No matter what type of property you’re selling, there’s no denying the importance of curb appeal. It can instantly transform your property, adding value to your home while attracting prospective buyers.
Adding custom landscaping and presenting a home with an inviting exterior can yield an increase of 5-11% to the value of your home, depending on the type of market you’re selling in. For a $400,000 home, that’s a potential increase of $20,000 to $44,000.
You’re probably wondering, “How can I improve the curb appeal of my house?”. The good news is there are tons of easy, affordable ways to transform your yard without breaking the bank. Work with a trusted realtor and try these ten curb appeal ideas to give your house the competitive edge needed to sell.
Invest in Paint
Nothing transforms the front of your home like a fresh coat of paint. If you’re looking for curb appeal on a budget, then start with your front door. This is an excellent way to spruce up the first thing potential buyers see as they approach your house.
Try to stick with a color that complements your home’s exterior. While splashes of color can be fun, remember that neutral tones and hues are often the most likely to appeal to the majority of people.
If your entire home’s exterior is in need of new paint, then it may be wise to do so, as this also boosts curb appeal.
Purchase a New Mailbox
You may not give your mailbox a second thought, but potential buyers are looking for a home that speaks to them from the moment they arrive. A mailbox is one thing they’re sure to notice, so make sure yours is in good condition.
Visit your local hardware store for a new mailbox, or invest in a magnetic mailbox cover for a fresh look in no time.
Front Porch Appeal
If you’re looking to impress buyers, then decorate your front porch the same as you would your home’s interior. Space permitting, consider adding a bench with cushions to give your porch a cozy, inviting feeling.
Consider flower boxes to add pops of color, and be sure to keep your porch and sidewalks free from dirt and debris.
A doormat not only boosts curb appeal but helps to keep the inside of your home free from dirt as home buyers walk in and out. Aside from keeping your house clean, doormats give people a warm welcome and set the tone for what’s inside.
New House Numbers
House numbers not only help prospective buyers locate your home, but they’re a fast and inexpensive way to give the front of your home a facelift. Look for house numbers that are easy to read and you’ll add curb appeal with little effort.
Planting a tree is an excellent way to get instant curb appeal. Not only are trees good for the planet, but they’re relatively inexpensive to plant.
Just like flower pots add color to the front of any home, trees provide additional greenery as well as shade and privacy, making your property stand out even more.
Clean up Your Yard
Sometimes there’s only so much you can fit in your garage, and that’s understandable. But when your yard is filled with clutter, it detracts from your home.
An easy solution is to invest in a small storage shed to house exterior items you want to be hidden when your home is on the market.
Remember to keep hedges trimmed, grass mowed, and your yard free of weeds so it looks neat and clean at all times.
Exterior Lights for Your Home
Exterior lights help potential buyers see all your yard has to offer, even if they come at night. You can illuminate landscaping or shrubs, adding an interesting element to your home’s exterior.
Additional lighting also helps buyers navigate your walkway and porch easier, assisting with accident prevention. They’re also a safety feature, as a dark home is more likely to be broken into.
Universal Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is essential when selling a house. Whether you’re selling a single-family home, townhouse, or duplex, curb appeal has universal benefits and can be the deciding factor for a buyer. So grab a can of paint, some gardening tools, and get ready to have the best-looking property on the block.
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