I love giving gifts. And I love making the package as special as the gift itself - something about the anticipation of the receiver when seeing a beautifully presented package. Call me old fashioned, but I think presentation matters.
And there are few places where presentation matters more than when you’re selling your home. Curb appeal makes a difference. And if you don’t believe me, drive up to two otherwise identical homes - one that looks incredible from the street, and the other that doesn’t. Which one would you feel most compelled to go into? Which one would have the higher perceived value?
If your home could use some sprucing up outside, here are 4 quick tips you can use to instantly increase curb appeal.
Front Door - Dress up your front door with new hardware and a fresh coat of paint. Homes are typically neutral in color, but you can instantly add a pop of color and make the home more visually appealing. I am a big Pinterest fan, and I have seen some bright, beautiful doors that make a real impact and say “welcome home” to a potential buyer.
Hardware can be updated easily and relatively inexpensively as well. Swap out your tired lockset with something more contemporary. It will give the entrance a presence without going overboard.
Landscaping - Spring is emerging and so are the buds and blossoms. To highlight the renewed growth, rake up any leaves that may have remained from Fall and Winter. You’ll take your landscaping from drab to fab with under an hour of work.
This is a great time to also put out a fresh layer of bark or at least fluff up the existing one. Not only will this help keep future weeds down (saving you time and sanity), but it will help your plants grow.
If you don’t have a lot of yard space or much of a green thumb, container gardens can add appeal to your outdoor space. Pots come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and be bold with your plant selections. Since the containers can be mixed, matched, and moved easily you can rearrange to keep things looking fresh.
Lighting - Although it’s getting lighter out, lighting is still important. Make sure the entry of the home is well lit. This makes it easier for people to access your home, and makes it feel warm and inviting.
Sometimes this is as simple as making sure all of the bulbs work. You can also go as far as updating the fixtures to give the exterior a more modern look. You may be surprised how much new light fixtures impact the front of the home. Choose wisely.
Keep It Clean - This seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised. People focus so much on making sure the interior is clean, they can forget that the outside is just as important.
Pressure wash your driveway and sidewalks. If you are confident and know how to use the equipment, you can also pressure wash your deck and other exterior wood. Make sure you use the right tips and pressure so you don’t cause damage.
Wash your windows. Clean off the dirt and grit left from the wind and rain, and really let the sunshine in. With these bright days we’re having, your dirty windows are even more apparent. This simple thing makes a huge impact.
Sweep your front porch. Not only will this make your home more welcoming, it will cut your interior cleaning time down because people won’t be tracking in dirt and debris. Everyone wins!
Your home is a gift to a potential buyer. Presentation matters. Implementing these ideas ensures the package has a big, beautiful bow on it to make sure buyers can’t wait to find out what’s inside!