When potential homebuyers are ready to buy a house, can you guess what helps them pick a house to tour? If you guessed curb appeal, then you guessed right on the money!
Every potential homebuyer always has a wishlist, of course. They want a two-car garage, they want granite countertops, and they want to see outdoor elements brought indoors with natural light. But in order to even get to the inside of a house, they first have to be attracted to the home’s outer appearance. That’s the only way they’re going to be able to see if the home meets anything on their wishlist.
Curb appeal is the overall attractiveness of a home’s outer appearance, from the curb. The things that fall under curb appeal include the front entrance, driveway, the condition of the paint and siding, and the landscape. Out of all those things that fall under curb appeal, landscaping is the biggest thing that tends to get overlooked completely or underdone.
The odd part about landscaping being overlooked is the fact that it can add as much as 10% or more to the value of a home when it’s been well-kept and maintained. It’s recommended that homeowners looking to sell their homes start working on their home’s curb appeal about a month before showing their home.
Preparing your outdoor space a month before showing your home is a great timeframe to get everything in order and to make your curb appeal pop… This is especially important for your landscaping. If you’re looking to sell your home and make it appealing to potential homebuyers, you’re going to have to invest in quality landscaping. Here are some tips on how to get your home’s landscaping up to par to grab the attention of potential homebuyers.
Invest in Lawn Care
A luscious lawn is going to be the first thing people see from the curb, aside from the actual house. Whether you have a big lawn or a small one, a well-kept lawn is what sets the tone for not only the rest of your home’s curb appeal but also for your home’s interiors. If your home’s landscaping is gorgeous on the outside, potential homebuyers are going to expect to see a just as gorgeous interior as well. For all your home’s lawn care needs, front and back, turn to the lawn care professionals.
Power- Wash Dirt and Grime From Furniture and Outdoor Surfaces
If you go to your local home improvement store, you will be able to rent or buy a pressure washer to wash away dirt and grime from various areas of your outdoor living space. Whether you need to remove dirt on the siding of your house, wash your driveway, or remove spider webs on bricks/stones or from your outdoor furniture, a power washer is going to be your outdoor solution to make your outdoor space shine like new.
Plant Bright Flowers
Aside from a bright and luscious lawn, another way to make your curb appeal pop is to add bright flowers to the mix as well. You can opt for several different color flowers or you can go for more of a uniform look by sticking with one particular color flower. Ultimately, you want to go with whatever you feel is going to make the overall appeal of your home attract potential homebuyers.
In fact, according to thriveglobal.com, flowers have a positive effect on your well-being, especially your mood. The article states that bright colored flowers can give you feelings of happiness and joy but they can also aid in getting a proper night’s rest and increase your pain tolerance. Just imagine the positive effect of your home’s flowers on potential homebuyers… As soon as they walk up, they’ll be in a positive mood and ready to buy!
Add Fresh Mulch
While you’re out there adding bright flowers, it wouldn’t be right if you didn’t spruce up the mulch as well. For one, mulch is relatively cheap and it’s good for your flowers. Secondly, the dark color of the mulch contrasts with the brightness of your flowers, giving your landscape a picturesque look.
Outdoor lighting is a great way to pump up your home’s curb appeal and it can actually give your home a completely new look at night than it looks during the day. You can opt for motion lights as an added safety precaution and others use outdoor lighting to illuminate walkways and to bring a bit of warmth to the front porch. Either way you look at it, you can’t ever go wrong with stylish, yet effective outdoor lighting!