We are always told that first impressions matter and this is absolutely correct with most parts of our lives, including selling homes. The first thing people see is what we naturally refer to as curb appeal. It is much more important than we normally think. Statistics show us that curb appeal is around 7% of the selling price of a property. In some cases this percentage can even go as high as 14.
Understanding Curb Appeal
To put it as simple as possible, curb appeal is practically how the home looks when you look at it from the street. It is also how appealing it is during a visit.
To quickly assess the curb appeal of your property, just go outside and look at the home. Put yourself in the shoes of someone interested in buying. The home exterior condition and color, landscaping, and maintenance of the entire property contribute to the curb appeal.
Before you list your home for sale, you absolutely need to improve the exterior. This is the most effective and important tool you have access to when you want to sell the home. When potential buyers love what they see as they take a look at the home, there is a higher possibility they will want to buy or even go inside to see what is there.
The good news is you do not have to do too much to increase home curb appeal. Obviously, there are some larger improvements that are possible but some quick things to look at are highlighted below.
Paint The House
Does the exterior of your home look dingy? This makes it less appealing. A very quick and easy way to fix this problem is to refresh the entire exterior of the house with the use of paint. The full exterior paint job is going to do wonders when it comes to increasing curb appeal. This is especially the case when paint is chipping or faded. Obviously, the paint job can end up being quite costly. However, it will make the big difference you surely want.
Another thing to consider is the color of the paint job. Earthy and warm neutrals are definitely hot on the market at the moment. The lawn can be tastefully complimented with the use of organic shades. Boost curb appeal with those colors that make the entire property look great.
Make Sure All Appliances Work
When someone visits your home and is interested in buying, there is a high possibility they will at least try some of the appliances they find. This is why you have to make sure they all work properly. Fortunately, in most cases, problems can be fixed very fast with a simple online search. For instance, if your Samsung microwave oven does not work, you can find a troubleshooting guide online at: https://www.cinchhomeservices.com/faq-library/-/faq/samsung-microwave-troubleshooting-guide
Obviously, you will want everything you have outside work properly, especially when thinking about lights. Having a well-lit property is a very big part of curb appeal. Nobody wants to not feel safe when they get home and this is exactly what happens when the lights are out.
Clean All Windows
One of the easiest ways to make it seem as if the home is properly being taken care of is to clean all windows and doors. Whenever potential buyers notice filthy windows, the possibility of wanting to check what is besides them is lower. This is true even if the interior is actually perfect.
Fortunately, it is not at all expensive or difficult to clean your windows. You just need to give them a very good scrub and use window cleaning products. Professional cleaning is also a possibility to take into account, especially when the house is larger and there are windows present that would be dangerous to clean yourself. Also, there are cases in which special cleaning products would have to be used, like when you have some types of windows that require special attention.
Repaint The Access Doors
What is the very first thing you see when you enter a home? The door. Even if the exterior paint job is perfect, having a shady-looking doorway can easily reduce curb appeal.
As with cleaning windows, repainting access doors is very simple. The only really important decision you will have to make is what color to choose. If you are interested in higher sales prices, you could seriously consider charcoal gray and black. Statistics show us that this often increases sales price by up to $6,000. But, the actual gain of any paint job can be a lot higher since it brings in people to actually look at the interior.
Refresh All Landscaping
Close to 75% of Realtors tell you to revisit all landscaping before you list your home for sale. This often leads to having a successful sale. And all you really need to do is contact a gardener. If you do this and you refresh all landscaping, the price tag can end up being higher by up to 20 percent.
In some cases, you have to replace bushes. In others, you just have to repot or pot flowers. And you can add turf instead of traditional grass since it is more drought-resistant. Several options are available and there is always something you can do to improve the landscaping.
If your budget is low, you can at least add some pre-potted plants to porches and walkways. This costs under $200 and adds much-needed color. After you sell, you can actually take the plants with you to your new home.
The options highlighted above are just some of the things you can do to increase curb appeal. A qualified, experienced real estate agent is going to so easily let you know what other modifications can be made. And there is always something available, for every single budget available.
Remember that so many of the changes you are going to make to increase curb appeal can be done by you alone. But, never shy away from hiring professionals when you want something perfect to be done.