When you’re buying a new item, looks matter. Let’s face it: No one wants to buy a raggedy, unpolished item, especially if they are investing large amounts of money into it, and homes are no exception. Homebuyers want to buy a house they can see themselves living in, and no one dreams of living in an unkempt house. In fact, not only does a nicely kept house make buyers more eager to purchase, but it also adds value to the home, which is very important to home sellers. You don’t need to invest in a large exterior renovation project to add value to your home. Here are a few simple things you can do to tidy up and vastly increase curb appeal before placing it on the market.
1. Clean Up Your Door: Or better yet, apply a completely new and fresh coat of paint. You may not notice blemishes and stains in your day-to-day life, but you will notice a world of difference when you are done cleaning. Clean up your door handles as well. No one wants to touch a dirty door handle that appears germ-infested. The door is the first thing a prospective buyer can examine up close, so make sure it sets a good expectation for the rest of the house. Also, don’t be afraid to accessorize your door. Applying new numbers, adding a festive yet simple wreath and placing a welcoming doormat creates an inviting entry.
2. Clear the Entryway: The first impression of your home begins the minute buyers walk up to your driveway. Make sure your driveway is clear of any cars. Cars can be distracting in photos you take for your online listing, plus they convey the message that your garage is not spacious enough to store all of your vehicles. Add light to your entryway paths and even add tile for an extra touch of sophistication. And don’t forget to also pay attention to your mailbox, which may require an extra coat of paint or replacement altogether.
3. Powerwash and Clear Up Large Spaces: Speaking of distractions, the last thing you want prospective buyers focusing on is that oil stain on your driveway. Take the time to powerwash all of your large spaces, such as your decks, patios, porches and driveways. It is imperative that these spaces appear clean and decluttered. Speaking of decluttering, you also ought to take the time to move all of your personal items out of sight, such as toys, bikes and gardening tools or quirky garden items like flamingos and garden gnomes. That garden gnome your mom gave you might be endearing to you, but potential home buyers may not be so fond of your home’s quirks.
4. Freshen Up Your Windows: Making sure all of your windows are properly molded and share a uniform window trim. This will make a distinct difference to the exterior of your home. Better yet, add in some stylish window boxes to elevate your outdoor decor to the next level. Adding in some complementary flower window boxes is a simple yet distinguishable detail to your home.
5. Clean Out the Lawn: This is probably the easiest thing you can do to boost your home’s curb appeal. Simply mowing your lawn and making sure that your grass appears impeccable, watered and trimmed will vastly improve a home’s look. Putting away any garden hoses and gardening tools out by the shed and removing any dead plants are just a few small things you can do to really make your home look nice and tidy.
6. Enhance Your Greenery: Don’t be afraid to get creative and add some colorful plants to your home. Adding a few cute PVC planters to your porch or patio will enhance your color scheme and provide your home’s exterior with sophisticated charm. Place your planter boxes as space dividers on your patio to enhance the layout of your large spaces. But most importantly, make your patio and porch inviting so that home buyers can envision how they will entertain guests in their new home.
7. Clean Your Roof and Gutters: It might be easy to overlook this because you don’t often look up at the roof of your own house, but when you are looking for new homes, you observe the big picture. Don’t get caught with messy gutters and a poorly cared for roof. Take the time to make sure your roof and gutters are in tip-top shape.
Despite all of the little things you can add to your home, it is important that you don’t add too much. Go for a clean, polished look and focus on cleaning up what’s already there instead of adding more. Remember that simplicity is key, and the purpose of decorating the exterior is to make the house appear inviting, not cluttered. Cleaning up and adding in the right amount of details can transform a home from plain to extraordinary. You want to make sure every aspect of your home is in optimal condition and that your home is picturesque enough to spike curiosity and interest in it. The curb appeal of your home is a fundamental factor in determining its value.