Curb appeal is one of the most important factors in a home’s sale. It’s what gets a buyer to stop, look and really consider a home, and it’s the very first impression someone will have of a property.
And the sad thing? You really only have a few seconds to impress someone with your curb appeal. Just think, how long does it take you to drive by a house? Ten seconds? That’s not much.
In order to make an impact during that short amount of time, your curb appeal has to pack some serious punch. Flowers, green grass and a well-maintained yard are a great place to start, but unfortunately, those become hard (and expensive) to come by in the hot summer months here in Texas. Luckily, we’ve picked up a few tricks of the trade that can keep your curb appeal at its best – even when the sunny, 100-plus days are upon us.
Are you trying to sell your home? Considering putting it on the market? Here’s how to keep your curb appeal up despite the glaring sun:
- Set up an automatic sprinkler system. One of the biggest killers of curb appeal is dead grass, flowers and trees, and unfortunately, with the blaring Texas heat, these are a common occurrence. It’s just hard to keep foliage alive in these temperatures! To help combat the big, bad sun, set up an automatic sprinkler system to keep your yard and flowers properly hydrated all summer long. Be sure to set the timers so that watering only happens around dusk – when the sun isn’t around to dry it all up immediately after.
- Install some shade. You can also keep your yard in tip-top shape by shading it from the sun above. A great way to do this is to plant a large tree that can hover over your grass and flowers when the sun is at its worst. To determine the best place, wait until about 2 or 3 p.m., and note what angle the sun is at. You’ll want to plant your tree so that it blocks the sun from your grass and other foliage during this period, as that’s when its rays are most damaging.
- Think non-living curb appeal. Since flowers and plants can be hard to keep pretty in the summer, try focusing on non-living curb appeal instead. Give your shutters and doors a fresh coat of paint, put a summery wreath on the door, and upgrade your mailbox. Find ways to make your yard pop no matter what the weather’s like.
- Focus on the pathways. Your front yard is the doorway to your property. It should lead potential buyers on a journey and get them excited about crossing that threshold hearth and seeing what’s inside. To achieve this, invest some resources in revamping the walkways, driveways and other paths leading to your home. Repave the drive, replace old pavers with new, upgraded stone, install hedge along the sidewalk, and overall just make the path a more welcoming, inviting one.
- Treat for bugs. Bugs, just like the sun, love to come out in summer, and they can wreak havoc on your yard and on the environment surrounding your home. Make sure to have a professional pest control technician come out and treat your property at least once at the beginning of the season. They should treat for land bugs – like ants, dirt dobbers and others that can hurt your yard – as well as flying ones. Things like mosquitoes, flies and other pests are not a way to welcome your potential buyers!
- Keep it trimmed. With the extra sun and water, summer grass grows pretty fast, and what looks great one day and look overgrown and haggard the next. Commit to mowing, edging and weeding your yard at least once a week, and make sure you have the tools to do it right. If you don’t have the time or equipment to handle it, think about having a pro do the job. You could even get them on a regular schedule so that your yard is always in tip-top condition.
Are you planning on selling your home this summer? Don’t let the summer sun kill your curb appeal. Use these tips to entice buyers and get that home off the market fast. Want more tips? Need help selling a property in Schertz, Garden Ridge, Cibolo or another area city? Contact the experts at The Claus Team today.