Written by home stager Sara Saunders of homestagingbahamas
Curb appeal is how attractive you house exterior is and it is used as an indicator of the initial appeal of a property to prospective buyers. Real Estate Agents can witness on how bad curb appeal make their clients say “No, I don’t like this house. Keep driving, please!” They figure if it looks bad on the outside, the inside will probably be just as bad. Truth is, they are usually right. (and if they aren’t; well, you just lost a prospective buyer because your curb appeal was bad.) On the other hand, if the garden and house exterior has been well maintained, it tells the prospective buyers that the owners have looked after the rest of the house too.
Whether you decide to go with a real estate agent or try to sell your house yourself; read about these cheap and easy ways to instantly improve your homes’ curb appeal.
First, make sure there are no toys or debris scattered around the yard. It makes the yard look cluttered and not cared for.
Next, take away all dead or dying things: potted plants, palm fronds, yellowed leaves, etc. Consider taking down any coconuts for safety.
The lawn is usually the largest part of most yards and stands to have the greatest impact on curb appeal. Few can resist the appeal of a lush, green lawn, even those who do not find yard work enjoyable. A lawn does not have to look like a golf course. Simply mow the lawn regularly and edge the lawn every time it is mowed for a crisp, fresh look.
Landscaping dresses up the lawn in much the same manner as accessorizing an outfit. Attractive flower beds, or landscaping, can give your house the pizzaz and attention it needs to distinguish it from every other house on the block or on the market! Conversely, weed-ridden and overgrown landscaping can detract from the curb appeal, and worse, reflect that the owner has not cared for the rest of the property. Weed regularly, mulch as needed, and water during the dry spells to keep the plants healthy and vibrant.
The front entry is an essential impact maker! It should be visible from the curb, be tidy, and look fabulous! Regular sweeping is a must. This keeps the entry way free of dirt, leaves and critters! It also helps the inside stay clean because you wont have any dirt to bring in! Freshen the door mat, if you don’t have one, consider buying one that says “Welcome”. Clean the door. Paint or replace the door, if necessary. Check regularly to make sure that the outside lights are working properly.Consider keeping outdoor lights on in the evenings. Potential buyers may love the appearance of your yard and house at night! Wash the windows for a sparkling, fresh look. A cheap way to add a welcoming touch is to have potted plants by the front door.
Improving curb appeal takes only a little extra effort, but may have a profound impact on the results! Curb appeal may seal the deal!
For specific ideas on how to maximize YOUR curb appeal, call Sara Saunders at Home Staging Bahamas PH 424-4956.