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May 27, 2020



Five Ways to Increase Curb Appeal for a Quick Home Sale


You're driving down the road when all of a sudden, a beautiful home catches your eye. You can't help but admire it, and maybe you even point it out to the passengers in your vehicle. The home caught your eye because it has what is known as curb appeal.


Curb appeal, or the outward appearance of a home, is what makes you take a second look or keep on driving. It's the first impression your home gives off to visitors, passersby, and potential home buyers. While every home is different architecturally, and everyone has different taste when it comes to design and style, curb appeal goes beyond the subjective and focuses on cleanliness, upkeep, and maintenance.


When it comes to listing your home for sale, curb appeal is particularly important. The first impression your home gives will guide not only the number of showings your home receives, but also the possibility of high-quality offers. Professional photos and videos of a well-kept home will draw buyers in and make them fall in love with your house before they even step foot inside. Homes with great curb appeal are known to get high numbers of showings as soon as they hit the market, usually leading to a quick sale. That means getting you into your new home as quickly as possible.


If you are preparing to sell your home, it's important to learn what curb appeal is, what buyers look for, and how to increase the curb appeal of your home.


There are two main things that buyers look for when it comes to curb appeal: landscaping and cleanliness. In order to achieve a clean, well-maintained look on the outside of your home, here are five things you can do.


1. Power wash your home and walkways


It's amazing what a good power washing can do for your home! Even if your home looks clean, there is likely a large buildup of dust and debris covering your beautiful siding, brick, or paint job. Instantly brighten your home's exterior with a high-pressure power wash. This can be done by a professional, or even done by yourself with the proper machine. Don't forget your driveway, sidewalk, and walkways, too. 


2. Touch up exterior paint


Peeling paint can give the appearance of an unkempt home - exactly what you don't want to show potential buyers. Spending a day touching up any paint that is chipped or peeling will do wonders for the curb appeal of your home. For an even bigger change, add a fresh coat of paint to the entire house, or focus on just the trim if you have a smaller budget or are pressed for time.


3. Give your landscaping a facelift


One of the major factors that goes into curb appeal is your landscaping. Make sure to take good care of it by trimming overgrown bushes and hedges, removing dead plants, and planting flowers if you have a garden. You may also want to consider cleaning any surrounding rocks, woodchips, or mulch. Furthermore, an ugly lawn is an eyesore that might keep buyers away. Maintain a healthy yard by regularly watering, fertilizing, mowing, and pulling weeds.


4. Have your roof chemically treated


Roofs, especially those that are a lighter color, can show stains and wear just like any other part of your home. With the help of a professional, you can have your roof chemically treated for spots and algae growth. This will help to brighten your roof, make it look newer, and increase your home's curb appeal right away.


5. Find hiding places for outdoor necessities


While you may need to keep some necessities like trash cans and brooms outside of your home, they give the impression of clutter and a lack of storage space when seen from the road. Finding a place to hide these items from the curbside view of your home is the easiest and least expensive way to increase curb appeal. To take it a step further, make sure that vehicles are not in the driveway during real estate photos and showings.


If you're worried about getting your home prepared to hit the market, one of our agents at Orizon Real Estate can talk you through suggestions and best practices for maximum curb appeal. We are here to help you! Call us at 260-248-8961 to get connected with an Orizon Real Estate realtor today.