Boosting Curb Appeal
Boosting Curb Appeal to Make a Great First Impression on Home Buyers
It’s hard to overstate the importance of curb appeal when it comes to selling a home. Whether a potential buyer is viewing your home online or touring it in person, you want to make the best first impression possible. We’ve provided tips and information below to help you determine what improvements you should make.
Understanding What Buyers Want
A good place to start is figuring out what buyers are looking for in a home's curb appeal.
- Work with experienced real estate professionals like The Green Team to scout the market and go over current trends.
- Study your local housing market to see what’s selling well; for example, more than a quarter of the homes in Burleson sell above their listing price.
- Hire a professional appraiser to learn your home’s value, as well as what improvements could raise the value.
Improving the Landscaping
Attractive landscaping can do wonders for impressing potential buyers.
- Keep the lawn mowed regularly.
- Clean up the landscaping by removing leaves and trimming overgrown trees and shrubs.
- Add landscape lighting throughout your property, particularly near walkways and steps.
- If you plan on doing your own landscaping, invest in quality tools and equipment.
- If you want to reduce your workload and can budget for it, hire a professional landscape designer.
Quick DIY Upgrades
There are plenty of quick-and-easy DIY projects that can boost your curb appeal. Here are a few ideas:
- Give your mailbox a makeover, or replace it with a new one.
- Install new house numbers for a modern touch.
- Paint the entry door a bright, contrasting color like red, blue, or yellow.
- Put flower boxes in the windows; you can build your own or buy some from your local home improvement store.
Some improvements are best left to professional contractors. Here are some projects to consider hiring out:
- Hire a pressure washing service to make your home's exterior look like new.
- If your home's siding is in poor condition, consider getting it painted or replaced.
- Have an outdoor living space (e.g., patio, kitchen, dining area, etc.) constructed, or update your current one.
- Make any necessary changes to your roof, whether that means having it repaired or replaced.
Investing time, money, and energy into your home’s curb appeal can pay off with a faster sale at a price you are happy with. Figure out what buyers are looking for, shape up your landscaping, and look into the various DIY and professional home improvements you can make. Sometimes, it all comes down to that first impression.
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