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What You Should Know About Curb Appeal

If you want to make your property appealing, whether selling your home or renting it to new tenants, it is vital to understand the significance of curb appeal. Although it may only be cosmetic, especially if your house is in excellent condition and in a great location, investing in your property’s curb appeal might provide a significant return.

What Exactly Is Curb Appeal?

Simply put, curb appeal references how attractive a property appears when viewed from the street or sidewalk. Therefore, curb appeal relates to the property’s overall visual attractiveness and what people think about when they view the outside of your property?

Keep reading to find out more on the different strategies you can use to give your home’s curb appeal the boost it needs, making it more appealing.

What Is the Purpose of Curb Appeal?

Curb appeal is a way to make your home more appealing to potential tenants or home buyers. Individuals that pass by will only be able to assess the house’s exterior appearance; if it is appealing enough, they may contact you to schedule a viewing. People looking at the property’s images online will likely notice the outside first. People preparing to visit the property will observe the home’s exterior and form an opinion of the property before seeing the inside.

Nicer curb appeal provides potential home buyers and renters a far better first impression, increasing their likelihood of purchasing or renting the home. It may also increase your sale price in some situations. However, in most circumstances, you may also have additional prospects that are interested. 

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The Essentials of Curb Appeal

Most often, curb appeal is determined by a combination of factors:

Make Necessary Repairs

Prospective home buyers will notice anything damaged, broken, or needing adjustment. Therefore, repairing any issues you find before listing the home for sale or rent is vital.

Clean, Clean, Clean

Properties that appear dirty and untidy are also unappealing. Therefore, an important project when selling or renting a property is to clean the property’s exterior thoroughly. Be sure to include power washing the siding, windows, driveway, and sidewalk on your cleaning list.

Adding Beauty

Another essential strategy is the overall beauty of the property. For example, sprucing up the landscaping, placing potted plants on the porch, and other finishing touches may make the house appear more inviting to new visitors.

The Cost of Curb Appeal

The financial equation is one of the most significant factors regarding curb appeal. You could make your home’s outside appearance amazing if your budget is large enough and you have plenty of time and resources.

It’s important to have a reasonable budget for updates and maintenance. While curb appeal may help you rent or sell your home faster and for a higher price, if you spend an excessive amount renovating the exterior, it may eat into your profit margin.

That’s why most strategies try to keep expenditures under control; it’s necessary to improve your property’s exterior looks, but it’s also crucial to stick to a budget to maximize your return on investment.

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Tips to Boost Your Curb Appeal

If you are looking for ways to improve your property’s curb appeal without breaking the bank, here are some of the top tips:

Make Necessary Repairs

Make repairs to significant fractures, divots, and other flaws. Begin by surveying outside your home and noting any issues you identify. Be sure to document the location, type, and severity of the property damage. While some issues may be just cosmetic, with no functional impact, it is still necessary to repair the issue as long as it is cost-effective.

Replace or Update the Front Door

Replacing the front door can cost anywhere from $300 to $2000 thousand or more. The cost of a new door will depend on the type of door you choose and who you hire for installation. If your budget will not allow you to replace your door, thoroughly clean the door and add a fresh coat of paint in an appealing color that enhances the home’s look. The front door is the main entrance to the home and should look fantastic.

Clean or Replace Siding

What is the state of your home’s siding? It may be the ideal replacement time if your siding is old or starting to look damaged. Otherwise, correct any flaws you notice and power wash your siding thoroughly. Depending on your siding type, you may want to add a fresh coat.

Don’t Forget the Garage Doors

Garage doors dominate what you see from the street in many areas, yet they typically lack the intricacy or depth compared to the rest of the house. Updating the handles and hasps requires minimal effort and is relatively inexpensive.

If your garage doors are faded or dingy, it’s time to paint. Staying away from plain white can have a significant impact. Instead, choose a paint that matches your home’s exterior or choose a complementary contrasting color. If you purchase a fast-drying exterior semi-gloss paint, you can finish up in a weekend.

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Spruce up The Landscaping

Landscaping can make a big difference in the curb appeal of your home. Replace any plants that are not healthy with new plants. Strategically placed plants in the front of the house can help make a great first impression. You may, for example, consider establishing a flower bed or using bushes to help frame the home better. You may also place attractive potted plants on the porch for an appealing entry.

Manicure Your Lawn

If you haven’t already, spend some time mowing and weed-eating the lawn. Prospective buyers will be more interested in your property if it has a well-manicured, lush green lawn. A healthy lawn makes more of a difference than many people might think.

Improve the Exterior Lighting

Good lighting may enhance the appearance of your home’s façade. A few floodlights or stylish sconces may brighten the outside space making it more pleasant while also giving your property a unique external appeal.

Minor Updates

Plenty of affordable minor updates may enhance your home’s exterior, giving it a clean and fresh appearance. For example, a unique, polished mailbox, elegant house numbers, or a warm welcome mat may improve your property’s appeal.

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That’s a Wrap!

Creating the right curb appeal for your property can significantly impact your bottom line. And while a little bit of soap and water can go a long way, you may need to make repairs, paint, spruce up your lawn, and make a few special touches to get your property in pristine condition. We hope you found this article helpful, and as always, the Real Property Management Consultants team is here to help you with your residential property management needs. We Service Cass County, Clay County, and Jackson County, Missouri, as well as Johnson County, Kansas. For more information on how we can help you, contact us today!

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