Whether it’s your first time selling or you’ve gone through the process before, selling a home is a giant task to take on. There are many steps involved in selling, one of the most important being maximizing your home’s curb appeal. Good curb appeal can make all the difference when selling a home. This is your potential buyer's first impression of your home, so it is important to make it count. Not only does curb appeal make the first impression, it is a great way to increase the value of your home as well.
Well-maintained landscaping is a great way to add value to your home and boost your curb appeal to make an impression on potential buyers. Improving your landscaping can quickly become a fairly large project, but there are some simple ways to spruce up your yard. Before you show your home, follow these tips to help improve your curb appeal before you sell.
Keep it Clean
One of the easiest ways to improve the initial appearance of your home is to simply clean it up. An exterior that seems cluttered or dirty can turn away potential buyers before they even step into the home. When it comes to cleaning your paved surfaces, bricks, or fences, consider using a power washer to get rid of dirt and grime that has been accumulating. This will help make those old surfaces look new again. Remove any clutter that might take the attention away from the home like bikes, trash cans, or outdoor toys. Another good idea to remember is to clean up any debris that might be on your roof and or in your gutters. Cleaning up your home’s outward appearance will make it look cleaner, newer, and much more attractive and inviting for potential buyers.
Take Advantage of Plants
Your front yard is going to be what makes people notice your house. Good landscaping should draw your attention towards the front door and make your future buyers excited to come in. Adding a splash of color to the front yard will make your home seem cheerful and inviting. This can be accomplished through brightly colored annual flowers, seasonal plants, or arranged potted plants at the front door. You can even consider strategically planting certain plants to hide any not-so-glamorous views. Check out lists like HGTV's of the best plants to incorporate in your front yard to add instant curb appeal.
Freshen Up What’s Already There
Landscaping doesn’t always mean going out and spending a fortune on maintaining your yard. A significant improvement in your curb appeal can be accomplished by tidying up the grass and space that you already have to work with. Along with regular lawn maintenance there are a variety of other things you can do. One easy way to tidy up your yard is to remove loose branches, weeds, or anything that has broken or died in the yard. Some other steps to consider include edging your garden beds and lawn, covering dead spots of grass, and reapplying fresh mulch to your flower beds.
Pay Attention to Detail
Curb appeal is no exception to the saying “It’s the little things that count.” Small details can make your home appear put together and even increase value. There are so many little things you can do to create the best first impression for your potential buyers:
- Replace Your Mailbox
- Illuminate Your Sidewalk or Driveway With Outdoor Lighting
- Replace Your Street Numbers
- Treat Your Windows
- Repaint Your Trim
- Replace Your Welcome Mat
- Add Seasonal Decor
- Fix Loose Hardware
- And Paint Your Door
Improving the curb appeal of your home is an essential part of the selling process. You have only one chance to make a first impression that could help you quickly sell your home. Follow these tips to make your home inviting and one that will stand out on the market. At Holland Homes Sales, we want to help you have the best buying and selling experience possible.