What Is Curb Appeal and How Do You Get It?

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When you place your home on the real estate market, you want to make an impression. You want potential buyers to look at your home — whether online or in person — and immediately fall in love.

Curb appeal is what creates this strong first impression. It is what homebuyers will see as they drive up to the property and enter the front doors. It not only involves the home’s exterior but the entryway, the landscaping, and more. So what can you do to improve your home’s curb appeal?

Here are four simple ideas.  

1. Update Your Front Door

One of the best things you can do to improve your home’s curb appeal is to update your front door. When the front entryway is inviting, clean, and well-maintained, it gives off the impression that the rest of the house is similar. Plus, studies show that by painting your front door a shade of black, you can increase your home’s value by more than $6,000.

2. Spruce Up All Pathways

Are there grass and weeds growing between the cracks in your pathways? Are there many chips and broken cement covering your sidewalks? These things are small but create an instant eyesore. They make the exterior of the home look grungy and poorly maintained. Walk on all main pathways and think like a buyer. What areas stick out? What repairs need to be made? These projects are typically very small but can make a dramatic difference to your home’s curb appeal.  

3. Add Some Color

Colorful landscaping can make all the difference between your home and the one next door. Plant fresh flowers in all your garden beds and place planters with a variety of flowers near your front entryway or patio areas. If you have large flower beds, consider plants such as ornamental grasses which are easy to care for but will add lots of texture and contrast to your home’s landscaping.  

4. Upgrade Your Exterior Lighting

Many potential buyers look for homes that are well-lit. This not only makes the exterior of the house look incredible but it provides stronger security as well. If the exterior lights in your home are old and could use some updating, make the switch now. You may also consider products such as solar lights around your property’s landscaping, which are inexpensive but effective lighting solutions.

If you are considering selling your home, talk to Tammy Samuels today. She can help you generate ideas to improve your home’s curb appeal and make a lasting impression on potential homebuyers.