Curb appeal refers to the overall appearance of your property from the street. In particular how a property appeals to potential buyers. This includes the property’s age, condition and design, as well as the front garden or yard that faces the street. Often potential buyers will physically or virtually drive-by a property in order to eliminate any properties that they see as undesirable or to search for any properties they would wish to own.
Tidy your front yard or garden
Ensure your lawn is mowed and properly edged. If you tend to get bindiis or clovers on your lawn, apply some bindii and clover killer to make your lawn look healthier. If you have any bushes or hedges, make sure they are neatly trimmed and that all garden beds are adequately weeded. Tidy up any palm fronds and leaf litter. If your front yard is looking a little dull, consider planting some new plants and adding a fresh layer of soil or bark across the garden bed to freshen it up. Afterall for most potential buyers the yard or garden is the reason why they wish to own a house rather than a unit.
A fresh coat of paint
Over the years the paint on your property’s external walls will become worn and weathered. Sunlight can bleach your walls and leave them looking pale and unappealing. If you have outdated colour or finish on your walls, this is the perfect opportunity to opt for a more modern look. You’d be surprised how much difference a lick of paint will make in brightening and freshening the outside of your property and ho elcoming to potential buyers your property will look. If this is too expensive for your budget consider painting the front door , the window frames and the property fence.
Declutter the yard
If your front yard contains plastic yard furniture or dated outdoor settings, consider moving them elsewhere. This sort of furniture can make your property look tacky and cheap. If you have children, you will know how quickly yards can become cluttered with toys, bikes and scooters. Make sure you store these items in the garage or storage shed, out of sight.
When selling your property, you need to think of it as a product, rather than something that belongs to you. The view from the curb is the first thing that potential buyers will see when they come to visit. While you probably shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, when it comes to real estate, first impressions are everything. If you are planning on renting or selling consider contacting local real estate agents to discuss your property’s curb appeal.