The term curb appeal is defined as “The attractiveness of a property for sale and its surroundings when viewed from the street.” Because of that, your home's curb appeal is an important thing to keep in mind when you are selling your home since the outside of your home is the first thing buyers will see. What would you rather your buyer's first impression be, well-designed landscaping, flower beds, and a new paint job? Or an uncut lawn, and an outdoor presence that needs overall a level of TLC. If you take nothing else from this blog post, take this: curb appeal is a very large factor in determining the value of your home during the selling process.
While some people may love the idea of a “fixer-upper” when it comes to buying a home, the reality is that the majority of home buyers are looking for a home that is already up-to-date. Let’s think about this in terms of a blind date, You wouldn't show up to the date with your hair a mess, not showered, or with food all over your clothes. Or maybe you would, who are we to judge. But in terms of your house, you will want to make sure your yard is landscaped, or at least cut, your house siding is washed and free of stains, your front porch, if you have one, is picked up and free of clutter. Some agents even say that washing your house can add additional value of $10,000 or $15,000 to the sales price of the home.
And just like you maintain your appearance, you will want to keep up on the maintenance of your home, such as gutters, shutters, asphalt cracks, bricks, and other things that may appear ugly from the road. This is all about getting your home to a beautiful exterior and maintaining it to ensure your home sells for top dollar.