Being proud of your good-looking home isn’t only something to brag about around the water cooler, it can also be what makes or breaks the sale of your property when you decide to list it. According to the National Association of Realtors, 63% of homebuyers scheduled viewings of properties based on their impressions from the exterior photos that were online. What exactly is this “curb appeal,” and how can you improve the odds of a quick sale by getting it?
Whoever said “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” may have coined the phrase after listing their home for sale. A home’s exterior, including the yard, sidewalk, driveway, façade and entry, serves as a snapshot of what potential buyers can expect inside the home, and if that snapshot says “dated” or “poorly maintained,” you may be missing out on a pool of buyers that aren’t impressed enough to bother checking inside. Also, nearly every home sale includes an appraisal, and having a clean and functional exterior may increase the value a lender will loan on. How can you improve your curb appeal?
No, really. Take a good look at the front of your home from the sidewalk, from across the street, from the houses next door, and imagine you don’t live there. Would you want to? It’s easy to ignore the problems to which you’ve become accustomed, and a fresh perspective can be a great place to find ways to improve curb appeal.
When arranging exterior plantings, lighting elements or décor, lean toward symmetrical placement. Not only is symmetry naturally pleasing and attractive to the eye, it’s the easiest to plan and arrange. Make sure that lamps and planters match each other, and remove anything that makes the composition look imbalanced.
Anything that looks worn out, dingy, or is broken or mismatched should be repainted, repaired, or replaced. You might have gotten used to the peeling paint on the trim, the rusted out spot on the gutters, or the beautiful weed-garden that has sprung up from the cracks in the driveway, but buyers will not be. The condition of the exterior of the property looks indicative of the efforts made to maintain the interior, so fix anything that is not in “very-good” condition.
You don’t have to complete a full remodel on your exterior to make it more appealing to buyers. Choosing a more complementary paint color for the trim, adding matching shutters or fresh plantings, updating door locks and hardware, installing new, matching lighting, and even finding a mailbox better suited to match the style of your home are simple fixes can create a more pleasing aesthetic for potential buyers.
Almost 90% of homebuyers begin their search online, and photos will have the biggest impact in creating an impression if they’re taken thoughtfully. Have a naturally darker room? Take the photo during the time of day with the best lighting. Expecting an overcast day during the week? That will make for the best photos of the exterior. Also, get rid of clutter. Anything that CAN be removed from the frame SHOULD be removed, including anything on counters, bikes from the porch, and personal items.
Creating curb appeal can take some time and money, and if you’re considering selling your home, contact the professionals at Win Win Fast Property Solutions first. Through our extensive real estate knowledge and experience and our network of resources, we can help homeowners with a variety of real estate problems. Call today to learn more about getting a fast and fair cash offer for your home and look forward to a hassle-free transaction!