First impressions are everything – at least when it comes to selling your home. According to the National Association of Realtors, 63% of homebuyers will drop by after viewing a home they like online. The home’s exterior – including the front entry, yard, driveway and sidewalk – should serve as a snapshot of what’s to come when potential buyers enter your home.
The way your home looks from the street – attractively landscaped and well-maintained – can add thousands to its value and cut the time it takes to sell.
Any real estate agent worth his or her weight in salt will tell you that one of the most important factors in selling your home is making sure it has “curb appeal”. When the agent is at your front door fooling with the lock box, what are your potential buyers doing? They’re looking at the landscaping. They’re looking all around at the exterior. They’re making decisions based on what they see. So make sure what they see is candy to the eye.
So what simple things can you do to achieve your “curb appeal”? Well, here are just a few small things that can bring you big rewards:
- Install new house numbers.
- Replace exterior lighting.
- Install flower boxes.
- Plant trees or shrubs.
The early Fall is a good time to plant. Not only do cooler weather and autumn rain put less stress on young landscaping plants, nurseries often have sales to empty their shelves before winter.
- Paint the front door, trim or shutters.
Most exterior paint will cost you around $30 a gallon. Painting your home can definitely add some brightness and revive your house.
- Upgrade your mailbox.
Consider it all good family time playing in the yard together. And then sit back and smile – feeling proud of your accomplishments and your home – and knowing that there’s a big return on your investment just around the corner.