A sign of true curb appeal is if people see your house and immediately picture themselves living in the home. If you are getting ready to sell your home, this is exactly the reaction that you are hoping to elicit in potential buyers. While the interior of your home definitely matters, first impressions can make or break a sale. Keep these trusty tips in mind when preparing to show your home or list it for sale.
Trusty Tip #1: Mow your lawn.
Make sure that your grass is cut and your shrubs are trimmed. If some areas of your lawn need some TLC, make sure that you invest in new sod or some fresh flowers for the garden. A well-maintained lawn is the key to boosting curb appeal. While other factors will also impact your home’s curb appeal, nothing will make or break it like the landscaping.
Trusty Tip #2: Get rid of clutter.
This tip applies to both the front and back yards. While the front yard is arguably the most important factor affecting curb appeal, any serious buyer will check out the front, back, and side yards of your home. Stash your garden hose out of sight, get rid of any aging lawn furniture, and retire the faded children’s play set. A sleek, streamlined look will help buyers visualize themselves in your home.
Trusty Tip #3: Power wash every visible surface.
Your driveway, sidewalk, and siding will slowly become dingy over time. So slowly, in fact, that you might not even notice. Power wash your sidewalks, driveway, and front porch before listing your home for sale. You will be amazed at the difference this simple act can make in the overall appearance of your home.
Trusty Tip #4: Fix up the front door.
For most buyers, the front door will be their first close up view of the house. If you do not have the time or budget to repaint the entire home, consider sprucing up just the front door. A fresh coat of paint and shiny new hardware can entice buyers as they enter your home. If your front door was recently painted and the hardware is relatively new, you can probably get away with simply washing the door and polishing the hardware.
Trusty Tip #5: Hide the foundation.
If your landscaping is sparse, consider adding some flowers or shrubs around the base of the home. There is a reason it is so popular to have flower beds right in front of the house. Your home’s foundation is one of the least visually appealing parts of the house. Fortunately, this can easily be hidden with some well placed bushes. If you are listing your property in the spring, consider selecting flowering plants for an added boost of curb appeal.
Boosting your home’s curb appeal is one of the best ways to ensure a quick sale. To learn more about selling your home quickly and for a good price, contact our team by phone or email.