If you are selling your home, then you’ve probably heard plenty of people talking about curb appeal. You get the basic gist of what they are talking about, but what is curb appeal really, and how important is it. Even more important, what can you do to improve it? We’ll be covering all of those things in the following article, so put your mind at ease.
What Is Curb Appeal?
Curb appeal is really another way of saying first impression. When someone drives up to your property, they are going to make an initial judgement of how they feel about it. It might even be subconsciously, but they will do it. What they see around the exterior of your home is going to color their perception of everything that happens next. If they aren’t impressed, or if they are actually turned off by what they see, there’s not much of a chance that they will buy the home. They will already have a negative opinion of it even before they walk through the doors. People really do judge a book by its cover.
As you can see, curb appeal is essential. You want them to find your property appealing, so you need to make sure that it looks great from the outside. Since you live in and own the home now, you might not even realize that there’s anything wrong with the exterior or your front yard. You need to look at it through a different lens. When you come home tomorrow, consider your first impression of the house and the yard. What are the best and worst features? You need to think like a buyer when you are looking at your home, and then it should become easier to understand what you must do to make the changes needed.
Improving the Curb Appeal
Once you’ve taken note of some of the good and bad features of the home and yard, you can get to work making improvements. There are a number of simple things you can do to make the property more appealing. One of the most important is to remove the clutter from the front of the house and the yard. This means moving the children’s toys and bikes, as well as anything else that might be cluttering up the yard – even the gnomes or flamingos that you love so much. Not everyone likes those things, so get them out of sight.
Make sure that the lawn is mowed, the driveway edged, and the bushes trimmed. Consider painting the exterior, or cleaning your siding. Wash the windows, and consider planting some flowers to make the home more inviting. In addition, get a new, clean welcome mat.
These are some simple tips to help you improve your curb appeal, but they really do work. Talk with your real estate agent for some more ideas.