Great Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal
You’re getting ready to sell your home. You’ve dusted, painted, replaced, maintained, etc. etc. etc…but have you thought about what your potential buyers first see when they drive up to your home? If you haven’t yet, it’s not too late. The whole point of creating an attractive curb appeal is to make a great first impression and signify to the potential sellers that you have cared for your home. This is the first step to creating peace of mind that the interior of your home has been taken care of too.
Here’s the low-down on what you can expect when you sign up to giving your home’s exterior a facelift:
A good first step to enhance your home’s “street appeal” is to maintain a well-kept yard so that sellers quickly understand that you have taken care of your home. Whether you have a green thumb or not, get your hands dirty, do some weed pulling and get rid of any invasive vines, weeds, or other plants.
Laying down fresh, rich mulch can instantly brighten up your home’s look. Mulch can come in a variety of colors, textures, and mixes. Choose a mulch that suits your home’s style and compliments your plants. You can never go wrong with a rich red or black mulch to showcase your landscape. (Just be sure to not put down new mulch right before an event because the smell can be overpowering and takes about 7 days to subside.)
Neatly pruning shrubs and bushes will also add to the rich feel of your yard. Don’t forget to add some color! Adding in some gorgeous colorful annuals such as black-eyed susans, pansies or tulips can inspire a potential buyer and showcase your yard’s potential.
Additionally, a good scrub-down is a great way to freshen up your home’s curb appeal. Hiring a professional for a day’s work of brightening up your home is well worth it. Have them scrub deep on your home’s exterior to get rid of mildew, dirt, and other wear that your home has seen over time. If you have the budget for it, a fresh coat of paint is always a good idea. Pull a chip of paint from your home to have your local paint shop try to match it. If you feel like a paint color change is in order, we advise you to choose a neutral shade that compliments the neighborhood if you’re feeling like switching it up.
The front door is also a great place to use color to enhance your curb appeal. A fresh coat of paint will do wonders here. Add a few flowering plants in pots by the door or the magical home-selling topiaries that can flank your front stairs or door and you are on your way. During showings, your front porch and front door are really important. Many times the potential buyers will be waiting while their agent unlocks the property and they will be closely inspecting that area. So be sure there are no cobwebs and the area is welcoming. Another helpful tip can be to add a pretty wreath or welcome doormat to greet them. These little improvements could add up to big dollars when an offer comes in.
Also, please don’t forget about the roof! If your neighbors have done a good job of keeping their roofs up-to-date, you may need to rise up to the challenge. Only hire a professional to clean and shingle your roof if you aren’t experienced.
On a budget? No problem. There are still things you can do to freshen up your home’s outer appearance. Here is a list of seven small improvements you can make to boost your home’s curb appeal.
- Straighten shutters
- Clean out gutters
- Straighten gutters if they are sagging
- Move garbage cans and recycling bins out of sight
- Reseal cracked asphalt
- Rinse off sidewalks and driveway with a hose on full blast
- Update your mailbox and house numbers
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