It’s no lie that first impressions are everything. That is especially true when it comes to real estate and selling a home! *Imagine*…you’re driving around town looking at homes…
- Do you drive right by the one with shrubs so overgrown that you can barely see the walkway? Probably. Sure, you might be able to see yourself there but it looks like so much work already!
- Do you start to slow down at the home with a clean flower bed, freshly cut grass, and possibly a bright welcoming door? Yes, yes you do. You start picturing yourself planting your favorite flowers in those flowerbeds. Before you know it, you’re calling up your Greenbrier Real Estate Service REALTOR and scheduling a showing.
That–friends, is why curb appeal is so important if you are trying to sell your home! You want potential buyers to feel an immediate connection with the home. ((Keep reading! Tips below!)
Curb appeal can easily make or break a sale. Being an established real estate company in Greenbrier County, we’ve seen our share of properties and we can definitely say that when a home has good curb appeal it is much easier to show to home buyers. Home buyers want to feel welcomed to a property, and then they want to see more immediately!
What can help you as a seller achieve that? Let’s look at the top curb appeal tips from home professionals. Not trying to sell your home? These tips are great for any home owner!
- CURB APPEAL STARTS ONLINE! Over 88 percent of home buyers begin the process on the Web, fabulous photos are critical to getting home buyers to the front door! We as realtors can help you with that! We always make sure to have great pictures of our listed properties.
- ACT LIKE A BUYER! Walk around your entire home’s exterior with a critical eye and a notepad and pen. Take notes of things that you need repair or updated.
- LOOK UP TO THE SKY! Most homeowners don’t give their roofs a second glance, but the roof is an important curb appeal item that buyers do notice, says Jean Miskimon of the Metal Roofing Alliance. Is yours missing any shingles, or is it dingy and streaked? A good cleaning or, if necessary, a roof replacement will up your home’s curb appeal factor tremendously.
- SHINY, HAPPY NUMBERS! If your house numbers aren’t easy to see or if they’re dirty and dingy, replacing them carries a tremendous impact.
- GET A SECOND OPINION! A new set of eyes might help you prioritize what needs fixed and cleaned up. Homeowners often get used to certain defects –chipped paint on the front door from the keys banging against it, cobwebs on the porch ceiling, cracked or stained steps. Ask a friend to come over and act as if they were a potential home buyer.
- UNDER PRESSURE! Budget-conscious homeowners will love this tip: Pressure-washing the dirty siding and deck, as well as the oil-stained driveway and faded walkways is an extremely cost-efficient way to increase your home’s curb appeal. If you don’t own a pressure washer, you can rent one from your local home improvement store for the day.
- PLANT SOME COLOR! Except for the dead of winter, some types of annual plants are always in bloom, says Sheri Silver, a landscape designer and owner of Fiori Garden Design. “Spruce up your porch containers, window boxes and front beds with some colorful flowers for instant lift,” Sheri advises. Never plant artificial flowers – a few inches of dark mulch will brighten up the beds without screaming “fake.”
- OPEN UP! Open up those shutters, curtains, and blinds! Homes that feel brighter inside sell faster…it’s TRUE!
- LIGHT UP YOUR LANDSCAPE! Who knows, buyers might be driving past your house, scoping it out at 9 p.m. You want them to be able to see it! It also helps to set your home apart from the crowd, not everyone has landscape lighting. It also can help with security, which is an added selling point! Go on now, shine some lights on your property!
- ADD SOME POLISH! Paint is only about $25 per gallon, and painting the front door, trim and shutters is a great way to polish the look of your home. Get those brushes out and paint!
BONUS! Other easy and inexpensive fix-ups: a new mailbox, a new porch light fixture and a cheery new welcome mat.
We hope that you enjoyed this post and found it informative!
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