By Angela Mia DiLorenzo
Curb appeal is an important factor in any home appraisal. First impressions do count and the front of your home can determine a lower or a higher appraisal. Home appraisals can be given for purposes of selling your home or refinancing and the front of your home gives the appraiser and any potential buyer, the first impression. Therefore it is important that you are able to give curb appeal for your home before the appraiser comes to value your home.
WHAT CAN I DO TO INCREASE MY CURB APPEAL?
The first thing to consider is how the garden looks to other people. If the garden looks to be a mess or overgrown in any way this does give a first impression of hard work and high maintenance. In order to get your garden looking at its best you need to consider things such as:
• Mowing the lawn
• Cutting back and trimming hedges
• Cutting back any trees
• Weeding any flowerbeds
• Clearing away any debris such as leaves
• Clearing away any animal feces
The neater your garden looks to the visitor, the greater the curb appeal of your property. Most people are looking for a garden that is easy to maintain and so if your garden looks neat but simple this will give the curb appeal that you are looking for.
Another thing to consider when looking at curb appeal are pots and baskets. Yes they may look pretty in front of the house but for many people they see clutter and maintenance. Consider clearing away any pots or baskets that could put off potential buyers.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I CAN DO TO INCREASE CURB APPEAL?
Curb appeal is not something that is just limited to the garden. Many people forget that curb appealis all about the first impression and this can mean anything that leads the eye before the front door is open. With this in mind there are other things that need to be considered such as:
• Fencing and gates in top condition
• Front door could be repainted
• Window sills need to be tidied up
• Any damage needs to be fixed
Anything that makes the front of your house look neat and tidy will help to increase the appraisal of your home.
HOW MUCH DO I NEED TO PAY TO INCREASE CURB APPEAL?
Many people believe that in order to increase your curb appeal, you need to spend a lot of money on a gardener. In actual fact this is not the case in any way. As long as you are able to get the front of your house looking neat and tidy you have done much to increase your curb appeal.
In order to help raise your appraisal, it is important that you get the front of your home looking as neat and as tidy as possible. Look to tidying up, weeding and mowing the front lawn to get your garden looking as good as possible. Also consider anything at the front of your home that can be improved so you are able to get your home looking at its best because first impressions do count.
Angela Mia DiLorenzo is a Broker, Realtor and Certified Luxury Home Specialist from Michigan Lifestyle Homes Group of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Michigan Real Estate
630 E Front Street | Suite 200 | Traverse City | MI | 49684
She can be reached at: Angela@MichiganLifeStyleHomes.com – (231) 632-5105