You might’ve heard about “curb appeal” before, but what is it and why is it so important when selling your home? Read on to learn all about it as well as what you can do to improve the curb appeal in your home!
What is Curb Appeal?
Curb appeal refers to the way your home looks when it’s viewed from the street. A home with great curb appeal is attractive to those passing by on the street. The house presents itself well and has everything in place: the yard is well-kept, the paint is vibrant, the roof is intact, and things are in order.
Why is it Important?
There are a couple of reasons why curb appeal is important when selling a house. Your home’s curb appeal is the first thing buyers will see when looking at your home. Whether they drive up to the home or view it online for the first time, buyers will immediately start assessing the exterior of the house and form a first impression. Their first reaction sets the tone of the tour and can affect how they perceive the rest of the property.
It also increases the perceived value of the home. Small details reduce the perceived value of a property as much as large details. Any problems a buyer notices will register in their mind and reduce the value of the home. And of course, the inverse is true as well. Taking the time to boost curb appeal can have an impact on not only the buyer’s perceived value but also how much the buyer decides to pay. The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics found that good curb appeal can raise a property’s value by 7%.
Curb Appeal Ideas
Knowing how important curb appeal is when selling a home is just the first part. The next steps are to implement them before selling your home. Here are a few ideas that will make a big impact without breaking the bank.
Landscaping makes the first impression during home sales and first impressions matter. You don’t need to go and get a landscaper to improve your home’s curb appeal. A few hours mowing the lawn, removing weeds, and even planting a few flowers could make a significant difference.
The driveway is typically the first part of a home people interact with. It speaks volumes about how the owner cares for their home. If there are weeds in the cracks on your driveway, be sure to remove them. If you have a gravel driveway, be sure to rake it, and if you have a concrete driveway, a power wash will give it new life.
The front door is symbolic of welcoming guests and is impossible to ignore every time someone walks into your home. Instead of replacing your door entirely, a fresh coat of paint will be enough to update its look and create an eye-catching feature of your home. Depending on the season, a wreath could also be a lovely finishing touch.
Porches help inspire people to dream about what the future holds. They may picture quiet mornings sitting with their coffee or grandkids playing on the porch. Help inspire these dreams by decorating your front porch with friendly, welcoming décor. Flowers, a wooden rocking chair, or bright pillows might be what you missing to appeal to more buyers.
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Selling your home is a big process, but our agents at Crowe Realty are ready to assist you! you can rest assured that all of our agents are committed to excellence and will do what it takes to help you sell your home. We’re happy to help and guide you through the entire process in the Montrose, Colorado area.