3 More Curb Appeal Tips To Attract Potential Buters
To improve the value of your house and attract more potential buyers, try enhancing your Curb Appeal.
As we mentioned before, curb appeal is one of the most important parts of the renovation process. The outside of the house is the first glimpse that the prospective buyers will get of your property when they find its listing.
The curb appeal will give the prospective buyer some sort of impression, for better or worse. If you ignore the exterior of the house and only focus on the inside, you might detract potential homeowners. In contrast, if you transform the outside of your home into something visually appealing and welcoming, you might attract more buyers.
In addition to the crowd it will bring to your open house, improving curb appeal will also increase the value of the property.
In our previous post, we discussed how to make an entrance, how to highlight the mailbox, and how to use greenery. Below, you will find three more tips: give your house a new face, revamp your driveway, and create an outdoor focal piece.
1. Give Your House A New Face
When people are searching for a house, they often flip through listings of hundreds of properties. They squint at the small photographs on each page. Quite often, they will decide in a fraction of a second whether they want to move on to the next one or give it a chance.
In order for you to catch the buyer’s eye, you want an attractive exterior. And, since the photos are so small, you want to improve the largest, most space consuming part of the house. Most prominently, you want to improve different faces.
Some common ways to do this include:
- Painting The Exterior
- Installing Siding. (Vinyl is the most popular type of siding because of its cost and durability. For more expensive houses try stucco, stone, brick, or bevel).
- Painting or Installing New Trim
- Painting The Garage. (Try a contrasting color to the exterior).
- Painting The Porch If Present
- Painting The Shutters
- Cleaning The Roof
- Power Washing The Exterior And Porch
- Cleaning Or Installing New Windows
- Cleaning Or Installing New Gutters
- Buying A New Set Of House Numbers
2. Revamp Your Driveway
An area that many house flippers overlook is the driveway. If the existing driveway is in poor condition, you may want to consider improving it.
Things like grass or weeds spouting up through cracks can be an ugly turnoff for potential buyers. Your first course of action when dealing with a driveway should be to remove any unwanted plants in and around the driveway.
If the driveway is too cracked, you may want to consider repaving it. Or, if your property has a gravel driveway and the stones have thinned out, you could set a fresh layer down.
For a more expensive property, try using an unconventional material for the driveway like brick. Maybe consider having an interesting pattern installed. If you really want to create something unique, try using an interesting pattern of different materials.
For something less costly and time consuming, add an edging to your driveway. Believe it or not, edgings make the average driveway look professional and classy.
At the very least, hose down your driveway before you take the photo for the house listing and on the day of an open house. A quick hose-down can make an old driveway appear brand new.
3. Create An Outdoor Focal Piece
To put bring your house to the next level and really make it stand out from the rest, you want to find some sort of focal piece.
Some houses have pre-existing outdoor focal pieces that you can enhance and highlight. For example, a porch on its own is great, but you can make it amazing with some simple improvements. As mentioned before, painting and cleaning the porch are essential. Also, you could add some decorations like flowerpots and even add a few Adirondack chairs.
Sometimes, properties don’t have anything in particular that stand out. In this case, you should try to add something if your budget permits it. Things like a patio or simply patio furniture can create a nice conversational arrangement. Or perhaps you could add an arbor to the side of the house or near a garden. You could even install a trellis over the garage door
Finally, we will leave you with something we’ve said time and time again: always buy a new mailbox!