Importance Of Curb Appeal When Selling Your Home
Importance Of Curb Appeal And Ways To Add Curb Appeal
Dora Ali of Gustan Cho Associates went further and said the following:
Buyers want the warm fuzzies when looking for their next home. They want a place where they can see themselves living and welcoming their friends and family. An excellent way to jump-start that feeling is with a warm, welcoming entryway. Make it look cared for and inviting. A few inexpensive ways to do this include adding a little bench, potted plants, a door wreath, and even a fresh coat of paint for the door. A low-cost way to upgrade your curb appeal is to clean the exterior windows, siding, and other highly visible surfaces. This may seem obvious, but it’s easy to overlook, and can make a pretty significant difference in the appearance of your home. Consider what your home is made of before you opt for a pressure washer. High-pressure streams of water can cause damage to many materials from stucco and brick to aluminum and stone. It’s important that if you go this route, you should exercise caution in choosing the right nozzle and pressure — or just hire a professional. For a lower-risk approach, you can use a scrubbing brush with a long handle and warm, soapy water.
Importance Of Curb Appeal: Painting Is The Best Investment Sellers Can Make
A fresh coat of paint does wonders. Painting the exterior and interior of the home makes the home look new. A fresh coat of paint on the exterior will definitely go noticeable. It may cost more money than a pressure washing, but homebuyers are attracted to a home that has been freshly painted. Painting is a great investment for home sellers. The investment on a fresh coat of paint will outweigh the return on investment via a higher sales price. More importantly, homes that have been freshly painted will sell quicker. Discuss painting with your real estate agent. Choose a color that is neutral that blends in with the neighborhood.
Landscaping And Cleaning
Homes that have a beautiful landscape have higher values.
- Besides a higher home value, homes that are neatly landscaped sell quicker with less time on the market
- Always keep the lawn mowed and trimmed
- During hot dry summer months, make sure to water the lawn
- Many landscape companies offer deals if you have an annual contract with them
- Let them know that you are selling the home so they keep special attention to your home
- Trim the hedges and make sure there is always fresh mulch
- Weeds are deal killers
- Make sure to pluck and/or kill all weeds around your property
- Make sure there is no clutter around the property such as bicycles, toys, and parked vehicles that are inoperable
- Cracks in the pavement are eyesores and need to be fixed
The addition of plants, shrubs, flowers, and trees are great investments. It is highly recommended to hire a reputable professional landscape service.
Make All Minor Repairs That Is Needed
To get top dollar for your home, all repairs will be needed. Most homebuyers will have a home inspection. During the home inspection, broken items will come up. Many homebuyers will not proceed with a home purchase if the home inspector comes up with a laundry list of defective and/or items that need repairs. It is best to get any repairs that are required done prior to listing your home. Pay special attention and emphasis on exterior repair items that are needed. Examples of repairs that are common in most homes are the following:
- Missing/broken shingles
- Holes in your home’s siding or missing and/or cracked siding
- Rotted deck boards
- Hanging gutters and/or downspouts
- Damaged and/or inoperable windows
- Inoperable garage doors
- Broken glass
- Broken doors
- Missing and/or broken screens
The more a homebuyer notices broken and/or inoperable items when inspecting your home, the less of a chance you are going to have a purchase offer.
Importance Of Curb Appeal For Homebuyers
Dora Ali of GCA Mortgage Group said that curb appeal is the first impression of the house when she first shows a home. If the exterior and the property is clean and presentable, the buyer is more open-minded and interested in inspecting the home for more positive features. If the home does not present well and there is clutter all over the property, the buyer will automatically not want to see it and will think the home is a dump. First impressions are the most important thing for homebuyers.
Here is what Dora Ali said about the importance of curb appeal for homebuyers:
Imagine you’re interviewing candidates for a job, and one person looks very well-qualified but walks in with torn-up jeans, unkempt hair, and a stained T-shirt. While he might seem like the best option, his appearance makes you wonder and question if he’s the right fit. The same goes for your house. While buyers care about the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the yard, the kitchen, and the structural integrity, it’s a package deal. If they’re going to buy something and live in it for many years, they want to love how it looks and be happy to show it off to their friends and family. If you don’t catch their eye with the exterior, they’ll likely never give you a chance to show them the rest. Besides, not only will a home with curb appeal attract more buyers, but it will also increase their perceived value of the property.
Curb Appeal and window dressing is super important when selling a home in a down real estate and/or economic market. Talk to your real estate agent and they will go over the best, easiest, fastest, and cheapest way to window dress your home to get the best curb appeal for the money.