The curb appeal of your home could be make or break for the amount of showings you have. In the same way curb appeal can attract potential buyers through your door, a less than spectacular home front can also be a detractor. An attractive entryway or appealing landscaping can make or break a sale. If your home lacks curb appeal, many prospective buyers will reject it without looking further, or will try to low-ball you on price.
A small budget goes a long way, especially if you do some jobs yourself. Here are some ways to bump up your home’s curb appeal:
Clean up the clutter
Remove evidence of the bustling family life you all really have. Walk around the house with a garbage can, and toss any paper, plastic, branches, leaves, dog waste and anything else that doesn’t belong in the yard. Eliminate all but a few carefully selected pots and pieces of outdoor furniture.
Freshen the entry
Clean the front door and give it a couple of coats of paint. Repair, replace or remove damaged screen doors and storm doors. Remove everything, including furniture and pots, from the porch, deck or entry and give the entire area a thorough cleaning. Repaint or touch up where needed.
Add front-door color
A bright note of contrasting color can bring a home’s front door to life. The trick is to choose colors that complement your home’s exterior landscaping and colors.
Repaint the exterior
Repainting the outside of your home isn’t a low-budget option. But if the home is ready for a paint job and you can swing it, a new coat of paint seriously pumps up curb appeal.
Power Wash It
You will be amazed by the amount of dirt a good power washing can lift from your home. Renting a power washer for a day is also a good and affordable way to add curb appeal to your home. Another affordable option is to consider borrowing one from a friend to save on expenses. Pay close attention to the outside of your home as well as gutters, patios, walkways, and patio furniture.
Clean the windows
Have the windows cleaned or do it yourself, but don’t put your home on the market without sparkling windows, inside and out.
Mow, weed and trim
Keep the lawn carefully mowed. Spend a weekend shaping, pruning and cutting back overgrown shrubs. Mow neglected and overgrown areas.
Update Outdoor Lighting
An easy way to instantly add interest and depth to an outdoor space is to replace dated lighting fixtures with new ones. There are many lighting options on the market in a wide range of colors and styles. Most choices are quite affordable and you will be amazed at what a few dollars can do in upgrading the overall look of your outdoor space.
Add Some Flowers
Pick up a few beautiful sets of flowers from the garden center and plant them in a pot next to the front door. Colorful flowers will add instant beauty to the space and welcome guests into your home. Consider adding a few different colors to help create an interesting and inviting atmosphere.
Doing any of the above tips things can help boost your home’s resale value.