Some homes are kept in pristine condition, and when it comes time to sell, they look great in photos. But, not every property you come across is going to have this kind of well-maintained appearance. If you spend enough time house hunting, you will eventually find homes that do not look so great, especially when it comes to their curb appeal. But, the crucial thing to understand is that mediocre curb appeal does not make a home a poor choice to buy—you just need to do a further inspection to see if it has good bones and has been maintained in other ways. If you want to have an easier time improving the curb appeal of the home you buy, you should prioritize a few things.
Curb Appeal Program
When you purchase a home, you are likely putting a lot of your savings into the down payment, which is smart because reaching that 20% mark will save you from private mortgage insurance. So, you may not have much money to spend on immediate facelifts, but you might be struggling with the curb appeal. It is helpful when you can find a city or neighborhood that offers a curb appeal loan program. This will allow you to start making changes right away, without having to worry about paying interest or fees.
Street Tree Program
The trees in your backyard can certainly make an entire neighborhood look better, but it is the trees near the street that are able to play a substantial role in making a street look safe and attractive. As a result, many cities will motivate residents to grow trees near the sidewalk and their driveway. Some cities go as far as offering to pay for the tree and for it to be planted in a problem-free and desirable location. They will make sure you do not end up with a tree that could cause sidewalk damage from invasive roots or grow tall enough to hit power lines in the future.
Tree Pruning Program
Cities work extremely hard to make sure their residents have all of the essential services they need. This includes electricity, and one thing that can get in the way of consistent power is damage to power lines. That is why you will like cities that offer tree pruning services to tame unwieldy trees. Otherwise, you would need to spend your own money to remove the danger of these trees and to make them attractive. So, getting it done for free will help you create and maintain a lovely curb appeal without increasing your total costs.
Not every city is going to offer all of these programs, but looking for ones that have similar offerings can help you transform your fixer-upper into a beautiful home sooner rather than later.