“Curb Appeal.” You’ll hear it from estate agents like those at Doorsteps, but truly understanding the concept can be a bit difficult. It’s also an absolute must, as better curb appeal spells a better price for your home in the long run.
What is Curb Appeal?
The term itself simply considers the attractiveness of a property from the street. It factors in only a few aspects including landscaping, the front entrance, and the look of the exterior of the home (like the siding, stucco, or other exterior coating).
How Do I Increase My Home’s Curb Appeal?
Creating better curb appeal isn’t necessarily a simple process, but at Doorsteps, we’ve seen the process again and again – an attractive exterior can make or break the sale of your home. It can also decrease the time it spends on the market. Wondering how to make sure your home is where it needs to be? These tips can help.
Evaluate Your Home Like a Buyer Might
Spend some time walking around your home’s exterior with a critical frame of mind. Grab a notepad and a pen. Anything that doesn’t look quite right, makes your home look like it might not make the cover of a magazine, or needs to be replaced, repaired or cleaned should go on your “To Do” list. You’ll want to do this both by the light of day and in the evening when the street lamps shine on your home to get the best possible view of what buyers might see. In addition you may even want to enlist the help of friends to get an outside opinion.
Add Some Plants
Unless you’re selling during the winter, there are always some kinds of annual plants in bloom that you can add around your landscaping. Consider containers, window boxes, or garden flower beds to add some colour. It will automatically create a beautiful look to the outside of your home.
If your home has poor outdoor lighting, you may want to spruce that up a bit too. Solar light fixtures are easily installed around your front walk or flower beds, and they’re fairly inexpensive. They’ll give your home a touch of luxury you didn’t initially expect.
Many buyers are far more willing to book a showing with your estate agent if they see something they like, so create a snapshot of an amazing properties outdoors. Doorsteps is ready to help. Contact us today to learn more.