Curb appeal in real estate refers to the appearance of a property when it is viewed from the outside. The age, design, and condition of the property and the immediate surroundings go into determining the overall curb appearance. Frequently, potential buyers tend eliminate properties with low curb appeal. Here are 7 ways in which you can improve the curb appeal of your house without having to shell out too much money.1. Thoughtful landscaping
Landscaping is one of the most important things in determining the curb appeal of a property. Tasteful and colorful landscaping will help attract more people because they will be intrigued to see what lies inside.
Cut down or trim overgrown foliage, remove dead plants, and be sure to keep the grass cut to give the property a clean, maintained appearance. Whether you have a beach house in Watercolor Florida or a log cabin in Lake Tahoe California, the first thing people will see is your landscaping, so make it count.2. Give a thorough cleaning
Cleaning does not cost a lot, however, it can make a massive difference to the appearance of the property. The dust and dirt that have accumulated over the years can give it a shoddy impression. Clean the windows and give your house a thorough power wash to remove all the dirt, moss and grime. If you don't mind putting some sweat equity into it, you can do this cleaning and power washing yourself.
Once your house is all clean and ready, you can look to see if any touch ups are needed. You may not only need to touch up the door or window frames and shutters. Of course, you should consider a full paint job if your agent recommends doing so.3. Lighting
Another simple, low-cost update is adding new light fixtures. The lights at the front of the house can really improve the curb appeal at night for evening drive-bys and make for beautiful photography.4. Mailbox
If you do not pay attention, your mailbox over time can end up looking downtrodden. Make sure your mailbox is not in need of a touchup or repainting. You can also opt for a new one altogether.5. Roof
The roof can also play a huge role in determining the appearance of the house. If there have been any damage, it’s best to fix it up before things get worse. Since dealing with the roof can be tricky, always hire a licensed roofer. Make sure to remove any leaves or other debris that has accumulated on the roof or in the gutters as well. This gives a clean and fresh look to the house.
Danny Margagliano is a Realtor and guest blogger. His website is destinpropertyexpert.com. The area Danny covers is in the Emerald Coast of Florida, more specifically 30A. If you are in the market for your first home, retirement home or vacation home in the Santa Rosa Beach area, you can reach Danny at 850-830-4747.Find Realtors Now