When a potential buyer first drives up to your home, what they see will stay with them throughout their decision-making process. The curb appeal of your home has a huge impact on their decision.
How to Boost Curb Appeal on a Budget
By following these tips, you can boost your curb appeal and make a perfect impression on any potential homebuyers.
Seal Your Driveway
Your driveway may be the first thing a potential buyer notices about your home. If it’s cracked or pitted, people will remember that. It could make them feel as if a home is older than it actually is. To prevent giving the wrong impression, you should reseal your driveway.
Resealing doesn’t only fix your damage but also makes your driveway look as good as new. Potential buyers will notice this, whether it’s conscious or subconscious. Either way, it can make your home more appealing. It usually only costs about $100 to $150 to reseal your driveway, so a minor investment can go a long way.
Replace your Exterior Light Fixtures
Builders tend to use cheap and low-quality light fixtures on new buildings. They don’t often have pizazz, and they don’t often age well. If you replace your exterior light fixtures with new ones, people will notice. Potential buyers will glance at your home and be impressed, rather than wonder about the age of your home.
If replacing the light fixtures isn’t in your budget, you can still spiff them up a bit. Clean them up and make them look shiny and new. It won’t go unnoticed.
Paint your Garage and Front Door
Applying a little paint can make a big difference. Builders tend to use cheap paint on the doors and garages of new homes. After a few years, the paint may fade and peel. A fresh coat of paint can fix that for you. It can also make your home brand new. Buyers will notice the fresh paint and your first impression will be a positive one.
You don’t always have to stick to the original color. If there’s one that you believe would complement your home better, go for it. Just don’t be too adventurous. Keep in mind that colors are a personal preference and choosing something too bold could scare away buyers.
The Right First Impression Goes a Long Way
While there are many factors that a buyer considers when buying a home, the first impression is key. It affects the way a potential buyer views the house when they enter. If a house has bad curb appeal, they may look closer at flaws and find fault with everything. But a house with great curb appeal can have the opposite effect. And later on, when a buyer is considering all the houses she saw, she may rely on the first impression to make a decision.
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