When its time to sell your home, it’s common knowledge that your home’s curb appeal or lack there of is the first thing potential buyers see. If your home doesn’t have curb appeal some buyers will not even step foot in the front door. Improving your home’s curb appeal doesn’t have to brake your bank. Here are five ways to help your curb appeal without busting the budget.
- Declutter and clean up
Potential buyers need to be able to envision themselves in your home and if your yard is full of garden gnomes, kids’ bicycles, dead trees, and weeds then this is a first impression the potential owner will receive. Clean up and remove anything that does not belong in the yard (including pet waste). Clean and well cared for is the goal!
- Paint the exterior and trim
Painting the exterior of your home is not a super inexpensive thing to do, but if your budget allows you, it can provide your home a much-needed modern update. If you are unsure of what color to paint your home, spend some time looking at neighbor’s houses to find a color you like. If you live in a neighborhood with a HOA be sure to get any new paint color approved. Painting your home may not be in your budget so if not, then paint the window trim. This refreshing pop of color will be worth the gallon or two of paint.
- Add some color to your flower beds
Spruce up your flower beds and add some flowers or plants. Many plant nurseries sell inexpensive flowers that can add an instant color pop to your front yard. Framing your entry way with eye catching potted flowers is a great way to make your home seem more inviting.
- Mow the lawn
Nothing says your home is not well cared for then a unkempt lawn. It is virtually free as long as you are willing to put in the time and it makes a world of difference!
- Wash your windows and power wash your pavement or deck
Your house should shine, so be sure to spend some time making sure all your windows (especially the ones in the front of your house) are sparkly clean. Taking advantage of any view is vital and having a clean and clear window will allow the potential owner to see this spectacular aspect of the home. If your home has a deck or walkway be sure to clean or power wash it if needed. If you power wash a wooden deck be sure to read the instructions carefully so as not to damage the deck.
I hope these tips help as your prepare your home for showings this Summer!