Creating Curb Appeal
In today’s real estate world, a picture is worth more than a thousand words. The first picture a buyer will see online will be of the front entrance of your house. Knowing how important first impressions are and how that initial picture influences whether a buyer places your home on their ‘go see’ list, much attention should be paid to elevating your homes curb appeal!
It is often difficult to perceive our own houses the same way a potential buyer might, just due to being accustomed to familiar looks and functions, we overlook the faults. The first thing we would advise is to stop thinking about your property as a home. Although persons might find this difficult because of sentimental value, the property is a house – a commodity that you want to sell for the highest dollar possible.
The next time you come home, stop across the street or far enough down the driveway to get a good view of your house and its surroundings.
o What is your first impression of the house and yard area?
o What are the best exterior features of the house?
o How can you enhance them?
o What are the worst exterior features of the house?
o How can you minimize or improve them?
Now park where a potential buyer would and walk towards the house, looking around you as if it were your first visit. Is the approach clean and tidy? What could you do to make it more attractive?
A good technique to use when assessing your curb appeal is everyday photos of your home’s exterior. Whether you’re using a digital camera or just your phone, observe the picture with its original color first. Then remove the color and look at the same picture in black and white, it is easier to identify the problems without color affecting the scene.
Your average curb appeal maintenance might include:
1. A list of the problem areas you’ve discovered. Tackle clean up and repair chores first, then put some time into projects that make the grounds more attractive.
2. Kill mold and mildew on the house, sidewalks, roof, or driveway.
3. Stow away unnecessary garden implements and tools.
4. Clean windows and gutters.
5. Pressure wash dirty siding and dingy decks.
6. Edge sidewalks and remove vegetation growing between concrete or bricks.
7. Mow the lawn. Get rid of weeds.
8. Rake and dispose of leaves, even if your lot is wooded.
9. Trim tree limbs that are near or touching the home's roof.
Through brainstorming solutions to the majority of the problems along with some DIY tricks that are currently flooding the internet, it is likely to keep your creation of curb appeal to a minimal budget. The trick is to find areas in need of the most improvements and work on them the best you can.
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