It’s no secret that if you can draw in potential buyers with one glance at the outside of your home, you’re much more likely to make that sale. This attraction to the exterior of your home is what we fondly call “curb appeal,” and having it could make all the difference. If you’re considering putting your house on the market, there’s no need to break the bank. Here are just a few cost-effective tips on how to improve your home’s curb appeal.
1. No Pressure, Just Pressure Washing
No need to buy something new, just clean up the old! Taking a pressure washer to your driveway, siding, walkways, patios, and decks will get rid of any grime that builds up over the years and can make a world of a difference. If you don’t own a power washer or have a neighbor who can lend you one, big box hardware stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s will rent one to you. This seemingly subtle act can have the same brightening effect as a fresh coat of paint.
2. Spruce Up Your Front Door
As the entrance to your home, your front door serves as the initial introduction to potential buyers and should be treated as such. A bold door color can garner positive attention, making your door – and home – stand out. If making your door an interesting color isn’t your style, a seasonal wreath is another way to dress it up. From magnolias to eucalyptus leaves, this front door accessory will make a good impression on all who enter.
3. Lawn Maintenance
A well-kept lawn is essential for your home’s curb appeal. Pull your weeds, mow your lawn, and rake your leaves. This, along with keeping your lawn watered to prevent brown spots, will keep it attractive for potential buyers. Consider lawn alternatives like artificial turf if you live in a place where grass has a hard time growing.
4. More Plants
Make the front of your home look like a luscious green sanctuary. If you don’t want to go to all the trouble of putting in fresh greenery or flowers, consider installing planters outside your home. Either hanging or standing, in the entryway or outside your windows, the addition of lovely plants can quickly beautify the exterior of your home.
5. Make Repairs
We’re all guilty of putting off the tiny fixes to our home, saying “I’ll get to it later,” and pushing it to the back of your mind. It’s time to move those low-priority projects to the top of your list! That burned-out bulb, broken doorbell, or ripped screen door — making these quick repairs can create a drastic aesthetic improvement.
Each of these projects can be accomplished over a weekend, and the effect is invaluable. It can serve to impress potential homeowners and sell your property even faster. With a little time and a tad bit of effort, you will be blown away with the results!