March 6, 2013 3:50 pm
Curb appeal refers to the way your house looks from the street. As the very first impression prospective buyers have of your home, there’s no overestimating its importance. However, we want to let you in on a little secret – it can be super easy. This week, we have a few simple tips that won’t break the bank AND can be completed in time for you to get to your weekend plans. (Go ahead and have that beer, you deserve it!)
Embrace Flowers: Especially now that spring is around the corner, flowers are a great way to add some visual interest to the front of your home. Window boxes can easily add a pop of color to the house while keeping your new garden contained. But, if that’s too much work, most garden centers sell partially mature plants already in decorative pots. Arrange a couple of these on your doorstep and you’re good to go.
Decorate Your Doorway: It’s important for potential buyers to get a welcoming feeling from your home. Make sure it happens before they even enter the front door. Throw down a welcome mat, hang up a wreath, and change out old hardware so that your doorstep gives off that “homey” feel. Also, don’t be afraid to give your door and screen a quick wipe down, you’d be surprised what a big difference it makes.
Make Use Of Identifiers: When selling, you want to make sure that people know which house is yours, even if they’re just doing a quick drive-by. Choose a set of decorative numbers from your local home improvement store and display them in a spot that is easily identifiable from afar. (It wouldn’t hurt to put a second set on the mailbox, too.)
Light The Way: Typically, buyers go out on showings after they come home from work, which means it will likely be dark by the time they get to your house. A dark entranceway can feel uninviting. By placing lights at the start of your walkway and around the doorway, you can ensure a welcoming start to the showing – not to mention it highlights all of your hard work!
Do A Final Spruce: This one is up to you to decide. Are there some rogue weeds sprouting up? Does the grass need to be cut? Did the kids leave their soccer net out in the yard again? Clean things up so that your home looks as put together as possible. You don’t want potential buyers to get distracted from all your home has to offer.