According to the National Association of Realtors, 63 percent of homebuyers will drive by a property after viewing a home they like online. What will they see? If you are thinking about selling in the near future, you need to know how very important curb appeal is to the successful sale of your home! A bit of effort on your part can not only bring a return of up to 28% on your net proceeds, it will increase the number of times your home is shown. The more people who see your house, the more likely you are to receive multiple offers. This is always a good thing!
As the old saying goes, you never get a second chance to create a first impression. An attractive, clean and well maintained exterior creates the impression that the interior will look just as good. Many people drive by homes for sale and call the agent from their car for a showing. At the very least, if you put as much into curb appeal as your budget allows, you are certain to get more calls on your property.
If your home needs painting to look its best, do it now. To keep expenses down, try to match the existing color, as long as it is a color that matches the neighborhood. Home buyers and appraisers will notice the new paint, and you can expect to get a 60-100% return on your investment! Remember, to homebuyers driving by your home, the exterior is a snapshot of what they can expect the interior of the home to look like.
Has weather made your home’s siding appear dingy? Pressure washing can remove many stains, spider webs and debris, You may need to use a brush and cleanser in some of the smaller areas. Siding typically lasts for many years, but weather extremes may knock years off, so if you need to replace the siding, you could recoup up to 77% on the investment as well as attracting more buyers.
How do your garage doors look from the street? If they look clean, fresh, and in good shape, great! You can focus on something else. However, if they look dull, dirty and weathered, give them a new coat of paint. If they are an eyesore, consider replacing them. New garage doors are more energy efficient because they have more insulation, and you can expect big dividends in the sale of your house.
Lawn and Landscaping
Creating a beautiful exterior view of your home doesn’t have to be difficult, or expensive, although it can be depending on how much you need to do. Here are some suggestions to get started:
- A green and nicely maintained lawn does wonders for curb appeal!
- Add a winding flagstone walkway
- Use two or three stone planters (5 feet by 2 feet)
- Plant several flowering shrubs
- A deciduous tree about 15 feet tall would be really nice!
- Add quality mulch to your flowerbeds, especially any near the entry.
The average price tag for these improvements is $4,625. But taking these steps could add as much as $5,000 to the price of your home – which makes it well worth the time and expense!
Make it Feel Welcoming
It’s a well known fact that emotions play a role in many buying decisions, and this is especially true when it comes to buying a home.
Stage your Porch
Add a sitting area with a couple of nice chairs and a small table. You many even want to put down a rug. If you have the space, add some potted plants, and perhaps a wreath on your front door.
Flowers and Plants
Keep the charm going by selecting flowers and plants that bloom at different times
of the year. Bulbs bloom all spring, and they also come back every year. Perennials are a good bet because they typically bloom for an entire season (spring, summer, fall), and because they are perennial (which means lasting for a long or infinite period of time), you won’t have to replant them every year. If you don’t have a green thumb, consider low maintenance plants. Your local nursery can advise you on what grows best in our Tyler climate.
A Helpful Partner
Would you like some help increasing the appeal of your home to potential buyers? Give us a call and we’ll help you not only to increase your curb appeal based on what we know Tyler home buyers are looking for; we’ll help you prepare your interior. We’ll also share our list of service professionals that we have used and trust.
Our goal is always to sell your home quickly and for top dollar!