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When you’re getting your home ready to sell, one of the first things you should focus on is curb appeal. If your home doesn’t look appealing from the outside, many buyers will simply keep driving. The exterior of your home has to make a great first impression if you want buyers to stop and view the interior of your home. Here are some easy and inexpensive ways to boost your home’s curb appeal.
- Clean the front door and paint if needed. The front door is a focal point and it creates a strong first impression. Make it look stunning by cleaning, painting, and polishing hardware. A red front door will make your home feel cheerful as buyers enter. Also be sure to wash and paint the garage if needed.
- Wash all windows inside and out. You may not think about your windows on a daily basis but giving them a good cleaning will add to your home’s appeal.
- Clean around eaves. Make sure to clear away the cobwebs.
- Replace dated outdoor lighting fixtures. This is a simple update that buyers will appreciate.
- Paint or replace mailbox, if needed. The mailbox may seem insignificant, but all of the little things add up to create your buyer’s overall impression of your home.
- Wash the outside of the house. Use a garden sprayer and hose down the house and all walkways and paved areas.
- Freshen up the house numbers. Polish, repaint, or replace the house numbers. This is another easy, inexpensive update if you decide to replace them; new brass numbers can add some real pizzazz to your entry area.
- Add hanging baskets. Colorful hanging baskets of flowers will add charm to the front of your home, especially if you have a nice front porch to draw attention to.
- Spruce up garden beds by adding fresh bark chips and colorful bedding plants.
- Coil hoses neatly and remove any gardening implements that may be in view.
- Trim hedges and trees away from windows to add light to the interior space and give a manicured look to the exterior of the home. Make sure to keep up on mowing, weeding, and raking.
- Remove any dead or sick-looking potted plants, along with empty pots or other clutter that may be on your front steps or porch.
- Pick up after pets and kids.
- Get a cheerful new doormat. Doormats get worn out very quickly; getting a new one can add color and make a nice impression on buyers.
Follow these steps and your home will definitely not be a “drive-by!”