If you’re planning on selling your house, it’s always smart to invest some time and money into your home’s curb appeal. First impressions are a crucial part of the selling process, and you want to set yourself up for success from the moment a buyer sets eyes on your property, both online and in person.
Whether you’re adding finishing touches to a pristine suburban mini-mansion, selling an ugly house you unexpectedly inherited or anything in between, here are a handful of the best ways to quickly and easily improve your home’s curb appeal.
1. Tend the Gardens
The visual effect of a tactful, well-cared for garden on a home’s overall appearance is hard to overstate. Trees, garden beds, shrubs, and potted plants can all do wonders in pulling together your house’s image by naturally providing an inviting, cozy feel. If you have existing gardens, make sure they’re cleaned and cared for. In addition, step back to your curb and map out what kind of other greenery can be easily incorporated in order to help bring your landscaping together.
2. Cultivate Your Lawn
Maintaining your yard can be tricky business even when appearances aren’t important. That’s why, when staging a house, it’s critical that you prioritize taking the time to properly care for your lawn throughout the selling season. Make sure you fertilize and possibly even aerate the grass in the spring. Then continue to mow regularly right through the summer. When you do so, don’t cut too far down — no more than a third of a blade of grass — in order to avoid damaging and drying out the lawn.
3. Remember, Details Matter
While it’s easy to tend to larger things, often it’s the little details that can collectively make the biggest difference. Here are a few detail-oriented activities to consider:
- Replace old doorknobs and locks.
- Paint the front door with a vibrant, fresh color that fits your home’s decor.
- Put trendy, bold house numbers in an easily visible spot.
- Clean the gutters.
- Get a nice, welcoming doormat.
- Replace dated light fixtures with stylish alternatives.
4. Decrease the Clutter
In the modern era, less is more. If your yard looks cluttered with toys or equipment, there’s a good chance it’s going to turn off potential buyers. Put up a shed to keep the clutter out of the way, clean out the garage to get more storage space, and donate unneeded items in order to clean up your yard and give your space a fresh, minimalized feel.
5. Reseal the Driveway
A dingy driveway can quickly take off some of the shine off of even the nicest houses. Having that blacktop resealed can be a great way to spruce up the driveway and get it looking neat and tidy. A similar attitude should be taken with any other floor spaces and paths, as well. Walkways should be patched and cleaned, and patios and decks should be restained and sealed.
6. Give the Mailbox a Makeover
The mailbox can be one of the first things that tips someone off to your home’s location. Make sure it is clean and tidy at the least. Additionally, if you’re looking for ways to get your home to pop, consider finding a cool, trendy mailbox option that complements your overall landscaping, too.
7. Pressure Wash Where Possible
Whether it’s stained siding, a dirty deck, or a sullied shed, consider purchasing or renting a pressure washer in order to clean away the years of built-up filth surrounding your home. The act of pressure washing your home’s exterior where applicable (neverpressure wash things like your roof!) can provide a fresh, clean upgrade simply by working with the things you already have.
8. Install Window Trimmings
A nice set of shutters on each window can be an easy way to upgrade your home’s curb appeal. You can purchase shutters premade or, if the cost is too prohibitive, simply make them yourself. In addition to the window trimmings, make sure that your interior curtains and blinds are pulled back when you’re showing your house, as open windows create a much warmer and inviting environment.
9. Take Things Online
Finally, once you’ve made all of the improvements you can, make sure to maximize their effectiveness when it comes to actually listing your home. Begin by taking quality photos. You may even want to consider professionally staging and photographing your home. Then, make sure to post them online. Remember, curb appeal doesn’t stop at the curb. It extends right onto the real estate website listings themselves.
The Importance of Curb Appeal
There are plenty of ways to increase the curb appeal of your home. However, the most important thing is to make sure that you go about the process by putting yourself in the buyer’s shoes. What does it feel like to pull up to the curb and see your home? What stands out as a positive? What is lacking? Evaluate your home’s situation and then use these tips to easily and efficiently improve that all-important first impression that your home makes on every prospective buyer that pulls up to take a look.
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