Talk to any real estate agent and they’ll tell you that curb appeal is one of the most important elements in selling your home. Just like meeting someone for the first time, a good first impression will quickly determine whether a buyer chooses to check out the inside, or keep on driving.
Improving curb appeal doesn’t have to break the bank. A few small projects can make a big impact.
Here’s a brief list:
- Wash the windows (outside and inside!)
- Replace broken trim
- Clean the gutters
- Change light fixtures
- Mow the lawn
- Remove dead trees or shrubs
Sometimes, however, the challenge of selling a home is all about the extra touches.
Plants and trees are nice, and they add a welcoming atmosphere for prospective buyers, but they can also boost your property value. Trees block (or soak in) water running on or through your property, which helps to prevent storm water runoff as well as pollutants from entering community waterways.
Not to mention that they also reduce carbon dioxide—which negatives influences climate change—and produce more oxygen for us all the breathe. They also act as energy savers as shade in the summer, and windbreaks to keep your home warmer in the winter.
Try some architectural lighting
Adding sconces to each side of the front door can create a warm, welcoming entrance. By choosing the right color and volume of light emitting from those sconces, you can make your home look inviting and intriguing. Outdoor lighting is consistently one of the most wanted outdoor features today, with almost 49 percent of people calling it “desirable” according to the National Association of Home Builders.
But that’s not the only reason you should consider outdoor lights. Good lighting makes your home safer and less likely to be burglarized.
Don’t forget the mailbox
Paint your front door with a stand-out color! It’ll make the entire house look new. The same applies to your mailbox. A unique mailbox can be a sneak preview to what’s awaiting a homebuyer in the house.
Bottom line? Think like a buyer. What would you want to see changed if you were thinking about buying your house?