How to Maximize Curb Appeal When Selling a House

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Curb appeal refers to a house’s exterior presentation, specifically what people see from the street or curb. It’s the very first impression the property makes on a person and can either entice them to step inside or cause them to lose interest immediately. When you are trying to sell a house, it’s essential to address its curb appeal. In fact, a Princeton University study found that people tend to establish their initial impression of a person or object within just a tenth of a second, so there’s no doubt that the initial presentation of your home matters!

If you’re looking to sell your home, follow these tips presented by Chris Garguilo of
eXp Realty in Southeast Virginia to make sure your house’s first impression is a good one.

Give the Exterior a Deep Clean

Over time, dirt and grime from pollen, snow, and rain build up on the sides of your house. This can cause the paint to chip and fade and present an unattractive exterior. There’s no need to splurge big bucks on a brand-new paint job, however. Often, simply cleaning the side of your home with a pressure washer is enough to give it a new look. You can get an electric or gas pressure washer. Gas washers are generally better for larger jobs like exterior siding, according to Lowe’s. When cleaning the exterior, also take the time to polish the windows. Use a clean rag and vinegar for an all-natural solution to get them sparkling.

Add Some Color Out Front

Some strategically placed pops of color can help make your house look friendlier and more enticing from the curb. This is especially true if you’re trying to sell in winter when the landscape will otherwise be bleak and gray. All you need is some simple planters to put on either side of the front door or window boxes to adorn the front windows. Fill them with colourful blooms like petunias or snapdragons, which are all perfect for cultivation in window boxes. If you’re selling around the holidays, a seasonal decoration on the door (like a poinsettia wreath in December or Easter basket in spring) can also be a nice touch.

Use Landscaping Strategically

Landscaping can also be used to hide less attractive elements of your property. You can have bushes planted around these devices to hide them. Another strategic use of landscaping is for privacy. For example, you can install a wooden trellis and adorn it with vines or clinging plants to create private spaces around a patio or porch. Country Living also recommends layering growth. Instead of just one line of shrubs, stagger this visual barrier with other plants, like a couple of evergreen trees and a cluster of perennial grass.

You may want to install a fence as well. Many home buyers value fences as a way to keep their children and pets safe. Adding a fence can benefit you in other ways, too, as many types of home improvements have the added benefit of raising your home’s appraisal value.

Mow the Lawn, Trim the trees, and Prune the Bushes

When it comes to tackling your landscaping, start with the basics. Get out the gardening tools and trim trees, bushes, and grass. This will present a well-kept, manicured appearance instead of a sloppy one. If the edges of the lawn are ragged and poorly defined, you can add shrubbery or low-rise hedges for a more clean-cut appearance.

If you aren’t sure how to go about it, hire a professional gardener to do the job and keep your yard in order throughout the year, regardless of the season. They will know how to beautify your lawn with strategic landscape planning and can also take care of planting and weeding. With insider knowledge of details like what fertilizer works best for what plants, they can create a lush oasis outside of your front door.

When selling a property, you want to do everything you can to maximize your potential profit. Investing some time and money into your home’s curb appeal is a worthwhile step. Take the steps outlined above and you will be well on your way.

When you’re ready to begin your search for a new home, let Chris Garguilo of eXp Realty in Southeast Virginia lead the way. Get in touch with Chris by calling (757) 876-7443.

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