How often have you driven past a home and dreamt of buying it just from the appearance of the exterior? If you’re looking to sell your home in the next few months, or just want to spruce up your home, curb appeal has a great impact on the perception of your home. Whether the first impression you’re looking to shape is from potential home buyers, or just your next dinner guests, curb appeal holds a lot of value. That first glance from a potential home buyer can make or break your chances of selling your home. Your property should stand out when scrolling down the list in their online home search, or when they pass that for sale sign in your yard. In fact, 94% of Realtors have suggested sellers to improve their curb appeal before listing their home for sale. This is all because 97% of Realtors believe that curb appeal is extremely important to a potential buyer in their home search.
So, where do you start? Fortunately, small projects to increase in curb appeal don’t have to wipe out your bank account. When preparing your home to sell, it always begins with simply removing the clutter. We suggest this first because having a yard and entryway that is clear of bikes, kid’s toys, garbage cans, etc. will go a long way in shaping those first impressions. The goal is to have the home buyer be evaluating your home, not your clutter. By removing the traces of your lifestyle from your home, the home buyers can picture themselves in your space, not you in your space.
Next, while it may not seem to be the most important on the rank, Realtors rated this to be the top project that will appeal to buyers. In the National Association of Realtors remodeling impact report, standard lawn care service is estimated to recover 267 percent of the cost that has been estimated by landscape professionals. Yes, you can drastically improve your home value by mowing, trimming shrubs, and planting. Even if you aren’t looking to sell right away, this upgrade goes a long way toward feeling better about pulling into your driveway every night. A clean and cared for outdoor space is equally as pleasing to you and your surrounding neighbors. The basics aren’t always perceived as being very influential when tackling a renovation upgrade, but the basics should be tackled first, as they are proven to be most important.
Although, if you’re looking for a step up from standard lawn care and maintenance, your home value can be increased even more with just a little bit of elbow grease. By simply putting a little TLC into your entryway, home buyers can see themselves more at home by noticing those little traces of character. By giving your front porch a fresh coat of paint, replacing outdoor lighting, or upgrading your front door, you can bring your home to life. Small changes can make your home more memorable when thinking back to homes that they may have viewed. For example, in Zillow’s 2018 Paint Color Analysis, it was found that homes with black or charcoal gray front doors sell for $6,271 more than expected. Realistically, home buyers are more likely to remember the home with the sleek black front door than the home with the subpar exterior.
While installing an outdoor pool or outdoor kitchen might seem to be the upgrades that would provide most value to your home, the reality is that small changes are what makes home buyers feel right at home. By simply offering a clean and maintained outdoor space, the few minutes spent waiting at the front door for the realtor to arrive will bring up good conversation about your home’s appearance before even setting foot inside.