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Curb appeal, the illusive secret weapon that enamors potential buyers from afar and draws them into your home. There have been several attempts to nail down the “secret formula” for curb appeal.
In reality, the best approach to improving your home’s presentation from outside is to take the time to consider what fits.
In this post, we’ll give you some budget ideas to help you find the curb appeal boosters that will match with your home.
1. Fresh paint
One well-known curb appeal strategy is to repaint some of the notable components of the outside of your home. The places that have to most impact?
Front door - a front door that pops, but that also fits with the style of your home and complements its main color will make your home stand out from the neighbors.
Shutters - repainting your shutters is another inexpensive area to add some color to your home. However, be wary of choosing bright colors for your shutters if they’re going to clash with or disrupt the overall style of your home.
Mailbox - a neglected, dented, and a dirty mailbox is a huge turn off for potential buyers. Buying a new one, or adding a fresh coat of paint to your old one that matches one of the highlight colors of your home, can be a great way to add a sense of continuity to the exterior of your house.
2. Sparse decorations
Just like the inside of your home, less is often more when it comes to decoration. There are a number of things to add to your yard that will improve its overall presentation. But, just be sure that it doesn’t appear out of place or tacky. A single, small, and brightly colored bird house in a tree is usually a safe bet.
3. Simple landscaping
There’s no need to hire contractors for elaborate landscaping or to purchase expensive plants and shrubbery. A well-manicured yard is enough to make your home stand out. And, remember that potential buyers will most likely be looking for a home that is low-maintenance. A simple lawn and walkway say just that.
Also be sure to trim and prune your current trees, bushes, and flowerbeds. You might find that a cleanup is all they needed to be impressive once more.
4. Pressure washing
Most of us grow accustomed to how our home looks and might not notice the accumulation of dirt on the siding. By hiring or renting a pressure washer for a day, you’ll be able to update a number of aspects of curb appeal. From siding and decks to walkways and driveways, you can cover a lot of square footage with a pressure washer.
One note on pressure washers: the better ones can be dangerous. That means hiring a professional could help get the best results for your money. Also, while you can buy a pressure washer, you might find that for the amount you use it, it’s easier just to hire or rent every few years.
The exterior of your home tells all the story about your aesthetic taste and interior design. Make it a place anyone would love to walk into whether you are selling or not. It is your haven, and it deserves treatment as one. So, don't wait until you are listing your home to make it a paradise worth living. Try these five easy and affordable ideas, and you will be glad you did.
5 Easy Ways to Give Your Curb a Lift
- Front Door Makeover. Of course, your front door is a good start. It is the focal point of your home as such deserve more of your attention. Even if visitors miss the mailbox, which is unlikely, they will notice your front door. Why? Because that is the doorway into your home. Therefore, it is crucial to pay attention first to your door when it comes to improving your curb appeal. A little makeover like painting the door with a fresh coat is an excellent way to go. Be sure to employ attractive colors. Remember it is the way into your paradise.
- Bring Florida to Your Walkway. Visitors go through that walkway before arriving at your door. Your sidewalk also happens to be one of the first things neighbors and passersby see as they pass by your home. An excellent way to make a memorable initial impression is to bring Florida to your home by planting flowers along your walkway. Make it enticing. Enliven your paradise!
- Gift Your Mailbox a New Look. Homeowners quickly forget their mailbox contribute a part to their curb appeal. The small box seats there all year with little or no attention. In a bid to improve your curb appeal, try gifting your mailbox a new look by painting it with a fresh coat or making a beautiful garden around it.
- Add Colors to Your Home Number. Each home has a unique set of numbers known as a home number. It is one of the first things a visitor or passerby see as they look at your home. Make them colorful by painting them with inviting colors that complement your home.
- Hand a Window Box. This trendy curb appeal idea helps you to gift your home a sophisticated feel without having to put out a lot of cash. Simply hang it up there and paint to match. Simple, easy and effective!
