When preparing your home to sell, it is important to think about how to best appeal to potential buyers. How can you make them feel like they’re already home before they’ve even stepped in the front door?
From simple landscaping to touch-ups and essential upgrades, we’ve compiled a list of curb appeal tips anyone can follow before placing their home on the market.
- Trim shrubs, add greenery with planters and window boxes and add lights to landscaping. One of the easiest ways to add to your home’s curb appeal is by adding landscaping. This can be by trimming the shrubs, adding planters and window boxes, and lighting up your front lawn. Overgrown greenery can look uncared for and distract from the appearance of your home. Use your landscaping to create a beautiful showcase.
- Pressure wash EVERYTHING. A simple way to clean up the appearance of your home, walkway, porch, driveway, or balcony is to use a pressure washer. Think about it – it’s like giving your home a good wash before dressing it up. Pressure washers remove algae, grime, and mold from pretty much any surface on the outside of your home.
- Paint door or any spots on your house that need to be touched up and replace hardware. Some homeowners think they must repaint their entire house before putting it on the market, but it can be helpful to know that a few touch-ups go a long way. You can simply scrape a piece from the siding of your front door and bring it to any home improvement store for a color match.
While you’re at it, make sure all the hardware around your home, from doors or windows, is polished and looking good. Though seemingly small, these simple touch-ups can change the entire look of your home.
- Redo/Fix up the walkway with new stones and pull weeds. Wear and tear are normal when it comes to all aspects of your home – especially when it comes to your front walkway. Over time, stones may get cracked or broken and will most likely require some repair. Another important step to grooming your front walkway is to pull up any weeds and pressure wash, if necessary.
- Create a welcoming entryway, upgrade the front porch light, add seating to the front porch. You want potential buyers to feel like they’re standing in front of their new home. A great way to do that is by creating a welcoming entryway that brings people together and makes them feel comfortable. Adding warm lighting, potted plants, or furniture to a front porch or entryway is a great way to create a pleasant environment.
- Use bold, bright colors for both painting and planting. You want to get potential buyer’s attention by making them take a closer look. A great way to do this is by bringing in bright, bold colors to your home, in the form of plants or greenery. You can also achieve this by painting your shutters, mailbox, or front door. The goal is to make your home as memorable as it is welcoming.
- Repair or replace your fence or mailbox. Some homeowners will tend to focus their attention on the physical house and may forget to consider other important elements of the property, which are often things potential buyers will see first. If you have a free-standing mailbox in front of your home, or a fence that needs repair, make sure to spend time attending to these special details. They are often the buyer’s first impression.
- Update siding; add shutters. If you haven’t done so in a while, it may be time to update your siding to create a more modern look. In addition, it can be a good idea to add shutters to your windows, which adds another small, thoughtful touch.
- Clean roof and gutters. It certainly isn’t glamorous work, but the time spent cleaning your roof and gutters will be well worth it when you start showing your home. Like a power wash and a good coat of paint, attending to these important areas will showcase your home in the best light possible.
- Fix driveway and upgrade garage doors. Another important element to focus on is your driveway. Like your walkway, it is only normal to have wear and tear to your driveway from years of use. This can be easily fixed through power washing, patching, or completely relaying. Likewise, make sure to repair or even repaint your garage doors, as these are just as important as the appearance of the front of your house.