We all know the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”. However, it seems that no one ever passed this information along to real estate buyers. Curb appeal is one of the most important factors when selling your home.
Why does it matter so much? It is the first thing that a buyer will see when driving up to a property. Initial react is extremely powerful and we want a buyer’s first impression to a positive one! The exterior of your home also reflects the general maintenance of a home. If the exterior is ragged, buyers will expect the interior to be poorly maintained as well and will be wary of possible hidden issues.
So what are some of the best ways to improve curb appeal and appeal to more buyers?
Pretend you are a buyer (or call your overly critical friend over) and walk around your entire house. Jot down things that need repaired, cleaned, or replaced. That old tennis ball that has been sitting on your roof that you don’t see anymore? That’s an eyesore that buyers will notice. That chipped paint on the door frame that is barely noticeable to you because you see it everyday? Buyers may assume you do not care about your house as much as you should. The deck that you’re used to? It’s filthy and needs a good power wash. It will make it look like new!
2. Bust Out That Green Thumb
Colorful flowers, ferns, bushes, and pots are a fast, easy way to spruce up your curb appeal! Not only are the colors eye catching but gardens add a welcoming, homey feel. An added bonus is that buyers know plants are difficult to take care of and your colorful porch will prove how much you care about your home.
While you’re at it, make sure your lawn is trimmed, weed free, and green! A well cared for lawn goes a long way in curb appeal. It brightens the area surrounding your home and immediately creates an “at home” feeling for potential buyers.
3. Highlight The Front Door
The eye naturally drifts toward the front door and you want to make sure it is bright, fresh, and makes your home stand out. One of the best ways to make your front door pop is to adda fresh coat of paint to the door and frame. We also recommend adding a seasonal wreath to the front door. Wreaths create an inviting touch and allow the buyers to begin picturing their decor or holidays in the home. Finally, replace old hardware such as door knobs, locks, and house numbers. Trust us on this one, new hardware can make a world of difference!
4. Curb Appeal Begins Online
Remember that most homebuyers begin their search online, so curb appeal will begin through a computer. Only hire a real estate professional who uses professional photographers (like Wolf Real Estate FL). Professional photographers will be able to capture your home at the best angles and best light. The photos of your home will either make buyers want to see your home or may make them pass. Our photographers are the best in the business and we know the buyers will be left wanting more!
Remove anything that is laying around the yard or porch. Tuck bicycles, old pots, lawn care items, hoses, and toys in the garage. You want a crisp, clean exterior that draws buyers in and makes them want to see more!
5. Add Outdoor Lighting
In addition to adding curb appeal, buyers know that a well-lit home is a safer home. Illuminate a path or add accent lighting to a tree or the home. The brighter the area, the larger the home will appear! Make sure you replace any burnt out light bulbs from existing exterior lighting as well. You want to ensure buyers know you care about your home and simple home maintenance is not overlooked.
6. Maintain Gutters and Downspouts
Let’s face it. We live in Florida and we have foliage problems pretty much year round. In those hot summer month, our storms blow leaves, prawns, and sand into gutters and in winter, trees shed leaves, further clogging up the gutters. Simple maintenance like cleaning gutters show buyers you care about the upkeep of your home.
If your gutters or downspouts are chipped, rusted, or bent, you should consider replacing them. Check out vinyl snap-fit gutters for an easy replacement! They look nice and require very few tools and no painting.
7. Hire a Real Estate Professional Who Can Highlight the Best Parts of Your Home
That would be us! Our real estate professionals undergo an extensive training about listing homes, marketing homes, and presenting homes in their best possible light. We are able to point out all of the positive aspects of your home and help make buyers feel confident that your home is the best option for them. Our training system allows our agents to look for the good in every home and how to properly present potential negatives to buyers.
If you are looking for a real estate team that is truly in your corner, Wolf Real Estate FL is here!