It’s a cliche as old as real estate, saying your house needs curb appeal to sell. But some cliches are cliches for a reason. There’s absolute truth in this saying. We’re only human, after all, and when we’re looking at potential homes to buy we’re attracted to the picture we see in front of us first. This is even more true in the world of Zillow and online listings: 63% of homebuyers drive or drop by a house after they see it online.
Keep reading to learn our most recommended ways to bump up your curb appeal and keep those eager homebuyers interested — whether you’re selling now or planning to in 25 years.
While it’s not required to replace your entire roof before listing your home, it is recommended that you take in an honest assessment of how your roof looks. Are there any areas they need to be patched? Does it look dirty or dingy? You might consider giving it a solid cleaning.
This seems like such a small thing, but they make a big impact! Are yours visible from the street? Do they shine or pop? Do they match the style of your home? Make it easy and eye-catching for people to find your house.
Whether it’s bold or stately and traditional, a beautiful front door is the icing on the cake for your house, calling to people to walk up your steps. Consider a pop of bright color, or a custom door that matches the style of your home. And if you’re listing, consider adding a welcoming wreath.
Landscaping adds dimension and color to your front yard — whether you’re doing your planting in the ground or in containers. Consider window boxes or designed beds bordered by pretty, decorative stone. Line the walk simply with a row of flowers. Even a small amount of green or flowers helps bring life to your yard!
Paint is a wonderful option because there’s so many different ways to use it. Perhaps you love your paint color, but just need to give it a good power washing to let it shine again. But the power of a new paint job can’t be underestimated — it can make you feel like you have a brand new house. Need a spruce up but don’t want to go for the whole thing? Look at adding to your decorative trim, or painting it a different color.