You never get a second chance to make a first impression. That age old saying doesn’t just apply to you, it can apply to your home as well! So, make sure that the first impression anyone — including potential buyers — gets of your house leaves a lasting good impression. Amp up the curb appeal with these simple tricks of the trade. Some of them might surprise you!
Top Tips to Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal
- Power was the exterior of your home. This can reveal any loose, cracking, or peeling paint that may need fixing. Hire a painter, or do it yourself!
- While you’re at power washing your house, power wash those windows as well. Clean them on the inside, too.
- Be sure to remove any stray debris or cobwebs. Leaving these will make your windows look dull when you want them to sparkle and shine.
- Affix or replace any loose roof shingles.
- Clean out gutters. Replace them if they’re rusty, bent, or even if they look old or in disrepair.
- Rake up any leaves in your yard. Tidy up the flowerbeds or gardens, showing off your green thumb.
- Get rid of any weeds, dandelions, or grass that’s cropping up through the driveway or sidewalks.
- Trim trees so they’re not in the way of the roof.
- Make sure all of your lawn care tools and toys are stowed away. Make sure your garden hose is rolled up nicely.
- Put any bikes, skateboards, or scooters into the garage.
- If you have a basketball hoop, keep an eye on the net. Replace it if it starts to look old, torn, or dingy.
- Trim unruly bushes. If they’re starting to look dry or scraggly, no matter what you do, it might be time to get rid of the bushes.
- Install a motion detector light in the front yard. That way, if potential buyers come by in the evening, they can see the front of the house.
- Install low-wattage ground lights along the front walkway.
- Keep the walkway to the house, the driveway, and the sidewalks in front of the house neatly swept.
- Plant eye-catching and brightly-colored flowers in front of the house. Keep them watered and looking fresh. Remove any wilted, dead blooms as soon as you see them.
- Wherever the foundation shows, place a planter in front of it with colorful flowers.
- Give your front door a fresh paint job and replace the door’s hardware. Or, if the door can’t be saved, replace it.
- Paint or stain any wooden fences and repair any broken fencing.
- Replace your mailbox.
- Apply large, visible numbers to the front of your house.
- Keep the garbage bins in the garage — out of sight, out of mind.
Don’t Forget the Sides and Back of Your House
- Power wash, sand, and stain your deck and patio.
- Secure loose railings or boards on your deck.
- Trim the bushes and vegetation throughout your backyard area.
- Set up attractive, comfortable sitting areas in your backyard. Staging the outside can be just as important as staging the inside.
- If you have a dog in the house, make sure to clean up after them on a daily basis. If your dog tends to bark, keep them inside as much as possible to keep them from scaring potential buyers away.
- Be sure to remove any wasps or ant hills from your property.
- Put away all backyard toys and tools, and make sure your hose is rolled up.
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