Image is everything. The first thing that a prospective buyer will see when they look at your home is its exterior. Improving your home’s curb appeal is definitely among the things you should do before selling your house.
Curb appeal is how attractive your house looks when viewed from the street. It’s a key step when your stage your home for sale, a process whereby the interior and exterior of the home is presented to appeal to the most number of potential buyers.
Read on for some helpful tips to enhance the curb appeal of your home.
Take note of your landscaping and outdoor accents
Well-maintained landscaping is one of the first things that a buyer will observe. In a competitive Las Vegas real estate market, you’ll want to make sure that your landscaping is lush and groomed.
If you live in an arid part of Las Vegas, you may have had to swap a lawn for a nicely arranged combination of gravel, stones, and decorative rocks. Otherwise, you can spread a new layer of mulch on your flowerbeds and make sure that they’re free of weeds. You can also invest in some bright annuals to add some color to your landscaping. Consider adding succulents, too.
Don’t forget to check your mailbox, doormat, and house numbers. If they look a bit worse for the wear, replace them. You may also opt to refurbish – scrub down your mailbox and repaint it for a fraction of the cost that it would take to replace it. Get your house numbers gleaming again using a metal polish. As for your welcome mat, get a new one.
If you have a front porch, it should be clean and artfully staged. Spruce it up so that it feels like a place where buyers can see themselves letting their hair down.
Look at your walkway and driveway
Your driveway and walkway are just as important as the landscaping. Make sure that there are no cracks on the concrete. If there are, you’ll need to repair them before you open your home to buyers, even if virtually. You can use caulk to fix the concrete. Once the repairs are done, you can clean your sidewalk and driveway using a hose or a power washer to ensure that the concrete looks spic and span. Finally, finish your walkway and driveway with a sealer that’s clear and glossy.
Refresh your front door
The front font is a focal point of your house’s exterior. Painting your door can give it a fresh new look. Make sure the color you choose matches the architecture or exterior of the home. You can also update your door’s hardware. Or add a patterned or frosted film to glass panels. Add planters on either side of the door.
Maintain curb appeal after hours
A lot of prospective buyers like to check out houses after work, when it’s dark. They’ll drive down your street and see how the house looks like at night. Make sure that they get to see a welcoming home. Turn on your exterior lighting so that your house is bathed in a warm glow. You can add string lights to your porch. Or consider lining an exterior pathway with outdoor lights. They’re not only attractive to potential buyers, they’re also a security feature.
Spruce up your garage
It’s important for your garage to look as good as the rest of your house’s exterior, particularly if it’s connected to your home. Make sure your garage door complements the exterior of the main house. Otherwise, fix it with a fresh coat of paint. Consider painting it in a color identical to your house’s trim.
Doing a thorough check of your home’s exterior before you put it on the market may actually increase the value of your home. A joint study by the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Alabama revealed that houses with high curb appeal tend to sell 7% more than homes with an unkempt exterior.
In other words, the work you put in to make the outside of your home as attractive as possible is literally worth the Las Vegas real estate price you’re asking for.
If you’re looking for a Las Vegas Realtor who can advise you on updating your home’s exterior and help you to maximize your Las Vegas home’s price, get in touch with me, Loralee Wood, at 702.419.3212 or loralee(dotted)wood(at)cbvegas(dotted)com today!
As a full service residential Realtor, I’ve been in the business for close to 20 years and service all of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Centennial Hills, Summerlin, and Henderson, NV.