When it comes to selling your home, curb appeal refers to the “first impression” that your house gives when a buyer approaches it from the driveway or the street. First impressions are important and even if the inside of the home is perfect, the outer appearance can really affect a buyer’s perception.
If you are trying to sell your property, look out for these common curb appeal mistakes:
You might think that your decorative lawn ornaments are cute, but your potential buyers don’t necessarily have the same taste. If you have a few gnomes living in your garden, you might want to hide them away for a while when your home goes on the market.
Adding flowers to your front yard can improve your curb appeal, until the seasons change and they begin to go brown and whither. Do your best to keep up with the garden maintenance throughout the year so that everything still looks fresh.
Even if you are not planning to sell your home, it is important to maintain the upkeep on the exterior of your house. Replace rotting shutters if necessary. It will be a minimual cost, but it will improve your curb appeal greatly. You can also use this as an opportunity to renovate siding. Stick with neutral colors, unless you live in the Carribbean.
If you have little ones, your yard, or driveway, may be filled with discarded Frisbees, tricycles, skipping ropes, side walk chalk and other toys. Before showing your home, make sure that all of these are tidied away. Your potential buyers might not have children and might not be fond of them, so they want to be able to see what the lawn and the garden will look like when it is not covered in brightly coloured plastic.
These are just a few of the curb appeal mistakes to avoid, so that your home looks as appealing as possible.