Curb appeal is one of the big buzz terms in real estate, and for good reason. There are few things more vital to selling a home than making a good impression on prospective buyers when they pull up in front of the house for the first time. There are plenty of ways that you can improve the curb appeal of your home, and you don’t need to spend a lot of money to do it. Here are some ideas to help you boost the appeal of your home without breaking the bank.
If you have decent painting skills, painting your front door is a great way to make your home look more appealing. Look for a color that makes your door stand out from the rest of the porch, but don’t go with something that clashes too much. If you’re not great with color, just ask someone who is. While you’re painting the front door, if you have windows nearby it, consider painting the frames, as well. Not only does painting the door and windows give your home some visual pizazz, it also covers up wear and tear that can make the wrong impression on the buyers.
During the summer, home improvement stores--and even grocery stores--tend to have a lot of potted plants available that you can put out on the porch for visual appeal. They’re usually quite inexpensive and, because they come already grown and in an appropriate container, there’s really nothing you need to do other than put them out on the porch and keep them watered. For very little money and work, you can make your home look much more inviting.
Hosing off the exterior of the home is a fast and easy way to get rid of dirt and grime, but you can do better than that with just a bit of cleaner and some elbow grease. Make sure all the windows on the house are clean, of course, but look to the areas that people tend to miss. These include:
? Porch lights, give the fixture a good scrubbing, but make sure to turn off the power first!
? Window sills and frames often need a good cleaning
? Supports, columns, and other structural features
? Stairs and surfaces often benefit from a good scrubbing, as well
Clean porches are very inviting. Combine that with some good aesthetic improvements and your home will be much more appealing to potential buyers. If you need more advice about curb appeal, ask us!