First impressions are not only important when meeting other human beings; they are also important when trying to sell a home. According to the National Association of Realtors, 63 percent of potential home buyers will drive by a house after viewing it online or seeing it in a print ad. What will they see when looking at the exterior of your home?
Before putting your home on the market, ensure that the outside aesthetics are pleasing to the eye. In fact, sprucing up front door curb appeal should be top priority. Once that is accomplished, you can begin renovating and remodeling the inside. Before any potential home buyers will actually walk in the door, they want to be pleased with what they see on the outside.
Today we offer you several tips to help create a lovely, clean curb appeal.
Tips to Enhance Curb Appeal
1). Assess the situation: Before doing anything, stand on the street or sidewalk, look at your home as if you are a stranger to the place. Ask yourself what you like and what you don’t like? What would make the curbside view cleaner, more appealing and more colorful?
2). Create a plan: Sit down and write out your goals for the curb appeal. Let’s be honest here. It feels amazing to cross items off a list. Be sure to do that as you accomplish each item. Don’t make a plan so big you can’t accomplish it. In all honesty, the inside of the house is what will ultimately matter so you still want to spend the bulk of your time and money on the inside (most of the time). Make your curb appeal goals reasonable.
3). De-clutter: Before planting flowers or buying new porch furniture, be sure to de-clutter. Pick up loose items, toys, sports equipment, and gardening tools from the yard and porch. This is where Braemar can help you. We can offer you some amazing storage solutions. These units can be placed in the front porch or directly inside the garage or mudroom so that you still have access to the items you need without the need to scatter them about everywhere.
4). Landscape: You don’t need to go overboard with this. Ensure the grass stays cut if it’s a warm season, trim hedges, add some hanging plants or potted plants, and voila! Clean and colorful curb appeal will go a long way.
5). Buy new furniture or update old furniture: You want your porch and yard to look welcoming but not tacky. Depending on the space, you may merely need a small table and a couple of chairs. If your space is larger, perhaps you need more elaborate patio furniture. Again, don’t break the bank with this. If you already have furniture, make sure it looks nice. Clean everything well to remove dust and pollen and even possibly paint furniture items if they look old and worn.
6). Plan for the interior: As mentioned, while the outside is certainly a factor when selling one’s home, the inside is probably more important in the long run. The curb appeal just needs to be clean and inviting. You don’t want it to turn off potential buyers. While you’re making simple updates to the outside of your home, begin remodeling or redesigning the inside so that ultimately, both the inside and outside and outside will combine to create the total package.
Call Braemar today so we can help you create beautiful outdoor and indoor spaces.