Curb appeal is one of the strongest selling points of a home. Properties with well-kept gardens manicured lawns, and impeccable landscaping details fetch better prices on the real estate market and sell significantly faster than other less well cared for homes. Taking the time and putting in the effort to improve your home’s exterior will not only increase the value of your property by up to thousands of dollars, but it will also attract potential buyers faster and prevent scenarios where they are driving past your home without stopping to inquire about its sale. Just like beautiful store front windows invite you to learn more about the products inside a store, curb appeal should grab potential buyers’ attention and entice them to have a look at the interior of your home.
In an era where the supply of homes still exceeds the demand for them, you will want to make sure that your property stands out from the rest and sells as quickly as possible. Below are a few simple and effective strategies you can take to maximize curb appeal and attract the right buyer for your property;
1. Enlist the help of a real estate landscaping professional
The condition of the exterior of your home can often be the difference between having a potential buyer making an appointment to view the property or drive on to the next property listing. No matter how well you may have cleaned, repaired and renovated the inside of your home, if no one stops to view the property, you will not make a sale. Enlisting the help of a qualified and experienced real estate landscaping professional will help you avoid this eventuality and get a buyer for your home as soon as possible.
While it is entirely possible to work on real estate curb appeal by yourself or with the help of friends and family members. Having the expertise of a qualified landscaping professional available will help with such variables as idea generation, design, site analysis, construction planning, coming up with budgets and selecting the right contractors. At the end of the day, you will have saved on valuable time and monetary resources that could be better employed elsewhere, in addition to avoiding common amateur landscaping errors and pitfalls.
2. Clean up
This is the simplest and most cost-effective step you can take to improve curb appeal. You can start by getting rid of any debris and trash on your property. Find and remove any items such as toys, tools and other household items that may be lying around and causing your lawn or yard to look unsightly. Sweep up leaves, twigs, branches and other organic matter that may have been left unattended.
Clean the exterior of the house paying special attention to windows, walls, doors, porches, gutters, fences and other surfaces. Give them a fresh coat of paint. Remove dead plants and dig flowerbeds a fresh to get rid of weeds and overgrown grass. Prune bushes to get rid of dead dried branches and leaves. Mow the lawn to show the upkeep of how much you cared for the outside presence of your home. Repair broken surfaces and replace missing fixtures. Sweep the sidewalk, driveway and any other walkways on your property.
3. Make the front door your focal point
The front door is where you or your realtor will spend a few minutes finding the key to the house or explaining a few things about your property to the potential buyer. You should provide a few features that will set the tone for the conversation, such as a lively color on the door, giant containers with exotic plants, planters lining the stairs to the door, etc. That will demonstrate to the buyer that they are buying a beautiful and well cared for home. Allow your creativity to run wild so you can provide a beautiful setting that will not only allow the customer to relax after a long day of searching for a house but also convince them that your home is the property they've been searching for all this time.
Maximizing the curb appeal of your home can be a difficult and expensive undertaking. By hiring qualified landscapers, taking the time to clean up and making a few repairs can make the best use of the resources you have at hand and ensure that your property is looking the best it can when a potential buyer comes looking to purchase your home.