First Impressions: Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is so important! As they say, first impressions last. And often times, the first impression is also the last impression, as well.
Potential home buyers are not going to suddenly appear inside your house. They will arrive at the front of your house, which means that they will have a good view of your home from the curb.
In the next 5-10 seconds they will decide if it is worth getting out of the car to come inside! Remember, the home buying process is an emotional one… Are potential buyers pulling up and falling in love? Is the view from the car worth leaving their car to see what lurks behind the door?
If your home has good curb appeal, it can set the stage for a successful visit. You may be surprised at the mood and vibe it gives off, and how that positively or negatively affects consumers. Are they excited to enter? Or now feeling nervous and disappointed?
It is not unusual for people to fall in love with the rest of the house when they have already become enamored with the curb appeal.
On the other hand, you can expect the exact opposite if your home looks just terrible on the outside! Not only do you risk buyers moving on before coming inside, but unless the interior wows them, they may have pre-determined the homes suitability for their needs.
Here are a few tips on how to improve the curb appeal of your home:
Clean the siding, roof, windows, walkways and other hardscape. If, for example, you have problems with your roof, you should absolutely make sure to get it fixed.
Repaint your home’s exterior if needed.
Mow the lawn and improve the landscape.
Improve your porch by adding furniture (staging!) clean welcome mats and plants. Consider the season when picking plants and greenery.
Paint, fix or replace anything worn out (i.e. shutters, window boxes, house numbers, mailbox, railing, stairs, etc.)
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