Ways To Increase Curb Appeal When Selling Your Home
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. This is especially true when selling your home. The first glimpse a potential buyer gets of your home and property is likely to stick with them, and what they see on the outside will affect whether or not they even want to see the inside. In today’s real estate market, you need every possible advantage you can get, not just in selling your home, but in getting the price you’re asking for. Taking some simple steps to add curb appeal can help you do that.
Making A Good First Impression
One of the first things to do when assessing your home’s curb appeal is to really look at it. Walk across the street and see how it looks from a distance. Next time you’re out, on the way home remember to slow down, and see what impression you get as you approach. While it may not make the cover of Better Homes and Gardens, does your home look neat, warm, and inviting? Here are some quick and inexpensive fixes to add curb appeal to your property and result in more money at closing:
- Make sure there is adequate lighting. Use low-voltage or solar lights for your driveway and walkways, and purchase a new lighting fixture for your entranceway.
- Dress up your front door. Add a bright color that stands out, and maybe a few architectural details, such as urns filled with flowers flanking each side of the doorway.
- Replace old house numbers, front door knobs and locks, and even your mailbox if it looks rusty, old or dated.
- Weed garden beds and around bushes, add fresh mulch, spruce up lawn edging and garden borders, prune bushes and tree limbs, and re-seed grassy areas. Add a few new flowers or plants, if needed.
- Have your home power washed. Clean, paint, or replace old shutters or accent trim.
Depending on the condition of your home, and the amount of money you have available to invest, it is definitely worthwhile to update paint, siding, gutters and downspouts, if needed. A cracked or uneven driveway will be one of the first things noticed-it’s worth replacing if you can afford to. Updates such as water features, a repaved walkway, or a new front porch can be worth the money spent in increasing the value of your home, and making your property stand out from the rest.
Contact Our Experienced Real Estate Attorneys
When selling your home, every detail is important. At Cavallo & Cavallo, our experienced New York real estate attorneys can help guide you through every step of the selling process, from getting your home ready, to attracting prospective buyers and getting the kinds of offers you’ll want to accept, to helping you find a new home that fits into your budget. With offices in the Bronx and Westchester, we can provide efficient and effective legal service to handle all your real estate needs.