Putting Your Best “Face” Forward: Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal
When it comes to home sales, a lot of people will talk about boosting your curb appeal, making your home shine on the outside as well as the inside, and making the best first impression with home buyers. But when we talk about curb appeal, what do home buyers really find appealing? What type of landscaping styles and colors of paintwork to sell homes? Homes.com has some tips.
No matter how small the yard, you should keep it looking neat. Grass should be mowed, and the edges trimmed by sidewalks and driveways. If your grass is looking dead, you may have to start watering well in advance of showing your home. Bushes and shrubs should be trimmed and contained especially wild ones. Beyond keeping it tidy, here are a few other tips:
- Repair faucets/Irrigation Systems: You don’t want the buyers to see any drips or leaks, and if there are any, this will surely be something an inspector will point out.
- Rent a power washer to boost the literal curb: Power washing the driveway, sidewalk, and even brick or vinyl siding can have a startling effect. It will leave your driveway looking much younger, and your house might even be a lighter shade of paint than you remember.
- Clean the pool, birdbath, water features: Skim algae and otherwise make sure all the water features are clean and shining.
- Dig up the plants you want to bring with you: It can be counter-intuitive to do it so early, but you don’t want a seller getting their heart set on something you plan on taking off the property. Plus, you want to give the hole you dig to plant some time to heal.
- Add some fresh mulch: This can be done close to the time of the showing/open house. Fresh mulch around garden beds gives a home a cared-for look.
- Annuals can pop: An inexpensive sheet of seasonal plants can add some much-needed color to the yard. Tastefully done, this simple addition can give your home a lot of extra eye appeal.
Painting the outside of the home isn’t an inexpensive job, but one that can really boost your home’s curb appeal. Like the interior of homes, color experts find that neutral colors work the best, somewhere on the spectrum between grey and brown: warm but calm colors. If re-painting the entire exterior isn’t in the budget, many recommend re-painting the trim, around the windows and eves, which can keep your home from showing its age.
Some also say that painting the front door a slightly different color than the rest of the house can make the home more eye-catching. Dark blues that lean in the grey direction are recommended for this – still not totally wild colors, but attention-grabbing colors nonetheless.
When in Doubt, Ask the Professionals
Curb appeal is an important part of selling the home, so don’t be afraid to ask for some help. Professional Stagers, Landscapers, and even your Agent should provide some guidance of what will sell in your neighborhood. With the help of trained eyes on the case, you should be able to find the right look for your home, and help buyers fall in love with your home as much as you already have.
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