Focus on Curb Appeal

Mike Capelle, Broker/OwnerMike Capelle, Broker/Owner

Today’s home sellers should focus on curb appeal and home staging above larger-scale home renovations, according to a new survey from Zillow Digs. Zillow asked real estate agents and interior designers nationwide to identify the most valuable home improvements for sellers, and the experts agree that minor improvements like landscaping and painting walls in neutral colors save money and attract buyers faster.

Agents agree that sellers should avoid costly projects prior to listing their home, as the increased sale price may not outweigh the time and money spent on the remodel. Instead, agents and designers recommend spending money on minor renovations that will bring the home up to current market standards while also appealing to the broadest number of potential buyers.

According to the survey, top projects for sellers are:

  • Curb Appeal: Creating a strong first impression is imperative as buyers begin making assumptions about a home well before they step inside. Spruce up the landscaping and tidy the yard
  • Staging: Home stagers recommend removing personal belongings and avoiding colors or furniture that are too style-specific. The goal is to make the home appeal to the broadest audience and number of buyers possible.
  • Invest in Small Home Improvements: Both agents and designers agree that sellers should never invest in a major renovation before selling. Small improvement projects include updating lighting fixtures, cabinet or door handles, and minor kitchen and bathroom updates.
  • Declutter: This sounds simple, but according to experts, it’s the one of the most important things a homeowner should do before selling. A clean, simple and well-edited house feels more spacious and helps buyers easily envision themselves in the home.

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