by Jill Sloan
on Friday, August 2nd, 2019 at 12:32pm.
If you’re preparing to sell your home, curb appeal should be a priority. When someone is walking by or coming to your open house, the outside of your home is the first thing they will see. First Impressions Matter! If there is no curb appeal, potential buyers may never even set foot in your home. Instead of ignoring your home’s outdoor appearance, consider making some budget-friendly changes that can add appeal to your home without breaking the bank.
1. Landscape Your Walkway
Create a smooth transition from the street to your front door. A clear path will allow a potential buyer’s eye to look straight to your home, rather than stopping to concentrate on unkept landscaping. Clean your walkway, weed your landscape, trim back over grown bushes, add fresh mulch and create groupings of mid-size shrubby and florals close to the road and by your front door.
2. Hang a Wreath
Adding a wreath to your front door is a simple way to make your home look more welcoming. Consider a DIY wreath that is easy to create and cost-friendly.
Consistent upkeep is the best way to save money when it comes to your front lawn. You should apply a weed-and-feed treatment to your lawn as often as needed to supply the necessary nutrients while also killing off any weeds. Be sure to provide proper maintenance to your lawn mower and keep your mower blade sharp.
If you have a front porch, add an affordable outdoor furniture set. Stage your porch little accents and a fresh welcome mat. This can create an inviting space that will make potential buyers want to try it out and feel welcomed before they even put their foot in the door.
5. Consider Color Accents
If your door or shutters need a fresh paint job, consider finding an accent color that will help your house pop. It doesn’t have to be extreme, just enough to catch the eye of a potential buyer. Be sure to test your paint color alongside your siding or brick before fully committing. Freshening the trim on your home will make your home stand out amongst others that may be tired and make buyers feel like there is more to be done.
6. Out Dated Lighting
Lights are one of the first things I notice when walking up to a front door. The lights on the outside of your home are a good indicator for what is to come inside. If you have old out-dated or discolored light fixtures, carefully remove them and paint them and wash the glass. This is an easy way to clean them up and make them look fresh.
7. Restore Your Driveway
Your driveway can be a major eyesore if it isn’t taken care of. Fill any holes or cracks in your asphalt and apply a fresh sealer. A driveway that looks new is sure to help your curb appeal. A power wash can go a long way.
8. Power Wash Your Home/Roof
Sometimes, all your home needs is a good cleaning. If you don’t own power washer, rent one from your local home improvement store and take a weekend to power wash your entire exterior. Ever seen a home with a dirty roof? Hire a company and have them wash your roof. If left dirty buyers will likely think there is not much life left and write an offer that reflects that. Even if your home is relatively new, a deep cleaning can make it look like a new build.
Just like light fixtures, the next thing that is noticed is the hardware on the door. Spend a little money and replace the outdated knobs and hinges. It will go a long way.
Be the cutest home on the block and watch others follow. Your neighbors will love you for keeping up your curb appeal. Go be you and let us know below if you need ideas on how to spruce up your curb appeal. We would be happy help!