Realtors and HGTV always seem to be talking about curb appeal, right? But what is curb appeal? It’s the attractiveness of a home as viewed from the street. As you can imagine, many things can contribute to how appealing or unappealing a home is from the exterior. Let’s talk about what you can do to improve your home’s curb appeal.
Begin by taking a walk around the exterior of your home. Recruit a friend or family member to go with you. Try to examine things as a buyer would and really pay attention to details. It’s easy to overlook the chipped paint from keys around the doorknob or the loose step you skip when dashing inside. Buyers will notice things like this, so write everything down. Here are some areas to look at as you walk:
- The biggies. The most noticeable items are often the biggest items – siding, paint, windows and roof. Replace poor siding, add a fresh coat of paint to siding (if applicable), trim, shutters and doors. Replace damaged shingles or have your roof professionally cleaned if it’s in good shape. Look into replacing it if it’s not.
- Areas to power wash. It’s amazing what power washing can do! Rent a professional strength machine from a home improvement store or hire someone to do the work for you. Power washing revives old, tired deck boards, front porches and sidewalks and washes away cobwebs and dirt from your entire exterior.
- Landscaping. Landscaping greatly affects the feel of your property. Trim all bushes and trees, clearing all walkways. Keep grass cut low and edge around beds and sidewalks. Plant pops of color throughout your yard, and put down fresh mulch to make your beds distinct. Be sure to remove any unhealthy plants or trees before listing.
- Your mailbox. How cute and inviting is your mailbox? Could it use a coat of paint or some flowers or landscape timbers around it? Make sure that post is standing tall!
- Your entryway. Make buyers feel welcome by adding some pizazz to your entryway. Clean glass, fresh paint, potted plants and a new or cleaned welcome mat should do the trick! If you want to go one step further, invest in a new set of house numbers — bright and shiny!
- Windows. Replacement windows can really spice up your curb appeal, but if you can’t replace them, there are things you can do to perk them up. Clean them inside and out. Raise blinds each day and open curtains.
- Eyesores. Items like trashcans and HVAC units can really ruin your pretty exterior. Consider encasing them in a small lattice-type fence or planting shrubbery to mask them.
- Add lighting. Solar lights are an inexpensive touch and can make a big difference along walkways and in flower beds.
Simple enhancements to the exterior of your home can go a long way and can improve your home’s online presence through your photos. Contact me anytime to discuss projects you can do to improve your home’s curb appeal. I’d love to help you get your home ready to sell!