Why do I need curb appeal when selling my home?
When finding homes online, it's common to be wowed by photos of gleaming kitchens and shimmering pools. After all those are the sparkly things that most people want in their homes, but what if you are driving by a home with a for sale sign in the yard and not looking at those gleaming photos? Wouldn't the first impression you see from the front of the home be the immediate reaction that might encourage you to look further?
The answer is yes. It's just as important to have a great curb appeal to entice buyers to want to see your home while driving by as it is to have gleaming photos of the inside of the home.
Here is one minor example of what a home can look like by painting weathered shutters and a dingy front door. While the door has new hardware and a festive wreath, the door and faded shudders are not eye catching and appeaer worn.
Notice how the second set of photos really pop? That's exactly the effect you want when someone drives by your home. The home as seen with the painted shutters and front door, conveying that it is well taken care of and possibly move-in ready.
And the front door? Since the 4th of July is right around the corner, this paint color and patriotic wreath are inspiring to say the least.
It also makes the home appear updated just from the outside; that an owner cared enough to make that front door shine is a testament to the home's condition.
If this home were listed for sale, a buyer would be tempted to offer more in an offer price.
If a home doesn't have curb appeal, a buyer sees how much work needs to be done and that extra work is conveyed in the offer price and might be lower than full price.
So the next time you list your home for sale, put your best effort into showing your home as clean, updated, and painted. Why do I need curb appeal when selling my home? Because if you don't, you could be losing showings and money!