If you are putting your home on the market, making sure you take care of what prospective buyers see first. Also known as curb appeal, it’severything the buyer sees as they are sitting in front of your home. The right curb appeal will send prospective buyers to the bank; the wrong appearance will send them packing. Here are a few tips for small things you can do over a weekend that can make a big difference.
- Clean It Up
One of the easiest and least expensive things you can do to improve your home’s curb appea lis to spend a weekend going through the yard cleaning it up. Mow the grass, trim the bushes and any hedges, get rid of the trash, and use the hose to wash down the sidewalks and driveways. If the outside of the property is grimy, you can rent a pressure washer for under $100 and use it to clean the walls, avoid windows and the caulking around them. And never use a power washer on the roof. Use glass cleaner on the windows; it works far better than the pressure washer.
- Touch Up the Trim
You don’t need to paint the whole house, but you can certainly paint the trim, window and door frames, and shutters. It will make a huge difference in how your home looks from the street.
- No Shutters
If your home doesn’t have shutters, they don’t cost much and are much easier to install than you might think. When you paint them to match the trim, they are going to make your home pop from the street.
- About That Front Door
An ugly front door will turn more buyers away than you can imagine. You don’t have to buy a new door, sand the one you have down, give it a fresh coat of paint. Add a set of decorative metal house numbers. During the right season add a wreath if appropriate.
- No Numbers on Your Door
If you don’t want to put your house numbers on your door, consider these easy ideas:
- Plant a post in the ground with a planter hanger and put the numbers on the post.
- Paint the number on the vertical riser of a front doorstep.
- Paint the number on the curb in front of your home.
- New Outdoor Light Fixtures
If your outdoor light fixtures are a little dated and not looking their best, go ahead and replace them. Alternatively, you can spruce them up with a fresh coat of paint to save a little money.
- It’s the Little Things That Make the Difference
In creating curb appeal for your home, as in all things in life, it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.
- A new mailbox or at least paint the old one.
- Add a few flower boxes with blooms if the season permits.
- Use small sections of fence to hide the air conditioning unit, your trash and recycling containers, and your hoses.
- Consider planting a couple of new flowers and trees
All these items are simple, take less than a weekend to complete, and are relatively inexpensive. But despite this, they can make a huge difference in how fast your home sells and how much it sells for.