5 Easy Ways To Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal
- Jun 27, 2016
When selling your home, first impressions are key. The way a home looks on the outside is just as important as what is inside and works as a tool to draw in buyers. There are things you can do as a homeowner to increase the curb appeal of your home in a short amount of time. Here are 5 ways curb appeal will help you sell your home faster and at the highest price possible.
1. Paint the Details
You probably don’t have time to paint the whole home, but painting details like window frames and trimming can make a big difference. If you have a small wooden porch then you could consider re-staining. This is also an opportunity to dress up your front door. Make a bold statement by painting your door very a vibrant color. This will set you apart from your neighbors and make your home easy to remember for potential buyers.
2. Front Garden Upgrade
Depending on the state of your front lawn, this could be as easy as cutting the grass. Clear the bushes and shrubs. Cut down unwanted trees and branches that could be blocking potential views of the home and sunlight. Clean up your garden and if you do not have one, a container garden is a quick alternative. Pick up some ready-made flower containers at your looking garden center or fill containers you already have. You can also add flower boxes to your window sills or hang flower baskets from your front porch.
3. Repair and Replace
A shiny new door knob can make all the difference. Replace old window shutters and screens and don’t forget 2nd story window. If your house number is rusty, update it as well. Your mailbox could need a facelift too, especially if it is old and rusty. Choose a mailbox that compliments the homes colors or paint the post the same accent color as your home. Make sure all outdoor lighting is working and replace bulbs as needed. Solar lights are easier to maintain and look great when placed along pathways. They also provide safety and security.
4. De-Clutter the Porch
The entry way to your home is a preview of what is on the inside and should be clutter free. Put away any old looking outdoor furniture. Hanging baskets are great but make sure they are not blocking too much of the home. Clear out spider webs and leaves. Place a new welcome mat at the foot of the door. Add symmetry by placing planters on either side of the door.
5. Time to Clean!
Make sure your windows have been cleaned inside and out. Put away any dog or kids toys that have been left out front or on the porch. If the porch is a hot spot for hangouts, put away any litter that has been left behind. Clean your garage door if you have one and it wouldn’t hurt to give your vehicle a quick wash too. Sweep the porch, entry way, pathway and/or driveway. Give your lawn edges a trim and rake all your leaves.