7 Curb Appeal Ideas To Sell Your Home Fast
Updated on FEBRUARY 17, 2023 by ROB HASTINGS
CATEGORIES: Seller Resources
KEY POINTS: Curb Appeal Ideas
• First impressions are everything when selling your home.
• Discover what elements go into your home's curb appeal.
• Identify 7 low-cost improvements to make a hit on buyers' first impressions.
• Understand that curb appeal is more than looks; it's going to lead to a quicker sale for more money.
So you have decided to sell your home, and you want to do everything you can to sell it quickly. Of course, you also want to sell it for top dollar.
How can you maximize the sale price of your home? It starts with curb appeal.
First impressions do mean everything. According to the National Association of Realtors, "63% of potential homebuyers will drive by after seeing a home they like online." As a result, the curb appeal of your home goes a long way in selling your home fast and at the price you want.
Here are 7 curb appeal ideas before listing your home for sale.
1. Replace Old Landscaping and Add Fresh Mulch
Does your home have old landscaping with dead bush branches, overgrown and untrimmed trees, or generally an old appearance?
Pull that stuff out!
Replace the landscaping with new bushes, shrubs, and colorful flowers. Old or overgrown landscaping can indicate to a potential buyer that the home is not regularly maintained. Buyers think, "If the home isn't maintained on the outside, it's likely not maintained inside either."
One of the easiest ways to improve the curb appeal of your home is to add fresh mulch. The contrast of the mulch with your home and the plants as well as bushes creates a clean and tidy look for the front of your home. It also is easily noticed by potential buyers as something they wouldn't have to do themselves upon moving into the home.
Fresh mulch is a curb appeal idea that is easy and is noticed by potential buyers of your home.
2. Replace Fogged Windows on the Front Exterior
Fogged windows occur when a window has lost its seal and moisture and air enter between the window's panes.
These eye sores can easily be noticed from the front of any home and detract from the appearance of your home. Also, buyers notice these windows and think they may have to replace windows throughout the home, which can be very expensive.
Consider replacing the glass of these fogged windows on the front of your home to increase its curb appeal.
3. Paint Your Front Door
This component of a home's curb appeal is often the most overlooked by homeowners as they put their homes on the market.
Buyers often stand in front of the door for a minute or two as their real estate agent obtains the key to the home from the lockbox. As a result, they are more likely to notice a front door that is weathered, has paint chipping, or otherwise needs replacing.
Paint your front door to continue that good first impression.
4. Soft Wash Your Roof
Have you ever seen a roof with large black streaks?
Many buyers see a roof with these black streaks and automatically think the roof needs to be replaced. However, these black streaks are just mildew and algae that grow on the roof's asphalt shingles; it is very common in humid areas such as Jacksonville.
Call a roof soft wash company to remove these streaks, and get your roof looking near new again.
A roof with black streaks on the shingles from algae growth can damage the curb appeal of your home. Hire a professional to soft wash your roof before putting your home on the market.
5. Powerwash Your Home's Exterior
Once again, buyers are looking to the exterior of your home to get clues on how the home is maintained on the inside.
As a result, mildew on your home's siding, an orange color from the iron in your sprinkler system's water, or dingy and dirty paint can quickly make buyers incorrectly think that the home is not maintained. Use a power washer (or hire a professional) to get your home looking clean and bright.
If power washing doesn't get the results you desire, consider painting.
6. Powerwash Your Driveway
Similar to a roof, your driveway, especially if it’s just concrete can appear dirty and old when in fact it just needs cleaning.
Power wash your driveway to increase your home's curb appeal and remove any distraction from a potential buyer's first impression.
7. Mow That Lawn!
While this tip may sound the most obvious, many homeowners actually don't cut their lawns enough while their home is on the market.
In Jacksonville, the primary type of grass is St. Augustine, which grows well in the hot humid climate and especially with ample rain. As a result, cutting your lawn only once a week during the summer months may not suffice.
Consider cutting your lawn twice a week, and if possible, cut the lawn the day before scheduled showings.
The Bottom Line for Curb Appeal
If you are looking to sell your home in the quickest amount of time and for the most money, these curb appeal ideas will lead to showings, and showings lead to offers.
Are you ready to sell your home in Jacksonville? Contact us!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rob Hastings is a top-producing real estate agent in Jacksonville, Florida and helps buyers, sellers, and investors of homes and property throughout all of Northeast Florida. He works with his wife Nancy as a husband-and wife-team with Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Partners. When not helping his clients navigate the real estate process, Rob enjoys working on old Corvettes and playing music (guitar and piano). A U.S. Naval Academy graduate and former Naval Officer, he also loves boating and simply spending time on the water.