8 Easy Ways to Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal
Selling your home can be stressful and trying to get the most out of your home can make it even more stressful. With curb appeal being one of the most important factors in your home's selling price, there’s no doubt sprucing up the front of your home is a must-do. Subtle improvements can make big differences in your home's selling price. As a buyer, we subconsciously value these improvements more than they’re probably worth, so it’s wise to make the most of these easy improvements. Keep reading to learn some of the best ways to improve your home's curb appeal.
Clean and seal your driveway
Your driveway is one of the most noticeable areas of the front of your home. A dirty driveway can be a major turn off to potential home buyers. Consider pressure washing your driveway to give it a like-new look for just a few hours of work and the price of renting a pressure washer.
After pressure washing your driveway, you should consider sealing your driveway to give it an even newer look. You can also add this as a selling point as many homebuyers won’t want to deal with it!
Check your landscaping
Nobody wants to see foot high weeds or overgrown bushes at first glance of their potential home. Refresh your landscaping by pulling weeds and trimming overgrown bushes and trees. You can also go one step further and consider adding new plants or mulch to your garden beds.
If you have a front lawn, make sure that it is cut and green. If you plan on selling your home in the heat of the summer, make sure that it is watered ensuring that it is in good condition. Consider overseeing rough patches in the fall to fill in your lawn more evenly.
Paint your mailbox
Mailboxes can oftentimes be forgotten when it comes to selling your home. It’s probably the last thing you think about before putting your home on the market. But believe it or not, it can make an impact when selling your home. A mailbox that has chipped or faded paint can cause potential homebuyers to offer less than a well-maintained mailbox.
Paint your shutters
If your windows have shutters, this is a good opportunity to freshen them up with a new coat of paint. Shutters tend to get left behind when it comes to home maintenance, so be sure that they are in good condition and repair or replace them if necessary.
Wash your windows and doors
Similar to how your mailbox needs to be maintained, keeping your windows and doors cleaned can also add value to your home. Warm water, a little soap, and a washrag can go a long way in brightening your home's exterior.
Paint your front door
Your front door oftentimes leaves the biggest first impression of your home. Make sure that it stands out and makes your home memorable. We’re not encouraging you to paint your door bright pink, but consider a color that makes your home pop. Painting your door should cost less than $50 and only a few hours, so you have no excuse not to!
Check your gutters
Gutters that are overflowing with leaves or are mildewed are not a good look to potential homebuyers as it screams “maintenance”. Make sure to remove any debris from your gutters and clean the outsides to give your home a maintenance-free appearance. The easiest way to clean your gutters is by using a pressure washer or using a mildew remover that you can pick up at your local home improvement store.
Clean your downspouts
Similar to your gutters, cleaning your mildewed downspouts can drastically improve the look of the exterior of your home. Make sure that your downspouts are in good condition and repair any that may need it.
Your home's curb appeal is critical to getting the most out of your home when it’s time to sell. A pressure washer, some paint, and a little hard work can make a drastic difference in your home's curb appeal and ultimately, it’s selling price. Whether you decide to make one small improvement or all of them, you’re certain to attract more potential home buyers and sell your home for more!
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