Curb Appeal

September 27, 2016

 

Everyone loves a beautiful yard. Various foliage of lovely color, well mowed grass or put together rock gardens, and perhaps even a sign or statue to show your personality to onlookers. There can be incredibly simplistic or elaborate ways of creating what realtors and buyers call “curb appeal” to your home. Given if you have a yard or, for you apartment dwellers out there, a balcony there’s always a way to add a little extra flare to the public’s main view of your living space.

 

Since this is often the first impression strangers have to your home, sometimes it may feel essential to have a well decorated yard. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, around 63 percent of potential buyers will drop a possible sale online if the image of the house doesn’t look at least decent. That’s a pretty big chunk of possible buyers. Since the exterior of the home is the first thing that gives off an impression to potential buyers, you can make just a few changes to spice up and even add more value to your home if you’re planning on selling online. Here are just a few tips:

 

Clean

 

Making the exterior of your home have more curb appeal can be as simple as just spiffing it up. Power wash decks, touch up paint, pick up trash off of the lawn, clean the gutters – there is literally a ton of ways to make it cleaner! Seeing that the house you put on the market is clean and well maintained will let a possible buyer know you took the time to care for your home, meaning that they don’t need to take any extra time off of their schedules to make their purchase seem less valuable.

 

Plant Some Color

 

Instead of your home being a bit bland and colorless to a possible buyer you can just add some garnish to your selling dish – meaning you just need to add some plants! You can get particular types of plants and foliage to really make your yard POP! Just don’t break your budget trying to buy a plant that you can’t even pronounce.

 

​Good Eye

 

When you take pictures of your home look at it from both a buyers and photographers point of view. Look at an angle or a section of your home that’s appealing to you. Also, this is one of the biggest mistakes of most sellers: Take a picture when there is decent lighting, NOT an overly sunny day. This may add an attractive flare to your images instead of whitewashing them. Use this time to find any flaws or even repairs needed on your home; think like a buyer!

So, that’s pretty much it. Follow these three guidelines and watch your chances of selling improve by almost 60 percent (give or take)! Now to see if you can get that leak on the kitchen sink fixed…

 

        ~ Your Friends at JB Home Inspection

 

 

 

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