First impressions count when you’re selling your home. A poor impression can make selling your home harder, reducing buyer interest and even driving down the price. Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do to enhance your home’s curb appeal and improve that all-important first impression.
Why does Curb Appeal matter?
If the first thing a potential buyer notices is an untidy or run-down exterior, they may assume that the rest of the property is in just as bad a condition (if not worse). They are then likely to carry that negative impression through the rest of the inspection. They are also more likely to be suspicious about the condition of aspects of the property that can’t be seen, like the building structure or the foundations. This kind of uncertainty can be more than enough to drive away a potential buyer.
However, a home that appears well presented and maintained from the outside will be more desirable and enticing to buyers.
When it comes to enhancing curb appeal, there are a number of things you can do.
It doesn’t matter if your front yard is big or small, landscaping plays a big part in curb appeal. A well maintained and tidy garden can add to the visual appeal of the property and give the impression that the property has been well looked after.
At a basic level, the lawn should be regularly mowed and the garden tidied and weeded.
However, if you’re looking to sell your home, it can be worth investing in some professional landscaping to ensure the garden is looking its best. Pre-sale landscaping should always highlight the potential of the outdoor area while complementing the house. It should also be low maintenance, since a high-maintenance garden can be off putting for many buyers.
- Repaint your Home
Faded or peeling paint is a huge red flag for potential buyers. It just screams poor maintenance and will project a negative impression before the buyer has even set foot inside the house. A new coat of exterior paint will make the house look brand new, thereby increasing its curb appeal.
- Clean the Roof
Many homeowners forget that their roof is in clear view from the street. This means keeping it clean is vital to boosting your curb appeal. A messy roof, strewn with leaves, branches or moss can send potential buyers running.
When a roof is unclean, and left that way for a long time, water damage is sure to be an issue. No one wants to purchase a property that potentially has a roof full of mould and standing water. So, clean your roof and gutters before putting your home up for sale.
- Fix the Fence
A sturdy fence is something all potential buyers can appreciate. Not only does it help keep the garden looking tidy, but it can be an excellent security feature. It also keeps pets and children safely on the property. Make sure the fence is sturdy and in good condition. It’s also worth slapping another coat of paint on it too.
- Update your Gates
An automatic gate system adds a touch of class and plenty of convenience to any front yard. It’s also an impressive security feature and a deterrent to any would-be burglars. Consider installing an electric gate system to create a memorable point of difference between your property and other properties.
- Add Parking Space
Many drivers don’t like to park on the street. A designated and neat space for a car, be it carport or garage, can see your curb appeal skyrocket. It will certainly look far better than parking your car on the lawn.
- Keep it Secure
From security mesh to taller fences and auto-locking electric gates, remember that security is a major factor of curb appeal. Potential buyers will appreciate that the property is secure.
However, go for options that are subtle, like an ornate security screen rather than bars over the windows. Placing too much emphasis on security can make the house feel like a fortress and give the impression that your neighbourhood is unsafe. And this can drive away potential buyers.
Improving your home’s curb appeal is simple. But remember that little things will often make a bigger impact than large changes. Ensure the front of your home looks neat, tidy and inviting and you’re well on your way to creating that crucial good first impression.