Curb Appeal Matters

From the outside features of a house to the landscaping, real estate is one industry where a book (house) is most definitely judged by its cover. If your house doesn’t give a good first impression to potential buyers, they may not bother looking further. Curb appeal matters.

But by how much? According to a recent Washington Post article, investing 10 percent of the home value in the landscaping/curb appeal could have anywhere from a 100 percent to 1,000 percent return on investment.

But even if you don’t have that kind of cash to drop, there are still improvements you can make. Here are some of their tips for achieving a higher ROI:

  • Keep the yard weed free – preferably without the use of chemicals. That means getting your hands dirty.
  • Add some potted and planted flowering annuals near the front door.
  • Mulch and edge the lawn for a clean and tidy appearance.
  • Keep the lawn mowed and watered.
  • Paint the front door and get new house numbers. Improve whatever the eye will see from the street.

Even though your house may be a gem on the inside, it will be judged by its “cover” or outside appearance. A little attention to detail can ensure that your house has a positive first impression, and it can be the difference in potential buyers driving on past your house or stopping to take a closer look.

All blog information is of the opinion of the Loan Officer and is not supported by Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation

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