First impressions can make or break a deal. Your house’s curb appeal has a great impact on whether it will be sold and for how much. Take some inspiration from the way the world’s top realtors present their million-dollar listings. This website is a great example!
Keep in mind that the buyers create an idea of how much your house is worth based on what they see. If your home lacks curb appeal, many prospective buyers will not be interested to look on it any further.
The good news is there are less expensive ways to make your home look better in the eyes of the buyers. Here are some of the things that you can do to increase the curb appeal of your property:
Decluttering means taking out the things in your house that will not serve any purpose to the new owner. By doing this, you make the interior of the house look clean and organized. At the same time, you are creating a space where the new owner can visualize where he is going to put his own things. Remove your personal items including your photos and souvenirs. Put the bikes, skateboard, trash cans, and some old furniture in the storage room. Anything else that will not do anything for the new owner must be kept neatly in the right storage area.
- Make the entryway inviting
Make the door look newer by coating it with new paint. Make it shiny by using wood varnish after the paint. If the old door is rickety, install a new one. Fix a new knob and house number, they are both non-expensive. Clean the porch area. Repaint if needed.
- Re-paint the front part
Many house stagers suggest using contrasting colors between the door and the exterior wall. The trick is to select a color that complements your garden’s landscaping and the color of the exterior. There are so many color combinations to choose from. Research online what is the best color that matches each other.
- Take the indoors out, the outdoor in
If you have a big lawn, it is a good idea to put the extra fixture on it say a barbeque area or an outdoor bar. This way, you are extending your living area outside. At the same time, you can put some ornamental plants inside to serve as decoration. You can also put a swing on the porch, or always have freshly cut flower on the vase. Make the living area look like an extension of the outdoors.