One of the best tools in a seller's arsenal is curb appeal. The outside of a home or property is one of the first things a buyer sees, and while many times it's not on the outside that counts, when it comes to real estate, the outside of a home plays a huge part in whether a buyer is going to want to take a look inside.
If a property can catch a buyer's eye from the get go, the probability that the buyer will want to look inside exponentially grows. If you've put your property on the market and are not attracting the number of potential buyers you'd like, or you're considering putting your property on the market and would like to give it a step above the other options on the market, consider these exterior home updates to help attract more buyers and help the resale value of your home or property.
Unless your home or property is in an urban environment, say the middle of the city, it's highly likely you have some kind of yard or landscape. While not all homeowners enjoy working in the yard, a front yard or outdoor area makes a huge first impression on house hunters. Not to mention that 92 percent of home buyers now begin their search online, looking at pictures of homes, so showcasing the front of your home by landscaping or adding natural elements will undoubtedly help attract buyers and overall add to the total value of the home.
Paint colors can make or break a house sale. If your property is on the market, or you're thinking of selling, consider adding a new coat of paint to help add value to your property. Depending on the size of your home, painting the exterior of a home can go for one thousand dollars and up, but the average return on the investment is about ninety percent. If your budget is tight and can't accommodate new paint, consider renting or buying a pressure washer and washing down the sides of your home. Pressure washing is not only more affordable, but it can also bring new life to a tired exterior paint job.
Replace Front Door
The front door of a home says a lot about a property and even about the seller. A high quality front door will not only stand out in pictures but also appeal to any buyers who might drive by the property. If your front door could use a facelift, consider investing in a wood or fiberglass door. Both types have a high-end look and feel and can help to boost the resale value; but if your budget doesn't have the room for a brand new door, replacing the door hardware and adding a new coat of paint can help invigorate a tired door and still catch the attention of potential buyers.
Install New Windows
Windows can tell a buyer a lot about a property. If your home's windows are older (single-pane), leaking or seals are broken (there is noticeable moisture between the panes), broken or otherwise not in the best condition, and it's in your budget, consider installing new windows before you put your home on the market. Many windows are now created to be energy efficient, saving homeowners money every year through energy savings, and the average return on investment is ninety percent. Not only do buyers like the idea of having new windows in a home, but replacing any windows will no doubt boost the resale value of a property.
Not every home or property suffers from old or bad siding, but siding is another item that immediately pops out to buyers. Many older homes have vertical siding, and while there is nothing wrong with vertical siding, some buyers will be turned off by it. A great way of increasing a home's resale value is to consider replacing siding - the national average for return on investment for updating to fiber-cement siding is almost eighty-five percent. If your budget can't take new siding for the entire home, but you want to change your vertical siding, consider adding new siding to the front of the home. While it's not a total redo, the majority of buyers will be attracted to the new siding, and it will add to the overall resale value of the home.