Boost Your Curb Appeal To Get the Best Price for Your Home
The exterior of your house is the first impression buyers get of your property, whether viewing it online or in person. Boosting your curb appeal lets homebuyers know your place is loved and cared for and enables them to easily imagine living there. According to recent research, 94% of realtors report it also adds value to your home and leads to a faster sale. That gets you one step closer to planning your move. Here are tips from Lauren Tizabi on how to make your property welcoming to prospective buyers.
Get a Home Appraisal
Before you start any improvements on your property, have it professionally appraised to determine its current value. The appraiser inspects the status of your interior and exterior structures and the appliances, plumbing, HVAC, and gas or electric systems to look for any defects. Your home's layout, square footage, and the number of bathrooms and bedrooms are factored into your property's value. Depending on your home's location and size, the home appraisal cost will typically be between $450-$750.
Remove the Junk
Walk around your yard and remove anything that is an eyesore, whether it's an old swing set, broken lawn furniture, faded planters, or dead bushes. Any items you no longer use should be donated or sold to cut the clutter and make your yard tidy. It’s amazing the effect that some simple cleanup can have on your home’s perception.
Power Wash Exterior Surfaces
You may not be able to see it, but mold, algae, and dirt are lingering on the exterior surfaces of your home. Use a power washer and thoroughly clean the outside of your house along with any patios, decks, walkways, and driveway. When you're finished, all these surfaces will appear like new again.
Spruce Up the Landscaping
Keep your lawn green and healthy with good fertilization and regular watering in the warmer months. Regularly remove any fallen leaves and debris in the cooler months.
Hire a landscaper to plant drought-tolerant flowering shrubs around your home that are native to California. Fill flower beds and pots with local perennials of beardtongue, milkweed, fuchsia, and mountain violet. These pops of color are pleasing to the eye of homebuyers.
Trees add beauty to your yard but require regular care and maintenance to thrive in the California climate. Your trees reward you with beautiful foliage when they are watered, mulched, and trimmed correctly. Contact a tree service company to professionally assess your trees and arrange for any trimming or treatments the arborist recommends.
Update the Front Porch
If your front porch still sports the style of a decade ago, it's time for an upgrade. First, paint your front door a trendy new color that complements your home and adds new hardware. Then, upgrade the front porch light, house numbers, and doormat with a new style. Next, invest in year-round outdoor furniture that fits your space and accessorize with colorful throw pillows. Finally, add pots of flowers around the front door as the finishing touch. Commit to keeping this area clean and tidy until your home has sold.
Making these changes to boost your house's curb appeal ensures potential homebuyers get the right impression when they see your property. It also increases the value of your home as buyers are willing to pay more to have a welcoming property that shines from the street.
This article was brought to you by Lauren G. Tizabi, who is known as a realtor who puts her clients’ best interests at the forefront. For more information, contact Lauren today at (310) 666-1537.
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flowering shrubs - https://www.treehugger.com/california-native-plants-5194043
local perennials - https://www.lawnstarter.com/blog/california/native-plants-california/
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