The Value of Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Homebuyers base their first impression of a property before they even step inside. A home’s exterior is the best predictor of what someone can expect to find past the front door. At the very least, the exterior will determine whether or not buyers even want to take a look inside.

To maximize your property’s value in Harrisburg, we at Mummert Home Services recommend focusing on maximizing its curb appeal. Improving curb appeal may: entice prospective buyers, help homes sell faster, reduce negotiations and get top price.

Why Does Curb Appeal Matter?

Home sales rely on traffic. Curb appeal will make more people consider your home through photos or from the street. A house that presents itself well will show off its best assets; such as a well-kept yard, vibrant paint, sleek siding, an intact roof and orderliness.

At first glance, you want your property to have a “wow” factor. At a minimum, it shouldn’t set off red flags. When you have seen your home thousands of times, it’s easy to lose sight of what creates the first impression. Imagine seeing it through a potential buyer’s eye. Here are some things they will probably look for:

The Front Door

The front door signals to many what to expect before you walk inside. Imagine a dirty, cobweb-laden, paint-chipped, faded or scuffed up entrance. It shows indifference and lack of care. Now picture crisp paint, shiny door knob, and a literal welcoming mat.  Now the anticipation is high and the buyer is ready to explore their potential new home.

Inviting Landscaping and Trees

Landscaping improvements can be as simple or as complex as you want to make them. Start with the grass, patches make the property feel neglected. Then address the areas nearest to the door. Trim overgrown or dying bushes and freshen the mulch. Flowers and colorful plants add ambiance as well as character.

Installing full size trees can be a huge investment. Instead, make the most of what you have. Trim branches away from the house and mulch around the base.

Exterior Materials

Paint colors should be monochrome and soft to accentuate the design of the home. Loud, bright colors are a turn-off to most buyers. Examine the brick, stone or siding carefully. Over time, these materials easily become stained or dirty. Freshen up the appearance by low pressure washing to remove grime and reveal a fresh look.

Think Outside the Box

If you want to give yourself the best chance to rent or sell your property, here are a few more areas to tidy up:

  • Eliminate any signs of mold or mildew, and eliminate any sources of moisture that may be the cause of the problem. If the inspection report shows that you painted over instead of fixing the source, your negotiating power will drop.
  • Windows & Gutters: repair, replace or clean every surface..
  • Trash cans, hoses, lawn mowers and pool equipment should be hidden from sight.
  • Buyers will do a drive by so advertise at night. Feel free to add a decorative lamp to your front porch or string some sweet lights in the trees.
  • You don’t need to replace or reseal your driveway, but it shouldn’t be in poor condition either. Pull those weeds!

Mummert Holme Services Can Help You

Spending time and money on the interior is important, but it will be wasted if the prospect never opens the front door. Call Mummert Home Services for advice– let them estimate the cost of low pressure house washing. You might find that you can refresh the exterior without the expense of repainting the home.

Low Pressure House Washing in Harrisburg

Instead of destructive power washing or hard chemicals, Mummert can clean your home with a more gentle process. A professional power washing company like Mummert Holme Services will know exactly what combination and nozzle extensions to use to achieve the proper pressure, volume and chemical mixture to clean all surfaces thoroughly, effectively and safely.

Mummert Home Services is a locally owned and operated company serving Harrisburg, PA and the surrounding areas. Mummert always uses industry best cleaning methods and advanced equipment to make your home shine. Located in Harrisburg, they also serve customers in York, and surrounding counties.