Does Curb Appeal Matter?
Do first impressions matter? During my dating years, my date had a mustard stain on the collar of his shirt. Now a small drop might have gone unnoticed, but this was a mountain of mustard that screamed at me! You will have to do his laundry and spot clean all his clothes! That for me, was a deal breaker. So compare that mustard stain to an oil patch in your driveway and that could be a deal breaker for your prospective buyers.
Yes, curb appeal, how your home looks from the outside, matters. Curb appeal is the first impression of a home. If you dress up the outside of your home, then buyers will feel more inclined to enter the inside. Upgrading an outdoor space and investing in home landscaping can result in 100-200%, on your return on investment. 99% of real estate appraisers surveyed concluded that landscape enhances the sales appeal of a home. Studies show that curb appeal can really entice a buyer’s overall expectations. Here is a convenient Century 21 checklist to help keep your home looking its best:
- Tidy up- Rake leaves, sweep walkways, and clear the front steps.
- Colour splash- Brighten your landscape with seasonal flowers, weed garden beds, and remove dead shrubbery or trees.
- Fresh cut- Mow your lawn and edge the sidewalks for a manicured look.
- Remove clutter- Neatly stow garbage cans, gardening supplies, and all unnecessary items out of sight in the garbage or shed.
- Face lift- A fresh coat of paint on the front door, new doormats, and clean windows will freshen up the house and make it seem newer.
- Functionality- Fix or replace broken doorbells, outdoor lighting, wobbly hand rails, and loose paving stones.
- Consider the rear view- Buyers will want to see your backyard. The same rules apply: keep it tidy, colourful, well-maintained, de-cluttered, and functional. Stow excess furniture and all children’s toys.
These tips and tricks will be a stead-fast way to increase the curb appeal to your home and even the value. Don’t be caught with a mustard stain on your shirt!
Source: Homeowner Landscaping Lawn Care and Tree Care Survey