Whether we like it or not, we’re all guilty of judging a book by its cover, and home buying is no different. That’s why good first impressions can go a long way in attracting more buyers. Here are a few simple, cost-effective ideas for improving your home’s curb appeal as you prepare to sell.
Think Like a Buyer
The first thing you should do is to walk around your home with a critical eye, and put yourself in the shoes of a buyer. Take note of anything that needs repaired, cleaned up or just spruced up. Ask yourself what you look for in a home, and apply it to your list of curb-appeal-improvement projects!
Clean Up Your Yard
Spring cleaning should happen outside too! From raking leaves, picking up sticks, cleaning out gutters and mowing, to reseeding, adding fresh mulch and tidying up any existing landscaping, nothing beats the appeal of a well-manicured yard. Your landscaping doesn’t need to be extravagant, but a little clean up can make a big difference in delivering a great first impression to potential buyers.
Consider a Fresh Coat of Paint
You probably don’t need to invest in a complete exterior paint job, but think about touching up areas like your garage doors, shutters, trim, porch railings or the front door. You may even want to paint any ugly utility boxes mounted to the exterior of your house to match the paint color and camouflage them. If you do decide to paint the entire exterior of your house, consider updating the color completely to give your home a more modern look.
Add a Little Décor
Home furnishings aren’t just for inside your house, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money to spruce up the exterior of your home. A few easy décor ideas include:
- A bright, seasonal wreath for the front door
- New welcome mat
- Topiaries or lanterns for the front porch
- New light fixtures
- Window boxes or pots with colorful plants around the porch, garage or driveway
Update Your House Numbers
A quick, easy way to make a big impact is to replace your house numbers. Choose numbers in a font that complements the overall aesthetic of your home—whether that’s traditional, modern or something in between.
Wield a Little Power
While it can be a bit time intensive, power washing siding, decks, driveways and fences is a simple way to restore so many items to their former glory. And frankly, there’s nothing more satisfying than watching all that gunk disappear to reveal a fresh, clean surface! If you don’t own a pressure washer, you can easily rent one from a home improvement store to get the job done.
Need a second opinion about improving your home’s curb appeal? Space Simply agents can help! Contact us today with a quick note or give us a call at 515-423-0899.