4 Tips to Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal
It's common knowledge now that staging your home can make a huge impact on the sale and most people focus the inside of a house when staging, however, the exterior is just as important for enticing prospective buyers. Poorly maintained exteriors can keep buyers from even wanting to go inside. Improving your curb appeal can help increase the value of your home and increase viewer traffic.
It's not all just about looks either. Make sure exterior maintenance items are taken care of and that your home would pass a home inspection to avoid any surprises later on in the process.
When it comes to improving your curb appeal, it's easy to go down a rabbit hole and overspend. Here's a list of four key areas that will give you the best return and help you put your home's best impression forward.
1. Keep your lawn manicured
Taking care of your lawn should not be done year round. Staying consistent with raking, mowing, watering and weeding will go a long way in making your home look cheerful and inviting. Healthy green grass signals to potential home buyers that the house is well-maintained. Lightly water and rake bare patches, then try reseeding. This might seem like a tedious process but the results are well worth it.
Impeccable landscaping doesn't mean you need to blow your budget on flowers. Stick to low-maintenance perennial plants if possible and choose colors that compliment your home's exterior. You can avoid trying to replant entire flower beds by using containers and/or planters strategically placed around your porch and walkway.
There are three things that should be in tip-top shape before listing your home: the driveway, walkway and porch. Fix any cracks, fill holes and make repairs as needed. Not only will these repairs make your home more attractive, it will also make your home safer. You don't want potential buyers tripping over cracks. It's worth getting a professional involved if you're not particularly adept at this kind of repair work. DIYing could make the situation worse (and end up costing you more). Adding lights along your walkway can also help make it safer and appear more inviting.
4. Front door
Your front door should be eye-catching at first glance. A fresh coat of paint in an attractive color will make your home look fresh. Replacing old hardware and perhaps even adding house numbers is another easy way to make your door look brand-new.
Improving your home's curb appeal might seem like a lot of work but remember: a home that looks inviting from the outside will encourage people to want to take a peek inside.