Ignoring Curb Appeal and Ideas to Improve It

One of the biggest mistakes that home-sellers make is ignoring curb appeal. If your home is on the market (whether you live there or not) curb appeal is key to attracting potential buyers.

Here are some ways to make your home more appealing to buyers with curb appeal:

Enhance Exterior Elements

So, what are the elements of your home’s curb appeal? Focus attention on the following exterior features that contribute significantly to that all-important first impression among real estate buyers:

  • Landscape, garden, lawn
  • Mailbox
  • Fencing
  • Siding
  • Front door
  • Paint
  • Roof
  • Gutters

These are areas that merit spending to enhance or improve their condition. For example, hire a housepainter to freshen up your exteriors and bring a pop of color to your front door.

Make a Favorable First Impression

Failure to keep up your curb appeal risks potential buyers leaving before stepping foot inside your property. Make a favorable and lasting first impression with a welcoming façade that includes enhancements to exterior features, such as:

  • Mowed and maintained greenspaces.
  • Clean and stylish outdoor furniture.
  • A fresh, new mailbox.
  • Pressure cleaned exteriors.
  • Fresh paint.
  • Paved spaces smooth and clean, free from cracks and damage. Consider sealcoating, too.
  • Clean roof and shingles intact.
  • Clean, clear gutters that are secure and don’t sag.
  • Crisp, clear house numbers.
  • Front door freshly painted and clean.

Take a look at your home through the eyes of a potential buyer: does the home look well cared-for? Will it be a worthwhile investment? Know that any upgrades that you make to your property are prudent investments and exterior upgrades are among the highest recouped costs that a homeowner makes.

Shoddy Curb Appeal Can Cost

Curb appeal can cost you in lost revenues when selling- or not selling- a home, but they can have other pricey repercussions, too. For instance, if you don’t maintain the landscape and keep trees trimmed, you risk property damage or even potential injury. When winds blow, broken branches or dead limbs could break free and fall, possibly on your home, a neighbor’s property, or a person. Curb risks and improve curb appeal by keeping foliage trimmed, trees pruned, and the property safe.  

Enlist Advice

It makes good sense to hire professionals to help maintain your property’s curb appeal- especially if you are not on-site. Landscapers help make your home look cared-for, welcoming, and occupied, which can help attract interested buyers. Not sure who to call? We’d be happy to provide you with a list of our preferred contractors who we use time and time again.

Talk to Team Hensley for more tips about preserving curb appeal and selling your property. Team Hensley represent a premiere 5-Star real estate team specializing in assisting clients in selling and purchasing properties throughout the best neighborhoods in the metro Richmond, VA area. Thinking about listing a property? When you choose us, know that you are in the hands of capable and successful agents with their finger on the pulse of the market. Contact us to learn more about selling your home today.

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