, dark sod to landscape beds with a neutral trim around if there currently isn’t one.
- Accent plants in landscape beds should be modest, easy to care for, and able to grow on your property. Large gardens or flower beds can actually be detrimental here. (Remember, no one wants a high maintenance employee.)
There is no doubt that curb appeal is important when selling a home. How many upgrades you choose to implement to increase foot traffic to your house is up to you and your budget. Great curb appeal can drastically increase the sell of a home faster and for more money, because of the positive effect it has on buyers. You want your home to stand out as clean and updated. Be memorable with curb appeal.