A majority of home buyers use curb appeal to decide whether to look inside the house or not. By spending some time and money to enhance the external appearance of your house you can make sure that the potential buyer comes inside your house. Generally, it is extremely difficult to look at your own house in a manner similar to the prospective buyer.
After living for years in your home, you become accustomed to its looks and functions. However, when you start looking at your home as a commodity that is to be sold, then only you are able to uncover the flaws, blemishes and imperfections. By improving the curb appeal of your house, you can certainly get the highest possible price for the property. Here are a few tips that will help you to perk up the exterior appearance of your home with ease.
View your home rationally
Go out of your house and stand at a point from where you are able to see your home and its surroundings clearly. Ask yourself the following questions:
o What is your first impression of the property?
o What are the best features of the house?
o What regions of the house require repair or improvement?
o What all can be done to make the property more attractive?
You can also take photographs of your house to recognize and underline the troublesome areas easily. Don’t forget to include your backyard in your study.
Note down the areas where improvements are needed
Depending upon your research, make a list of the areas that require repair. On another page, enlist all those regions where large scale improvements are needed. On yet another page, enumerate those external areas of the property where dirt, dust and rust have to be removed.
Prepare a budget for improving the curb appeal
Once you know in detail what needs to be done, you should prepare a budget. This will help you to decide which tasks should be executed first, and what jobs can be done later. An all-inclusive budget will also prevent over expenditure to a large extent.
Execute your home improvement plan
o The first thing that you should do is to scrub and clean the all the external regions of your home. Begin with your garden; mow the lawn, remove the weeds, trim the trees and bushes, and collect and dispose off all the garden garbage. Also remove all the unnecessary garden tools and equipments.
o Kill the mildew and mold growing on the walls, roof, sidewalk and driveway of your house. Ensure that the garage, doors, windows, drains and gutters are spick and span. Use a professional pressure washing service to get the sliding and decks cleaned.
o To enhance the evening curb appeal, put low voltage lamp near the driveway, sidewalk and other important elements. Make sure that your front doors and windows are visible at night. A decorative lamp in the porch will enliven the exteriors right away.
o If your budget permits, give the external walls a fresh coat of paint. Also get the front door and windows re-stained. Choose a color scheme that will increase the curb appeal of your home.