Getting your home ready to sell can seem daunting, and you might be tempted to sell it “as is” instead. Adding a little curb appeal, however, will help your home sell faster and for more money. There are many simple improvements that add that visible first impression value without taking weeks of labor, or breaking the bank. This article offers suggestions of easy curb appeal upgrades you can do on a weekend.
Start With the Front Door
Whatever your tradition, a bright, freshly painted front door gives a sense of welcome and vitality to your home. So, make sure your front entry is clear of grime and clutter, and give it a fresh coat of a deeply hued paint that blends or contrasts with the rest of the exterior. If your home is in a Home Owners Association (HOA), REMEMBER to check with the appropriate HOA department for any color restrictions BEFORE buying the paint. If you have time, refresh the paint on the shutters as well. Even vinyl doors and shutters accept the correct paint, so check with your local home improvement store for advice on the best paint for your door and shutters. Make sure the finished painting is neat and clean with no overflow onto doorknobs, hinges or other trim.
Buyers often drive through neighborhoods that interest them, looking for the perfect opportunity. New, bright, clearly readable house numbers can put your home on the map. So, brighten up that brass, repaint the numerals, or replace them with decorative ones available at most hardware stores. Do your best to make sure prospective buyers can find your home as easily as possible. This may seem overly simplified. Even as a realtor, searching and showing homes all the time, you wouldn’t believe the number of times it’s been so awkward to find an address and, running short on time, we’ve moved on to the next address on the list. Don’t let this happen with your listing.
Planters and Flowers
Seasonal flowers in window boxes, pots, container gardens or hanging baskets make an eye-catching addition to any house. Make sure the pots, planters and baskets are in keeping with the house’s architectural elements. Keep an eye on the blooms, and remove any that are past their prime. To simplify upkeep you might install a simple drip or micro-irrigation system (available at most Home improvement stores). According to the EPA, micro-irrigation systems save water and are more efficient than sprinklers.
Clean up or replace an old porch light. Make sure the bulbs in the fixture cast an attractive glow over your entryway. Enhance your evening curb appeal with easy to set up solar LED landscape lighting along the walkway or driveway, or to highlight a particularly beautiful plant or garden statue. Solar LED lights are easy to install, have no wires, don’t use any electricity from the power grid, rarely require maintenance and come in dozens of styles and colors. Properly placed landscape lighting adds dramatic interest to your home. Sometimes, prospective home buyers drive through a neighborhood after hours just get a feel for the community. See what easy curb appeal upgrades you can do on a weekend to add night time dramatic affect to your home.
Clean Up Your Landscaping
Spend the weekend removing dead plants and shrubbery, trimming bushes and trees, mowing and trimming the lawn and removing weeds. A cared-for lawn has automatic attraction for prospective buyers. It gives them the impression that your home is well cared-for and well loved.
Call us and we’ll help you get started making your home a buyer’s dream. We can discuss specific ideas with you when we have a walk-around of your home together. Then, before putting your home on the market, we’ll give you a list of suggestions of easy curb appeal upgrades you can do on a weekend. With specific suggestions where to start, your home will be ready for the grand opening of a Broker Preview and Open House to hit the market with a great curb appeal. We look forward to meeting and discussing a systematic strategy to prepare and market your home.