In the world of real estate, the phrase curb appeal is thrown around quite a bit. Realtors encourage home sellers to boost their curb appeal to hook home buyers when they attend an open house or just happen to be driving by.
What is it exactly that gives a house curb appeal? What are the best improvements that can be made to ensure that the first impression your home gives is a positive one? Today, we will be exploring how a few changes and paint projects can give your home the curb appeal that will attract home buyers to your property.
Curb appeal really speaks to the first impression that a home buyer gets of your property the first time they lay eyes on it. In fact, real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran once stated that, “Home buyers decide if they want to purchase a home in the first eight seconds on the property.” That gives homeowners precious little time to make that initial positive impression.
What can homeowners do to boost their curb appeal? More importantly, what will give them the most bang for their buck when it comes to those improvements?
Home buyers take in the whole house when they set eyes on it. The maintenance of the outside of the house tells them quite a bit about the care for the home itself. If home buyers see peeling or dirty paint they will be immediately turned off. No home buyer wants to start the “What needs fixing” list before they even enter the home. A fresh coat of paint can make a home look new, vibrant, and well cared for. The ROI for exterior paint is almost priceless in respect to the impression it will have on the potential buyers.
Spruce Up the Front Door
The entryway to the home should be pristine and the front door itself should be a welcoming color. We suggest a fresh coat of paint on the door, new hardware for the doorknob, and maybe add a door knocker in the same metallic tone. You may even want to purchase some new house numbers that can make a front door really pop! It really is important to add nice touches and details that will appeal to the buyers.
Add Color with Plants
Add a splash of color to your walkway by planting some blooms that will boost your curb appeal. No room for planting in the ground? No problem, put a few potted plants on your steps in bright colors that send a welcoming message.
Garage Door and Porch
If you are lucky enough to have a home that has a garage or porch, be sure to repair any loose steps, railings, or problems before your open house. Garage doors should be newly painted and checked to make sure it opens easily. Porches should be staged with chairs and small tables so prospective homebuyers can envision themselves sitting outside enjoying a beverage or cocktail in their new home.
Walkways and Driveways
Repaving or using brick pavers may be out of the budget for home sellers, but a quick refresh with a power wash can bring the walkways and driveway back to life! You would be amazed at how much dirt and grime can build up over the years.
Can’t afford a professional landscaping project? Just make sure your yard is mowed and free of debris like kids toys, sticks, or stray items. A freshly cut lawn can look amazing. Add some mulch to your flower beds and your yard will suddenly have a cleaner appearance that will catch the eye of home buyers.
Need your home painted or power washed as you prepare to sell it? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.