Getting ready to put your home on the market? You only have one chance to make a good first impression to that prospective buyer. Since most of us only want to list once, it’s a good idea to check out this list of ideas to boost the curb appeal of your home. Making your home look inviting on the outside makes potential buyers want to come inside to see more. It’s easy to fix up your home without going broke.
Upgrade your front door
If you want buyers to come knocking on your door, you need to make sure that door’s in prime condition. A few subtle touches to your entryway will stop visitors in their tracks. Adding some inexpensive hardware (a knocker, peephole) to your door can help the cheapest door look elegant. A new coat of paint can also do wonders. A yellow door is energizing, while a red door is trendy and upscale. Upgrading the door trim can also help add some panache to your entryway. Keep in mind that taping and prep work is key to a good paint job, so while this tip won’t cost you more money, it can take a bit more time for a job well done.
Add a seating area
You can also upgrade your entryway by adding a sitting area. Regardless of whether your porch is open or enclosed, many homeowners neglect their homes sitting area. A porch is a great place to relax and decorating your porch accordingly can help visitors feel welcome. Even a nice doormat can help welcome guests–and it will also keep your home cleaner by providing guests with a place to wipe off their dirty shoes.
Refresh your landscaping
Proper lawn care and landscaping is a proven way to increase your home’s value. Being proactive with keeping your lawn maintained is a quick and easy way to upgrade the appearance of your home. Mow the lawn and trim any unwanted vegetation to give an overall clean look to your home. Don’t want to mow it yourself? You can hire a professional in Toledo for around $55 per service.
Trimming branches from trees and overgrown bushes will also help provide more natural light in your home. Adding bright, contrasting flowers is a low-cost way to improve curb appeal. A few inexpensive potted plants can spruce up an entryway. Try an interesting looking plant such as a cactus or some sunny marigolds to add purpose to your front steps.
Add a splash of paint
Consider repainting other worn elements of your home like your front porch, siding, and shutters. Painting or resealing these features can hide imperfections as well as give your home a fresh, vibrant look.
Of course, you don’t want to invite all wildlife–nothing says “curb appeal disaster” better than a family of skunks or raccoons living under your porch. However, adding a few cute birdhouses, bird feeders and birdbaths can attract a variety of beautiful songbirds to your lawn. You can even add hummingbird feeders to bring in these winged beauties and make your house seem like a welcoming oasis for all creatures.
Reseal the driveway
Many people overlook the purpose and appearance of the driveway. If your driveway is in poor condition, it can make your house look shabby. Reseal your driveway or add some gravel to make sure your home is attractive and functional at the same time.
Give it a good cleaning
A dirty home is an ugly home. You might not even realize how dirty your home is until you break out the pressure washer. A good cleaning can reveal beautiful home features that have been hiding under the dirt.
Light it up
The easiest way to invite people into your home–and to increase safety and the perception of security–is to add some lighting. Improve the porch lighting by adding new fixtures that will spruce up the area even during the daytime. Light fixtures are easy to install and can add drama and beauty to your front porch.
By spending just, a little bit of time and money getting your house ready for the market, it will be much easier for your real estate agent to market your home, and maybe even get more than the list price!
This blog was created by guest blogger Rebekah White. She is a writer from upstate New York. She specializes in curating content in her areas of expertise including outdoor living, gardening and agriculture, and education.