Enhancing Your Curb Appeal
Let’s be honest, when looking for a home, the outside of the home matters just as much as the inside, maybe even more. Just like we take the time to plan what we wear to a job interview, or on a first date, first impressions of a home can make or break the decision for a potential buyer. The term curb appeal alludes to how attractive a home is from the outside. Before the advancements in technology, buyers would form their first impression about a home from the outside— from the curb, hence the term curb appeal.
Curb appeal serves as a marketing tool to sell your home. The outside appearance speaks to home buyers about what the interior looks like. Most buyers will drive by the house to see the outside even before making an appointment to see it. If they don’t like the exterior, they won’t even want to go inside. Not only does the exterior appearance of your home help raise its value, but it can also increase the value of the neighborhood, as well.
Here are some things you can do to enhance your curb appeal:
Plant Some Colors!
Give your home a bright, fresh, and enticing home by planting flowers with an array of colors. This is a very quick, inexpensive way to significantly enhance your curb appeal. When looking to purchase flowers, be sure to be mindful of the time of year and the amount of sunlight the flowers need. Be sure to also add fresh mulch to the flower beds when planting the flowers.
Here are some colorful flowers that will give your home colorful touches:
Wash Your House’s Face!
You would be surprised at the amount of dirt the outside of your home collects. This is why it is important to wash the outside of the home to show the home in it’s prime. According to REALTORS®, washing a home can potentially add between $10,000 and $15,000 to the sales price. Be sure to also wash the inside and outside of your windows, as well as the garage door.
Freshen Up Your Front Door
Your front door sets the tone for what the inside of the home will look like. A freshly painted front door is a very quick way to boost your curb appeal. Buyers are often in front of the door for a few moments waiting for access to the home so it is important to take advantage of those moments and make them count!
Let There Be Light!
Nothing is inviting about a dark doorway. Clear all cobwebs and debris to enhance the look of the front of the house, and add some light fixtures like lanterns, porch string lights, and post lights. Be conscious of the lumens and temperature of the bulbs when buying. According to Custom Lighting of America, a warmer temperature bulb is better for lighting architectural elements, while a cooler temperature bulb is better for lighting plants.
Replace Old Hardware
Upgrading things like the house numbers, front door locks, and your mailbox gives your home extra style. It also alludes to any aesthetic you may be trying to present to potential buyers, increasing the appeal of the home’s exterior. Bronze finishes usually suit traditional homes, while nickel finishes appeal to more contemporary homes.
These are just a few aspects that can help in enhancing the curb appeal and attracting more potential buyers to your property.