No matter how beautiful your home is staged on the inside, potential buyers will drive past without stopping if the exterior is unattractive or if the yard is not maintained. Making a good first impression can be the difference between selling your home quickly at the price you ask, or floundering on the market for months.
A well-maintained and attractively landscaped view from the street affects a potential buyer’s perception of the property’s worth. It can even add thousands to your home’s perceived value, sometimes resulting in multiple offers. Many Dallas and Fort Worth area home sellers underestimate how important it is to add curb appeal when putting their home on the market. Here’s what you need to know about putting your home’s best foot forward.
Wash Your Home’s Face
Presenting a clean exterior is one of the most simple ways to add curb appeal to your home. In fact, simply giving it a good wash can add thousands of dollars to the sale price of some homes. A little elbow grease will remove dust and debris that clings to your home’s exterior and reveal the beauty of flagstone paths and walkways. Don’t forget to make your windows sparkle, remove leaves from gutters, and sweep cobwebs from the eaves.
Update the Paint Job
Real estate pros and appraisers alike agree that one of the best ways to add curb appeal to your home’s exterior is with an attractive paint job. If you’re painting your exterior, go with a popular color palette that fits well with your neighborhood. It will catch the buyer’s attention, and appraisers will acknowledge its added value. If you don’t have the time or money to invest in a full painting makeover, work with what you have by matching the existing paint color and touching up any problem areas.
Give Your Yard a Manicure
A beautifully landscaped garden and well-manicured lawn can boost the curb appeal of any home. Trim overgrown shrubbery, mow your lawn, pull weeds, and add pockets of bright flowers for visual appeal. Don’t forget to water well! The warm weather in the DFW area can quickly dry up lawns and greenery.
Add a Splash of Color
A little pop of color can catch the eye of would-be buyers. Depending on the season, plant a flowering border to add interest to your yard. For example, Copper Canyon Daisies, Fall Asters, and Mexican Mint Marigolds can add some autumn flair to your Texas landscape. Add other colorful touches by painting your mailbox, putting a pretty bench on your porch, or painting your front door.
Nothing reduces curb appeal and raises flags about a home’s condition more than missing bricks, cracked or buckled walkways, and peeling paint. Most prospective buyers won’t see your home’s future potential and only focus on what they see as major tasks they’ll have to undertake. This can decrease the value of your home by as much as 10% or more. Here are some visual repairs you can make to improve your home’s curb appeal.
- Repair broken or drooping gutters
- Fix buckling or cracked paths and walkways
- Replace loose bricks and mortar
- Reseal asphalt surfaces
- Paint shutters
- Repair cracked windows and replace torn screens
- Repair or replace faded, curled, or missing roof shingles
Some of these maintenance chores are inexpensive, while others may involve a little more of an investment. Taking care of them now will add the curb appeal your home needs to show its real value.