When you’re looking to sell your home, one of the most important things you can do is make your home’s curb appeal something that prospective buyers will be interested in. Your home’s appearance is their first impression of the home and while it won’t be the only determining factor in a purchase, it can definitely help make or break the deal. The following are a few home improvements that might help improve your home’s curb appeal and increase the odds of bringing in interested buyers:
- The front door is one of the focal points of the front of your house. It is the gateway into the house and welcomes people into your home. You would be amazed at what a freshly painted door can do to the appearance of your home. Couple the new paint job with updated hardware and an interesting door knocker and your home will instantly look newer. Don’t be afraid to make a statement with the color you choose for the front door. Bold colors are popular right now and can add the perfect pop of color to your home, such as a bright yellow, brick-red or even a royal blue.
- Aside from the front door, the driveway and walkway are an important aspect of your home as they are what lead your visitors up to the front of your home. While it can be a pricier improvement project, repaving your driveway and walkway can be an instant update to your home that will go a long ways.
- Your front yard says a lot about yourselves as home owners. A well-tended yard, no matter how fancy, says that you care about your home. And if you care about the outside of your home, chances are you care about the inside of your home. A real plus for interested buyers. Before putting your home on the market, spend a good amount of time fixing up your front yard. Make sure there are no weeds, that your flower beds are clean and freshly planted, add decorative rocks to improve the landscaping and edge the flower beds and sidewalks with bricks or make sure that there is nothing growing between the rocks or concrete.
- If you’re unsure of what needs to be fixed or are interested in third party’s opinion, contact your local real estate appraiser to give you a better idea of what your home is worth and how the curb appeal affects the value of your home. Search online for a real estate appraiser near you. (i.e. if you live in Connecticut, try searching CT real estate appraiser to get a listing of local real estate appraisers.)