We all know it, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” That couldn’t be truer when it comes to the exterior of your house. So often people focus on the staging and updating of the interior, but how a home looks outside sets the tone for the whole showing.
So here are some easy, low-cost tips for creating curb appeal.
1. Pretend you are a buyer – First off, assess the situation. Stand at the street and take a look at what you see. Kids’ toys, trash bins, bags of potting soil? Find a place for those to be kept out of sight… that may even mean a trip to the dump.
2. Mow the lawn…regularly. – This seems obvious but in the spring growing season the lawns grow fast and need to be mowed frequently to keep looking tidy.
3. Refresh the flower beds – Get those garden beds looking their best – edged, weed-free and pruned. Be sure you can see the house and trim any shrubs and branches. This also is a great time to add fresh mulch and pops of color.
4. Power wash – Whether you rent or borrow a pressure washer, cleaning up the dirt left over from winter weather is another inexpensive way to brighten the approach.
5. Dress up the front door – This is the focal point of the entry. Make this a statement piece with a fresh coat of paint, new house numbers, lighting and door mat.
All these things demonstrate to a buyer that the home is maintained and well cared for. A Curb Appeal Consolation, is just one of the services we provide when we work with our clients. Need a referral for someone to help with the yard work? Contact us and we’ll get you connected.
*This is the second in the series of how we help in Preparing your Home for Sale.