Curb appeal: 5 tips to help you up your game

 Curb appeal: 5 tips to help you up your game

If there is one term that has well and truly taken over the real estate industry over the past decade it is curb appeal.

It has gone from being a buzzword to something that every house seller in the land takes extremely seriously.

For those looking for a stronger definition, this page has it all. If, on the other hand, you’re just looking for some hard and fast tips to boost your curb appeal, it’s time to read on. Today’s article will cover:

  • How symmetry is so important when it comes to curb appeal
  • How internal decorations, like flowers, can make all the difference
  • Why you need to keep on top of your front garden
  • The power of a lick of paint
  • Why it sometimes just takes cleaning your windows

Let’s start with a point about symmetry and curb appeal. If there was one area to perfect, there’s no doubt that this would top the list. Having a symmetrical house is important for a number of reasons. Firstly, it makes your house look well-designed. If you have a symmetrical house, it looks as though someone has put some thought into the design of your home and not just thrown up whatever they could find. This makes your house look more valuable and desirable from the outset.

Secondly, symmetry is considered to be one of the key elements of beauty in art and architecture. It’s no surprise then that people are drawn to houses that have this feature as they are considered naturally beautiful.

Thirdly, symmetry leaves no room for error. If you’re looking at two houses that are identical apart from one having a different color door or window frame, you’ll always choose the one with the same coloring on both sides – it is almost human nature. Symmetry means there’s nothing to distract you from what’s important – the overall structure of your property and how it looks from the outside.

Next, let’s talk about some windowsill decorations, with flowers being one example. While you should absolutely be making sure that you have beautiful flowers lining your garden, you shouldn’t forget the bouquets which are based inside either. Whilst small, they will dominate a window, and really allow it to come into its own as people pass by.

As an example, let’s look at Avas Flowers. Avas Flowers are a big brand in the industry, but they have demonstrated some fantastic curb appeal effects over the years. This Avas Flowers page has a few examples for you to mull over.

As soon as they start to wilt, take them out and replace them with new ones.  It’s all about keeping your property looking fresh and appealing to potential buyers who will be ultimately looking for reasons not to buy it.

If you have a lawn in your front garden, keep it cut short around the edges so that it looks tidy and well-kept. You want potential buyers to think “wow” when they see your property from the outside rather than “oh”. If a property has a poorly kept garden, it can really put people off.

Next, let’s look at the power of a lick of paint. It may not be the most glamorous thing to think about when you’re trying to sell your home, but it can make a huge difference. If you have any woodwork that is starting to look a little worse for wear, make sure you give it a fresh coat of paint. It will instantly look brand new again and make your property stand out from the rest. Of course, you don’t even have to be waiting for the paint to flake off. Sometimes, it’s all about injecting a new tone to your property. Far too often we all think about redecorating the inside of our homes, even though the outside can grab those elusive first impressions and allow your home’s value to take off.

Finally, let’s talk about cleaning your windows. It might not sound like the most exciting thing to do on a Sunday morning, but it can make all the difference when it comes to curb appeal. If you have windows that are dirty or that need a good clean, give them a wipe down and make sure they sparkle in the sun. Clean windows show off your property well and allow people to see inside with ease. It’s yet another one of these easy-to-carry-out tasks, that can make all the difference in your battle against curb appeal.