Now is a great time to list a home in Northern Virginia. There is currently a high demand and low supply of residential properties for sale—which makes the market very competitive. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see homes fly off the market in just a day or two!
Still, if you’re looking to sell your home, you should still take measures to prepare it for listing. This way, you’ll have the best chances of selling it quickly and for top dollar.
The Importance of Curb Appeal
According to one HomeLight poll, 76% of real estate agents reported that enhancing curb appeal was the most important thing homeowners could do to sell a home. After all, the exterior of your home (including its landscaping) makes an important first impression on potential buyers. In fact, some buyers may not even want to set foot inside a home if its exterior is lacking.
Boosting Curb Appeal on Your Property
Fortunately, there are some relatively simple steps any homeowner can take to improve curb appeal without necessarily spending a lot of time (or money) in the process.
Start with your landscaping; overgrown plants and weeds can take away from the appearance of a well-kept lawn. Spending an afternoon manicuring your lawn, pulling weeds, and possibly even planting some flowers can make all the difference.
Next, look at improving your home’s exterior. A fresh coat of paint on your front door can go a long way, as can new porch furniture. If your brick or siding is looking a little dingy, having it professionally power washed is a great way to get rid of debris and refresh your home.
From there, small touches can further enhance your curb appeal. A new wreath on your front door, for example, can make your home look more inviting. A stylish “welcome” mat can have similar effects.
The Bottom Line on Curb Appeal
A little bit of effort goes a long way in boosting curb appeal and bringing in more potential buyers. And of course, working on your home’s exterior appearance can give you a greater sense of pride in your property that you can enjoy before you sell!