Whether your home is on the market now or if you are thinking of putting your home on the market in the near future, the way your home looks on the outside is critical. After all most buyers typically do a drive-by prior to the initial showing or open house and first impressions are everything.
There are several things you can do to boost your home’s curb appeal with the biggest items being the roof, siding, landscaping, and the driveway. These four elements of your home are the most visible upon driving up and can be easily spruced up with the following tips.
You want potential buyers to focus on picturing themselves living in the home, not wondering what’s wrong with the roof and what other problems may be lying inside if the roof looks troubling. Take the time to get a good look at your roof and check for missing shingles or broken tiles. Be sure to hire a licensed professional to complete the repairs.
Depending on the type of exterior you may need to replace some siding, add a fresh coat of paint, or just give it a really good power wash. Overtime the outside of your home takes a beating while building up layers of dirt and debris. The goal here is to make the exterior of the home look well cared for and clean.
Clean and neat landscaping will instantly boost your curb appeal. That means keeping your lawn freshly mowed, trimming trees, bushes, and shrubs especially if they block the view of your home, and removing dead limbs from trees which could pose as a potential safety concern. If you have flowerbeds, be sure to clean them out and add fresh mulch. Hanging plants and potted plants can help add a pop of color and make the entrance more inviting.
Whether you have a concrete or asphalt drive way, both wear over time and may need to be repaired. Whatever the repair, be sure to clean the surface well by power washing the entire driveway. This will remove any loose debris and leave a clean surface to repair.
The Final Touch
Once you have the four major elements of your home’s curb appeal addressed, you can turn your attention to the details that can really make all the difference. Those details include, your front door, exterior lighting, your mailbox, and even your address numbers.
The entrance of your home sets the expectation for the interior. Draw in potential buyers by giving your front door and trim a facelift with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware. Next consider updating the outdoor lighting. Add new wall sconces or pendent to light up the front entrance. You can even take it one step further by adding ground lights to illuminate the path that leads up to the front door and spotlights to highlight architectural details or even large trees. If you do light up the home or trees, be sure to have your agent capture your home’s evening glow when taking photos.
Next take a look at your mailbox and address numbers. If they look old or beaten up consider replacing, but be sure to stay true to the style of your home. You can keep the look cohesive by using the same style and metal as your door hardware.
Lastly, get rid of that old doormat. Sure the “Go Away” doormat your mom gave you is funny, but it literally tells potential buyers to go away. Invite them in with a new and friendly welcome mat. Remember you get one chance to make a first impression.
Still not sure what you should do for your home? Consult with your local Realtor®, Laura Anderson, who will gladly provide you with tips that will boost your home’s curb appeal.