If you are selling your home, you will never want your potential buyers to just drive by and keep going. But if your property lacks the curb appeal, or it does not seem well maintained on the outside, they will simply ignore it and never give it a second glance.
The curb appeal of a home is critical as it serves as the first impression of your property to potential buyers, and we all know how important first impressions are! This is the reason why exterior replacement projects can give you the best value for your money. Projects like windows, siding and entry door replacements can increase your potential sale amount when you successfully resell your home.
Some homeowners tend to panic when they hear about exterior projects, thinking that they cannot afford to replace their shutters, siding, and windows. But don’t panic! Improving the curb appeal of your property often entails doing a few small projects which can still leave a big and remarkable impact on your home. The good news is that these tips are quick and won’t break the bank.
So, what are the easy and economical tips that can make your curb appeal more affordable than ever?
- Wash your windows – inside and out!
- Update your front door’s light fixture and replace the light bulb.
- Throw away that old and ratty “welcome” mat!
- Scrap worn and peeling paint off window trims and repaint them!
- Install or replace your mailbox.
- Replace the window treatments inside your house if needed. Look at the window treatments in the rooms on the front of your home. How do they look from the front walk or street? Eliminate or update them if necessary.
- If your front walk is heaved or cracked, repair them right away – this can be expensive so talk to your REALTOR® first.
- Remove shrub branches and dead trees. Note: tree branches should not be pressed up against your house! This can do damage over time.
- Mow your lawn.
- Clean the front lights, walkway and entryway of tree debris, dirt, dust, cobwebs and others.
- You can add some potted and colorful plants along your entryway or walkway. A good alternative is to use small succulents that are planted together in bigger containers.
- Make sure that your front door is painted. Doors will always leave a first impression to the people entering your home. See to it that it is always clean or you can also add a fresh coat of paint if you like.
- Sweep and clean your driveway.
- Put away all your yard equipment as well as the children’s toys in their proper storage area.
- Never use your porch as a storage place.
- Got an RV? Look for another place where you can park your extra cars, RVs, trailers or boats.
- Place your garbage cans where they are not visible from the street.
Curb appeal is one of the crucial aspects that help sell most of the houses offered on the market. If you are preparing to sell your home sometime soon, investing time and money into improving the curb appeal of your home is a no-brainer.