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When it comes to selling your home, first impressions are everything. Just walking up to a property I know I’m already drawing certain conclusions, based on what it looks like outside. Potential buyers are no different. External appearance definitely sets the tone for the overall perception of a property. This is why “curb appeal” is so important. A well maintained exterior immediately increases marketability.
Start by focusing on basic maintenance tasks such as trimming overgrown bushes, mowing the lawn and clearing any debris or clutter. Repair or replace any damaged features, such as broken windows, cracked sidewalks, or faded paint. If the paint is not peeling, power washing to remove dirt and grime can work wonders.
Landscaping can also completely transform the look and feel of your property. Consider adding colorful flowers, potted plants, or shrubs to your front yard. Make sure your garden beds are weed-free, and the lawn is lush and healthy. Mulching can add a neat and polished appearance. Don’t forget to trim trees and bushes, allowing for a clear view of the house from the street. In the Chicagoland market you just might get 4 seasons in a day, but if it’s winter time definitely shovel the snow and lay down salt / sand.
Highlight the architectural elements of your home to make it stand out. Consider updating the front door with a fresh coat of paint or a stylish new design. Upgrade or polish the metal on the door, house numbers, the mailbox. Is the address prominent? Sometimes outdoor lighting can add character, while also improving safety / security. Light bulbs are commonly overlooked, especially if they are difficult to reach.
Finishing touches can make a big difference. Pay attention to small but impactful elements like a well-placed welcome mat, tasteful outdoor furniture and decorative accents (window boxes or hanging plants). Seasonal decor can help lot, but also don’t over do it. Leave room for the new owner’s potential ideas. Everything is balance.
Curb appeal is an essential factor in attracting potential buyers and setting the stage for a successful home sale. By investing time, effort, and possibly some financial resources into improving your home’s exterior, you can significantly increase its overall value in the eyes of a buyer. With a well-maintained and visually appealing exterior, you’ll have a greater chance of selling your home quickly and netting the best possible price.