Everyone knows about the busy spring market when it comes to real estate, but fall can be just as active. If you’ve been following along with our blogs this month, then you should already have a few ideas about how to make your home stand out from the competition. We’ve still got a few more tricks up our sleeves, though. So, today, we’ll share some hints for potential sellers, focusing on our specialty: your exterior.
Create a Focal Point
What better way to encourage buyers to come inside than by sprucing up your front door? Your entryway should be fresh and inviting, so make sure you give it a thorough cleaning, including the knob and other metal fixtures. Adding a pop of color can also transform your curb appeal while leaving a lasting impression on potential buyers! You can go with the traditional red, or get more adventurous with teal, lime green, or the surprisingly popular black. Just make sure you pick one that complements the rest of your exterior.
If you’re really trying to shed a cookie cutter impression and create a more custom look, you may want to replace your standard door altogether. This investment of $1,000 to $2,000 could up the asking price considerably—and be well worth your efforts. Remember, though, if you’re adding decorations like a wreath or sign, not to distract from your recent updates!
Update Your Lighting
One of the keys to curb appeal is making sure potential buyers can see your home! (And your landscaping.). So, ensure that any outdoor lighting you already have is updated and functional, especially the lights around your entryway. You should also consider installing some low-voltage lights along pathways or in other places that will highlight exterior entertaining spaces. If you’re not an electrical expert, they make solar fixtures that you can just place and leave; however, they tend to be dimmer and less reliable. Try to pick options that match the style of your home and encourage potential buyers to come in for a closer look. Since it’s starting to get dark earlier, this feature will become more important as we move further into fall.
Clean Up Your Landscaping
No matter what size landscape you have, maximize it with strategic gardening. Once your home goes onto the market, ensure your lawn is well cared for and maintained. Prune back any trees that obstruct the view of the house (or are just looking overgrown after summer). Give your flower beds and garden a little love too! If you notice any dead or dying plants, be sure to replace them with options that will thrive in the cooler temperatures headed our way. Even if you don’t have enough space for an actual garden, you can still add greenery with the help of a small container garden and/or window boxes. After all, you want to attract green thumbs with your curb appeal, too!
When listing your home on the fall market, you can expect a fair amount of competition among buyers this year. Still, if you want to get top dollar, you’ll need to put a little effort into your exterior. Experts stress the importance of curb appeal for a reason, and all of these factors can influence a buyers’ decision to place an offer. While most of these suggestions are designed to be handled by the homeowner, if you need help with revamping your exterior, don’t hesitate to contact us!