Increase your Home’s Curbside Appeal

We recognize these are very hard times for many people.  Our hearts go out to you.  We can’t imagine how you must be feeling. We are doing our very best to provide outstanding service under unusual circumstances. This is turning out to be a good time to buy or sell a home.

 
When it comes to selling your home, so much focus and emphasis is put on the interior of your home and how to properly stage it.  What is often overlooked and even forgotten is the importance of the exterior of your home and how it will not only impact the final sale price of your home but also the amount of interest and impression that potential home buyers see in your home.

If you are looking for a quick sale at full market value, then be sure to pay full attention to the exterior presentation of your home.  As your premier real estate agent for homes for sale in Brea, I would like to share with you some great ways to increase your home’s curb appeal.

Curb Appeal

Curb appeal refers to the attractiveness of a home when viewed from the street.  The importance of curb appeal when trying to sell your home cannot be overstated.  First impressions are such an important part of any home sale so when prospective buyers pull up for your open house or a private showing, the first thing that they will see is the exterior of your home.

The effectiveness and importance of an online portfolio continues to grow in the real estate game.  Many interested home buyers will find or at least narrow down their home selections via the internet.  Thus, the photos that you choose to represent and market your home need to stand out from the competition.  Interior as well as exterior photos that showcase your home’s outdoor potential and curb appeal are essential for a quick sale at full market value. What you want any interested party to see is a well-kept, tidy, and well-manicured yard that has been looked after.

Remember:

The outside of your home and how it is presented and how it looks is as important as the interior.  To get full market value for your home, you will want to present a home that has been well taken care of both inside and outside.

Paint

Perhaps the easiest way to create that wow factor in your home’s exterior is to give it a new coat of paint.  A freshly painted home shows that you care for the exterior of your home and it is one less job and negotiation piece for any potential home buyer.

If painting your home is too much or your home has aluminum siding, you can always paint the trim around the windows, the garage door or add a coat of paint to your front door.  A brightly colored door is a great way to attract attention to your home and will add to your home’s overall appearance.

Apply the Pressure

Another great way to make the outside of your home sparkle is to give it a pressure wash.  Pressure washing your home will remove any dirt or grime from those often overlooked or hard to reach areas.  When you are pressure washing your home, be sure to wash:

  • The garage door.
  • The driveway and paths or walkways around your home.
  • The fence, gate, mailbox etc.

Landscaping

Once you are happy with how the exterior of your home looks, it is time to look at the overall presentation of your yard, flower beds, shrubs, trees, or any other landscaping on your property.  You may be surprised on the visual effect of planting some brightly colored flowers in your front flowerbed.

Planters on your front deck or beside your front door is another great way to increase the wow factor of your home.  Also make sure to add a new layer of topsoil to all beds and planting areas.  New mulch or bark to help plants retain moisture is another great gesture.

Before planting any new flowers, be sure to thoroughly weed flower beds and remove any debris such as sticks or leaves, trim bushes, shrubs.  It is never a bad idea to edge and trim the beds in your yard to give it a tidy and well-manicured appearance.

Driveways and Paths

Besides power washing your driveways, paths, and walkways, be sure to seal any cracks that may have occurred over the winter months and replace any uneven or broken stones, or concrete pads.  The last thing that you want is uneven pavers or a tripping hazard greeting interested buyers at your next open house.

Here’s the Deal:

If you have a black-top driveway apply a coat of driveway sealant to it.  Not only will it prolong the lifetime of your driveway it will also give it a nice even color and appearance.  The perfect combination to add another layer to your home’s curb appeal.

Lawn Maintenance

When you are listing your home and hosting open houses, you are going to need to do more than just regular lawn maintenance.  Before any type of showing, be sure to:

  • Mow your front and back lawn and dispose of all clippings.
  • Trim all edges and around trees, shrubs, fences, and posts.
  • Regularly water your lawn to prevent dry patches. (remember to always follow all city water restrictions and regulations)
  • Routinely weed your yards to prevent weeds from choking out the grass.

Fences and Decks

Before listing your home, ensure that your fence is in good shape.  Replace any loose or broken boards.  Other ways to have your fence and gate in great working order include:

  • Add a new coat of paint or stain to your fence. Not only will this increase the longevity of your fence, it will also add to your home’s curb appeal.
  • Oil all hinges on your gates and be sure that your gate properly latches and lines up when being opened and closed.
  • Replace any leaning or rotten fence posts before listing your home.
  • Pressure wash your fence to remove any dirt or grime.

Remember:

You never want to show your home as a fixer upper with a load of jobs that will need to be completed once the new buyer has moved in.  At best you will never get full market value and the worst-case scenario is that your home is not that appealing to buyers.

Your home’s deck can be a huge selling piece, especially if it has a view or is large enough to hold patio furniture, a barbeque or can be used to entertain.  When pressure washing your home, don’t forget to wash off your deck to remove any filth.  If you have a wooden deck be sure that it is well sanded to remove any rough edges or splinters.  It is also a good idea to paint or stain your deck if you can.

Roof and Gutter

One of the most overlooked parts of the exterior of your home is the roof.  Before putting your home up for sale, take an afternoon and inspect your roof.  Look for:

  • Loose shingles that will need replacing.
  • Any missing shingles that will obviously need to be replaced.
  • Remove any debris that has built up under the shingles.
  • If your roof is in disrepair, you may want to think about replacing it before listing your home. A new roof will add to the overall value of your home.

While you are inspecting your roof, take the extra time to clean out all gutters and eve troughs.  Over time they tend to collect debris and can get clogged.  The last thing that you want is plugged or clogged gutters and a rainstorm on the same day as a showing.  Also, be sure that your downspouts are securely and properly connected to your gutters and they are in fine working order.

Odds and Ends

Other little touches that are sure to make a huge impression on your home’s curb appeal as well as potential home buyers include:

  • Replacing or painting your mailbox. A new mailbox may be the final piece of your curb side puzzle.
  • Replacing or painting your home’s street numbers. You may be pleasantly surprised what a new color or design does for your home.
  • Adding large rocks or small trees to your flower beds.
  • Add new door hardware. If you have added a new color to your door, you may want to change up your outdated door hardware to match.
  • Fix up any broken or damaged window screens or any other worn out, run down or broken fixtures or other parts of your home’s exterior.
  • Replace any burn out lights on your home’s exterior.

Staging Ideas

Staging isn’t just for your home’s interior.  If you have a patio or deck and you are looking to showcase it as part of your home’s overall selling features, why not stage it as well?  Clean up the furniture and accent with brightly colored throws, blankets, and pillows.  You want any home buyer to see not only the potential of the inside of your home, but also the outside.

Adding a few planters in and around your front door as well as your deck or patio will also greatly add to your home’s overall outside appearance.

Properly preparing your home for Brea’s real estate market is far more than just the interior staging process.  If you are looking for a quick sale at full market value and want your home to stand out amongst the competition, then an inclusive approach that focuses on both the interior as well as the exterior of your home is necessary.  These effective and simple curbside appeal tips are sure to attract a plethora of potential buyers to your home.

If you would like more information on any of these or other ways to increase your home’s curbside appeal, please contact me.  I would love to be a part of your sales team and look forward to helping you sell your home today.

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