Lynnette Boudet

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Sell Faster by Sprucing Up Your Curb Appeal

When you're selling a home, curb appeal is a big factor. For most buyers, the curb appeal of a property can make or break the sale within a matter of minutes! While a well-kept property will entice buyers to take a closer look, a property that looks neglected will quickly send buy in the other direction.

What is Curb Appeal?

Curb appeal refers to how a property looks from the street. It's a combination of visual appeal, attention to detail, and good maintenance. When a house looks neat and well-maintained from the outside, buyers usually assume that the inside of the house looks the same. Since 90% of buyers start their search online, photos showing eye-catching curb appeal definitely attract attention.

Great curb appeal not only maximizes the sale price of your property, but it also motivates buyers to view the home. On average, a home with fresh paint, well-kept features, and manicured lawns sell for about 10% more than similar homes with less curb appeal. Think of your home's curb appeal as the first impression for buyers.

Boosting Your Home's Curb Appeal

If you're selling your home, you can boost curb appeal by taking steps to attract buyers. Depending on your budget, there are numerous things you can do to put your home in the spotlight.

Focus on Landscaping

Whether buyers are driving by or searching online, the front yard is the first thing they see. This includes trees, shrubs, garden areas, walkways, and driveways. Lush green grass, manicured trees and shrubs, and well-maintained walkways and driveways are a big plus. To boost your home's curb appeal, get rid of weeds and debris, trim the trees and shrubs, plant colorful flowers, spread a layer of fresh mulch, and repair cracks in walkways and driveways.

Increase Nighttime Appeal

Prospective buyers might drive by after dark to check out the neighborhood. Exterior lighting is an easy, affordable way to add show-stopping curb appeal after dark. Landscape lighting creates a warm, inviting glow and visibility along walkways and driveways, while porch lights, spots, and downlights showcase important landscape and house features. If your garage is attached to the house, don't forget to light it up as part of the exterior.

Freshen Up Outdoor Features

Take a good look at your home's exterior to check for needed upgrades and repairs. Focus on the main features buyers will consider a big expense if they have to make repairs.

  • Roof — Replace any damaged or missing roof shingles.
  • Siding and Trim — Put a fresh coat of paint on siding and trim and sand and repaint peeling or damaged areas.
  • Gutters — Clean gutters and remove moss, mold, or leaves.
  • Windows — Make windows clean and crystal clear without dust or dirt.
  • Walkways, Driveways, Decks — Clean with a power washer and repair any damage.

Welcome Your Guests

Once buyers get past the front yard, they are focused on the house. By creating a welcoming entryway, buyers will be eager to get inside. You can start by making sure the front porch is clean and well-lit to create an inviting atmosphere. If things look a little dingy, give your porch a fresh coat of paint or stain, paint your front door a bright color, add a charming porch swing, and fill outdoor pots with fresh greenery or colorful flowers.

When selling your home, first impressions can make or break a sale. By sprucing up your curb appeal, you can attract more buyers, sell your home faster, and pocket more profit for your next move.

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