It's safe to say that a home's curb appeal is one of the best ways that it makes a good first impression. Without careful and objective attention to the exterior of a home, a home seller could be missing out on potential home buyers that might otherwise love the layout and features. Getting those home buyers into the house to tour it is more easily accomplished by increasing its curb appeal.
1. Remove Clutter
Store away or donate unused toys, old outdoor furniture and any other items that make the yard look cluttered and unmaintained. Trim trees and bushes so they look neat and orderly. Make sure the lawn is cut regularly the entire time the home is on the market. Taking steps to clean up the home space by space can go a long way in making it seem more polished and put together.
2. Clean Up
If the home's paint is looking dirty and disheveled, it might just need a power wash. Take this time to power wash the roof, fence and garage as well. Wash the windows—inside and out—and clean out the gutters. If it's been more than a few years since the home's exterior has been painted, it's a good idea to invest in some before putting the house on the market.
3. Make the Entryway Welcoming
Make sure the entryway is warm, cozy and inviting. Clear away any cobwebs, stray toys or worn out furniture. Add lights to the porch to help with illumination as well as to make the home appear more welcoming. Clear away any debris from the sidewalk leading up to the home and repair any broken or loose steps.
4. Focus on the Front Door
The front door of a home should also make anyone who approaches it feel welcomed and happy to be there. Repaint it with a fresh coat of blue or red paint to make it stand out from the neighbouring homes. Replace the hardware with a shiny new lock, knocker and door handle, and make other various upgrades to give your home an advantage in the market, especially in competitive markets like Crestwood.
5. Add Lots of Lights
While making a home look inviting during the day is vitally important to help it sell, equally important is the way it looks at night, and the way to make sure the home shines at night is with strategic lighting choices. Many people who are in the market for a home visit the neighbourhoods of those homes they are interested in during the day and at night. It's a good way to get to know the type of area a home is located in prior to buying a home there.
One way to improve the curb appeal of a home at night is to line the sidewalk with equally-spaced solar lights. Not only do they look charming, they don't use any electricity and make the home look welcoming.
6. Don't Forget the Back
Even if a home's front yard is the only part of the property that's visible from the road, it's a good idea for a homeowner to pay just as much attention to the backyard as they do to the front. Many homeowners opt for the simple route and remove clutter, power wash the deck and keep the backyard well landscaped.
Investing in a few hours of planning and work can pay back in dividends in terms of how quickly a home sells. The six steps above add instant curb appeal to any home and should be completed before it's put on the market.
By Justin Havre