Looking to increase your La Quinta home’s curb appeal? Like it or not, curb appeal will influence a buyer’s opinion on your house the moment they set foot in your driveway. We’re taught not to judge a book by its cover, but a house that fails to deliver on curb appeal will hurt your chances of a sale even if the rest of your home is flawlessly staged.
Maximizing your home’s curb appeal can range from simple afternoon projects to renovations spanning months, and even the smallest improvements can go a long way in influencing buyers favorably.
Do Pay Attention to All Parts of Your Home to Increase Curb Appeal
When trying to increase curb appeal, it’s easy to fixate on one or two parts of your outdoor palette, and wind up ignoring the rest. Thus, you end up with a beautiful garden lining the perimeter of your home and a freshly cleaned cobblestone driveway…and a dull, brown, and boring line where your yard meets the sidewalk. Take a step back before, during, and after renovations, and make sure you’re addressing the full package.
Do Projects Both Big and Small
Remember: curb appeal isn’t just about huge renovations. You don’t have to break out the construction equipment for a home improvement project to have merit. Small additions and improvements to your yard can have just as big an impact, and aren’t as big a strain on your time – or your wallet. Planting a small garden of attractive succulents to line the sidewalk and buying planters to frame your front entryway are just two ways to improve your home’s curb appeal in the span of a single afternoon.
Don’t Install High-Maintenance Items
That outdoor fountain might look stylish on paper, but consider the maintenance associated with it – and consider how a buyer would react to having those responsibilities passed to them. If maintenance and upkeep costs run high, buyers can and will count that as a black mark against the idea of signing that mortgage contract. Take, for example, the aforementioned fountain: buyers will have to clean and maintain parts, and take the severe hit to their water bill if they want to even enjoy it – if they don’t turn it on, it’s just a rusting outdoor paperweight. Similarly, don’t plant water-hungry trees or shrubbery. While they might be a unique sight, trees that aren’t ready for the desert will guzzle water, and will become a dry, dead eyesore if their needs aren’t met. Great curb appeal can come with simplicity, and that’s what you should lean towards.
Don’t Slack – Get It Finished Before You Even Put Your Home Out for Sale
There are few things less appealing than piles of dirt and construction equipment scattered around your front yard. When you’re getting your home ready for sale, finish up any renovations well before you start inviting buyers by. You may think that buyers won’t notice a little bit of renovation, or that you can explain it away. But remember: this is a buyer’s first look at your home. Make curbit count, and make sure it won’t be their last.
Curb appeal is just as important as interior staging when it comes to preparing your home for sale. Consult with your real estate agent for guidance and make sure that your curb appeal is solid on all counts, and you’ll attract La Quinta home buyers who are ready, willing, and eager to sign a mortgage contract.