First impressions last forever, and when it comes to selling your home, you only get one chance to make a good one.
“Your home's exterior – including the front entry, garden, driveway and sidewalk should serve as a preview of what's to come when potential buyers enter your home” says Craig Hutchison, CEO of Engel & Völkers Southern Africa.
Curb appeal starts online - since 88%of home buyers begin the search process on the internet, photos are critical to create interest. Find the best time of day to shoot each room, avoiding too much sunlight, which will give the photo a glow effect. Sunset photos could also be a good option, as it sets an atmosphere which could be appealing to potential buyers.
Have a look at your home through the eyes of a buyer: Walk around your entire home with a critical eye, as you did when you initially purchased the home. Take notes on the items which catches your attention and needs repairing, replacing or cleaning - you might even see something you've never noticed before. Most homeowners don't give their roofs a second look, but the roof is an important curb appeal item that buyers do notice. A good cleaning or, if necessary, a roof replacement or simply a splash of paint will up your home's appeal factor tremendously, it might even add to the value.
Spruce up your patio with some colourful flower pots or planters for an instant lift, and ensure your garden has been cleaned and is neat, as this will be an immediate attraction. Open up the shutters, curtains and blinds - homes that are brighter inside sell faster,and open curtains look prettier from the street and give a spacious feel. Go outside and look at your window treatments and try to keep a uniform look throughout. Painting the front door, trim and shutters is a great way to polish the look of your home.
Curb appeal is that indefinable something that draws you to a home at a glance. It is a combination of visual charm, good upkeep and attention to detail – all items which will aid in your home sale.