When it comes to selling real estate, one of the most important rules to keep in mind is that first impressions are everything. Potential home buyers can often decide within a few seconds of seeing a home whether they’d want to walk through the door for a closer look. Here are 6 effective ways to add curb appeal to your home so that buyers just have to come in to see what the rest of the home looks like.
While some buyers may find your property for sale just by driving by, many others are going to get their first peek through an online ad, flyer, or other medium. Instead of seeing your physical curb appeal, they’re going to be interested in getting a closer look through photographs. Take flattering pictures (or hire a professional to take photos) of your clean, organized, and staged home and yard in good lighting to make a great first impression on buyers.
When someone is approaching your house, they should be able to tell from the curb whether they’re at the right piece of real estate or not. A set of easy-to-see numbers in good condition will help people spot your home from the curb. Plus, the numbers can help complement your style by adding personality to the exterior of your home.
A clean, bright exterior can add aesthetic appeal and even financial value to your home. If someone comes up to your house and sees an oil-stained driveway and dirty panels on the front of your home, they’re likely going to assume that the rest of the home and property is dirty and unkempt as well—and be unlikely to want to visit an open house. To give your property a bright, positive feel, start by power washing the driveway, walkways, and the exterior of your home.
Clean the windows (inside and out) so that people are looking at clear, streak-free glass. On the front of your house, open up the blinds, curtains, and/or shutters so that your home seems open and welcoming. People want to be able to sneak a peak of the inside of a home as they’re walking up and getting their first impression.
If your roof isn’t in the best condition, it may be time to replace some shingles or retile the roof before you put your house on the market. What may seem like a tedious fix could be a deciding factor for a potential home buyer. They want to feel like the house they’re moving into is sturdy, secure, and attractive from both the inside and the outside.
A fresh coat of paint on the door, trim, or siding of a house can make all the difference in its appearance. Make your home look just as good as the day you bought it by freshening up the color before it’s on the market. You’re best off sticking with neutral colors to appeal to the greatest number of buyers.