That feeling of "love at first sight" is becoming more and more important in today's real estate market. Currently, over 80% of all home purchasers will get their first look at a home from internet photos. If they don't like what they see in the photos, they will cross the home off their list. Small changes will enhance a home's curb appeal without spending a huge sum of money. We often recommend to home sellers that they start their sale preparation by photographing the exterior of their home. The photos will show areas that need attention and give a clear picture of what a purchaser will see in their online search for a new home. Some cost-effective curb appeal ideas include:
Clean the driveway and sidewalk with a pressure washer.
Look at your front door and entryway. Does your door need a fresh coat of paint? How about the trim? Check for burned-out lightbulbs.
Add some new mulch and spring plants. Use plants of the same color to add more visual impact.
Create a focal point. Add an interesting, welcoming element such as a garden bench or large urn to invite visitors into the home.
Trim the bushes surrounding the house. Trim hanging tree limbs.
Patch and seal any cracks or holes in the driveway.
Don't forget the rear view. Is the patio clean and organized? Can a purchaser imagine having a barbeque?