You don't particularly need to put out a lot of cash or hire a pro to give your exterior a life. You can always complete the job with these easy and affordable ideas. Don't sweat it!
You hear much about curb appeal when you're reading through real estate blogs, but what does that actually mean? Is it lots of colorful flowers or perfect landscaping? What about exterior artwork or a decorative mailbox?
What it’s not
So, you probably already have more than a general idea of what curb appeal is, but here is what it is not:
It isn’t your house sticking out like a sore thumb in the neighborhood. That means that if all your neighbors have upgraded landscaping and yours is the only one that has rocks and dirt or dead patches of grass, the folks that stop by to see your home will plan on getting it as a fixer-upper or at least at a steep discount.
It’s also not having tons of water features and garden gnomes on your front lawn. And while re-purposing a toilet to be a flower bed might garner you a second look from drivers-by, it won’t endear you to homebuyers. And it certainly isn’t add-ons that fail to match the rest of the exterior.
What it is
In real estate parlance, curb appeal means anything that adds to a home’s exterior and is visible from the street. From landscaping to roofing upgrades; new windows to concrete treatments the driveway and sidewalks, anything that visibly positively catches the eye increases its curb appeal.
How to get it
The first best way to get curb appeal is to keep what you already have. That is, keep your lawn, roof, siding, stucco or brick, fences, doors, and windows in top condition. Fix anything that breaks. Paint what needs painting. Repair the roof after a storm. Repair or replace a broken or damaged garage door. Water and trim the lawn or replace it with eco-friendly and attractive xeriscape. Handle all upkeep on a regular basis so that when the time comes to sell, you don't have a lot of refurbishing to do and can concentrate instead on those little "extras" that set your home just a little above the rest.
With all the regular stuff handled, you can spend a little bit more on adding colorful plants and planter boxes, painting the door a cheerful, inviting color, and perhaps changing out the carriage lights for something new. And when the curb appeal is well in hand, focus on the inside to get that top dollar return.
If you need help determining which items provide the most curb appeal in your neighborhood, reach out to a local realtor.
If you're getting ready to put your home on the market, one of the best things you can do is adopt a "go with the flow" attitude!
Unless market conditions are ideal and all the stars are in perfect alignment, there will probably be a few ups and downs on the road to getting your house sold!
In all probability, there will be encouraging days and a setback or two, but with the help of a resourceful real estate agent and a little planning on your part, good luck is sure to come your way! What do we mean by the word "luck" in this case? The answer to that question can be found in a quote by the ancient Roman philosopher, Seneca: "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity!"
While a proactive real estate agent will create opportunities to attract potential buyers and present your home to its best advantage, the "preparation" part of the formula will mostly be up to you. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of that "window of opportunity" that opens up as soon as your agent puts your house on the market and plants a for sale sign in your front yard!
Curb appeal: Making a great impression from a street point-of-view can be one of your most effective forms of advertising. When your property looks neat, well maintained, and nicely landscaped, you'll be sending a positive message to potential buyers. By showing people that you have pride in ownership, they'll realize and appreciate the fact that your home has been well taken care of. Some homes require more preparation than others to convey that image, but when you pay attention to details, the desired results often follow.
Home staging: Staging your home for maximum impact involves strategies like arranging furniture in conversational groupings. In other words, if the configuration of your furniture lends itself to socializing, relaxation, and comfort, you'll be sending a positive message to people about the desirability of your home. It's also to your benefit to convey a feeling of spaciousness, cleanliness, and good taste. Although everyone has different taste when it comes to decorating, your real estate agent can offer helpful tips, based on their experience, objectivity, and training.
Most upgrades, repairs, and improvements to your house can potentially increase the chances of selling your home within the shortest period of time. Your agent can help you prioritize tasks you need to do to make a favorable impression on house hunters. They will provide you with professional advice on factors like cost effectiveness, urgency, and putting your best foot forward. In many cases, there are simple and relatively inexpensive measures you can take to improve your home's marketability, eye appeal, and perceived value.