Make a Great First Impression
While you might not spend much time looking at the exterior of your home, it is the first thing anyone will see from the street. If you are listing the home for sale, making a great first impression can mean the difference between strong offers from qualified buyers and a house that stays on the market for months. Here are some easy ways to improve curb appeal for your property.
Invest in the Landscaping to Improve Curb Appeal
Landscaping plays a significant role in how attractive your property looks outside. You don’t have to do this work yourself if you don’t have a green thumb. Some landscaping tasks that improve curb appeal include:
- Improve the edging around lawn and garden beds for crisp, clean lines
- Invest in aeration and overseed the lawn in the fall before you plan on listing your home to keep the grass healthy
- Add fresh mulch to your shrubs, trees, and garden beds
- Trim overgrown shrubs and bushes
- Install a stone paver walkway through the yard
Give Your Entrance Some TLC
The front door and entryway to your home play a major role in the first impression that your home makes. To improve curb appeal, paint the door a bold color. Add new, modern house numbers to help visitors find your home. Replace the worn, faded doormat with a new one and add potted plants to the front porch.
Add Color to Improve Curb Appeal
Even in the winter, adding color with planters or hanging baskets will refresh the outside of your home and improve curb appeal. If you have a few weeks or months for them to grow and bloom, plant flowers around the entrance to your home and your mailbox to make it feel more welcoming.
Don’t Forget the Other Parts of Your Home
Don’t overlook other parts of your home’s exterior. If your garage door is worn or weathered, have it pressure-washed and painted. If it’s not working correctly or is damaged, replace it entirely, as you can recoup almost 100% of the project costs when you sell the home.
Pressure-wash the siding to remove grime and mildew. While you have the pressure-washer out, clean the deck, front porch, and walkways, too.
Add Landscape Lighting
Walkway lights, solar-powered LEDs, and other types of landscape lighting make your home look attractive and welcoming at night. There are many affordable options you can choose from to highlight pathways or architectural features.