On our previous blog post, we discussed the importance of curb appeal in the real estate market when trying to sell your house, and a few simple ways to achieve the desired look. We recommended painting the front door to accentuate a welcoming home, taking care of maintenance projects like sagging gutters and cracked windows, and washing the house to get rid of accumulated dirt and grime to give the house a fresh appearance. While these are a great start, there are countless more ways to increase the value of your home through curb appeal (hints why the blog is a two-parter).
Upping your house’s curb appeal is not only for potential buyers literally standing on the curb, but also those searching via their computer or phone. In today’s modern age, it is estimated that nearly 90 percent of people looking for a new home begin the search online. If the listing only features pictures of your house with overgrown weeds, cracked pavement, and broken windows, the potential buyer is more likely to move on to the next house on the market.
Let’s go through some more ways you can make your home more appealing to take potential buyers to the next step and schedule a time to tour the house.
One quick and easy method to make the home more inviting is adding some outdoor lighting to your entryway. Not only does this add to the allure of the home through beautiful dusk photography, but it will also give the potential buyer an increased sense of security knowing that the house doesn’t just sit in the pitch dark at night.
You can use low-voltage outdoor lighting for this but we recommend using solar path lights. Not only do they look great, but they don’t require any wiring so you can do it yourself! Just stick them in the desired location and you’re set.
While on the topic of lighting, you’re also going to want to make sure all of the exterior lights are replaced to ensure that the house glows once the sun has set.
Update Your Mailbox
Do you have a sad, old-school mailbox attached to an ugly, warped post in the ground? You might want to consider starting anew. While most mail is sent digitally these days, the mailbox still collects the beloved bills and spam letters and gives the property that sense of “home” that all potential buyers are looking for. Adding some personality to the mailbox and making it match the house’s style gives the entire property an added bonus of curb appeal. Consider planting some colorful flowers around the base and make the address stand out with some large, artsy house numbers. While you’re at it, consider giving the numbers on your house a makeover as well to really stand out.
While living in the house you might not have given the roof a second glance, but when potential buyers stop by for a tour the roof is one of the first areas their eyes are attracted to. This is true for not only the people interested in buying a new home, but also for the appraisers. Loose or missing shingles or years of collective dirt, moss, and algae, will not only have viewers moving on to the next open house, but will also hurt the value of your home.
Make sure to hire a professional roofing company to come take a look at your roof and use their expertise to advise you on what steps to take before putting your house on the market. Please do not clean or repair the roof on your own unless you have experience in roofing.
Bryan Loveless & Associates
Curb appeal is no joke when it comes to getting your house more potential buyers and higher valuations. If you want sell your house quickly and efficiently, you’re going to want to spend a lot of time sprucing up the appeal of the home. Some other options you might want to consider would be adding a garden or some colorful flowers along the entryway to increase the approachability of the home, painting the trim of the house to make it stand out and give it a fresh look, or cutting back trees and bushes to give a more open, welcoming environment. The idea of curb appeal is to give the possible buyer a chance to imagine themselves living in a beautiful, luxurious, waterfront property in Kirkland, WA.
If you have decided to sell your home in the Kirkland area, Bryan Loveless & Associates are ready to be your devoted realtors. Using our years of experience and our knowledge of the area, we promise to get your house sold in a short amount of time, for the best price on the market. Make sure to contact us today if you’re ready to sell your home!