Imagine this: a couple of very eager buyers are ready to purchase in your area. They’ve narrowed their list to four potential properties – and yours has made the cut. But then they decide to take a quick drive and check out their options firsthand, before setting up showings with their Realtor.
When these buyers drive by your home, how will it stack up against the other listings in your neighborhood? Even if you consider your home well-maintained, if it doesn’t meet – or exceed – the curb appeal of other nearby properties, you’re going to have a hard time getting people through the front door.
If you’re ready to make your home stand out from the competition, here are 12 easy ways that you can boost your curb appeal today:
- Revitalize the Front Door
Your front door is not only the entryway to your home – it’s also one of the first things that potential buyers will notice. Make a big improvement to your curb appeal by adding a new coat of paint or simply replacing the door altogether.
- Get a Green Lawn
Few thing can make a property look plain and uninviting like a brown lawn. Before you list your home, make sure to give the yard a healthy dose of fertilizer, and check to ensure that your irrigation lines and sprinklers are all in good working condition.
- Replace Worn Hardware
Looking for a quick refresh? Upgrade any weather-worn hardware on your home’s exterior. Common (but effective) projects include swapping out fading house numbers, painting or replacing your mailbox, and upgrading doorknobs and locks.
- Make Your Porch More Inviting
Do you have a front porch that you don’t use? Make your house feel more like a home to prospective buyers but decorating the porch area with chairs, tables, and other furnishings that will convert the space into a relaxing sitting area.
- Welcome Visitors with a New Mat
Want a quick boost that cost just a few dollars, takes only a couple of minutes, and doesn’t require any hard work at all? Change out your old (or nonexistent) door mat for a new, more vibrant replacement that doesn’t look like people have been stepping on it for the past 20 years.
- Store Garbage & Recycling Cans Out of Sight
Do you store your garbage and recycling cans in the front of your home or on the side of the house where they can be seen from the road? If so, consider moving them to your garage or back yard while your home is on the market.
- Repair Torn Window Screens
Replacing windows can be an effective way to boost your home’s curb appeal, but they can also be expensive to purchase and install. If new windows aren’t quite in your budget, consider replacing any old worn and torn exterior screens instead for an immediate improvement in appearance.
- Pressure Wash Dirt & Buildup
Years of dirt and buildup can make even the most attractive properties look old and weathered. Take decades off of your home’s appearance by pressure washing the driveway and sidewalks, and if the exterior is covered in siding, make sure that you hit that with the pressure washer as well.
- Brighten Your Outdoor Lighting
Savvy buyers know to drive by properties in the evening to get an idea of what the area is like after dark. That’s why it’s important that your home not only looks good during the day but at night as well. Replace any old, non-functioning lighting with attractive new hardware and bulbs that will properly illuminate your home’s exterior.
- Freshen Your Garage Door
There’s no denying that painting your home can have a big impact on curb appeal, but it’s also a costly, labor-intensive project. Instead, focus on sprucing up your garage door. The garage door likely takes up a significant portion of the front of your home and repainting it can really make your property stand out.
- Clear out the Gutters
Are your gutters full of leaves and debris – or worse yet, are they broken or coming off of your home? No one likes to clean out and repair gutters, but if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to boost your property’s curb appeal, this has to be near the top of the list.
- Get a Second Set of Eyes
Living in your home, you see its tiny flaws on a daily basis. So frequently, however, that you’re likely to not even notice things that would jump out to others seeing your house for the first time. As such, one of the best ways to check your home’s curb appeal it to have a second set of eyes come and give their honest, unbiased critique.
Improving your home’s curb appeal doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. While major fixes and repairs can definitely improve the chances of getting your home sold, sometimes it’s the simple things that make the biggest difference. By following these 12 tips, you’ll be well on your way to taking a seat at the closing table.