In real estate, people do judge books by their covers. When you’re selling your house, your home’s exterior is that cover. If people see any flaws or neglect, you could lose potential buyers before they walk in the door. However, if you “wow” them with your curb appeal, they’ll enter your home in a positive frame of mind with the idea that your home is well-maintained.
How to Easily Add Curb Appeal to Your Home
You don’t have to spend a fortune or break the bank to boost your home’s curb appeal. Check out these easy and affordable tips to create an exterior that invites buyers into your home.
Apply a fresh coat of paint
Let’s face it, in North Carolina, our houses take a beating from wind, rain, snow, intense sun and extreme temperatures. Sometimes, fresh paint is all it takes to make your house look inviting again.
Often, you don’t have to repaint the whole exterior. Add a splash of color to the front door and shutters or refresh your current color for a nice “pop.” Don’t forget about refreshing other exterior entrances such as side doors or back doors!
According to virtual exterior designers, Brick and Batten, “earthy tones” are in for 2020. Look at nature’s colors for your cue. They blend well with stone, brick and landscaping.
Swap out or revitalize the front door and fixtures
Small details can make a big difference when a buyer walks up to your front door area. If you have a dated door, change it out. A new front door can elevate your home’s appearance and is one of the best investments you can make. Typical return is 90-100% on that investment. If your door is fine but looks “tired,” paint it. Add a new door knocker or gleaming, freshly polished hardware to make it stand out.
Have you had the same tired, exterior lights for years? It’s time to upgrade. Lighting is one of the most cost effective ways to make an impact. Remember that your exterior light fixtures should be about a quarter of the size of your front door. Don’t skimp and be part of the itty bitty sconce committee!
Hide unsightly features
While you are marketing your home, hide those trash and recycle cans or put them at the back door. Never leave them out front! The same goes for the kid’s toys and bikes. Keep things neat. New doormats at all entrances are also a nice touch.
Paint those electrical boxes, water meters, and other fixtures attached to the house the same color as the exterior. This acts as a camouflage. They won’t be completely out of sight, but they won’t draw unnecessary attention, either. And you won’t obstruct access for the meter readers.
Pressure wash windows, decks, patios and walkways
If you don’t own a pressure washer, rent one from your local home improvement store or hire professional pressure washers. In just a short time, you can spray away years of muck and grime. You may be surprised by just how much of a difference you’ll see. Clean is good! Leave the screens off the windows and store them away. Your windows will look better and cleaner. Besides, how often do you open the windows?
Landscaping is important
This one is obvious, but it’s one of the most effective ways to add curb appeal. Cut down or remove overgrown shrubbery. These do have a lifespan! If shrubs are covering your windows, it’s time for action! Consider selecting shrubs that can remain in a natural shape. They are lower maintenance. Ask the folks at the garden center for ideas.
Flowers can add color and can create focal points in the yard. Direct buyers eyes to the front of the house with pretty flower beds or a couple of beautifully planted pots or urns. If you can’t maintain it, don’t do it! Nothing is worse than walking up to a front door with pots of dead flowers.
Tidy up the natural areas and beds around your home with fresh pine straw or mulch. (No rocks please! We do not live in the desert!) Even if you are listing in the winter, make plans to splurge on this line item. It makes a huge impact.
Ready to Take Your Next Steps?
These simple upgrades are among the best investments you can make when selling your home. For a few hundred dollars or less, boosting your curb appeal could result in more showings, potential buyers and thousands of extra dollars on the final price.
Be sure to ask your Signature broker for their advice. Don’t forget to complete these items before your listing goes live. You want your home to be photo and show ready! And remember…you never get a second chance to make a first impression!