You only ever get one chance to make a first impression, and when it comes to selling property – it’s important to make it a good one.
At the risk of sounding obvious, curb appeal is what buyers are going to use to form their first opinion of your property. It can often be the deciding factor that determines whether or not someone enquires further or books a viewing.
As such, creating curb appeal is pretty important.
Regardless of your property, its location, or its valuation there are several little things you can do to boost your curb appeal (and get your property more viewings).
Here are 3 of our favorite ways to create curb appeal (on a budget)
There’s a good chance that it has been a while since you last gave your windows and doors a little bit of TLC.
If they haven’t been painted in the past year or two – then it’s time to consider getting your hands dirty (even if they still look pretty good).
The difference a fresh coat of paint on doors and windows makes to your property’s overall appearance is dramatic (and no one will notice the difference more than you). Paint is cheap at about $30 per gallon, and it’ll take you a day at most to get the job done.
It’s almost guaranteed to be time and money well spent.
Bonus Tip: Buy some new house numbers when you’re buying the paint to truly create a flawless front door.
Replace Your Mailbox
Has your mailbox seen better days?
If prospective buyers are literally looking at your property from the curb, there’s a good chance they are going to be up close and personal with your mailbox. If it’s looking a little bit weathered and worse for wear, we recommend you strongly consider replacing it.
It’s going to cost around $20 (and an hour or so of work) to get a replacement sorted. You don’t need anything super fancy, and a fresh new normal mailbox is going to be more than enough to create a little curb appeal.
Flanking each side of your front door with two matching planters creates eye-catching and inviting symmetry that goes a long way to making a great first impression.
Two identical pots containing identical well trimmed small bushes is a look that works well with (almost) all properties and exterior décor types – old or new. It’s amazing how much something as simple as this can change the overall feel of a property from the curb.
Note: This tip is probably the most expensive thing to do on this list, but it’s well worth the investment required.
A New Door Mat
At this point, I think you’re probably getting the general idea of how to increase curb appeal. If something has seen better days (and is reasonably inexpensive) then you should consider replacing it or painting it.
If you’ve gone to the effort of painting your front door, adding new numbers, and flanking it with beautiful planters – then the finishing touch is a brand new doormat. Throw away your old faithful mat and try and buy a new one that’s a little bit special.
You know the kind of mat you see at the store and think “That would look so lovely, but it would be ruined in a month!” – that’s the kind you want…
Because hopefully, you’ll have moved out by then anyway.