How To Add Curb Appeal To Your Home
How to add curb appeal to your home and not break the bank. That’s always a topic that gets brought up when you're planning on selling your home. Lack of curb appeal can be a major turnoff for most home buyer’s. You could have the most amazing interior of your home, but if the exterior of your home is lacking, the buyer will typically tell his or her agent to keep driving. That’s not fair right? Well, in Fayetteville, NC we are in a STRONG buyer’s market. You only get one, maybe two chances as a seller to make a great first impression on buyer’s. The first chance will be online, that is if your agent took great pictures and your exterior looks nice. The second will be in person, if you're lucky enough to make the buyer’s top home choices. The curb appeal of your home can sell your home from online, if done well.
According to the National Association of Realtors Survey of Home Buyer’s and Sellers conducted last year showed 91% of home buyers who used the internet to search for homes, used a Realtor in 2012. Buyer’s are typically only looking at 10 homes before they find the home they want to make an offer on. So, curb appeal isVERY important, BEFORE you put your home on the market. Your home needs to be ready to show before the first day on the market, so if you're planning on selling your home and you know you are coming up on orders in Fayetteville, NC, now is the time to start, not when you call a Realtor to help you sell. Of course a Realtor will give you tips to help make your home more appealing, but you should already have the big things taken care of. Time is very important in a buyer’s market and the curb appeal needs to be top notch.
Here are some tips on how to add curb appeal to your home in Fayetteville, NC:
- Dress up the entrance to your home with flowers. Put them in nice flowerpots and make them bright and fresh. It does not have to cost you a lot of money.
- Replace your exterior light fixtures on the garage and outside of the main door. Potential homebuyers will be standing outside the main entrance for a few minutes while the agent is getting the keys to open the house. If they are already nice, make sure the cobwebs have been removed.
- Replace or paint your shutters, they can look very dingy with the sun beating down on them and it will make the exterior of your home look fresh.
- A fresh coat of paint on the exterior of your home can do wonders for curb appeal. This is a great time to fix any boards that have dry rot. When a home buyer looks at your home, it will show them that you have taken care of your home.
- Edge and weed the walkway to your home. This can be a real turn off as the buyer is walking up to your home.
- Replace or update your mailbox. This is typically one of the first things they see as they are driving up. Adding numbers to your mailbox will make your home address easier to find.
- Replace or remove the screens to the windows if they have holes in them.
- Pressure wash the exterior of your home to remove dirt, algae and pollen. This should be done at least once a year to keep your home looking fresh.
- Add a nice doormat to the exterior entrance to your home. This will add style and color to your entrance.
10. Freshen up your flower beds. Add some fresh mulch, bushes,
plants, shrubs and trees to make your curb appeal pop.
11. Remove any clutter from the the front of your yard. This to include
kids toys and lawn ornaments. Make your yard look classy and
12. If your roof is in poor condition, get estimates and consider replacing
it prior to listing it. At least remove the dead leaves and branches
from your roof and gutters. If you're missing a few shingles, get them
13. Paint your front door a nice an inviting color. I am a big fan of a red
door, but that does not always go with the exterior home colors.
Also, replace the front door hardware for an updated and fresh look.
If you're planning on selling your home, spending a little time and money upfront to make the curb appeal of your homes stand out, can be very important. If you considering selling your home in and around Fayetteville, NC, I would love the opportunity to assist you. I help my seller’s get their homes sold!