When it comes to selling your home, curb appeal matters more than anything! According to NAR (the National Association of Realtors), 63% of homebuyers will come view a home after seeing one they like online. That means they will drive by the property to develop a first impression. If your home isn’t appealing at first glance, you won’t expect to hear from them. To make sure your home has a good first impression, find out the top 10 ways to enhance your curb appeal for your San Diego home for sale.
1. Your Curb Appeal Begins Online
Over 88% of homebuyers begin their home search online, meaning, the photos of your home are critical for attracting buyers to your home. It’s wise to invest in professional photography and to find the perfect lighting and staging in your home to enhance the pictures even further. If you don’t have quality photos, it’s very likely many homebuyers will overlook your home. With quality photos, more people are going to be drawn in to actually view your home in person. This simple investment can make all the difference!
We suggest finding the time of day where there isn’t too much sunlight otherwise photos may have a glow effect. It’s been found that overcast days are actually good lighting days to shoot the inside of your home. Take a few test shots before your professional photographer arrives (if you have one) to see what you can do to enhance the photos. This may mean storing away some of your valuables or adding small touches throughout your home. Make sure your home is clean and doesn’t display any clutter.
2. Act Like You’re Buying Your Home
Take a walk in one of your potential buyer’s shoes and do a walkthrough of your own home. Pay attention to every detail that you would look for when buying a home for yourself. Bring a notepad and take notes about things you notice that you think other home buyers would notice. This will help you come up with a list of things that need to be repaired or cleaned before taking photos or hosting an open house.
3. Look Up!
Many people don’t pay attention to their roof but it’s one of the most critical curb appeal items. If your roof is missing any shingles or it looks dingy or streaked, you might want to consider repairing your roof or cleaning it to make it look better. A clean or new roof will help enhance your curb appeal more than you would think!
4. Add New House Numbers
Dirty, dingy or hard to read house numbers are a simple fix that has a huge impact. Browse online stores or take a trip to your local home store to find shiny new house numbers that are elegant and suit the style of your house. Simply install these to freshen up your curb appeal.
5. Ask Your Friends and Family for their Opinion
Just like you did a mock walk-through of your home like you were a home buyer, consider asking your friends and family to also do a walkthrough and to give you their notes at the end. They might catch cobwebs, cracked sidewalks, chipped paint and other details that take away from your home’s curb appeal. You can then reorganize your priority list of items that need to be repaired or cleaned.
6. Power Wash!
If you love watching power washing videos, you’re going to love this curb appeal tip. Borrow a pressure washer, rent one or purchase one and take it to the outside of your home. Pressure wash your deck, sidewalks, driveway and even the outside of your home if it’s dirty. This will help your home have a beautiful new and clean looking appearance that will really appeal to homebuyers. This will help remove any oil stains in your drive, dirt from sidewalks and the outside of your home and be a cost-efficient way to enhance your curb appeal.
7. Add Some Color to Your Yard
Planting some new plants is a cost-effective and easy way to increase the curb appeal of your home. If you have empty flower pots around the yard, add some fresh soil and easy to care for plants. These will help spruce up your yard and give you an instant lift! Never plant any fake flowers or plants, this will turn buyers away.
8. Let There Be Light!
Opening your blinds, shutters, and curtains is an easy way to bring in lots of natural light into your home. Homebuyers look for homes that are bright, clean and airy! Crack open a window and let there be a nice flow of fresh air (unless it’s cold or very hot outside). Make sure your home’s temperature is comfortable and the lighting helps showcase its best features.
9. Light Up the Outside
Light up the outside of your home or your landscaping with some cost-efficient solar-powered lights. These are easy to install and really make a difference when you need to highlight specific features of your home’s best qualities. Place these solar powered lights along pathways, throughout the landscaping or in places that are normally quite dark. A buyer will most likely drop by your home at night to see what it’s like and this can help persuade their interest in your home.
10. Finishing Touches to Enhance Your Curb Appeal
The last way to enhance your curb appeal is by doing some easy finishing touches. Repaint the front door, any trim on the outside and shutters if you have them. You can also replace your mailbox, add a new porch light fixture and add an inviting new welcome mat!
Need Help Selling Your Home?
Now that you know how to enhance your curb appeal, it’s time to find some San Diego real estate agents to help you make the sale. The Wolf Real Estate Team can help advise you on enhancing your curb appeal and all other factors that go into selling your home. We can help you sell your home in this competitive market so you can receive top dollar. Don’t wait, give us a call today or fill out our online contact form.