08 Aug How to improve curb appeal when selling a house
Elevate Your Home’s First Impression for a Successful Sale
When it comes to selling your home, first impressions can matter immensely for the people looking at making your house their own. The outside of your home is one of the first things any potential buyers will see as they pull up to your property, and a well-maintained, visually appealing exterior can significantly impact not only their first impressions but their overall purchase decisions.
Making enhancements to your home’s curb appeal will potentially attract more buyers when it comes time to sell, and it can also increase the overall market value of your property. We delve into some practical tips and use our experience and expertise in renovations to give you ideas to help you elevate your home’s curb appeal and set the stage for a successful sale.
Start with a cleanup
Before you dive into any major renovations, it’s always a good idea to start by giving your home’s exterior a thorough cleaning. Some of the things you can easily do yourself are power washing the sidings, driveway and walkways to remove any dirt, grime or mould. Make sure your windows are nice and clean and replace any damaged fly screens as a wonderful house can look a little underwhelming if you notice holes, lines and marks in the screens. A house with a tidy and clean exterior instantly makes it look well-cared-for and inviting to any prospective buyer.
Landscaping can be a magic bullet
Landscaping is by far one of the cheapest and most effective ways to enhance the curb appeal of your home. Simply trimming overgrown bushes, trees or shrubs and freshening up mulch or gravel in garden beds can make your gardens look a million times better.
You can also add pops of colour with seasonal flowers and plants to help create a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere for any people, couples or families inspecting your home.
Don’t forget – if you have open inspections, mow the lawn regularly and keep it well-manicured for the ultimate street appeal.
Update you front door
This isn’t something that many people think about but the front door is the focal point of your home’s exterior, and old, tired doors with cracks or peeling paint can really let down the rest of your home.
Slapping on a fresh coat of paint in a bold, welcoming colour can help breathe some new life into your entryway. If the paint job on your front door is OK, consider installing new hardware, like a stylish new doorknob or a decorative knocker. Anything that helps elevate the visual appeal, like updated light fixtures, will also create a warm ambience when people walk towards your home for the first time.
Get onto those exterior repairs
It’s important to address any noticeable external repairs before listing your home. Some of the areas you will want to look at are replacing cracked or missing roof tiles, fixing broken steps or railings and repairing any damaged siding or trim.
These might seem like small, insignificant repairs, but they will enhance the overall appearance of your home with the added benefit of preventing potential buyers from being turned off by any visible defects they notice when inspecting your home.
If you live in Queensland – enhance outdoor living spaces
Anyone who’s lived in Queensland for any length of time knows we love our outdoor lifestyle. If you have a patio, deck or porch at your home, make sure to maximise its potential by staging it with inviting outdoor furniture and décor or even some indoor plants.
By creating a cosy and inviting atmosphere, you give potential buyers the chance to envision themselves enjoying the outdoor space with their own partner or family.
Add some charming accents
Sometimes, small details can make a big impact. There are lots of little things you can do to easily bring charm and elegance to your home, such as adding window boxes with flowers, hanging potted plants or adding decorative address numbers to your door.
These are the charming little accents that help add character and personality to your home, making it hard to forget when people are inspecting multiple homes.
Investing a small amount of time and money into improving your home’s curb appeal can really be a game-changer when it comes to selling. Hopefully, some of these tips and ideas will help you create a captivating first impression that not only attracts lots of potential buyers but also increases your home’s value in the current competitive real estate market.
Remember, a well-maintained house exterior sets the stage for a successful sale and leaves a lasting positive impression on buyers.