5 Ways to Increase the Curb Appeal of Your Home
If you’re planning to list your home for sale soon, careful attention to curb appeal is a must. In the real estate world, the saying to avoid judging a book by its cover does not apply.
“My advice to sellers is to have the home in top notch condition with repairs already completed before putting their home on the market,” says Duffey REALTOR® Jean Waldrop.
The exterior of your home sends an important message about its character, and even its value, making people eager to see what is inside. This first impression sets expectations for the entire property for potential buyers, appraisers, and even your guests.
Keep your house looking young and inviting with these five home care tips:
1. Look at the landscaping. Curb appeal is about the whole picture your home presents, which includes your lawn, shrubs, and features such as flower beds and rock gardens. Keep grass neatly trimmed and prune vegetation for a well-kept look. Also give your home a thorough look from the street. Are trees or shrubs obscuring an appealing architectural detail? Does vegetation dwarf your home, making it seem small? Would a pop of color from some flowering plants add to the overall look?
2. Clean the exterior of your home. Because you see your home every day, you may not realize the exterior has become dull with a layer of dust and dirt. Freshen your home’s look by using a pressure washer to clean exterior siding, garage doors, and shutters.
3. Update with paint. Once everything is clean, consider your home’s exterior color scheme. Is it faded or outdated? If so, consider a fresh coat of paint. Or for a less expensive update, focus on adding color to the trim, door, and shutters to create a more inviting overall appearance.
4. Wash where you walk. The favorable impression created by impeccable landscaping and a fresh, clean facade can evaporate quickly if sidewalks, driveways, and patios are unsightly. Take time to clean these areas for a like-new appearance.
5. Dote on the details. Decks, fences, mailboxes, birdbaths, gazebos, and other decorative features all factor into your home’s exterior image. Thoroughly clean these items, repair any loose or broken pieces such as fence slats, and apply a fresh coat of paint or stain, if needed.