How to Improve Your Vacation Home's Curb Appeal

Posted by Team Donovan on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 at 9:19am.

Improving curb appeal is a good start to winning over prospective buyers when homeowners want to sell their vacation homes. In Kissimmee, FL, the thriving real estate market makes it easy for homeowners to earn a higher return on their investment. 

The following tips will help you improve your vacation home’s exterior so you can attract more buyers at a higher selling price. 

Cleaning Your Vacation Home Attracts Home Buyers 

Cleaning is the easiest way to improve the curb appeal of your Kissimmee vacation home. A thorough cleaning done over a weekend can enhance your home’s look and perceived value. 

Clean your home’s front and back yards, driveway, and sidewalk. Windows and entryways should be free of dirt and debris. Sometimes all it takes is a quick wash with your garden hose. 

For tougher jobs, use a power washer to give your home a “like new” look. You can buy or rent a power washer from your local home improvement or DIY store, making it easy to enhance your home’s curb appeal. 

Add or Update Your Home’s Color 

Updating the color of your home’s exterior and interior can increase its value in the eyes of potential buyers. But you don’t have to re-do your entire home. Giving your home’s doors, trim, and other accessories a new coat of paint dramatically improves its appearance. 

Before you decide on the colors to use, consider the design and style of your home as well as its surroundings. Check out current home design trends to see what’s popular with home buyers.   

Your home’s doors are a great place to start. Update its knobs and other hardware like house numbers to give it a contemporary look. The right color makes a great first impression on buyers. When seasonally appropriate, a wreath adds a nice welcoming touch. 

Don’t Overlook the Details 

Smaller details can make or break the appeal of your home to prospective buyers. Go through your home and assess its light fixtures. They should be in working order, and you can replace any outdated ones to update your home’s appearance. 

The right lighting enhances its security. Home buyers want a home that’s safe. Making sure that entryways and walkways have adequate lighting increases your home’s value. Lighting can accent design features around your home. Solar-powered fixtures are available and offer a cost-effective and energy-efficient lighting solution. 

Add or update window shutters to improve the look of your vacation home. Shutters can make windows appear larger and add color to your home’s exterior. Tip: Pick a shutter color that contrasts with your home’s exterior paint color to make it stand out. 

Sprucing up your front yard and porch area also pays dividends when it comes to curb appeal. Consider adding a tree to your yard, or place a bench around an existing tree. Flower boxes or container gardens are a relatively inexpensive way to freshen up your front porch.   

By enhancing your home’s perceived value, you attract more buyers willing to pay a higher price. Cleaning your holiday home and updating its look improve its curb appeal. Updating its design features adds to your home’s lifetime value as well. 

Team Donovan helps home investors buy and sell vacation homes in Kissimmee FL and the surrounding Central Florida area. Our team of European and American-born agents allows us to work more effectively with absentee owners and sellers.  Contact us at (407) 705-2616 to schedule a free consultation.