What is curb appeal?
Posted by: raindrop 8 years, 3 months ago
A common question that I get is: "I've heard that I need to increase my curb appeal, but I don't know what that means. Can you give me examples?"
What is Curb Appeal?
A vast majority of buyers decide if they are interested in a home within the first 30 seconds of looking at it. For those buyers, you have to make sure the front of your home is as inviting as possible.
Oftentimes, it is difficult for homeowners to look at their home through the same eyes as a potential Buyer. In order to see your home in the same way that a Buyer would, start by looking at the front of your home and ask yourself what your first impression of the front of the house is? Are there bikes or old cars sitting in the driveway? Are there stains in the driveway? Are there dead flowers? Clean up everything that you notice.
Next, look at your home and identify the best exterior feature, then figure out how to enhance it. Is the best feature your landscaping? If so, consider adding lights so that when people drive by at night, they can see the beautiful landscaping.
Then, look at your home and identify the worst exterior features and figure out how to minimize them. Is your lawn dead? If so, plant seed and be sure to water your lawn regularly until the lawn is improved.
When you're done, take photos of the exterior of your property. Look at the photos in color on your computer so that you can see the exterior of your home from a different perspective. Then, change the photo to black and white and see if you notice anything else. Fix any discrepancies that you notice.
Some inexpensive ways that you can easily clean to increase your curb appeal include:
- Stow away unnecessary garden tools, hoses, etc.
- Clean windows and gutters
- Mow the lawn
- Rake all leaves
- Cut back trees
- Paint the exterior of your home
- Install a new front door or repaint/re-stain your front door and add new hardware
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