A first impression is a lasting one. If you don’t want potential homebuyers to swipe right to your house, you need to get them with the first image they see. That is the front door…and everything surrounding it. Curb appeal is essential in every step of the house selling process. From the picture they see in the listing to the actual property their car pulls up to, your curb needs to sell. So, how do you amp up the curb appeal to sell your house for more money? Here are five cheap tips.
You want to create an inviting atmosphere for someone pulling up to your house. What establishes that ambiance better than a beautiful floral arrangement? Thanks to the beautiful year-round weather in Southern California, you can plant annuals and perennials whenever you want.
Adding a dash of color to your landscape will go a long way in transforming the perception of your house. This sort of vibrancy gives the potential homebuyer the impression that you pay attention to detail and take care of the property. Therefore, they will enter the viewing with an open mind. Plus, the scent of flowers never hurt either!
Nobody wants to look at the house covered in moss or last year’s sap. Use a power washer to get all the grime off the siding, walkways, and steps. Just be sure to stay clear of any sealings near windows or doors. That will strip caulking and weatherstripping.
New Light Fixtures
When it comes to house buying, lighting is the new black. Everyone loves lights and wants more of it. So, draw attention to the fact by updating your light fixtures.
Outdoor lighting fixtures take a beating over the long-term thanks to weather and Californian salt water mists. Therefore, replacing these battered light fixtures will make your lights pop. If you can’t afford to replace the fixtures, then at least spray paint the old ones.
You will get extra points if you put in a light with a dimmer. If it looks like you go the extra mile to maintaining the outdoors, potential homebuyers will be more optimistic about what you have done with the indoors.
Paint the Front Door
While potential homebuyers take in the whole scene, there is always one thing that their eye is most drawn to–the front door. Make it stand out with a new coat of paint.
This would be a great opportunity to give your house some real personality. Find a complimentary color that matches your siding. However, you should choose one that pops rather than one that hides in the background.
Extra color in the entryway says, “Hello. Come in. Buy me.” Bonus points if you coordinate the floral arrangement with the door!
Seating on the Porch Area
You are selling your house in Southern California. Embrace it’s greatest asset–the weather. People aren’t just buying your home. They are buying into the location. Put that on display as well.
By placing furniture on the porch, you are saying a couple of things. One, the weather is beautiful, and you want to be outside all the time. Secondly, the neighborhood is lovely. If you didn’t enjoy the company of those around you, why would you bother putting furniture out that faces them? These little nuances do a lot in upping the perceived value of your home.