Curb appeal is important for anyone trying to sell their home, since it’s the first impression prospective buyers have. Often, just cleaning up and taking care of your lawn is a big help, but it’s not enough if you’re competing with other sellers in the same area. Here are some hints to help you get ahead of the game.
For most people, the garage serves a practical purpose, holding your vehicles — or possibly just storage. But chances are the garage door takes up quite a bit of the outer facade of your home, and making it look nice could give a big boost to curb appeal. Repaint the trim or the garage door itself, or even fully replace the door if it’s showing signs of wear. Another functional-yet-aesthetic addition is lawn or patio furniture. Outdoor seating makes your home feel welcoming. On the more artistic side, yet still serving some purpose, are fixtures such as wind chimes or bird baths. Purely artistic sculptures also boost curb appeal. Whatever type of art features you use, it’s a good idea to position them symmetrically. There are some people for whom asymmetry as a certain appeal, but for most, symmetry is preferable. Once you have some ideas, it’s best to get a second opinion from friends or neighbors. Most homeowners have trouble assessing their own home with a critical viewpoint.