4 Ways to Boost a Home’s Curb Appeal When Preparing to Sell It

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Mortgage and Lending with Olympus Labs

If you’re preparing to sell your home in the near future, naturally, you may want to take steps to make it appear as valuable and attractive as possible to potential buyers. Investing some time and money into improving your home can pay off in the long run.

There are many ways to boost a home’s value before a sale. However, it’s important to remember that curb appeal plays a major role in how valuable a buyer may consider a home to be. Even if you’ve made significant improvements to such features as your home’s insulation, HVAC system, and other critical elements, if it looks unimpressive the first time a potential buyer sees it from the outside, it can be difficult to convince them of its value.

Luckily, there are many ways to improve your home’s curb appeal when getting ready to sell. The following are a few examples to keep in mind. Just remember, you don’t need to complete all these tasks yourself. Some of these tasks are best left to professionals.

Install New Roofing and Siding

Installing new roofing and siding can dramatically impact your home’s aesthetic appeal. Additionally, savvy home buyers may know that roofing and siding that don’t look particularly attractive could actually be at risk of damage. For instance, black streaks on a roof may mean it’s home to roof algae, an organism that can eat away at shingles, leaving a home’s interior vulnerable to the elements.

This will certainly tell a potential buyer that your home isn’t worth much money, as they’ll have to invest even more money after buying it to make essential improvements before minor issues become major, costly problems.

Again, though, boosting your home’s curb appeal isn’t necessarily something you’ll do entirely on your own. Installing new roofing and siding is definitely a job for a company that specializes in this type of work.

Clean out The Gutters

Be sure roof gutters are clean and free of leaves and other debris. Sticks and branches piled up on the roof edge can also trap water and ice during winter causing water backup and damage to shingles and wood underlayment. Learn more at The Best Leaf Blowers for cleaning attachments to blow the gutters out and clean.

Trim Shrubs

You might not have the qualifications to install a new roof on your own. That said, trimming shrubs is an easy task you can handle that will likely make your overall property more attractive. This can make the entire house appear more valuable as well.

You might also want to add some more greenery in strategic spots. Fresh, healthy plants can also improve curb appeal fast.

Install a New Mailbox

This may seem like an unnecessary task. It’s not!

Every outdoor feature of your property can affect how valuable your home looks to a potential buyer, even if only on a subconscious level. If your old mailbox has seen better days, install a new one. It’s an inexpensive way to make your property stand out in the right ways.

There are actually several small changes you can make to ensure your house looks its best. For example, you might also install new home numbers and replace your front door hardware.

Paint Electrical Fixtures

An electrical box is an essential component of a home. Unfortunately, if it’s visible, it can detract from the house’s visual appeal.

That doesn’t need to happen. Look at your house from the street to determine if the electrical box is negatively impacting its attractiveness. If so, paint it the same color as your siding. It will have much less of an effect if it’s camouflaged.

Will completing these tasks take some time and money? Yes, but in the long run, the investment will pay for itself. You could get an offer much faster or sell your home to cash home buyers and get a great deal that will justify making these improvements yourself. Additionally, you don’t need to be the one spending time on each of these tasks. For some, you’re better off hiring pros to handle them for you.

Comments (4)

Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Good 4 points David Jackson, MBA, and I like them but I also like:

1. Winding path to front door

2. Fresh plantings and/or paint

3. Freshen up front door and consider gleaming easy to open door hardware

 

Jeff 😎

Jun 05, 2021 09:54 PM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun / golfArizona@cox.net

David,

4 very good points, never thought about the mail box and its post. So right. .  Enjoy your Sunday, and thanks again for the post.  Bill Salvatore 

Jun 06, 2021 05:05 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Jun 06, 2021 05:34 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi David,  Thank you for sharing this list.  A few important upgrades can make such a big difference. 

Jun 06, 2021 08:47 PM