The Value of Curb Appeal
Boosting a home’s curb appeal can make the difference between appealing to a buyer and simply turning a buyer off. For example, if a prospective home buyer is interested in two homes – the first has recently had the front yard mowed, weeded, has splashes of color, manicured bushes and shows a pride of ownership while the second house has three-foot tall weeds, no distinct landscaping pattern, un-mowed grass and a certain disarray – which would a prospective homeowner be more attracted to and want to see the inside? Most would say that a home that reflects pride of ownership on the outdoors would likely reflect this same quality indoors.
In a real estate market where prospective buyers can look at hundreds of homes before purchasing one, it is important that sellers’ set their homes apart from the crowd. Sprucing up landscaping does not need to cost a small fortune, but even putting a thousand dollars into adding some valuable features, can greatly improve a seller’s chance of selling his/her home.
There are a number of techniques and tips for instant curb appeal. Homeowners need not follow all these tips, but it’s advisable they look closely at the outside of their homes and determine which areas may be a turn off to prospective buyers.
- New Front Door – If the front door is showing severe signs of aging, consider purchasing a new one or adding a coat of paint. Don’t select a color that is off-putting, but a rich hue can create an added depth that is warm and inviting to prospective buyers.
- Maintain Landscaping – This area does not have to be expensive, as most appraisers will not compensate greatly for landscaping; however, curb appeal involves a yard that is well thought out, cohesive and interesting.
- Outdoor Lighting – To make a home more welcoming, especially in the winter months, consider installing outdoor lighting outside the doors, which provides an immediate, added sense of security.
- Windows – Drafty, single-pane windows are a deterrent to most prospective buyers. If a seller is looking for top dollar when selling his/her home, he/she should consider installing new, energy efficient windows. Many times local electric companies are willing to help advise homeowners how to install these and will give discounts and/or recommendations.
- Hardware Updates – Adding a new mailbox, door latch and new house numbers – all that reflect a similar style – provides an immediate facelift for any home.
- Architectural detail – Decorative shutters, wide moldings, painted millwork – all of these add simple touches that speak volumes to prospective buyers and show that homeowners are intent on attention to detail.
- Garage Spaces – Often time’s homeowner’s leave their garage doors open while they carry in groceries, etc. A seller never knows when a prospective buyer may drive by. Make sure the garage is decluttered, or offers built-in storage space, shelves or cabinets.
- Siding – If any siding is damaged, it is recommended a homeowner replace this before listing a home. Not only is visible damage a negotiation point for a buyer, but also it may be required that the seller fix it by the bank or inspector prior to closing.
Landscape Supply of Utah works with homeowners to create beautiful yards at affordable prices. Offering Utah pavers, Utah topsoil and Utah landscape gravel, these small additions to any home immediately spruce up landscaping, giving a home more curb appeal.
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