Although looks aren't everything, and the exterior of your home couldn't possibly tell buyers everything they need to know about it in a single glance: they will base a lot of their opinion on it on just those first few seconds. Instead of letting a lackluster exterior stop them from being interested, boost your house's value, and keep the HOA happy by kicking your curb appeal up a notch.
These are the top renovations to boost your curb appeal dn give buyers a property they'll want to explore.
1. They Judge a Book By Its CoverOne of the main issues with drive-buy home buyers is that if they dislike any part of the exterior, it'll be harder to win them over on the interior of your property. It's vital that you stop and upgrade your porch and walkways as soon as possible.
These are the first points of contact, and no buyer wants to feel like they’re walking into a project.
Fix any cracks or lines in walkways and driveways, and deep clean your porch. Giving your front entrance a fresh coat of paint, and some cozy furniture, will change everything!
2. The Chance to Boost Native PlantsA green lawn can be beautiful, but it's not the easiest or most affordable thing to maintain for most homeowners. When buyers pull up to your property, if they see a lot of rare and complicated plants and a huge lush green lawn, they're going to make a few assumptions about how much this property needs in maintenance and water.
If you're in an area where grass can't grow naturally, consider going for artificial turf, and make sure to invest in native plant species. Plants that grow naturally in your area will need less watering and care since they're built for this environment.
3. Investing In Outdoor Entertainment SpaceMore buyers are looking for outdoor entertainment space than anything else. They want an area where they can spend time with friends and loved ones and don't want to have to do that inside at all times.
Adding a deck, patio, firepit, lounging area, or other outdoor space will give them a landing point for this idea. Instead of struggling to picture their life in this home, they'll know exactly what life would be like here.
4. Protecting From the Outside InMoisture will make its way into whatever properties it can, which will, in turn, damage the very foundation the house is sitting on. Instead of allowing that to happen, it's vital that you stop and plan out everything from waterproof moldings to moisture-resistant paint.
Another important step is to ensure your roof and siding are new enough that they're not a threat to the buyer. The average roof will last from thirty to fifty years, and siding can last around twenty years. If these areas of your property are reaching their end, update before you list your home.
5. Understanding Different Siding TypesRegardless of whether you go for brick or steel siding, the choice you make will decide which buyers are interested in looking at your property. Although it can feel like a small choice, this will transform how your property is perceived by others.
Different types of siding do better in other areas of the country. You won't find stucco siding in Maine for the same reason you're unlikely to find brick siding in Los Angeles. Consider what works in your environment. Even if you decide to go with a wood shingle, look at the shape and style that's big in your area.
6. Colors Can Do So Much For YouColor has a deep tie to our emotions and our rational thinking, which means you don't have to hunt for long online to find which colors leave the biggest impact. It's also vital to consider what's in style, what is popular in your area, and of course, what your HOA will allow.
7. How to Stand Out Without Being GarishIt's vital that you let your home stand out without being an eyesore. To do this, add trim, color, detail, and other small choices to set your building apart. Ensure that you don't overdo the details or add any colors or shapes that are too avant-garde compared to the rest of your neighborhood. You want your home to have charm.
8. Playing Into Your Home’s Style
Before considering porcelain vs. concrete pavers, look at your home and figure out what style it is. There's nothing as unfortunate as someone trying to make a Victorian property look mid-century modern or turn a 1960s ranch-style home into something it isn't. Get to know the specific style of your home, and play off of that.
Curb Appeal Renovations Should Be Your Next ProjectAlthough green grass is beautiful, there are countless other ways you can invest in creating fantastic curb appeal. Work with BL Real Estate Sales, and make your property one of the most attractive in your neighborhood.