Unfortunately, as humans, we have a habit of judging things by the way they look. This is especially true when buying a home or property, where our final decisions are usually decided within the first few minutes of seeing the building.
This is something you have to keep in mind when you’re trying to sell and move on. Most of your potential buyers, particularly if you’re selling a home or residential property, are going to be massively swayed by their first impression. So, it’s your job to make that first impression as amazing as possible. This is what curb appeal means – how attractive is your property when looking at from the curb? How attractive does it look to a potential buyer?
Use these tips and tricks to improve your curb appeal and improve both the valuation and speed of your property sale.
Symmetry is one of the design trends that will never fall out of fashion simply because our brains are wired to enjoy it. Most people think about symmetry in interior design with matching sofas and matching layouts, but symmetry on the outside of your property is also a key consideration if you want to improve your curb appeal.
Think about painting the front of your property using matching colors and then go into even more detail, think about the doorway itself, can you add matching plant pots either side of the door? Maybe an arch or some hanging baskets? Using these outdoor accessories can turn a good curb appeal into a great one.
Artificial lawns are a great way of ensuring a perfect, clean and straight-edged finish to your yard or outdoor space. Everyone appreciates a pristine looking garden and artificial grass is a good way of achieving this all year round. Plus, modern artificial grasses look incredibly natural too, so, there’s no need to worry about neon green turf that looks fake even from a distance.
You can learn how to lay artificial grass on soil yourself, or, get a professional team to make sure you achieve the finish you’re looking for – it all depends on your budget and DIY experience. This is an especially good choice if you live in an area where young families or retirees will be buying because these types of buyers will be looking for low maintenance garden solutions like an artificial lawn.
Paths and the Walk to the Door
One of the most underestimated but impactful curb appeal improvements you can make is to the walk to the front door. Small details like neat pathways and patios can add an attractive final touch which makes all the difference. The most important detail to keep in mind if you do opt for this is to keep your pathway well weeded, neat and tidy. There’s nothing uglier than a poorly maintained patio or paving slab.
Window and Gutter Maintenance
This is a basic step but just in case you haven’t thought about it yet – get cleaning. You’re not going to sell your home quickly if it’s in terrible condition. You need the building to look its best and that means starting with the windows and gutters. Cleaning windows is all about taking your time and being detailed to avoid streaks, whilst getting your gutters in good condition will mean pulling the ladder out. Just be safe and make sure the gutters are free from moss or dirt build-up so that they look pristine from the outside.
Speak to the Neighbors
Finally, think about your neighbor’s gardens too. Nobody wants to live in a property next to messy or unclean neighbors. If the homes next to yours have a lot of waste in the front, ask them to deal with or consider offering to move it yourself. This can be the difference between buyers thinking the area is ‘nice’ or ‘not nice’ so make the sacrifice and help your neighbors out if you want a fast sale.
With these tips and suggestions, you’re guaranteed to make your property look that little bit better from the outside and improve your chances of making a sale. This doesn’t mean you should neglect the inside of your home though, everything needs to be as perfect as you can make it during home visits.