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It’s one of those terms we constantly hear when we’re in the process of moving house or putting our house up for sale. Curb appeal has become the moniker of every agents’ sales pitch. When you are in the process of selling up, it has to be at the forefront of your mind. So what is it, and how can you introduce it as a critical selling point for your home?
What Is It?
Put simply, curb appeal is how your property looks from the sidewalk (aka the curb). From the outside, it can take a matter of seconds before you make a decision. But statistically, going through the house and deciding whether to make an offer can take up to an hour. It’s a very short piece of time, and this is why first impressions mean a lot. Think about it: when you bought your first house, did you just have a good feeling when you saw it? It’s from this perspective that you need to be operating.
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Maximizing Curb Appeal
First things first, you have to make sure that your house is presentable, but also functional. This means fixing those persistent problems that you’ve meant to get around to for so long. It’s often argued that you don’t need to spend too much money renovating the house. You are going to sell it anyway and could lose a hefty portion of your investment. But, as far as functionality is concerned, it’s best to make sure that you are making over the property for the maximum impact. If there are problems with your roof, you need to hire a roofing company to fix these issues, or you need to hire a painting company to give your exterior a once-over because it’s looking dry and miserable. If you got a driveway that is drastically due for a repaving, this needs to be done. Why do all these need to be done? It’s because you are maximizing the impact of that first impression, and you will sell the property quicker and for the price you want.
What, As A Seller, You Should Do
It’s all about perspective. But when it comes to selling up, the exterior is the first thing to fix, as this will entice the potential buyer into the property. You need to make sure that you don’t put your personality on the property, it needs to be a blank canvas. One of the biggest components of selling anything is creating that need. Customers, or, in this case, home buyers, need to picture themselves living in your home. It’s impossible for them to do that if you’ve emblazoned your walls with your own unique style. This means neutral colors, limited ornaments on display, or preferably, as empty a space as possible.
Of course, while there are so many key aspects of selling up your home that you need to be aware of, such as presenting your property through estate agent websites in the right way, as well as fixing up your garden. In adding character and depth to your property, it’s the curb appeal which will be the starting point, and you need to get this right.