Curb Appeal Is Essential
For a quicker sale and more showings, you'll want to attract attention from the moment potential buyers or renters see your property, and that means enhancing its curb appeal. Stand back and view the property as if you were seeing it for the first time. If you were a home-buyer, would you want to take a closer look? If not, it's time to get to work on curb appeal.
Get started with curb appeal basics:
Repaint exteriors, using neutral colors.
Clean windows so they sparkle.
Make sure the roof is in good condition and free of leaves and other debris.
Keep lawns freshly trimmed and weed-free.
Edge sidewalks and driveways to remove overgrown grass.
Rake up and dispose of fallen leaves.
Put away tools and equipment in a storage shed or garage instead of leaving them in the yard.
Make sure porches and decks are in good condition.
What's the most popular exterior color?
Although your specific area might vary, the National Association of Realtors reports that the most popular house color is white. Driving through your favorite neighborhoods is a good way to preview exterior colors and exterior features. Which houses make you say “Wow!”?
Nice landscaping always enhances a property's curb appeal. You might not recover all of your landscaping investment, but it can help a house sell in a much quicker time. Before you begin, do some research to find out if the majority of buyers in your area prefer a manicured look or a lot that doesn't take as much effort to maintain.
You don't always have to do extensive landscaping to improve curb appeal. Sometimes removing an unattractive bush or tree is exactly what a property needs to improve its appearance, especially when the planting is hiding an attractive feature. Take a close look at the lot to see if some elements should be removed.
Evening Appeal Is Important
Don't forget to give the house nighttime appeal. Many buyers do drive-bys in the evenings after work. The soft glow of outside lighting can do wonders to enhance the property's appearance.
Here are a few ways to perk up the property's nighttime appeal:
String low-voltage lights along the edges of the driveway.
Install a decorative, freestanding yard lamp.
Update porch lighting.
Use soft spotlights to enhance plantings.
Don't opt for outdoor solar lighting if your lot is in the shade. Solar lights are quick and easy to install, but they need to be in full sunlight for most of the day in order to operate efficiently at night.
Enhance the Front Door
A new front door can do wonders for a home's curb appeal. Doors with leaded or frosted glass panels are attractive during the day, when details can be seen, and also at night, when interior lights are on to make them shine. If you can't justify the expense of a new door, give the old door a fresh finish and update its hardware.