You’ve heard the saying: you don’t have a second chance to make a good first impression. Potential homebuyers will make a snap decision within seconds of pulling up to your home. Therefore, your house’s curb appeal is that ‘something-something’ that can make or break a sale. In fact, it can increase your sale price 10 percent, which in Southern California, is no small change. Curb appeal combines visual appeal, cleanliness and attention to detail. Our real estate agents at Legacy Partners know curb appeal is one of the most important factors in selling a home, so we’ve put together a few tips to keep in mind.
Think of your home’s exterior like a featured image inside a picture. You want buyers to see tasteful paint colors, a well-manicured lawn, leaves and debris picked up and fresh flowers lining the walk and flower beds. So before you list your home, spend some time both outside and inside to make your home picture-perfect. First things first:
De-clutter your home’s exterior. Do you have old bikes, well-worn skateboards, rusted garden tools, multiple plant pots or unsightly trash cans hanging around? Buyers want to imagine their lives in your home, so instead of giving them a look inside your busy family life, streamline your look.
Freshen up the entryway to your home, by deep-cleaning the front door and giving it a new coat of paint. The trim has probably seen better days as well. If the hardware on the front door looks tired or rusted, replace it. If the whole front door has seen better days, it may be well worth your while to replace it with something new and fresh.
Bring the inside out by extending your living area on your porch or deck. Southern Californians have a big advantage here, as our temperate climate makes outdoor living a year-round affair. Outdoor rooms are a big plus for homebuyers now, so consider adding an indoor/outdoor rug, deck furniture, a dining area or bar and mood lighting to make the house feel much bigger than its square footage.
Be courageous and take an honest look at your home’s exterior paint job. We know this isn’t a small-ticket item, but if your home needs painting, then take the plunge. Just make sure the color you choose is tasteful and works well with the neighborhood homes and wouldn’t detract potential buyers from considering your property. This is not the time for creativity but good-looking neutral colors.
Old lighting fixtures seriously date a home. The good news is fresh, fashionable fixtures aren’t expensive at your nearest home repair mega stores, and spending a couple of hundred bucks to update your home’s look can end up being money in your pocket in the long run.
Remember, you only have one chance to make a lasting impression on a would-be buyer. You want your home to sell quickly for top dollar. So call our team of experts at Legacy Partners to help you list your home in order to get noticed!