Enhancing Your Curb Appeal
When you're ready to sell your house, you may have put a lot of thought into preparing the interior of your home, but what about the outside? Making a good first impression is enormously important. You may not realize it but a buyer's first impression doesn't begin in the foyer - it starts at the curb. Good curb appeal will have a buyer liking your house before they even get in the front door. On the other hand, bad upkeep on the outside will immediately have the buyer wondering what else is wrong about the house. Here are some tips for enhancing your curb appeal:
- Clean Up - Anything that may be cluttering up your yard needs to go. Unattractive lawn furniture, children's toys, garden tools - all of it needs to be taken out of sight. You might be surprised how much removing unused and unnecessary items can improve the look of your front yard.
- Fresh and Clean - Does your house look dingy and dirty? Make sure you have the siding washed thoroughly until it looks bright and new again. If that doesn't work, you might want to consider repainting. It can be an expensive endeavor, but it will have an enormous impact. If you can't afford to repaint the whole house, consider simply repainting the trim. Every little bit helps.
- Landscaping - Take care of your yard. Stand in the street and give your yard a good, unbiased look. Is it too sparse? Add some attractive plants or trees. Does it look too overgrown and busy? It's time for some trimming and pruning. A healthy and beautiful front yard is extremely important for good curb appeal. Make sure that you regularly rake and pick up stray twigs and tree and plant debris from your lawn. It needs to look bright and clean, not overgrown.
- Check Those Gutters - If errant leaves and twigs don't belong on your grass, they certainly don't belong in your gutters. Clean them immediately and make sure they're in proper working order.
- Make a Path - The path to your front door can make a big impression on home buyers. Make sure it is clean. Consider making a beautiful brick or stone path if you don't have one.
- Garage the Cars - You may be using your garage simply for storage and leaving your cars out on the driveway right now. It's time to clean out that garage and hide those cars from sight. You don't want anything blocking the view to your beautiful home.
- Let There Be Light - When the sun goes down, your curb appeal should go up! Set up some beautiful outdoor lighting for your front yard. Make sure that the path to your front door and the entranceway are well-lit, and add accent lights to highlight dramatic features of your home.
- Don't Neglect the Door - The last thing that buyers will see before entering your home is, of course, the front door. Make sure that they are not disappointed by what they see. A front door that is in disrepair will make buyers wonder what else in the house is in disrepair. If your door doesn't look beautiful, think about refinishing, repainting, or replacing it altogether. If none of those options are feasible, it might be enough just to replace that old rusty doorknob with a bright, shiny new one.
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