If you’ve ever switched on HGTV or opened a home décor magazine you’ve likely seen the term, “curb appeal.” But what is curb appeal? And why do you need it?
Your home’s curb appeal is influenced mostly by exterior features and landscaping. You know those homes that are just really “put together” looking from the outside? They have great curb appeal.
Why Curb Appeal is Important?
Since your home’s curb appeal is the first thing buyers will notice when you’re selling your home, it’s important to impress. According to statistics, around 63 percent of homebuyers will drop by after viewing a home they like online. You want to be sure your home’s look far exceeds what a buyer has seen while surfing the web. You want your home to offer that extra something that will make a buyer pick up the phone and call for a showing.
Ways to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Luckily, curb appeal can be as simple as some updated landscaping or a fresh coat of paint on your front door. There are simple changes you can make to the exterior of your home to significantly improve its look and feel, while keeping your vacation budget or kid’s college fund in check.
Fresh House Numbers. Pump up your curb appeal with some new numbers on the front of the house. Not only will it be easy for house hunters or real estate agents to find your home, a new number display will give the place a modern look.
A Bold New Look (of Color). Your home can take on a whole new look with just a fresh coat of paint on a front door or exterior shutters. Find a bold color for your front door, trim or shutters and avoid the expense of a complete exterior paint job while still spicing up an old look.
Tidy Up the Landscaping. Plant a new shrub. Add mulch to your beds. Install flower boxes in your windows. Improving your landscaping is an easy way to make a huge impact on your home’s attractiveness to visitors or buyers.
Replace Old Outdoor Light Fixtures. Are your outdoor light fixtures from the mid-70s or looking shabby from years of wear and tear? With a little shopping around you should be able to find some reasonably priced new light fixtures for the front of your house or yard. Updated lighting can give a home’s façade a completely new look!
Add a New Mailbox. If your home has a mailbox out front, replacing it can be an easy way to give your yard a modern look. Because it’s usually the first thing someone sees on your property, an old and ragged mailbox can send a message to potential buyers about the condition or age of your property.
If you’re selling your home, a beautiful and inviting exterior will encourage buyers to inquire about a showing, or later look up your property online. Keeping up your home’s curb appeal will also help you to maintain your home’s overall beauty, resale value and the jealousy of all your neighbors.