From Your President of The Lynchburg REALTORS ® Association
Tips for Improving Your Home ’ s Curb Appeal
Your home ’ s curb appeal is the first chance to impress potential buyers . Whether buyers are wowed by a beautiful and wellmaintained yard or are repelled by dirty exterior walls and an overgrown lawn can significantly impact your home ’ s sales price if you are thinking of selling it this spring .
“ When buyers pull up to a house , they want to be able to picture themselves living in and coming home to it . Dead grass and chipped paint can make that all the more difficult to visualize ,” said Polly Wooldridge , 2021 President of The Lynchburg Association of REALTORS ®.
“ Making sure your home is prepared - both inside and out - before you put it on the market could help it sell faster and for top dollar .”
Here are a few tips to make sure your curb appeal is making the best impression on potential buyers :
Clean your house . “ It ’ s not only the inside of your home that needs to be kept clean of dirt and grime , but the outside of your home should also be just as spotless ,” said Wooldridge
“ Clean your outer walls with soapy water and wash your windows inside and out .” According to The Lynchburg Association of REALTORS ®, washing your house can add $ 10,000 to $ 15,000 to the sale price .
A new coat of paint . After you have cleaned your home ’ s exterior , the next step is to apply a fresh coat of paint . “ A new coat of paint is like a face-lift for your home ,” said Wooldridge
“ But don ’ t try to make a statement with your home ’ s color . If your home is a wildly different color from the other homes in your neighborhood , it could negatively affect your home ’ s appraisal .”
A well-manicured yard . Your front yard creates your home ’ s first impression to prospective buyers , so make sure that your lawn is green and trimmed and your shrubs and flower beds are well tended . “ It is important to keep your yard neat , raking any fallen leaves and pulling any weeds ,” said Wooldridge
“ If there is a barren tree in your front yard , cut it down and replace it with grass .”
Repair the roof . If your roof is damaged , dirty , or missing shingles , it can have a negative impact on the value of your home . If your neighbors ’ roofs are well maintained or have been recently replaced , it will make yours look especially ragged . Sometimes a good cleaning is all you need to have your roof look like new . However , that is not a project you will want to take on yourself without the proper equipment ; hire a professional with the right tools and training , who will be able to clean your roof without damaging it .
By making a few simple changes to your home ’ s exterior , you can increase your home ’ s value and hopefully help it sell more quickly this spring .