No matter what you think of your building, if buyers think it’s unattractive, you’re going to have a hard time selling or renting it out. The market has been a wild ride over the last four years, and it’s no mystery why so many people seem lost when it comes to figuring out what they can do to help their property’s chances of being chosen.
These are the most important things to know about boosting curb appeal, why it’s important, and how you can set your building apart in no time.
Why Curb Appeal Matters
Curb appeal is the king of getting people in the door to look at your property and consider renting or buying from you. Although plain-appearing buildings can still sell, good curb appeal is the best way to get your property noticed quickly.
Having an appealing exterior can boost the building’s value by 5 to 11%, and is shown to aid in helping the property sell or get rented out faster than less appealing buildings. Thankfully, this is often the most affordable fix you can do since a lot of it comes down to maintenance and repairs.
1. Get the Right Siding
Siding can say a lot about a property! Stucco is the most obvious choice since it’s one of the oldest siding materials we’ve used. Although EIFS stucco strays away from the original recipe in its own way, it’s worth it to use a product that’s so attractive and doesn’t add anything harmful to the environment it’s in.
Of course, stucco isn’t for every area, which is why you need to pay attention to what the local style is.
2. Understand the Local Style
The local style is something that you can see when you drive on almost any street in your neighborhood or city. These will be patterns that pop up that are hard to deny. From specific brick colors to roofing materials, the type of driveway, the style of windows, and lawn decor, all of this is usually regional.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t be wild and have fun with it, but it does mean that you need to stop and think about what would make your home sell well in the market you’re in.
3. Use Native Plants to Your Advantage
Native plants are the best way to boost curb appeal while also reducing the amount of maintenance you need to keep up with. Many people live in areas that don’t support green lawn grass, yet spend hundreds a month watering and tending it so that it will stay somewhat green year-round. This is expensive and has become a sour topic in the current times.
Using plants that are native to the area you live in ensures that you’re creating a lawn that needs as little maintenance as possible, looks incredible in the environment it’s in, and is affordable to tend to. These are often plants that can handle the abundance or lack of water where you live, so they’re a great fit for most people.
4. Stop Standing Water From Happening
Standing water is one of the worst things that can happen to curb appeal. This flaw can drive buyers away and have neighbors worried about their own lawns. Instead of letting it get to this point, it’s a good idea to install landscape drains and some landscape drainage grates to knock out as much water as possible.
This addition will pull the moisture down and away from your home and will give your property the break it needs to avoid flooding.
5. Create Entertainment Space Outside
Everyone wants their home to be the hot summer spot to hang out, but with a tiny yard, it can feel like you’re not an option. Many have been turning to rooftop flooring tiles to create a different kind of deck. These spaces give you a bird’s eye view of your neighborhood and a fun chance to get some fresh air in a unique way. This is a great way to add value and interest.
6. Pay Attention to Your Budget
One of the most common issues people come up with when remodeling is forgetting to pay attention to their budget. The exterior of your home is equal parts expensive and affordable to upgrade, depending on which projects you put the most focus into. Before you start anything, it’s a good idea to stop, set a budget and a timeline for yourself, and try not to waver from that as much as possible. Over time, this will become easy for you, but for most people, it’s the most stressful part of their first remodels.
Curb Appeal is Everything to the Buyers
Whether you’re planning on selling immediately or want to rent for the next ten years, your curb appeal will affect the success you see. Consider reaching out to Intempus Realty to help your property sell or rent faster!