The Power of Curb Appeal


May 8, 2015

Thinking of putting your Maui property on the market? Never underestimate the power of great curb appeal when you want to make an impression on prospective buyers. The value of a property is one thing, but its attractiveness is another, and shouldn’t be neglected if you want good offers. Here are our tips on enhancements that will pay for themselves and then some.

Fantastic Front Door: It gets a lot of attention, so why not polish it up? Clean it up, polish the door fixtures, add a nice new coat of paint, or replace it with a custom door. This can add so much charm and personality to the outside of a home. Just be sure to stick to the style that best fits the rest of the home.

Go for Greenery: Maui real estate buyers enjoy lush landscaping that reflects the natural beauty of the island. Give your garden a facelift with some new plants, and add potted plants to your lanai and front entrance. Look at your property with fresh eyes and make it your mission to dispose of anything that’s wilted or sickly. The message is simple and subtle, “If nature can thrive here, so can I.” The benefit of this investment greatly outweighs what it will cost you. For an extra boost to perceived value, add outdoor lights bordering your entry path and any other outdoor walkways.

Replace Old Hardware: Outdoor hardware includes overhead lights, your mailbox, house numbers, your mailbox and many other little functional parts. When you see these things every day over the years, you often won’t notice them aging. But they do lose their luster in time, and shiny new hardware adds a sense of value to the property, along with the impression that everything has been well maintained over the years.

New Paint Job: A new coat of paint on your home will go a long way in creating a fresh, new feel. Choose colors that are easy on the eyes. Neutral tones are the safest, and you should aim for hues that are complemented by your home’s surroundings.

Outdoor Art: Choose from tasteful items like sculptures, bird baths, and maybe even a small fountain. Water features are popular among high end properties. A small one may be just the touch your property needs. As long as your chosen accents are in keeping with the overall style of your property, a little outdoor art here and there is well worth the investment.

Clean Driveway: Pavement cracks can be repaired, so you don’t have to replace the whole thing. Remove weed growth in or near the driveway, and border it with plants or a substrate of your preference. You can also use stones to widen the driveway if it happens to be narrow.

New Railings: If your home has a lanai with railings that have worn down over time, you can replace them with good quality wood or metal. This may cost a bit more than some of the other suggestions on our list, but the visible difference between old and new railings is tremendous.

We hope these tips are enough to get you inspired to make the most out of your property. By the time you’re done, you may be so impressed with your handiwork that you change your mind about selling! As always, if you need any assistance with your Maui real estate, you’ll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

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