As the housing market continues to bounce back, it is becoming more and more competitive for sellers. Help your home sell faster by captivating buyers at first glance with impeccable curb appeal. Here are seven ways you can make your house stand out from the competition:
GROOM THE GARDEN
Unless there’s snow on the ground or it is dead winter, there is no reason your landscape shouldn’t be lush and colorful. Incorporate color with annual plants, planting them throughout the yard as well as in window boxes and in pots flanking the front door. You can find fairly inexpensive options in your local big box stores like Home Depot.
Landscape designer Sherri Silver recently told FrontDoor.com that planting artificial flowers is never acceptable. If it’s too cold for plants to survive, Silver recommends adding fresh mulch to garden beds to brighten them up. Be sure to pull any weeds and get rid of any dead leaves and debris before your first showing. You can also chat with your local nurseries to determine what plants are the best for your local area.
THINK LIKE A BUYER
In order to make your home memorable for buyers, you have to think like one. Look at the exterior of your home with a critical eye, making a list of anything that doesn’t look as good as it could. Are you missing a few roof tiles? Is your landscaping covered in dead leaves and debris? Does the front door look dull? Make note of anything that needs to be cleaned, repaired or replaced.
A well-lit yard changes the welcoming aura of a house. Take an inventory of your landscape lighting including replacing any bulbs and cleaning the fixtures to ensure your lighting scheme is balanced and polished. If extreme weather has gotten the best of your fixtures, replace them with new outdoor lights or you can spray paint them for an affordable fix. Create a few focal points with lighting, drawing attention to the front door and landscape features such as a unique tree or sculpture.
REPLACE FRONT DOOR
The front door sets the stage for whether or not buyers feel welcomed into your home. It is also the first thing the buyers see! If your door is over 10 years old or has excessive wear and tear, now is the time to upgrade to a new door.
In terms of picking the right colors, I say keep it simple. Pick one that will be welcoming and noticeable. If the surrounding walls are dark colored, pick something bright for contrast. My go-to colors for doors are generally red, black and gray.
REFRESH HOUSE NUMBERS
Replace your house numbers if they are difficult to read, dingy or faded. Consider hanging them in a different spot where they will be more visible. If a potential buyer has trouble finding your house because they can’t see the house number, you may have a strike against you from the start. When selecting new numbers, consider the style of your home and get numbers that complement that style.
POWERWASH WINDOWS & EXTERIORS
Sparkling clean windows and exterior surfaces are a must when welcoming potential buyers into your home. If hiring a professional isn’t in your budget, you can mimic their technique to get similar results. There are a lot of guides online you can find to learn how to do it safely. Powerwashing, if done properly, can make a HUGE different. Just look at the photos above, from this Buzzfeed article.
CLEAN THE DRIVEWAY
Sweep dirt and debris from your driveway and hose it off using the highest spray setting. If it still looks stained, rent a pressure-washing machine to scour away stains and refresh the look of your driveway.
This post is an update of a previously published post in 2013. You can find the original post here.
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