Last Updated on 1st October 2014
Real estate agents often advise on the importance of a home’s curb appeal because they are fully aware of its importance in helping to sell a house. Great curb appeal can increase the number of potential buyers willing to view a house and can even increase the bids for the house itself.
Potential homebuyers often inspect the exterior of a property before setting foot inside by doing a drive by. The house has to give the right vibe from the start in order for there to be any hope of closing a sale. Vendors have to make the property attractive to the point that a potential buyer can imagine him or herself, living in, and flourishing in the home. The house must be presented in a way that helps a prospective buyer imagine how it would look if they lived there.
First impressions always count. If the potential buyer(s) are not impressed from the onset, it will be very hard to sell them the house.
Increasing the home’s curb appeal
Fortunately, there are many ways to make a property look appealing. Most of these are easy DIY tasks that the property owners can do by themselves.
Increasing a home’s curb appeal can be as simple as:
Tidying up flowerbeds, shrubs and trees around the home.
Well-maintained lawns and flowerbeds make potential homebuyers excited to see the rest of the property. Homeowners should therefore ensure that the flowerbeds are clean and any weeds removed. Large shrubs ought to be neatly trimmed into organized shapes while any overhanging tree branches need to be cut down and removed.
Dressing the windows.
The windows provide the first glimpse into the house. The windowpanes should be pristine and smudge free while the window frames need to be cleaned and repainted if necessary. Homeowners can also increase their home’s curb appeal by installing shutters on the windows. These are available in various unique colors and finishes and are sure to blend in with any room’s interior décor.
Repainting and repairing the exterior.
The rest of the home’s exterior needs to be thoroughly examined and any damages repaired. It is also a good idea to apply a fresh coat of paint to the gate, to treat any fences and tidy up the porch to make the property look more inviting. The roof should not be neglected and any broken or damaged tiles must be replaced and the gutters cleaned out. The driveway leading up to the house should also be clear and free of any debris.
Renovating and de-cluttering the interior.
Finally, the interior of the home needs to be as attractive as possible. The potential buyers need to be enticed by an organized, clean, light and airy space. All rooms should be orderly and clutter-free with the kitchen and bathrooms being particularly spotless. Homeowners should aim to show how modern and homely the space could be without turning the whole house into a showroom of sorts.
Although it might mean investing additional time and money into the property, homeowners need to take the necessary steps to tidy up their homes before attempting to sell. They might then be rewarded with a swift and successful sale.