Curb appeal is directly related to the value (both actual and perceived) of your home. Because of this, real estate professionals urge homeowners to improve the curb appeal of their home in order to get more home buyers to be interested in the home as well as to increase the odds of getting full asking price for your home.
This is all because of the first impression factor. A home with great curb appeal has a positive impact in the minds of potential buyers and sets their expectations to believe that the home is inherently worth the list price.
Even if you aren’t selling your home, a home with great curb appeal creates a strong impression for guests that visit your home. The good news is, it doesn’t take a lot to improve the curb appeal of your home.
Because the landscape is such a large part of the property, being unkempt will instantly detract from the rest of the home. Aside from regular cutting, maintain the appearance of your landscape by edging the grass, shaping the hedges, pruning trees and eliminating unsightly weeds will truly take your landscape to the next level.
After the yard, the front door becomes the next point of focus. Front doors come in a myriad of styles and colors and immediately reflect the style of the home and the personality of the homeowners.
The front door can be updated with a bold paint color or can be replaced entirely with one that better matches the style of your home. For example, a solid wooden door or one with clear or stained glass inserts may better suit your needs.
The door itself doesn’t have to be updated in order to improve the home’s curb appeal. Use the door as a canvas to display custom wreaths and other decorations that are in line with the seasons.
Most curb appeal adjustments are made obsolete with the sun goes down. Pathway lighting, however, can both enhance your home’s appearance as well as highlight the beauty of your landscape design at night.
It’s not just the light that improves the curb appeal, but also the lighting element itself that impacts the exterior design, as they will be visible in broad daylight.
It’s not just cabinets and drawers inside the home that could benefit from replacing the hardware. Updating the hardware of your front door by getting new door handles and locks tremendously enhance the look of your home.
Other hardware updates include the house numbers that display your address. Modern design has made it possible for these to be standout elements as well.
Improving your home’s curb appeal doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, but the impact it can have on both visitors and potential buyers alike is well worth any effort you may put into it.