When it comes to selling a home, first impressions are important. If the very first thing potential buyers see when they pull up to your house is ‘run down’ or ‘needs work,’ it’s going to taint their entire view of the home – no matter how good it looks inside!
Committing time and money to the curb appeal of your home will not only make it look more attractive, but it will also boost the value when you do eventually make that sale.
Here are some creative but practical ways that you can transform the outside of your home and finalize that sale!
Make Those Repairs
First of all, address any visible issues that need to be sorted out. This means repairing anything that is damaged or broken before you start to consider the aesthetics.
Fix up brokengutters and roof shingles with a reputable company like Advanced Roofing Systems, repair or replace any broken boards or damaged sections of your fences or gates, and closely examine your home’s siding and exterior cladding for any cracks or damage. Ensuring that everything is shiny and new and in good working order will help instill trust in potential buyers and save you from putting out administrative fires later on.
Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
Once you’re sure that everything is in good nick, you can start prettying the place up. A fresh lick of paint is the perfect place to start! This is a quick, easy, and cost-effective way to make your home look gorgeous and invite people in.
However, making sure that you pick the right color can be an intimidating task. Remember that personal preferences should be put aside if you’re looking to sell – rather focus on a color that will enhance your home’s features and complement the look of your neighborhood. Something neutral, subtle, and classic will always go down well!
A beautifully landscaped yard shows care and attention to detail that will always be noticed, even if only subconsciously, so don’t neglect the lawns! Vibrant greenery and colorful flowers will catch a buyer’s eye and add a very attractive feature to your home.
Invest some time and money in creating a visually appealing and functional environment, both in the front of your home and in the backyard. When you’re happy with the design, make sure to keep it well-maintained too – mow the lawn, trim the shrubs, and keep it all alive!
Revamp Walkways and Driveways
Cracked and dirty driveways and walkways can be more of an eyesore than you might have imagined. Make sure to fix up cracks, remove moss and weeds from between bricks or stones, and give the whole area a pressure wash to make sure it’s clean and free of built-up dust and dirt.
You can even go the extra mile by lining the pathways with planters, flowerbeds, or even some specialized lighting for a nice feeling in the evenings. This sort of care and attention to detail can make all the difference to house hunters.
Enhance the Front Door
The entryway is the true “come inside” element of your home, so it’s always a good idea to spruce up the front door before trying to sell your home. Without going too bold or overboard, give the door a makeover by giving it a fresh coat of paint in a lively color that complements the overall theme of your house.
Replace old door knobs, clean and polish any glass fitted into the door, and polish the house number to make it all look like new. The rest of the entryway needs to look inviting too, so throw in a doormat and a few potted plants on either side of the door to make it look inviting.
Having lighting outside the front of your home not only brings a touch of elegance and detail but also provides an extra layer of safety and security. Motion sensor lights, or timed lights to come on in the evenings, can be practical and make things easier for arriving home after dark.
Not only are these types of lights more energy efficient, but they bring a feeling of warmth and homeliness to the space as well.
Conceal the Unsightly
Finally, do your best to hide away and conceal any eyesores that are visible from the street. This can include elements like utility boxes, air conditioning units, trash cans, etc.
If you can find a way to conceal these (even if only temporarily), it will help with the aesthetics of your exterior space.