According to the National Association of Realtors, 63 percent of home buyers will drop by if they like what they see online. And the first thing they see, of course, is the exterior and landscaping.
You’d never go on a first date without brushing your teeth and hair, and making yourself presentable. Likewise, you should never place your home on the market without a little TLC.
So let’s look at five ways to improve your home’s curb appeal, as well as five mistakes to avoid.
Did you know that 88 percent of home buyers begin the process online?
So fabulous photos are critical to getting buyers to your front door. Top real estate agents suggest finding the best time of day to photograph the exterior of your home, including the front entry and yard. For instance, too much sunlight can give the photos an unwanted glow effect. Which is why overcast days are often better for taking outdoor pictures.
Be sure to examine the photos before you post them online, taking care to get rid of extras and clutter — such as bikes on the front porch or cars in the driveway.
Unless you’re selling your home in the dead of winter, some types of annual plants are always in bloom. Colorful flowers in porch containers, window boxes and front beds provide an instant lift just like a weed torch.
Dixie Lee, co-owner of We Buy Houses in Connecticut offers the following suggestions:
“If you know you’re selling your home three to four months in advance, you can have an amazing-looking house full of color, butterflies and friendly bees buzzing happily along the path to the front door. Planning is everything.”
Another cost-efficient way to increase your home’s curb appeal is by pressure-washing the siding and deck. If you don’t own a pressure washer, you can rent one from your local home improvement store for the day.
According to the National Association of Realtors, washing a house can add $10,000 to $15,000 to the sales price of some properties. Washing the windows inside and out, pressure washing the entire exterior and treating any stains on the sidewalks and driveway are all good places to start.
A quality fence can drastically change the look and security of your home and property. If your home is situated on a busy road, a fence will block some of the noise and provide a better view.
If you have a bigger yard, you can use fencing to create multiple living spaces. (For instance, you can separate family cooking and eating areas from a quiet haven with a beautiful view.) Privacy fencing can also simply be functional, such as when used to hide tools and equipment for yard work or storage like trash cans.
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