When you are trying to sell your home, curb appeal is important. Curb appeal refers to the first impression that potential buyers get when they pull up outside your property, and in these few seconds, they’ll often subconsciously make a decision about whether or not to buy your home. That’s why it’s so important to maximize curb appeal, and
Here are some ways in which you can do so
1. Clean your windows
Cleaning your windows can make your exterior look shiny and new, so it’s worth getting them professionally done just before a viewing. If you can’t find anyone to do them in time, you can clean your own windows and still get a decent finish. Don’t forget the windowsills and the front door, which usually just need a quick wipe.
2. Get gardening
Nothing is worse than showing up to a home viewing, only to find that the shrubs are overgrown and the front yard has become a dumping ground. Buyers will assume that since the yard is such a mess, the rest of the house must be similarly neglected, and they may wonder what other problems are lurking in the home. Even if you’re not generally green-fingered, you should at least:
- Clear any junk out of the yard
- Cut back shrubs, trees, and any greenery
- Use a pressure washer to clean patios, decking, and hard landscaping
- Plant some flowers in pots or beds
This will ensure your home looks neat and cared for, which will create the right impression.
3. Upgrade your home’s exterior
The weather and time can soon make your home’s exterior look old and tired, so it’s worth considering an upgrade. Exterior home remodeling is an easy way to upgrade your home, as it covers old brick and woodwork, instantly making your home look like new. It’s also a good way to make your home more energy-efficient, and protect it from the weather.
4. Paint your front door
Potential buyers will need to knock on your front door, so they’ll see it up close, and it can also be a focal point for your home’s exterior. It’s, therefore, a good idea to take a couple of hours and give it a coat of paint, also giving the brass fittings a quick polish too—if you can.
5. Create a driveway
If you live in an area such as a city, or somewhere where parking is in short supply, then a parking space can add value to your home and also improve your curb appeal. Your yard is simply full of junk and going to waste, consider having a concrete or stone driveway installed to neaten up the garden and make the most of the space. If you don’t have a garage, you may want to install a carport as an inexpensive alternative, so people at least know they can protect their car from the elements.
If you want people to see your “for sale” sign and slow down to look at your home, then spend some time working on curb appeal and you’ll get attention for the right reasons.