Tips to Up Your Curb Appeal

real estate investmentIf you’re in the market to sell your home this Spring, increasing your curb appeal is one of the best ways to attract prospective home buyers and ensure a quicker sale. Curb appeal is a real estate term that refers primarily to how attractive your home looks to someone from the outside. It encompasses the design, upkeep, landscaping and more. Here are some of the top tips we gathered from real estate agents that regularly represent top real estate in Troy, Michigan.

Start with structural integrity

The first thing to look at from the buyer’s perspective is whether or not your home looks structurally sound. Does the roof appear to be in good shape? Is the paint peeling or siding hanging off? Are outside structures like porches and decks in good conditions? If there are any alarm bells that go off after a quick visual audit, those should be the first things you address. Not only will this increase the value of your home and prevent a stalled sale as part of the inspection process, but it lays the foundation for other touches to improve your home.

Consider a fresh coat of paint

One of the cheapest and easiest ways to refresh a tired home exterior is with a fresh coat of paint. If you don’t have the money to invest in a professional strip and paint, simply get paint in the color of your existing exterior and give it a touch up. This can be accomplished without too much additional work. Pay special attention to detail painting such as trim, windows, shutters, and stairs. Updating this one area can really help your house pop.

Improve the quality of your grass and landscaping

Prospective homeowners want to see thriving, green yards. If you haven’t paid as much attention to your landscaping over the lifetime of your home ownership as you should have, now’s a great time to give your yard a closer look. Start by looking for areas of weeds or overgrowth, and remove those. Trees, bushes, and shrubs should be trimmed if needed to give a lush but maintained appearance. If there are bare areas in your yard, consider seeding or filling them with a grass solution. Finally, set and keep a regular schedule of watering, mowing, and fertilizing your yard to help it look its best.

Add tasteful touches

Small decorative touches can also help sell a home more quickly. These shouldn’t be whimsical or overly personal. Instead, think about what a designer from Better Homes and Gardens would do if confronted with the challenge of making your home look its best. Some options might include a simple seasonal wreath, window boxes or hanging baskets with flowers, or planting flower beds with splashes of color to accent your front walkway. Not only does this help people visualize the home with their own personal touch there, but it reinforces the idea that your home has been loved and cared for.

Selling your home can be stressful. But enhancing your property’s home appeal is one of the best ways to get interested buyers seriously considering the property. Whether you’re able to spend money and hire help or it’s time to work a little DIY magic, improving your curb appeal can make significant progress in just a few days.

About the author: Dale Clifton is a real estate agent and home contractor with more than twenty years of experience. His reputation and track record helping homeowners throughout America’s heartland has encouraged him to write and share some of his best tips with the market.