Curb appeal is the first impression a potential buyer gets of your home. A home’s curb appeal refers to its attractiveness when viewed from the street and is essential to consider when putting a home on the market for sale. It helps set expectations for potential buyers and positively influences a home’s value and marketability.
Whether looking for property online or in person, high curb appeal will entice a prospective buyer to take a closer look and help move them one step closer to making an offer. Here are a few ways to help increase your home’s curb appeal.
Refresh the Landscaping
One of the most effective ways of boosting a property’s curb appeal is by adding greenery to the landscape. Planting flowers, trees and maintaining a well-kept lawn help improve the external aesthetics of the property. Keep the grass neatly trimmed and remove overgrown or dying bushes. A simple shortcut is to add colorful window boxes and planters.
Make Your Door Stand Out
The eye is naturally drawn to the front door, which significantly impacts the home’s curb appeal. Painting the door with a bold, eye-catching color can help increase the home’s aesthetics. Make sure the door color compliments the overall color scheme rather than clashes with it.
Create A Well-Defined Path
A home with an inviting path to the door will appear substantially more cohesive and appealing. One way to accomplish this is with stone or brick pathways, cutting across the lawn and adding a picturesque element to the property.
Clean the Gutters
Sometimes it will be the little touches that count. For example, cleaning the external surface of the gutter can have a significant impact on the overall impression of the home.
Make Things More Symmetrical
Just as with human faces, the face of a property can be made more attractive by incorporating symmetrical elements. Matching plants beside the doorway and matching wall lanterns are examples of achieving symmetry in the home’s exterior. In addition, symmetrical patterns help create focal points and create a sense of cohesiveness.
Use Outdoor Furniture
Outdoor furniture should be well-maintained and clean. Too many pieces can create clutter on the porch or in the yard. The goal should be to have a reasonable balance of quality pieces for the best effect. For smaller yards, consider simple ceramic stools for seating or a small table that holds a planter.
Make Your House Numbers Stand Out
Another easy upgrade to a home’s curb appeal is replacing the house numbers. Select a distinctive, bold, eye-catching font in keeping with the property’s architecture.
Power Wash the Outdoor Surfaces
Over time, dirt and grime will accumulate on walkways, driveways, siding, and porches. If you don’t own a power washer, consider renting one to clean and restore the vibrancy of your property.
It can be challenging to attract buyers, but increasing the curb appeal increases a home’s marketability and value. There are many ways to improve a home’s aesthetic appeal, and the benefits are undeniable. These simple tips and your Realtor’s suggestions can help make your home more appealing.