As you’re embarking on your first home sale, you’re probably asking the same question other sellers are asking: how do I sell this house as quickly as possible?
Potential homebuyers want to be wowed.
In order to sell your home, you need to impress potential buyers.
That’s why improving the curb appeal of your home is an absolute must. These 10 tips and tricks will guarantee your home catches the eye of potential buyers—and makes a lasting positive impression.
1. Update the Hardware
House numbers, doorknobs, and light fixtures are all elements that add style to your home’s exterior.
If the hardware is out of date, your home may not convey the aesthetic you’re hoping it does.
It’s fairly easy to install exterior hardware on your own. You should also consider what pieces look best with your particular home. For example, bronze finishes look best on traditional homes. Keep the style of your home in mind when updating any exterior hardware.
2. Install Some Window Boxes
Window boxes offer a simple way to introduce color and charm to your home.
Again, when choosing your window boxes and the flowers that fill them, keep your home’s style in the back of your mind. A painted wood window box looks great on a cottage-style home, but probably wouldn’t suit a brick home. Find flowers and plants that complement your home’s color scheme for maximum curb appeal.
3. Dress Up The Front Door
Your front door is the focal point of your home.
Give your front door a fresh coat of paint. If your house is a more muted color, you might consider painting your front door a bolder hue, to add a splash of color.
If your door doesn’t need a fresh coat, clean off any dirty spots around the knob, and use metal polish on the door fixtures to make them shine.
4. Install Outdoor Lighting
Lighting makes a huge impact on your home’s curb appeal. People are attracted to softer, mellow lighting, so choose low-voltage bulbs for your outdoor fixtures.
Additionally, outdoor lighting lends a feeling of safety to your home by illuminating the front door and any walking paths.
5. Replace Your Gutters
Old gutter systems can make your house look dingy from the curb and convey a sense of neglect.
If you’re on a budget, replace old gutters with newer snap-fit vinyl gutter systems.
While these systems will immediately spruce up the look of your house, vinyl gutter systems are known to become brittle over time.
If you have a little bit of wiggle room in the budget, consider installing copper systems. While they are a little more expensive, copper systems convey an unmistakable sense of quality.
6. Introduce Porch Seating
Porch seating welcomes guests and lends a feeling of comfort to your home.
Seating also helps establish neighborhood community by encouraging guests to sit and stay for awhile. If you have a porch, some comfortable rocking chairs with a few throw pillows might be just the thing to dress up your home.
7. Beautify Your Mailbox
A rickety, or unpainted mailbox sends a message to potential homebuyers.
Mailboxes should complement your home.
When choosing a mailbox, pick a box that matches your home’s trimmings. You can also surround your mailbox with plants and flowers to make it even more appealing from the curb.
8. Add Shutters And Trim
Shutters and trim add a layer of curb appeal to your home’s exterior.
Shutters also help control the light and ventilation in your home. Not to mention, shutters also lend an air of security to your home, which homebuyers are bound to be drawn to.
9. Paint The Shutters And Trim
If your home already has shutters and trim, make sure they look their best.
Any obvious flaws, like cracked or rotting material, can hurt your home’s aesthetic and turn off potential buyers. Your shutters and trim are also the perfect opportunity to introduce some of your personality to your home.
10. Add Flower Pots
Placing a couple of flower pots on your front porch will create a bright, welcoming atmosphere for your entrance. Make sure you match your plants to the season during which you’re trying to sell your house. Petunias and zinnias look beautiful in the spring and summer. Whereas more muted mums or colored grasses suit the colder months more appropriately.
Talk To A Local Agent
If updating your home’s curb appeal isn’t in your wheelhouse, don’t hesitate to contact experienced agent, Kim Clark. With over 15 years of experience, she knows exactly how to assist you in making your home appeal to the widest audience possible. Set yourself up for success—contact Kim today.