I’ve heard it, you’ve heard it, and practically everyone who’s tried selling their home has heard it from real estate experts and marketing gurus alike: improve your curb appeal.
But what does curb appeal actually mean? How does curb appeal help improve your home sale? How do you actually improve your curb appeal?
Here are your answers:
What is curb appeal and how does it help improve home sale?
Curb appeal is only the semi-literal term for ‘first impression’ of a home sale. Curb, apparently, is that part of the house that faces the main road – and is thus the first thing that your potential buyers will see before they even see your magnificent oak floors and granite kitchen tabletop (like those in luxurious condominiums in KLCC) or whatever is very impressive and buy-worthy about your home.
‘Curb appeal’ includes your front yard, lawn, your gate (if you have some), and your doors and terrace (or practically whatever makes the front of your house).
Curb appeal is very important because, as earlier mentioned, whatever is inside is secondary. Your curb appeal brings the potential buyer further into the house. Sometimes, even the best and most beautiful home interiors are clouded by the image of an unattractive frontage. You could have the most posh and grandest of living rooms but if you’re housing a mini-jungle in your front yard instead of a prettily manicured lawn, you might be saying bye-bye to a grand home deal.
Or, you may have the most beautiful of floor tiles, but if your potential buyers enter through a creaky, old ugly door, then they might not even move any further to see the exit door.
How pretty your frontage is what draws buyers to go deeper and further into the house. If you’re lucky, the right improvements may even help raise your home value and sell it quickly too! These days, older condominiums such as Pantai Towers and Bangsar Permai in Bangsar, are applying fresh coat of paint to give these relatively old properties an instant facelift in the hopes of raising their asking prices.
How do you improve your curb appeal?
Like most everything else in home improvements relative to home sales, the secret to success both in essence of aesthetics and finances, is to keep it simple. Simplicity is beauty. And it should be found in all aspects of the curb.
The job is actually quite simple for the most part. Start with whatever needs repairs. Creaky hinges? Gates and fences falling off? Go ahead and get them oiled, repaired and replaced.
Next, and one of the most crucial and yet most common, is the lawn. No you don’t have to go all-out with expensive landscaping and install fountains and angel statuettes. If it does not suit the home style, don’t. The easy way is to keep the lawn manicured and put some nicely blooming flowers for that unmistakable homey touch. And it’s quite an inexpensive improvement too!
Next is to make sure to de-clutter. The clutters of home living can actually cover the beauty of a really nice home. SO rid the front yard of your kids’ toys or of old baggage at home. Make it clean, make it appealing, make it look livable. Your house may be in the posh Villa Mont Kiara, but if it’s full of clutter, its aesthetic value decreases significantly.
Improving your curb appeal may actually help the whole home sale advance more quickly.
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Preparing Your Home
Home selling is NOT necessarily cheap. Before you make big bucks off of your home, you would have to spare some cash to improve your house and make it ready for selling. This is just one of the many things that your real estate agent does not tell you. For whatever reason, you as a homeowner and would-be home seller should know this bit of fact.
See, home selling banks on good staging to make a home sale. If you’ve ever seen an episode of the reality show ‘Sell My House’, you would definitely know that staging a house and making it ready for sale is no easy thing especially on the pocket.
One episode of the show rounded up as much as $30,000 to strip off walls and renovate the whole house and make it “ripe enough” for a great sale. It seems huge but thanks to their big guns aka TV producers and their endless budget, that was easy-breezy.
But for the rest of us who are not backed by TV tycoons and advertising money, and those among us who would have to get the home sold with as little damage to savings for the next big move as possible, how do you sell your house on a really tight budget?
Here are some tips:
- Go minimalist on home staging. The great thing about today is that modern interior design has revived the great “the simpler the better” motto is back in trend. That is why it should not be too difficult for you to make the necessary aesthetic improvements for your home staging even with a very limited budget. Use existing furniture, take out some of them, and should you need to paint – stick with two or three hues that complement each other. Not sure about the colors? Consult a paint expert at your local hardware as to what colors match which. Here are secrets of home staging to get you started!
- Yard sale! What could be more fun than a moving out yard sale? Putting up a garage sale will hit two birds with one stone: for one, you are getting rid of some furniture pieces that you wouldn’t want in your new house but would be better off outside of the old house anyway, and two, you are earning some extra cash. SO go ahead and rummage through your stuff and earn your big bucks on your big yard sale weekend.
- Make the most of free advertising. In today’s modern world of smartphones and tablets, as far as marketing is concerned, word-of-mouth advertising is still the best way to market something around. So go ahead and tell your friends about your home listing. Whether or not you’ve hired someone to do it for you, it is imperative that you as homeowner would get yourself involved in the whole process. And of course, because everyone’s practically on the internet, don’t forget to make your presence in the worldwide web known.
Home staging is as difficult and as expensive as you make them. Use the internet and your every other available resource to market your hose in the most budget friendly way possible. Good luck on selling!
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