First impressions are important. This is the case whether you are meeting a new business client or selling your property. The initial impression that is felt by a prospective buyer can be the difference between making an offer and moving on to the next house. Too many times sellers will focus on the interior of house while the outside is neglected. The interior could look like a palace but buyers may never get there if the outside is bad enough. Fortunately there are plenty of important upgrades you can do that will make the exterior look fresh and give buyers that positive first impression you are looking for.
Curb appeal starts with your physical property. It is no secret that most buyers in today’s market begin their property search online. This means clicking through dozens of pictures to see if they should even drive by the house. If the shutters are falling off or there are overgrown bushes by the front door, the house will not photograph well and you will lose a large percentage of prospective buyers. Start with improving the siding, shutters, roof, trim, shingles or front door so a buyer remembers a beautiful image of the front of the house. A new front door or even something as easy as a power wash can have your house looking like new!
Neglected landscaping can draw the attention away from other improvements you make with the property. You don’t necessarily have to have your landscaping looking like a manicured baseball field but you can’t have it looking like a jungle either. Start with trimming or updating older bushes, shrubs and trees in the front yard, and adding a defined edge with new mulch or rock can make your yard stand out. Any grass should be fed with new seed and cut fresh every time your home is listed. Neat and updated landscaping creates a feeling of “home” for the buyer when they enter the property.
Curb appeal can also include little things like replacing a mailbox, adding a row of solar lights, updating old hardware, adding new address numbers and even cleaning the gutters. You never know what a buyer will look for when they see your property for the first time. By spending time and money to improve the exterior you gain more visibility online and pique the curiosity of anyone that drives by. The exterior of a property is an often overlooked by sellers but is a very important feature when selling your home. There is no doubt that if your landscaping is a mess or the front door needs replacing that buyers will drive right on to the next one house. Remember that first impressions are especially important when it comes to homebuyers.