Preparing your home for sale is not as simple as putting a “For Sale” sign in your yard. It can be, but don’t expect a quick sale or a sale that can net you as much as you’d like to make. One of the things outside of the listing price to make sure you work with your Realtor to get right is your home’s curb appeal. Your home’s curb appeal is the first impression many buyers have of your property, and bring potential buyers into your home. However, without an attractive curb appeal, it can be tough to generate interest in your property.
We put so much care into the interior décor of our homes that we often forget how important it is to make the outdoor space look just as good. But the exterior isn’t important only for the first impressions our guests will have of our home, and how we will feel about it, but also for the house’s value if we decide to put it on the market. According to the National Association of Realtors’ report, more than 90% of realtors suggest improving the curb appeal before listing a home because it is important for attracting the buyers. Regardless whether you are trying to sell or just want to make your home nicer, here are some ways to take your home’s curb appeal to the next level.
Make Your Front Door Pop
One of the quickest and simplest ways to give your home back the spark it may have lost over the years is to paint the front door. If you choose a warm bright paint, you will also make your entrance more welcoming. Furthermore, you can change the door knob to refresh it even further.
Show Your Numbers
Speaking of changing the hardware on your entrance, you can consider showing off your house numbers. Opt for larger metallic numbers which will not only prevent the postman from getting the wrong house, but also make the spectators say “hey, look at that house, it is so cool”.
Freshen up The Porch Furniture
Moving on to some more noticeable changes, porch furniture can truly provide a sight for sore eyes. Opting for nostalgic furniture pieces, such as rocking chairs, is always a win, but don’t let them look worn out. It will be enough to give them a sandpaper treatment and a new coat of paint.
Let There be Light
Outdoor lighting, from the very entrance all the way to the front door, needs to be part of a cohesive whole. Set up solar lamps alongside the pathway leading to the porch and once you’re there, think about an accent piece of lighting, such as a pendant lamp or string lights.
Look up to The Sky
People often ignore their roofs because they think no one will bother to look up, but the truth is that roofs are very visible, and as such, they need to be cleaned and fixed (if there is a need for that). Roof repairs require more time and material than the previously mentioned works. Besides buying or hiring aluminium scaffolding, you will need to get a pressure washer or a garden sprayer and spare shingles.
From The Floor up
Floors also need to be pressure washed to recoup their previous look. If that is not enough, you can try to repaint the porch floor or replace it altogether.
A Lovely Borderline
When people talk about their dream family homes, they usually include picket fences in the story. So, if you don’t have one, build one. Or repaint your old one with fresh white paint. Adding a borderline of roses on the inside of the fence will only enhance the curb appeal.
Greenery And Other Bright Moments
If your front yard has a lawn, make sure it is neatly mown and regularly watered. You can create an additional dynamic with bushes, shrubs and colourful flowers. As for the porch, decorate it with potted plants. Make sure the pots are also a decorative element (stone or clay are nice materials for that).
These Paths Are Made For Walking
The pathway leading to your porch needs to look charming and welcoming. Although gravel is the simplest and most affordable material for walkways, it is better to choose a more natural looking material such as stone or brick.
Seal it up
Imagine having everything in place, from flowers to the porch, and then someone looks and sees cracks in your driveway. Fortunately, a small-scale project such as resealing your driveway can fix that in no time.
First impressions are everything, for your guests and for potential home buyers. Make sure the first thing people think when they look at your home is “Wow, what a beautiful place to live in”.