Why Curb Appeal Matters
When it comes to selling one of your most valuable assets, the old adage rings true - first impressions are everything. According to the National Association of Realtors, 63 percent of homebuyers will drop by after viewing a home they like online. What will they see? The home's exterior – including the front entry, yard, driveway and sidewalk -- should serve as a snapshot of what's to come when potential buyers enter your home. Read on to learn 6 ways you can wow homebuyers from the curb.
1: Look Up to the Sky
Most homeowners don't give their roofs a second glance, but the roof is an important curb appeal item that buyers do notice. Maintained roofs communicate cleanliness and keeps the beauty of your home. Is yours missing any shingles, or is it dingy and streaked? A good cleaning or, if necessary, a roof replacement will up your home's curb appeal factor tremendously.
2: Shiny, Happy Numbers
If your house numbers aren't easy to see or if they're dirty and dingy, replacing them carries a tremendous impact. Consider the style of your house – traditional, transitional or modern – and create a harmonious or contrasting effect with new house numbers.
3: Under Pressure
Budget-conscious homeowners will love this tip: Pressure-washing the dirty siding and deck, as well as the oil-stained driveway and faded walkways is an extremely cost-efficient way to increase your home's curb appeal. In addition, there's nothing more unattractive than stinky, dirty cans. Making sure these are smelling fresh and looking neat adds neatness to your garage or side yard. If you don't own a pressure washer, rent one or contact a pressure washing professional.
4: Plant Some Color
Except for the dead of winter, some types of annual plants are always in bloom. Spruce up your porch containers, window boxes and front beds with some colorful flowers for instant lift. Do not plant artificial flowers – a few inches of dark mulch will brighten up the beds without screaming fake.
5: Open Up
Fling open the shutters, curtains and blinds. Homes that are brighter inside sell faster, and open curtains look prettier on the street. Go outside and look at your window treatments from the street, and try to keep a uniform look throughout.
6. Add Some Polish
Paint is only about $25 per gallon, and painting the front door, trim and shutters is a great way to polish the look of your home, Kelly says. Other inexpensive fix-ups: a new mailbox (research your city's regulations to make sure you're up to code first), a new porch light fixture and a cheery new welcome mat.
7: Clear Views
Often overlooked, clean windows are sure to increase your curb appeal. Beyond the obvious reasons, the most important reason for glass maintenance is to avoid glass degradation. Because glass is porous, it is important to clean your windows, or hire a professional.