How to Add More Kerb Appeal to Your Home
The outside appearance of your house can either make or break your chance of selling quickly. After all, it’s the first thing people see when driving by!
Having successfully sold more homes than we can count, the team at RE/MAX Profile know what buyers want. Read on for our tips on how you can boost your kerb appeal, and watch the potential buyers flood in.
1. Design a welcoming front entrance
A welcoming front entrance instantly gives a house more value, as it sparks the interest of walkers-by. A few ways you can do this are:
Have a statement front door
Your buyers will be looking at a lot of other homes, so make sure yours is one that stays in their memory with a statement front door. Cleaning it is a start, but you could also freshen it up with a new coat of paint in a bright colour, replace the lock and handle, or framing your door with matching moulding.
Add a seating area
Don’t leave your front deck or lawn area empty – this is the perfect opportunity to spice up your kerb appeal! If you’re lucky enough to have a front deck or verandah, set up a modern table and chairs to showcase extra living space. If not, simply placing one cosy and inviting outdoor chair will suffice.
Upgrade your mailbox and house number
There’s nothing more annoying than trying to find a house and not being able to see a number anywhere. It might sound small, but having a modern-looking mailbox with your number painted on it in a colour that matches your home’s exterior is a surefire way to increase kerb appeal.
Give the house/property a name and have a plaque made
Buyers love it when homes have history, especially when they have a name with personal meaning behind it. House plaques give the property more character, personality and appeal. You can derive inspiration for naming your property from anywhere. For example, you could give your home a made up name by taking the first few letters of your own names (eg. Barry, Robbie and Samantha, becomes “Barosa” or “Barosa House”). You might also like to add a descriptive suffix to it, like Villa, Court, Lodge, Cottage, Hill, Place, Crest, or Lane.
2. Spruce up your front garden
Your front garden says a lot about how much you care for the rest of your home. But mowing, trimming, weeding and watering can be a time-consuming and tiresome job for busy homeowners.
Hire a landscaper
If you want a front garden with the wow factor, then you may want to consider getting in a landscape architect to give it a complete overhaul. This isn’t the cheapest option, but money well spent that you can recoup when it comes time to sell.
Add potted plants
If you don’t want to spend too much or don’t have the time to landscape but still want to increase your street appeal, potted plants are a great way to do so. Cheap, easy to install and they add an instant burst of colour to a deck, entrance path or front gate!
3. Lighting it right
Potential buyers aren’t just going to be driving past your home during the day. They’ll also be doing drive-bys at night to check out the area/neighbourhood. Don’t leave your home in darkness! Make yours look more inviting with indoor and outdoor lighting.
Outdoor lighting features
Solar-powered lighting for paths is inexpensive and a great way to showcase your home at night. If you want something more reliable, try installing an outdoor lighting system with accent lights on trees and the house.
Leaving indoor lights on when your home is on the market makes it appear warmer and more inviting to anyone peeking through the gate, and marking down your home as one to check out further. Try adding a modern chandelier in the entry way or big windows that face the street.
Need more advice on how to increase your kerb appeal and sell your home? Give us a call today!