Just as we easily memories good-looking people, first impressions are important when it comes to homes, as well. If you are in the market for sale, bringing your home’s curb appeal to highest level can increase your chances to sell drastically. Let’s explore the most effective ways to achieve this.
Like You’re Buying it
Take a stroll around your home, coming from booths sides of the street, armed with a critical eye and a notepad. Take notes of what looks odd and inappropriate, what needs removing, repairing, replacing, clipping or cleaning. Use your phone to snap photos. You can even get in your car and drive from both directions during day and night. You never know what you may see, perhaps you’ll notice a broken branch stuck on the roof or dislodged shingles.
Nothing but the Truth
Homeowners easily get used to certain home defects, to the point where they don’t see a reason to make them right. It can be scratched front door paint from your keys dangling from the lock, cobwebs on the porch ceiling of the facade, discolored deck or steps. Maybe you need an extra set of eyes to identify the priorities. Ask your visiting friends or neighbors to tell you what they see that needs to be fixed or cleaned.
Cut the Waste
In the process, get rid of every eyesore in the front yard, such as old trees, lawn furniture, swing sets, barbecues, stacked planters, garden hoses, stumps, etc. The rule is simple – if it isn’t attractive or upgrading your home’s style, give it away, sell it, recycle it or dump it. If after all, you conclude that you need all that clutter, perhaps a DIY lean-to shed in the backyard or against the back fence can save you many hard decisions.
When the Numbers don’t add up
Underestimate the importance of your house number and chances are that a prospective buyer will just drive on. Dirty, dull, broken, or even worse non-existing house number often sends a message that the homeowners don’t really take care about anything, and that’s what you can expect from the rest of the house. So, consider the style of your home and hit the online photo sharing platforms for some ideas. Apart from those creating a harmonious effect with the rest of the house, there are some really ingenious solutions that can’t go unnoticed.
Set the Trim
No front yard can be complete without trees and bushes that bring about the sense of maturity and responsibility. However, if not pruned regularly, these beautiful additions to a landscape can get out of control, casting too big of a shadow on the garden and blocking the views you want to present. If you don’t feel confident enough to do it yourself, call a professional pruning service, who will also dispose of the waste.
Add Some Art
Give your front yard some spirit and improve its curb appeal by installing a weather-resistant artwork such as a birdbath, a sculpture, metal cut-outs and wind chimes. Focus on pieces that complement your home’s natural palette and exterior elements. Water features don’t only look nice but their rippling sound adds a whole new dimension to the appeal, soothing the senses and cooling the air.
You can add a water feature, a new flower bed or a decorative berry shrub, but it won’t add much if the passers-by need to face a scruffy lawn that only the rain takes care of, and yet there are no ewes to trim. Put some effort in maintaining a healthy-looking lawn of the proper height. On the other hand, some homeowners decide to do just opposite – create a designed unkempt yard that takes on seasons and droughts better and won’t look out messy just because you are away for two weeks. For this look chose native grasses and plants that are resistant to pests and more suitable to your region.
Light up the Landscape
Your home should look presentable after dark as well. Mark the edges of the walkways with solar light fixtures, which aren’t only affordable and easy to install, but you can have them highlighting the best attributes of your landscaping all night without wasting a single cent on the electricity bill.
Many homeowners overlook the importance of the ‘roof appeal’, but this is something a buyer will likely notice. On the other hand, the roof is the area that is mostly affected by weather, sun, dirt and other particles. Missing shingles, lichen, grime, and debris call for roof maintenance, while a complete roof replacement can boost the home’s curb appeal even more. However, sometimes the home architecture makes accessing the roof challenging, so roofers often use kwikstage scaffolding to reach the upper parts of the structure.
Open to Colors
There are some annuals that are blooming all year around. Fill up your porch containers, window boxes and walkway pots with colorful flowers and the front yard will open up instantly. However, you should never plant artificial flowers. Apart from looking just plain unnatural, it shows bad taste and unwillingness to commit to the gardening. A few inches of dark mulch, on the other hand, will make those beds much neater without them looking fake.
Remove the unnecessary, rearrange what you have, and add what’s missing. Whether you are looking to sell or simply need a positive change, investing a little time and money into your home’s curb appeal will definitely make people slow down and take another look.