You never get a second chance at a first impression. And when selling your home, curb appeal is always the first thing your buyers will see. The presentation of the outside of your home sets the tone for every showing and is an area that should not be overlooked when preparing your house for market.
The basics of curb appeal are largely common sense. Keep your lawn well maintained and make sure your front yard is free of overgrowth, weeds, or fallen leaves. The summer months here in Tampa get particularly hot, but try to keep your lawn watered (provided there are no water restrictions in effect). If you have trees on your property, be sure to prune any overgrown branches, A 2 – 3 inch layer of mulch at the base of your tree can help regulate soil temperatures and keep your tree looking healthy even in those hot summer months.
Look at the difference some simple lawn maintenance can make on the curb appeal of a home.
If the exterior of your house has siding it’s always a good idea to power wash it prior to going on market. This can remove any buildup of dirt or moss that may be on the siding.
Make sure you have working light bulbs on all exterior lights. Shutters and exterior window frames should be in good condition and painted if necessary.
If the exterior of your home is stucco or brick you can power wash it first and then paint it to give it a fresh look. Painting bricks in light or neutral colors is becoming a very popular choice nowadays to give older homes a more modern look.
Look how these curb appeal changes update the look of this home
Landscaping is a fairly advanced topic and it’s usually best to consult a professional. However, if you want to give it a go yourself, try to keep things simple. Use basic design principles to layout your landscaping. Add some variety with different shapes, textures, foliage, and flower colors but don’t sacrifice simplicity too much. As things get busier it tends to overwhelm buyers.
Consider balance when approaching your landscaping. Formal Balance is when your landscaping is a mirror image on both sides. Asymmetrical Balance is when both sides have similar sizes, but are not exactly the same.
Formal Balance Asymmetrical Balance
When choosing plants, there are three types used for different purposes. Specimen Plants are usually planted alone to call attention to a specific area like the front door or to serve as a focal point in the overall landscape design.
Key Plants are often used to soften or cover features like corners, fences, or transitions in architecture. Think trees or large bushes.
Accent Plants are usually planted alone or in groups of three to provide interesting effects like flowering at certain times of the year.
There are other issues to consider when landscaping, such as scale and sequencing of plants. However, these are more complex and normally require more time than you have while preparing to sell a house. However I’d highly recommend speaking with landscape professional and coming up with a plan to create an incredible landscape and boost your curb appeal.
I'm happy to give curb appeal suggestions for every home that I list. If you’d like some ideas on how to make the exterior of your home as impressive as the inside, call me today to arrange a free consultation.
Hopefully you found this guide useful in your Tampa home sale. If you have any questions on this process, feel free to contact Stephen Dispensa of Real Broker LLC. and Tampa Real Estate Secrets:
Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
Real Broker, LLC.
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