Improving your curb appeal is almost as important as staging the interior of your home when you are trying to sell. After all, people have to be motivated to walk in the property in the first place — before they even have a chance to see what’s inside. There are plenty of ways you can increase your home’s exterior beauty:
- Clean up the greenery
- Make sure your paint is vibrant
- Get the professionals to snap a few pictures
Develop a Green Thumb
Remember that the first element of curb appeal is visibility. You can’t want what you can’t see: people to be able to view your home. That means that you should always put your home’s best features in mind when doing your landscaping. Overgrown shrubs should be trimmed and trees with limbs hanging over the house should also be managed. This will allow more natural light to fall on your home, increasing the feeling of size and creating a more attractive appearance.
Be Careful About Your Paint Job
Whenever you get a painting job done, you should ensure that your home’s paint lasts and looks more vibrant for longer. The best way to do that is by getting a professional contractor to handle it. Incomplete prep can often lead to paint fading or chalking by the time you decide to sell your house. When you add the cost of an exterior update to the agent commissions, taxes, lawyers fees, and closing costs, you will probably wish you had done your painting right the first time. The same goes for roofing, gutter repair and any other types of major exterior maintenance projects.
Put Your House in the Best Light
You might want to consider hiring a professional photographer if you want immediate attention for your listing. There are a lot of things you might not consider about composing a photo that a selling agent or real estate photographer might do as reflex. The pros know how to take a shot in the right light, from a great angle, and with the most appropriate lens, all to get an effect that displays your home while accentuating its best features.
If you’re having trouble deciding what features of your home are the best, then try to think about what you really enjoyed about living there. If you’re leaving, this might be a bittersweet process, but it’s necessary for you to think from the perspective of the buyer. What would they like to see, what would interest them, and, most of all, what would make them want to open the door of your property and come in to see more?
Focus on Welcoming
Make your home’s exterior appearance as inviting as possible. That’s the way to generate sales leads — and finally close a deal at a price you’re happy with. Painting your home is a great way to increase curb appeal, but you might not have to do again it if you got a durable paint job a few years ago — just because you’re used to it doesn’t mean it isn’t exciting to someone new. Landscaping and photography also play a major role in getting buyers to walk in your front door.