Preparing to Sell - Steps to Great Curb Appeal

Posted by Client Care on Saturday, January 25th, 2014 at 2:35pm.

Now that we are firmly into the new year, tons of people are putting into motions the steps that will eventually help sell their house this upcoming spring 2014.  As far as doing improvements that will net your the most return and/or make your home attractive to potential buyers, some things are definitely more beneficial than other.  Along those lines, the first thing anyone sees when they tour your for sale home is the exterior.  This why curb appeal has so much value and should be seriously considered when repairing and staging your home for resale.

Here are some tips you can use to help increase the Curb Appeal of your home, because after you only get one real first impression!

  • Replace or upgrade the hardware on the front of your home.  A new lockset, door handle and numbers can really set the tone for the rest of the home.  Is your hardware consistent with the rest of the home?  Even a new mailbox can boost curb appeal.
  • Lighten up!  Is your overhead lighting or entry lighting up to date?  Are spiders calling the dark corners of your porch home?  
  • Painting the front door can provide instant impact to the front of a home.  We have also had great success for our clients by advising them to change out their garage doors to wood doors, or paint their garage doors.
  • Bring your home to life with plants.  Not only can pots of plants bring color to a property they can create focal points to draw the eye of potential Buyers.  Make your home feel welcoming by creating symmetry on the front porch with the use of potted plants.
  • Talking about plants, updating your planting beds with new mulch, making sure the lawn is green and edged nicely, trimming hedges, pulling weeds, and pruning trees can add $1,000’s of dollars to the value of your home.
  • Adding outdoor items of interest such as fountains, placing a white picket fence around a garden, adding a privacy fence, a gazebo, or other items can create sizzle in areas that Buyers will notice and separate your home from the competition.
  • Incorporating interesting trim colors, adding shutters, or even adding a front porch can provide an enticing element that invites people inside the home.
  • If your home is lacking pizzazz in the front the addition of a planting bed can be the ticket for adding color and focus.  Choose plantings that complement the house and do not hide the home.
  • Making sure the home is freshly painted, or at least not chipping or peeling, and ensuring the gutters are clean and in good shape.
  • If your front steps are old and tired consider painting or tiling the steps with stone or another material that complements the house.  At the very least be sure to get a nice doormat to welcome people to your home.  Remember simple is best.
  • If you don't already have a walkway to your home, often times adding one to your home will give it character.  Brick or stone are good options, or you can always look into staining concrete and adding a border.  
  • Simple outdoor furniture with brightly colored cushions and pillows often give a welcoming feel to the outside of the home.
  • Last but not least make sure all decking and railings are freshly stained or painted.

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