Even though Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, in the real estate world, we’re still starting to think about spring! Now is the time to plan that early spring curb appeal if you plan to sell your home. What you do now will determine how your home presents in March and April. Here’s how to get started!
Make a Honey-Do List
No matter whether you, your honey or a hired hand will be tackling your projects, it’s smart to start with a list. On a not-so-frigid day, take a stroll around the outside of your home. Gaze at it literally from the curb. Which areas stand out as problems or eyesores? Which areas need a little tidying or taming? And where could you plan for a little color and sprucing up?
Ideas for Improvement
Maybe you check out your exterior and just feel that it’s a bit drab. Here are some ideas for you to use to make it pop!
- Pressure washing – Dirt and mildew can build up over time and cause your home to appear dirty and the color muted. Paying for someone to power wash your house is well worth the money.
- Painting – I know it’s an often dreaded project, but a fresh coat of paint does wonders for the crisp, clean look people are searching for. While you’re painting, think about giving your front door a little pizazz by painting it red or a different color than the shutters.
- Dimensional features – Many times we just look at our yards and exteriors and feel like everything is drab and flat. Add some variety with plants and flowers in containers, rocks or boulders, and plants of varying heights for a really pleasing look! Stagger those potted plants on your front steps or nestle them among bedded plants. Pansies and evergreens are great options to add to your landscaping this time of year. Get creative!
- Pull weeds – Now is a great time to tackle your weed issues. Clean up those beds, edge your sidewalks and make sure the area around your mailbox is free from those pesky plants!
- Lighting – In early spring, we’ll just be getting back to longer days again. Make sure your home is well lit at all times so that buyers can get a good look no matter when they drive by. Add walkway solar lights, and change bulbs in your outdoor fixtures. Make sure you leave exterior lights on when you’ll be out at night.
- Trim bushes – While you can’t plant big colorful annuals all over the place yet, you can ensure that your shrubbery looks neat and tidy! Don’t worry about perfectly shaping them; just ensure they aren’t unruly.
While these may not be your most exciting, eye-popping curb appeal projects, they can all make a big difference in presentation. Take the time to tidy up and get ready for buyers to come knocking!
For more tips and support when selling your home, contact me! And when you list with me, I stage for free when we use your furniture! I’d love to partner with you on your next home buying and selling adventure.