The curb appeal of your house could influence whether a potential home buyer decides to look inside a house or if they seriously consider a home they see on an open house. Many times the seller spends so much time readying the interior of their house, they forget to do the same on the exterior. Here are some tips that can help increase your curb appeal:
- Improve the Home Exterior: It is difficult to look at your house from the perspective of a potential home buyer, but you need to. You want to make sure the exterior looks well taken care of and clean with things stored in their proper places. Invest in a power washer to remove cobwebs, dirt and clean your windows (also removing screens to show off the windows and let light flow in) which can increase the curb appeal.
- Check out the Rear View: Don't forget to look at how your house looks from the back. You want your house to look inviting no matter what angle your prospective buyer is viewing it.
- What is the Evening Curb Appeal: Some potential buyers will be looking at your house in the evening, so it is important to use lighting. Putting low voltage lighting along the driveway, sidewalks and important landscape elements is a good way to make your home look more attractive. If you have a front porch, consider a decorative street lamp or attractive light fixture. And don't forget about the lighting that is visible inside your house from the outside. You want it to enhance your home's appearance in the evening.
- Don't forget Landscape: Attention to a well-maintained landscape can add as much as 10% to the value of your home. There are simple things you can do such as touching up the mulch, plant seasonal color and shape trees/shrubs in your yard.