First impressions are important–especially when it comes to selling your home. Leave a lasting mark on potential buyers with these simple hacks for boosting your home’s curb appeal.
One of the most well-known pieces of advice Realtors give Sellers when putting their house on the market is to pay attention to your home’s exterior appearance. A clean, well-maintained front yard reassures buyers that the home has been cared for and instills an excitement to see what’s inside.
Likewise, a home with overgrown or dying landscaping and overlooked exterior maintenance causes anxiety in buyers. They immediately begin listing the projects they foresee when bringing a lawn back to life. Anxiety and frustration are the last feelings you want buyers to feel when considering a property for sale.
Putting your home on the market? Looking to refresh your home’s appearance? Here are some easy ways to add curb appeal to your home.
Paint the front door.
A fresh coat of paint on your front door can instantly refresh the home’s appearance. Refreshing the door with the same color revives the entry-way, but changing the color entirely adds a fun brightness, changing the home’s entire look. Bold colors are great for a noticeable, striking impression but be sure it coordinates with the rest of the exterior colors.
Clean and pressure wash the exterior.
It is truly amazing what a good cleaning can do for a home’s outward appearance. Cleaning the driveway, walkways, fences, gutters, and siding brightens a home, making it appear brighter in professional listing photos. Anything that looks a bit grungy should be cleaned.
Display house numbers clearly.
Replacing the numbers on your home can add a fresh look to the house’s appearance. Stylish or modern numbers brings a chic look to the home and helps it stand out to buyers. When switching out the number, be mindful to match the exterior lights and finishes to ensure a cohesive look.
Clean the roof and repair the gutters.
A home with a considerable amount of moss and debris on the roof can spoil its appearance, no matter how attractive the interior. Organic matter, such as moss, can leave stains and deteriorate the shingles as the vegetation holds water. It’s possible to remove superficial moss and dirt with a high pressure garden hose, though it’s advised to contract with a professional power washer. Be sure the contractor takes the age of your roof into account as hard washes can damage older shingles.
Manicure hedges and landscaping.
Your yard is the first thing to greet buyers when they approach your property for a showing, so it should look neat and tidy to give a positive, lasting impression. Trim shrubs to a similar size and shape for a polished appearance. Avoid letting any vegetation cover the windows.
Add greenery to your entryway.
Incorporating planters with plant arrangements to flank the front door with pops of seasonal color helps create that incredible first impression for your buyers. Keep costs down by using perennials or evergreens. Include additional coordinating garden decor for a charming, cohesive look.
Refresh your garage door.
It’s easy to dismiss the importance of your garage door’s appearance, but in actuality, the garage can take up a large part of the home’s facade. To update and refresh your garage door, you can start with a simple, thorough power washing. Fresh paint is another way to clean up the garage while adding new, faux hardwood creates a high end look.
With the spring market in full swing, Sellers often stress over getting their home sold quickly and for the most money.
The best way to accomplish this goal is to work closely with your Realtor to prep your home, both inside and out, and make sure it is “showing ready.” With tidy curb appeal and thoughtful staging, your home will position itself to sell quickly in this competitive market.
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