It is a wide known fact among veteran real estate agents that prospect buyers can reject a house before even stepping inside to see it. Price is not usually a factor for most, but the reason most buyers decline on listings is due to curb appeal.
Basically what it means in the real estate game is that a house could be constructed with a solid foundation and ample room, reasonably priced, but if the house seems “bland” and less desirable, then the curb appeal is very low to non-existent. Buyers apparently like houses that look amicable and welcoming, by that, it could be any measure of things: a new paint job with eye-popping color, landscape beauty, to even something as simple as new doors and shutters for windows.
People know what they want and a basic rule of thumb to any business is to know what they want. The following tips are meant to guide and aid future agents that are new to the game and often wonder why buyers reject near-perfect listings. It is meant to inspire and shape up curb appeal to any house so that any person interested in buying it will have no doubts.
Applying fresh coats of paint can never do any wrong. Painting a house with earth tones to bright colors can add curb appeal. The goal is simply to make the house stand out just a little from its neighboring homes. Never allow it to completely differentiate from other houses because people looking to buy usually don’t like homes that call too much attention to it.
The procedure is to practically be eye-catching in a good way, for example, it blends well but it does uniquely stand out. Still, why stop there? Sprucing up mailboxes and toying with numbers could add that certain aesthetic brilliance that sums up a house’s overall value and attraction to would-be buyers.
Having a beautiful front or back yard can immensely affect property value, but sometimes it means having to invest a little to see some returns for hard work. Even so, investing on landscaping could afford attention from many buyers. People simply love a well taken care of yard. It adds beauty to the overall home itself and invites buyers to imagine actually living there.
Hiring a professional landscaping company is usually the best route because it offers the best solution to making a yard look great without any risks of adding too much or too little flora. Now, if hiring professionals is not an option, then the best suggestion any real estate agent can offer is to at least have a healthy grown green lawn that is mowed regularly and free of any natural debris, like autumn leaves.
New Doors and Seasonal Decorations:
How to help your clients improve curb appeal can also be influenced by a simple renovation of doors. It is understandable that a secure front door is an important asset of any home, which is why adding a sturdy and solid front door can actually enhance property value by a reasonable margin. The reason is buyers will immediately be drawn to make sure doors are up to quality and security.
A steel front door with an eye-catching door knob could be the decisive factor to selling a house, it often helps the curb appeal by a lot, that it often sticks in buyer’s minds that it is the house with the great front door. Apart from slight renovation, adding seasonal decoration could add a reasonable appeal. The reason is usually aesthetical; it appears very livable or lived-in.
As to what kind of seasonal decorations can vary on the season. Preferably the autumn season is the most appealing because it is rare to see homes decorated for the fall months, as opposed to winter time and Christmas season. Seasonal decorating can be very minimal or very apparent, either way it truly makes a home feel like “home” which often inspires a buyer to buy.
Fence it up or Bleach it down:
Like the landscaping tip, adding a fence to a fence-less house can market up property value by a lot. The reason is because a fence adds depth to a property and gives an illusion to yards as appearing “bigger.”
A mid-height fence is usually the preferred type for the sole reason that it gives the impression of a welcoming boundary, but at the same time implying it is a private space.
However, adding a fence could mean having to invest a little, just like landscaping. So an alternative would be to focus on something else that could grab attention, such as bleaching down a driveway. A clean-looking driveway could add an impressive boost to curb appeal because it notifies a buyer that the home is well taken care of and the noticeable driveway accents the house in a unique way.