Adding Curb Appeal to Your Home
As the saying goes, first impressions matter. As much as we may not want this to be true, it is a fact of life. And this also applies when it comes to selling or just improving the look and feel of your home for any reason. In fact, According to the National Association of Realtors, 63 percent of homebuyers will drop by after viewing a home they like online. That means they like what they saw at first glance, and they want to see the home in person. The question is, what will they see? We have some ideas on how to add curb appeal to your home for selling or just because.
Curb Appeal Starts Online
According to the National Association of Realtors, “89 percent of buyers found photos and 85 percent found detailed information about properties for sale very helpful.” This means that curb appeal starts online with the photos you post. Therefore, you will want to take photos in good light. Avoid bright light, and ensure there is no clutter in the image. Take several photos of each area you are posting and view them as a buyer would. Post only the best online. Hiring a professional photographer is an option as well. First impressions matter in the digital world.
Act Like A Buyer
Walk around the exterior of your home like you are buying it. Bring a friend or neighbor with you for objective feedback. Take notes of what needs cleaning, replacing, fixing, or removing. Then get in your car and drive by your home both ways. You may see something you never noticed, like a ball on the roof.
Many homeowners ignore the roof in the curb appeal process. But, the roof is important. Loose shingles, cluttered gutters, or a ding or streak can be a sign the house has issues. Therefore, get a roofer to take a look if you are not comfortable climbing up yourself. Do not ignore the roof.
Ever go looking for a house you were invited to and could not find it because it had no visible numbers? Then you know that if buyers cannot find your house, you will not get sales. Make sure you have house numbers that stick out and shine. Consider the style of your home and either match it or contrast it, but ensure you can clearly see the numbers by night and during the day.
The more time we spend in homes, the more we accept certain aspects, such as a crack in the sidewalk, that patch of grass that will not grow, or the off-putting mailbox that just never seemed that important. It could even be something as small as chipped paint from banging the keys against the door trying to open it. A second set of eyes can help point out these small things so you can fix them to give your house the best possible curb appeal.
Other Ideas to Improve Curb Appeal:
● Pressure wash dirty siding and decks
● Spruce up your porch, windows, containers, and front beds with plants
● Open up your windows and shutters to let light in and make sure they are uniform in color
● Light up your walkway with solar lights
● Paint the front door, trim, or shutters
● Add items such as new mailboxes, outdoor furniture, and garden accents
We love driving through the neighborhoods of the Treasure Coast and seeing all the beautiful homes with curb appeal. And we would love to help improve yours to sell or just to feel fresh. Contact us today to get a second opinion on your home exterior, including a consultation for painting portions or the entire exterior of your home to maximize it’curb appeal.