If you’re hoping to sell your home, one of the most important points is to focus on the curbside appeal.
Curbside appeal is the term used to describe how good your home looks from the outside. As this is the first impression of the property your prospective buyers will get, it’s essential that you impress!
You can improve your curbside appeal and make it more likely that you’ll get a sale by taking a few small steps.
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Weeding and lawn care
When your house is on the market, it’s important that you take some time each week to mow your lawn, trim the shrubs and hedges, and get rid of any weeds.
Having a well-manicured lawn shows potential buyers that you take care of your property, which will make it more likely that they will want to buy. If they can see that you have taken care of the lawn, they will naturally assume that you have taken care of the rest of the property, too.
Gardens also promote a sense of happiness and wellbeing that will make potential buyers warm to your home and begin to envision themselves living there.
Clearing the driveway and sidewalk
In the fall and winter months, falling leaves and snow can clutter up your driveway and sidewalk, which are a slip and trip hazard, and also mean that your home doesn’t look as well cared for.
Tools such as snow blowers and leaf blowers make it incredibly easy to quickly clear your driveway or sidewalk, and improve the appearance of the outside of your home.
Dirty, or chipped and peeling paintwork on the outside of your home won’t make a good first impression. Taking a little time to clean up the paintwork will also help to attract buyers because they will see one less job that they need to do when they move in.
If your paint has peeled, bubbled, or blistered then you need to peel it off and repaint it. However, in a lot of cases, simply cleaning up will go a long way, and cleaning the paintwork will at least tell you if it needs repainting, and help get the area ready.
To clean your exterior paintwork make a mixture of paint cleaner and water, and be sure to protect nearby plants by saturating them in water before you begin. Work in sections, and allow the walls to dry fully before taking any further steps.
If, once the walls have dried, they are still looking a little tired, think about refreshing them with a coat of paint. It’s likely to take around two days to paint an entire house, but it’s time well spent!
A good strategy can be to choose a bright color that makes your home stand out, but be careful that you don’t go too garish, or make the mistake of choosing a color that isn’t agreed by your homeowners’ association.
Add flower boxes
Flower boxes are a great way to add a splash of color to the outside of your home, and even better, you can take them with you when you leave!
Be sure that you factor in time each day to keep your plants watered and in good condition while your home is on the market.