How to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal to Help it Sell Faster
Homeowners looking to put their homes on the market typically want to sell them as quickly as possible. One way to help expedite the house selling process is to add curb appeal. Here are eight top ways to boost curb appeal, motivate buyers, and help properties sell faster.
1. Remove Clutter
This is probably the #1 way to boost a home’s curb appeal. Cluttered yards are a huge deterrent and, much like the interior, make it hard for potential buyers to envision the space. Stash away toys, garden tools, and anything else non-essential. Invitingly arrange lawn furniture and keep decorations to a minimum.
2. Paint the Front Door
Painting the front door a vibrant bright color, especially if the home has a neutral paint or siding color, is a great way to make it pop. Complete the look by hanging a pretty wreath or welcome sign to complement the new color.
3. Freshen up the Mailbox
Mailboxes are typically one of the first things a potential homebuyer sees when pulling up to the house. Freshen up the paint (or stain) on wooden posts in a neutral color. If the mailbox is old and looking tired, replace it with a new one.
4. Keep Grass Cut
A freshly cut lawn always looks appealing because it helps add a neat, uniform appearance to the home, plus it keeps any weeds at bay.
5. Cut Back Trees and Shrubs
Greenery should accent a home, not hide it. Cut back any overgrowth, remove dead branches/leaves, and shape trees and shrubs attractively. If this is a difficult task, it’s worth the money to hire a landscaper to come to do it. A little manicuring can have a significant impact.
6. Plant Color
Attractive flowering plants are an easy way to brighten up any home’s exterior. It’s inviting and adds lovely curb appeal. Annual flowers are perfect since the new homeowner can start fresh the following year. Perennials can be a good addition, but be sure to stick to native plants because invasive ones can take over, negatively impact the rest of the yard, and create a lot of extra work.
7. Clean Up Walkways and the Driveway
Give concrete and brick walkways, driveways, and patios a good power wash to remove any grime, mildew, moss, and other debris. Add a fresh coat of sealant on blacktop driveways to freshen up and give an excellent first impression.
8. Clean Roof and Gutters
Clear any debris off the roof and clean out the gutters. A dirty roof and gutters look unattractive. And if it’s a wet season, leaves and other debris can get heavy and make the gutters sag.
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Curb appeal increases a home’s attractiveness, and adding a few niceties can make it stand out amongst other houses. Tidying up the home’s exterior also gives the impression the property is well cared for. Sometimes it’s the simplest things to fix that stand out the most and attract buyers.
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