Tips on Improving Your Home’s Curb Appeal Before Selling Your Home
Sometimes while on a long drive or during an afternoon stroll, you may notice some houses more than others. You may like the stained glass feature on the front door or the beautiful, well-kempt front lawn with colourful flower beds. Some houses may have freshly painted fences and a neat driveway. Whenever you pass by such houses you may think “If this ever comes on the market I would love to make an offer.” or you may think “I would love to do that to my house”.
If you’re planning to sell your house then maintaining the exterior is just as important as the interior. You may have heard about the criticality of first impressions. The exterior will contribute largely in creating a positive first impression of your house. Many times prospective home buyers will request a property viewing, because they simply like the exterior of the house.
Many homeowners like to invest time and finances to enhance their home’s curb appeal. You’re probably wondering what factors contribute to increasing the curb appeal. The curb appeal includes everything from the exterior of the actual building such as the front door, outer walls, entry/ threshold and windows. It also includes its surrounding area such as the driveway and the front lawn (if they’re part of your house).
If you are on the lookout for some low-cost tips to help enhance your home’s curb appeal before a property viewing, then read on for great tips.
Clean the windows
Clean and gleaming windows are a simple and low-cost tip to enhancing your home’s curb appeal. Dirty or stained windows are easily noticeable during a property viewing and many prospective buyers can become put off with bird droppings on the front windows. So either hire a window cleaner to periodically clean your house windows especially during the time your house is on the market or you can opt to do it yourself. Attempting a DIY may be a little inconvenient and unsafe if your house has more than one storey.
The front door and entrance
Step outside and take a look at your front door. If it looks shabby, then you need to figure out a low-cost solution to make it aesthetically appealing. Considering, you don’t want to replace it with a fancier one, then you should try painting it to give it a fresh look. Think about adding some hanging plant pots for a welcoming vibe. Replace your old front door mat with a new one with Hello or Welcome written on it for the pinterest-esque vibes
Mow the lawn and trim the trees
If you have a front lawn with trees then you probably have your work cut out because you will need to mow the lawn as well-kempt lawns give a good first impression. In addition, trimmed trees are also important not just for aesthetic reasons but also for safety. Hire professional tree cutting services for trimming any trees in the vicinity of your home especially if their maintenance is your responsibility. Get rid of any garden debris as well.
Repaint the exterior and pressure wash the pavement
Whether you need to repaint the exterior or you can get away with simple pressure washing depends on the type of exterior of your home. If you have previously painted exterior walls, then you may need to repaint. But if you have brick exterior walls then you may get away with pressure washing. If your driveway has moss, then you will need to pressure wash it to get rid of it.
Leave out trash bags for rubbish collection only when prospective buyers have left.
Enhancing your home’s curb appeal for a sale is neither difficult nor expensive if you follow some of the tips mentioned above. A lot of these tips will be a part of your list of regular home chores. Hopefully, you should be able to enhance your home’s curb appeal and reduce the time it spends on the market.