Much has been written about the upgrades, repairs and improvements sellers should complete when they are about to put their home on the market. Numero Uno on the list should always be to ENHANCE CURB APPEAL. What’s Curb Appeal you ask? It’s the level of attractiveness of your home’s exterior when buyers view it from the street. Improving your home’s curb appeal is a critical aspect in marketing your property because buyers’ first impressions of the home are formed at the moment they pull into the driveway.
A well-manicured lawn and properly maintained exterior sets the tone for a positive experience once buyers go inside. In contrast, when buyers see rusty mailboxes, chipping paint, and overgrown bushes, they assume that the interior of the home has been neglected as well. In fact, many buyers won’t even bother getting out of their car if they are turned off by exterior conditions!
Here are some great ways to add the “WOW!” Factor to your exterior and make those buyers jump out of their car to take a closer look at your property…
This photo is a “Master Class” in how to present a property. First, the front door has been freshly painted in a beautiful contrasting color (you can almost never go wrong with black). While we’re on the topic of the front door, be sure to take a close look at your door hardware. If it isn’t looking up to snuff, consider replacing it, as well as adding a matching decorative kick plate. This is especially helpful if you have a plain door (unlike the beauty in this photo). Second, the light fixtures look great. They are either new or have recently been cleaned. Make sure to do the same with yours.
Take a look at the Welcome mat…does it look ratty? Nope. If yours does, replace it. Finally, the pieces de resistance in this lovely vignette would have to be the breathtaking urns filled with gorgeous flowers. Don’t underestimate the importance of adding colorful seasonal plants into your landscape and onto your porch via planters. One last detail to check…your doorbell. If it doesn’t look pristine, replace it. Seems like a minor detail, but remember that buyers spend a lot of time at the front door while the realtor is fumbling to get the lockbox open. They have time to notice the minor details.
An often-neglected staging detail for upping the curb appeal factor is to upgrade those house numbers. To save money, you can simply spraypaint the existing ones. Make sure they coordinate with the door hardware and kick plate for a cohesive look, like this:
Perhaps the most common exterior staging “offense” I encounter is the grungy mailbox. It seems that over time, homeowners become blind to the rust and the door that is hanging on by a thread. Now is a great time to take a look at yours and ask yourself how you can make it more appealing to a buyer. I’m not suggesting that yours has to be as grand as the one in the “after” photo above, but it’s an example to aspire to.
If you are one of the lucky homeowners who have a lovely front porch, by all means, draw attention to this great selling feature by demonstrating to the buyers how this outdoor oasis can be another great living space for them. Set up a conversation area complete with chairs, a small table for a drink, and some pretty, outdoor-friendly accessories.Source
Finally, a less obvious, but important exterior feature to turn your attention to when selling is the garage door (especially if it is a garage that faces the street). As this image illustrates, you can spruce it up fairly easily and inexpensively by adding a few pieces of cosmetic hardware. Buyers love a custom look!
To learn more about Natalie Gallagher or Refined Rooms LLC, visit www.RefinedRoomsLLC.com