Curb Appeal tips – more than just what meets the eye!
When getting your home ready for the market, people will often concentrate on the inside of your home- as you should! But the first impression really starts right when the buyers pull up out front.
Here are 5 simple ways to improve your curb appeal, and get buyers thinking “YES!” right from the start!
- Start with CLEAN! Cobwebs and dust are never welcoming, and can often make finishes seem tired and dated, even when they’re not. One of the cheapest and easiest ways to make a great first impression is to give your front entrance a good clean. Wipe down the front door and threshold, and clean the light fixtures too. Give the front step a good sweep and wash, and wash the exterior windows. Once you start, it’s often surprising just how dirty it was!
- Get LIT! Ensure your outdoor light bulbs are not burnt out. For evening showings. It amazing how much more welcoming it can be to add some simple, inexpensive solar lights along the front walk or driveway, or to accent landscaping etc.
- Snow/Grass: This is an important one. Nothing makes a home appear as though it hasn’t been well cared for than a wild looking lawn, or trudging through snow that hasn’t been cleared well. Ensure the grass is cut, and e sure to trim along the edges, fence etc. Pull unsightly weeds, and consider spreading a bit of topsoil and quick-growing grass seed to plump up the lawn. In winter, having the walk and driveway cleared right down to the pavement makes a big difference not only in a welcoming impression, but your buyers’ safety as well.
- If it’s broke- fix it! Peeling paint is an eyesore, and really stands out. It also starts the thought in a buyer’s mind “this place needs work”, and affects their mindset when it comes to making an offer. Loose doorknobs, railings, wonky gates – fix it now for a greater impact.
- Add some welcoming touches! It’s amazing the impact of a few seasonal touches at the front step: pumpkins a fall flowers, a nice doormat, spring flowers, even winter evergreens and a wreath can just add a lovely welcoming touch, that sets the showing off on the right foot!