What is Curb Appeal?
Growing up, it was common to hear your parents say, ‘’what matters most is what we have on the inside” and one should never judge a book by its cover. In real estate, however, the cover of the book is as important as its content, and one always has to put their best foot forward. Paying attention to the exterior of a house and investing in it is always a good idea. Such details as the choice of porch titles, the door and window trims and landscaping can make the difference and increase the house’s value. Every detail contributes to the bigger picture which goes a long way to make a lasting first impression on the buyer. So if you thought the curb appeal of a home was a luxury you didn’t want to invest in, consider it a marketing tool to get that home off the market faster.
Contrary to what you may think, you do not have to break the bank to have the exterior of a home look inviting and welcoming. You should be able to sell the buyer an experience from when they park their cars, to when they reach the front door, and achieving this may be cheaper than you think.
How to Improve Curb Appeal
Picking the right front door portrays the personality of the owner. While a Dutch door with a windowed top that opens separately exudes a more casual vibe, a solid wood door echoes formality and privacy. Be playful with the door colors as well. A rich French blue or a burnt orange paint color may be a vibrant addition to your exterior design.
Consider that almost 90% of buyers first search the internet for photographs of homes they would like to own. A potential buyer may not want to see the interior of a house if they are turned off by its exterior. The houses that buyers are willing to pay top dollar for are the ones that they consider attractive by design. Their first impressions are usually on a screen without a real estate agent talking the house up. Thus, eye-catching pictures that portray your home’s curb appeal plays a huge role in building up interest in the buyer.
How Important is Curb Appeal?
It would interest you to know that homes with well-kept lawns and good curb appeal sell 7% more than regular homes. Sellers who pay attention to the curb appeal of their home, stand a better chance of getting buyers to pay above the asking price for a home. The little things matter. And the little details you choose to add can determine what a buyer is willing to pay for a home. You risk selling your home at or below asking price if you do not do what’s necessary to attract the most number of buyers.
In summary, finding new and creative ways to make a home stand out might just be what you need to get it off the market in record time while making an outstanding profit.
At Thompson Creek, we have experts who specialize in maximizing your home’s curb appeal with an array of products, styles and colors. Contact us today for more information!