Every time someone comes to view your home, the first impression is made by what is happening outside of the four walls. Typically, within the first 10-15 minutes of viewing a home is when a buyer will form an opinion about the property. Once this opinion is formed it is extremely difficult to change it.
Everybody knows the old saying, “Appearance is everything”. Yet, it is so true that you can attract many potential buyers just by improving your home’s curb appeal. Besides that, curb appeal can actually influence how much buyers are willing to offer for your home.
Real estate agents look for three things when deciding to show a home: curb appeal, location and price. Since one of these factors is subject to your control (curb appeal), take this opportunity before the first showing to make improvements that will make a buyer want to see the inside of your house. To assist in giving your home’s showings the initial impact they deserve, here are some inexpensive ways to improve the curb appeal of your home when listing.
Start with the Fundamentals
The spring and summer are the perfect time to start heading out to other people’s homes to view open houses and find potential properties for sale. Most of these homes will be well-cared for and ready to show. While it’s likely you have been spending time deep cleaning the interior of your home, paying the same level of attention to the exterior will be a big help later on.
A power washer will be your best friend while cleaning your home’s siding, but be sure to clean your gutters, windows, and any fencing while you’re at it. To complete the power washing-package, do the same for your driveway, walkways, and sidewalks.
Having all of the dirt and grime removed from each of these surfaces will make an immediate difference.
Put on a Fresh Coat of Paint and Siding
Making small external tweaks to your home is a excellent way to boost the value of your house, and give it a great appearance for potential buyers. With everything sparkling clean, now is the excellent opportunity to repaint any areas of the exterior that are beginning to look a little shabby.
At the bare minimum, we suggest a fresh coat or two on the front door. Take this as an opportunity to get creative in your color choice, but play it safe since you’re looking to sell in the near future. A fresh coat of paint will not only vastly improve the look and curb appeal of your property, but it will also protect the underlying surface from the elements in the future. Just remember when choosing your color scheme that potential buyers tend to gravitate towards colors that are easy to picture themselves living with every day.
Additionally, wood siding and shutters will pop with the same treatment. Siding is one of the easiest ways to update the look of your home, and it’s not hard to do. It will take some time, but once you see that new siding on your house, you’ll agree it’s worth the effort.
Be sure that all areas appear even in their care so nothing sticks out as subpar, or you may accidentally raise suspicion in your potential buyers.
Dress Things up
Now, to add some extra oomph is to bring in the details and improve the curb appeal of your property.
Some little things that can help flesh out any porch include a new doormat, house numbers, and potted plants. Replacing your mailbox with a newer model that may better match the style of your home. Larger changes such as adding new landscaping, improving the walkways, or decorating with unique items will also pay dividends.
Don’t be afraid to dream big and scale back to what’s financially reasonable for your circumstances. When you’re trying to sell your home, curb appeal is key, and details matter. Homeowners can make small changes on their porches and front yards that can help them get more traffic and a better selling price for their home.
If you have any questions about what additions would make the most sense for your home, do not hesitate to consult with your agent.
Create an Atmosphere
To give the whole package a further facelift, updated exterior and landscape lighting up the ante considerably.
Purchasing outdoor furniture to stage a deck or patio is another option to add perceived value for anyone doing a walkthrough of your for-sale property, but a less expensive option is by staging your outdoor living space with a professional staging company.
A final touch that could be a major upgrade is planting a tree. Trees are not only a great source of oxygen, but they also can help with the appearance of your home. Popular choices of trees that add color to your landscaping would be red maple, crape myrtle, and the classic boxwood.
Trees and plants bring color, a natural sense of appealing decor, and most importantly – a sign of healthy outdoor living. When choosing your tree, take into account your local climate, and it’s always a great idea to enlist the help of a nearby landscape nursery.
Keep It Clean
An easy bit to overlook is the general state of your landscaping.
Maintaining your lawn by cutting it regularly is a large part of this, but there’s more to maximizing your home’s curb appeal through landscaping. Trimming any unmanicured shrubs is a great place to start, but the real improvement comes from giving some consideration to revitalizing any planters by removing any existing mulch and weed barrier and replacing both.
The key to curb appeal when it comes to landscaping is maintaining it all the way up until closing. Some work upfront will do most of the heavy lifting, but don’t let it slide during open houses and inspections.
Professional Tips to Improve the Curb Appeal of Your Boston Home
Curb appeal plays an important role in the overall appearance of your home. If you’re like many of us, the outside of your home isn’t a big concern until you decide to sell it. The truth is that you don’t need to spend a great deal of money to give the impression of a peaceful, comfortable, leisurely place to relax away from the workaday world.
If you’re planning to sell and want some expert advice to improve the curb appeal of your home before you get it ready to list, contact us today at NextHome Titletown Real Estate at (617) 657-9811!
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