If you are considering selling your home the most important question you can ask is “What is my home worth?”
This will help when it comes to pricing your home and being competitive on your market.
There are many factors that go into a home’s worth, one of which is curb appeal.
What is curb appeal?
Curb appeal pertains to what prospective buyers see the second they pull up to your home, before you even step inside.
It includes things like the lawn, front door, front porch, front-facing windows, types of landscaping, lighting, and even your garage and driveway that can be seen from the street.
Why is it important?
Catching the attention of the buyer before they get to the interior of the home sets the tone for more enthusiasm for the house.
Being presented with an appealing exterior from the get-go instills confidence in the buyer. It tells them that it’s likely the entirety of the home has been kept up well. It makes them feel like they are making the right choice and investment.
It’s so important that 96 percent of real estate agents advise their clients to improve curb appeal before listing, according to the National Association of Realtors.
Curb appeal can make all the difference, especially in a competitive market.
How can you improve the curb appeal of your home?
There are many things you can do, both big and small, to make your home shine from the outside.
- Take a power washer to it: Sometimes all a home’s exterior needs is a nice deep clean. Use a power washer to get years of dirt and grime off siding, doors, sidewalks, and driveways.
- Make your front door pop: If you’re able to replace your front door so it complements the overall style of the home, do so. If you’re working on a tighter budget, a fresh coat of paint in an eye-catching color that flows well with the rest of the home can do the trick.
- Spruce up your house numbers: It seems minor, but updating your house numbers to a modern style can change the face of an entryway.
- Replace your garage door: Like the front door, the garage door is an important entry point where minor adjustments can go far. If you can’t completely replace it, repaint it to make it look fresh.
- Make the landscape lush: How green is your greenery? Do your shrubs look sad, or are they thriving? Make sure each facet of your landscaping is at its best. Try to plant colorful flowers, especially if they are going to be in season when your home is on the market. It adds a fun pop of color while making the space feel inviting.
- Light it up: A lot of prospective buyers may drive by a potential home at night to see what it’s like when the lights go down. If they’re driving by a space cloaked in darkness, they may think twice about the property. Add sufficient lighting to the front area to highlight your entryway and make it feel warm.