You’ve heard it before “First impressions last”, this is exactly why you should start considering upgrading your curb appeal. If you’re someone who’s selling your home or is planning to sell in the near future, improving your curb appeal is a great way to start. Your curb appeal is what all potential homebuyers see first, think of your home as a book and your curb is your cover.
As much as try to not judge a book by its cover, in a market as competitive as the real estate market, it is important to try and gain any competitive advantage that you can to make your home stand out. Just like how books with great covers tend to grab more attention, having a great curb appeal can grab the attention of more potential buyers and can hopefully spark enough curiosity for them to see if the outside curb appeal is reflected on the inside of the house. Imagine having a stunning home with great interiors but losing out to other competitors because your curb appeal is low and makes your home look unappealing and unwelcoming.
So what exactly makes a home’s curb appeal great? We’ve gathered ingenious ideas to help you improve your curb appeal without the hassle and breaking the bank:
Style Your Front Door
A little paint goes a long way. Repaint your front door to match the overall design of your home. A beautifully painted front door can completely refresh the entire vibe of your home. The key to making this low-budget improvement work is to choose the right color. You may opt for something cleaner and crisper by choosing neutral colors such as white, black, or gray; or you may choose something more vibrant like yellow, red, or blue. Whichever color you choose, be sure that it matches the rest of your home. In addition to repainting your front door, it is also important to style it. Make sure that every spot is clean and dressed for the occasion.
Replace Old Hardware
Nothing says outdated more than old, rusty hardware. From house numbers to locks, and even light fixtures, all of these small details can make a difference. No matter how clean your curb will look like, if your hardware is rusty, this can give your potential buyers the wrong impression.
The same goes for your mailbox. Is it still installed properly? Or does it look like it’s going to topple over any time soon? Is it clean? Is it rusty? Improve your curb appeal by focusing on these little details.
Focus on Symmetry
Creating symmetry is a great trick to increase your property’s curb appeal. Having symmetrical fixtures and compositions creates a more welcoming entryway. In addition to being symmetrical, it is also important to keep things coordinated.
Dress Up Your Porch
Dressing up your porch can be done in multiple ways. Two of the most common ways of dressing up your porch is to install chairs and tables on your front porch. As this is what potential buyers see, having a place for them to sit and lounge creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere as well.
Make your curb more colorful by adding potted plants. It is extremely affordable and can be easily bought ready-made. You have a wide array of choices from wood, terra cotta, ceramic, and even plastic.