When listing your home for sale, you’ll have a comprehensive to-do list to get the property ready. You’re probably planning a few upgrades to the interior, but don’t neglect the outside of the house. An interested buyer may drive by the property before contacting their real estate agent. The first impression your home makes will affect the number of interested buyers and your final sales price. Here are a few easy ways to improve curb appeal before putting your house on the market.
Paint the Front Door to Improve Curb Appeal
To draw attention to the entryway and make your home feel more welcoming, paint the front door. This is an inexpensive project that can make the front of your home look completely new. Choose a bold shade that complements the style and colors of the house. Install new hardware, including a knocker, kickplate, and hinges to further improve the look of your front door.
Keep the Lawn Neat
Maintaining the lawn is important while your home is on the market. Mow the grass as needed and apply fresh mulch in the flower beds. To boost curb appeal, remove sports equipment, toys, bicycles, and gardening tools and supplies. Pack these things away or store them elsewhere while the house is for sale.
Rent a Pressure Washer to Improve Curb Appeal
If you don’t own one, rent a pressure washing machine to clean up the outside of your home. Use it to remove mud and mildew from the siding to make the color of the house brighter. The pressure washer will also clean dirt and grime from driveways and walkways. Your porch and backyard deck will benefit from being thoroughly cleaned before potential buyers begin touring your property.
Trim Trees and Bushes
Shrubs and trees that appear to be overtaking the property make your home appear to be poorly cared for. Remove limbs overhanging the roof and driveway. Shrubbery near the house can be neatly pruned and shaped. Trim bushes away from sidewalks, the driveway, and the front entrance of the home. If you don’t have the tools and safety equipment to prune trees, call a professional to handle the job. Basic shrubbery and tree maintenance will improve the look of the entire yard.
Add Lighting for Better Curb Appeal
Because you don’t know what time a potential buyer might drive by, improve curb appeal at night by illuminating the yard. Add solar-powered LED stake lights to line the walkway. String lights add a festive touch to a deck or patio. Install better lighting near the front stairs to boost safety and make the entryway feel more welcoming. Upgrade the lighting fixtures on the front porch and install new bulbs to brighten the space.