Curb appeal: It's the make-or-break first impression of your home. It either beckons a second look or turns buyers off entirely. And now, in the age of the coronavirus, curb appeal is more vital than ever—since buyers might not be able to tour your home and are placing more weight on the exterior, or might be limiting in-person tours to only their top choices.
The lawn is one of the first things buyers notice, whether they are pulling up to the curb or looking at an online listing. When it's lush and green, it creates a favorable impression.
You might be inclined to overlook the driveway and front walk—how much can you really do to make concrete look good? But, truth be told, these areas are like the red carpet of curb appeal: They lead buyers to the main event, the inside of your home.
A driveway and front walk with minor cracks and weeds popping up through the expansion joints (the straight lines that divide the driveway and walkway) are an eyesore.
Luckily, it's an easy fix.
Remove the weeds, and patch the concrete with caulk. Hose it down or power-wash it. For extra pizazz, finish a concrete driveway or walkway with a clear, glossy sealer.
All exterior lighting on the house and garage should match or have the same style for continuity, if possible. Just make sure that all exterior lights—including the ones on the garage—have the same type of bulb for a unified glow.
The garage is a key component in curb appeal, too, especially if it's attached to the house. But how do you spruce up this often dull space?
I suggests painting the garage door the same color as the trim on the house. Garage doors with a row of windows are pleasing to the eye, too.
A shabby doormat, dingy house numbers, and a rusty old mailbox are hardly deal breakers, but they do leave a stale impression. If your outdoor accents have seen better days, replace them.
Then make sure your landscaping looks lush for any passersby. Prune overgrown shrubs and trees. Weed flower beds, and spread a layer of fresh mulch.
Would a shabby door with peeling paint, rusty hardware, and scuff marks entice a buyer to go inside?
"If you're going to spend money on one thing to add curb appeal, make it a new door.
Front doors with glass inserts evoke a warm and welcoming feeling. If there isn't room in the budget, rejuvenate your existing door with a fresh coat of paint and hardware.
It feels like thoughtful consideration has been put into the home, and ultimately that's what we're trying to do—to let the home feel like a home that's been loved and cared for and thought about. A home that's been cared for stands out.
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