‚ÄúCurb Appeal‚Äù is a phrase that is tossed around a great deal in the realm of real estate. In general, curb appeal refers to a home‚Äôs outward appearance and the kind of initial impression it provides. Many real estate professionals agree first impressions can mean the difference between a sale and a pass.
However, this important selling feature is really more than simply adding a few shrubs: it can also be viewed somewhat scientifically, with different types of editions eliciting different potential results. If you’re looking to boost your home’s curb appeal, try to tap into your home’s character and add to whatever makes it cozy, modern, beachy (or the elements that make your house special).
If you‚Äôre looking to sell or rent out your home, you‚Äôll need as many advantages as you can manage in a hyper-competitive market. Here are a few ideas, ranging in cost and complexity, for elevating your home‚Äôs curb appeal.
Boost Your Home‚Äôs Curb Appeal
- Landscaping: Let‚Äôs start with the obvious. It might be a good idea to consult a professional gardener or at least a capable friend or neighbor with good landscaping know-how. Go with something low-maintenance, attractive and aim for symmetry. If your house needs a little color, consider adding flower boxes.
- Paint the Front Door: Simple enough, but making the home‚Äôs entry point a fixture can really win over shoppers and tie the package together.¬†
- Install Outdoor Lighting: New lighting worked into your landscaping can be aesthetically pleasing while also adding an extra level of safety.
- Makeover Your Mailbox: Pick something that matches your d√©cor and captures the feel of your home.
- Cleaning Projects: Wash the windows and arrange for pressure washing the exterior of the home and all solid pathways. You‚Äôre likely used to the way your home looks, but the results are almost always astounding.
- Repairs: Fixing rotting wood, decks and other outdoor spaces is important to give your home an essence of safety and manageable maintenance.