WOW Buyers with Excellent Curb Appeal
Have you spent countless hours and tens of thousands of dollars remodeling the interior of your home? If so, it probably looks spectacular! But how will you entice prospective buyers to become excited about seeing the inside of your home if the exterior looks shabby and neglected?
Many homeowners are so consumed with perfecting the inside of their home that they forget about the concept of Curb Appeal. The condition of the inside of your home is certainly significant, but the image the outside of your home portrays is just as important.
Buyers Typically See the Exterior of a Home First
When prospective buyers start searching for a home to purchase, they typically start by either driving by homes that are for sale in a community or they conduct an online search. Each of these search methods require buyers to view the exterior of homes that are for sale – before they even have a chance to see the inside.
While an online search might offer images of your home’s interior, prospective buyers typically see an exterior image first. If your home does not have curb appeal, prospective buyers might lose interest in looking at the inside.
Following are a few Curb Appeal factors to consider before listing your home for sale:
The roof. The condition of your roof is a big deal. Even though a residential roof can last for many years, a roof that looks shabby or damaged can raise a red flag. An old roof may make prospective buyers wonder if there are leaks. Also, many buyers know that a new roof can be expensive. Even though the roof may pass a professional inspection prior to the purchase, the idea of possibly having to put on a new roof in the not-too-distant future can negatively influence buyers.
The gutters. Just as important as your home’s roof are your home’s gutters. If your gutters are dented, rusted, and filled with years of old leaves and debris, they probably look bad. Neglected gutters can affect the overall appearance of your home. In many cases, it can be cost effective to add new gutters to your home before listing it for sale.
The landscaping. No matter how you look at it, a home with a dead lawn or a lawn covered in weeds is not appealing. If your landscaping is not up to par, it’s a good idea to spend money to make sure the lawn is green and weed-free and also that trees and shrubs are pruned before you list your house for sale.
The paint. Exterior house paint that is chipped and peeling not only looks bad but can also be a sign of underlying damage. Raw wood exposed to the elements can easily decay. Many people are not interested in purchasing a home that might have rotten exterior wood.
The driveway and sidewalks. Not only can a cracked or crumbling driveway and sidewalk be a safety hazard, but they can look distasteful. It might be possible to have your driveway and/or sidewalks repaired instead of completely replaced – which can be a less expensive way to make the exterior of your property look more appealing.
The windows. If your home has any broken or chipped windows, it’s a good idea to have them replaced before attempting to sell your home. Broken or chipped glass looks extremely unattractive and can send a message to prospective buyers that your home is not well maintained. Additionally, old windows that do not easily open or close – or windows that leak – should be replaced if your budget allows for the expense.
The fence. If the fence that surrounds your property or the perimeter of your backyard is falling, broken, or in need of a fresh coat of paint, make sure to repair it before prospective buyers visit your home in person. Fixing or re-painting a fence can be a relatively simple and an inexpensive way to improve the exterior look of your home.
Not only can the condition of the abovementioned factors affect the value of your home, but these factors can influence whether prospective buyers will be interested in seeing your home’s interior. Don’t neglect your home’s exterior! Fantastic curb appeal is extremely important and can make your home easier to sell.