Whether you have had your property on the market for months or are just considering listing it, Spring is an amazing time to show your home at its best. It is the beginning of real estate season and sellers, agents, and buyers are ready to make the most of it. There is new energy in the air and people are generally ready to move forward and feeling optimistic.
For home sellers, it increases the importance of curb appeal to expand your audience. Curb appeal is the first impression your property makes on a prospective buyer and we all know the importance of making a good first impression. Here are some steps you can take to maximize your home's value.
Spruce Up Your Yard
This sounds like a simple step, but the cooler winter weather can negatively impact how your property appears to visitors. Clear dead or dying brush and rake leaves. If you have a play structure, does it need any maintenance? Replace or remove faded patio furniture. Tidy your yard to demonstrate to potential buyers your home has been meticulously maintained.
Plant to Compliment the Exterior
Adding color through flowers can create some “pop” to your curb appeal. Flowers demonstrate the property is cared for and the current owners appreciate living there. Most people appreciate the freshness and positive attitude flowers present. Ornamental grasses and shrubbery may be more appropriate depending on your climate To really make your property stand out, create a map of your yard for the future owners. Include plant names and seasonal information like when to prune. Choosing fauna that compliments the exterior of your home will create a harmonious feel.
Consult With A Landscaper
A professional landscaper may have some relatively simple and inexpensive ideas to help improve the appeal of your home for those who drive by. A landscaper will be able to tell you how to plant so that the different species will bloom and keep color in the yard throughout the year. Lighting, fencing, potted plants and mulch are easy ways to add punch.They may also be able to add value to your home.
Spruce Up Walkways and Driveways
Concrete sidewalks and driveways can really benefit from an inexpensive power washing. Resealing asphalt can have it looking new. A walkway can be the perfect place for drought tolerant plants or crushed stone. Creating a defined path with edging adds interest.
Make Your Windows Sparkle
You know how much clean windows improve the appearance of your car. The same is true for your home. Make sure every window visible from the road is shiny and looking good! If you have a glass retaining wall make sure it's streak free to maximize and highlight the views.
Focus on Your Main Entrance
Your front door is a critical element in your curb appeal and how visitors will get their first impression. Prospects will often take the few minutes it takes to get into a house to closely inspect this area of your home for sale. All areas of your entrance way should be neat, clean, and cared for. If your garage door faces the street, don't forget to have it looking its best.
While digital marketing and photos of your home for sale are critical in today's marketing, your home still only has one chance to make an in-person first impression. You can validate what your prospects are looking for with awesome curb appeal. Take a look at your home from the curb and front door area with fresh eyes. Contact the Lund Team for more ideas on selling your home and making the most of your real estate investment.
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