The way your home looks is incredibly important when you put your home on the market because you want to impress potential buyers. The interior may be the star of the show, but in order to get people’s attention, the exterior has to look just as nice. Your property’s curb appeal could be the thing that deters folks from wanting to schedule an appointment to take a tour.
So how do you improve curb appeal? Is it even worth the effort?
We gathered insights from top-selling agents and these projects can help to make your property stand out from the rest.
You wouldn’t think that replacing light fixtures could make that much of a difference in curb appeal – they’re just lights. That’s not the case at all. Light fixtures can have a big impact on your curb appeal, but can also make your yard safer. The trick to changing the fixtures is to choose options that best match your home’s overall style. For example, if you have a modern home, you may not want to opt for fixtures that have a traditional design.
Not only do you want to consider the style, you’ll want to choose lights that are the right size for your home. If there’s only one fixture near the front door, the light should be a third of the door’s height. If there are two, you’ll want to select fixtures that are a quarter of the door’s height.
Windows and doors
One of the perks of replacing the doors and windows is that your home will look nicer, but if you choose EnergyStar-approved products, you could save money on energy costs! Before choosing any windows and doors, you should look at this guide, as it provides information regarding what makes a product Energy Star qualified, the anatomy of an energy-efficient window and so much more.
One of the biggest ways you can improve curb appeal is by slapping a fresh coat of paint on your home – this includes window frames and/or shutters, door frames, and even the door itself. Do keep in mind that if you live in a historical town or an HOA, you’ll need to check what colors you can paint your home. You don’t want to get fined by the HOA for breaking the rules!
Textures and materials
Your home may be in good shape and not much work needs to be done to it. However, if your facade is all one material (vinyl siding, brick, and so on), it can blend into the rest of the neighborhood. You can spruce up the facade by adding different materials and textures to create a visually intriguing design. For example, if your home is all brick, you could add wood accents like wooden shutters, a wooden garage door, and even wood columns to the entryway.
Landscaping is as important to curb appeal as the lights, paint and new windows – perhaps even moreso. Professional landscapers can turn your dead and dried lawn into a luscious green carpet. They can use native plants to create beautiful gardens and so much more.
Driveway and walkways
You’ve done all this work and your yard looks amazing, but if the walkways and driveway are dirty or in disrepair, all of that work will be for nothing. Depending on what needs to be done, you’ll want to consider renting a power washer and cleaning these areas or if it needs a lot of work, you could hire a hardscaper or a professional driveway contractor to fix them up.
Part of being a homeowner is to make improvements along the way; and, potential buyers will take note if things look old, outdated and in poor condition. If your curb appeal is lacking, you’re less likely to even attract buyers in the first place! These projects are just the starting point to improve your yard. You can also consult with your realtor for ideas, tips, and suggestions!