Savvy sellers know that potential buyers get their first impression of your home before they ever set foot inside. In fact, many buyers will drive by your house before calling your realtor to schedule a showing, which means that first impression could determine whether or not those buyers even see the inside of your home.
This makes increasing curb appeal important for every seller, but it is particularly important if the inside of your home is far more impressive than the exterior. If most of your home's finer points are found inside -- like travertine tile, granite counters or other appealing upgrades -- you must first entice your potential buyers to come inside before they can see them.
If your home is lacking curb appeal, this can be pretty challenging.
Fortunately, even if a paving stone driveway or river rock garden wall is out of your budget, there are plenty of easy ways you can improve the first impression people get when they drive by your home.
Here are three easy ways to increase curb appeal to help attract potential buyers:
Removing unnecessary items and cleaning up your front yard is not just for homeowners who happen to have an old clothes washer on their porch or car parts filling their driveway.
It can be just as distracting to see a plethora of potted plants, an extensive collection of garden gnomes or other items that make your driveway, front yard, porch or entry look crowded and cluttered.
Of course, if you do have car parts, old appliances or extra furniture in your front yard, those things need to be the first to go.
Part of increasing your home's appeal to potential buyers is creating a welcoming atmosphere where they can see themselves living. If the space is filled with your personal items or shows off your very distinctive personal style, you may need to de-personalize the space enough to allow potential buyers to see their bistro set on the porch or their garden art in the yard.
Therefore, removing the clutter and de-personalizing the space is just as important as mowing the grass or pulling weeds.
3. Fix the Little Things
Larger home improvement projects may have a more significant impact on your home's value or its curb appeal, but small projects are easier on your budget and are often enough to immediately improve the look of your home.
Replacing missing window screens, repainting your home's trim and filling cracks in concrete walkways will help increase your home's appeal and show your buyers that your home has been well cared for over the years.
Make a list of the small projects from which your home could benefit. Then prioritize them with those that will make the most difference at the top of the list. Determine which of these small improvements and repairs will most comfortably fit into your budget, and spend a weekend or two checking them off of the list and improving the look of your home.
By following these simple steps to increase your home's curb appeal, your home may spend less time on the market before it sells. If your home has been on the market for a while and there seems to be a lack of interest, try these simple steps to refresh its look, which may lead to renewed interest and more showings.
For more ways to increase curb appeal, check out 101 Ways to Prepare Your Home to Sell.
If you would like to speak to an Ojai realtor about preparing your home to sell, contact Nora today.
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