If you are selling your home, buyers will be judging your home by it’s curb appeal. Learn how to boost curb appeal cheaply…
I am sure you have heard the old saying “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”. Pretty smart policy, especially when it comes to people. But if you are selling a house, buyers are going to be judging your home by it’s cover!
Let’s learn about curb appeal and how to cheaply boost your home’s curb appeal!
What is Curb Appeal?
Curb appeal is the outward appeal of your house. When you’re selling a house the buyer’s first impression has a lot to do with their final choice. The good news it’s easy and cheap to boost the curb appeal of your house.
You must make sure your house is inviting and attractive to buyers. Help your home sell by spending a little time and money before putting it on the market. Houses that have personality and good curb appeal make better first impressions. So let’s look at some easy and cheap ways to improve the exterior of your house.
A Welcoming Front Entry
Start by opening the entrance of your home up. Create an inviting entry to your home that will create that crucial first impression. Use the walkway to clearly guide the home buyers into your house. A well-lit walkway isn’t just visually appealing but safer. Plus a perplexing entrance could discourage buyers before they can enter your home.
Simple things like using pieces of slate to make a walkway will make your house more attractive. It will make a positive improvement in the overall look of your house.
Another way to liven up your home’s entrance is to install new house numbers. If your home has outdated or faded house numbers, buy new numbers to improve the curb appeal. Make sure you match your new house numbers with the finish that is on the exterior lights. Basic house numbers are cheap but try not to go too cheap!
Upgrade the Exterior Light Fixtures
I just mentioned matching your house numbers to your light fixtures. So I need to mention how easy updating or upgrading your exterior light fixtures can be.
When picking out new exterior lights, think about the style of your property. You need a well lit front entrance to make your home safe and inviting.
Try to find light fixtures that have the same mounting holes/dimensions as the existing ones. Exterior lights are available anywhere and can be cheap or very expensive so shop around!
Getting rid of dated front door or garage lights can quickly improve your current home’s charm. Be sure the circuit breaker is shut off for where the light is being installed. Before touching any wires, test them with a live-wire testing device. Double check there isn’t any power with a voltage tester or you could get seriously hurt!
For those who don’t want to buy new lights, you could attempt to paint your old ones.
Paint Your Front Door, Trim, and Shutters
Color attracts a person’s eye. Simply adding flowers to the front of your house makes a difference. You can really spice things up by painting the front door!
Most exterior paint will set you back about $30 a gallon. Painting your home’s front door will increase your curb appeal. Select a strong color which causes your home to be memorable but make sure it matches it the rest of your home. Be sure there’s a contrast between the front door and the rest of the house.
The front door will be the center of attention of buyers walking up to your home. Make certain the front door is clean and every little thing operates to complete the look. Creating style for your home’s entrance is a simple, cheap method to improve curb appeal.
Tell Home Buyers the Grass is Greener HERE
Taking care of your yard is a do-it-yourself job that can easily add instant curb appeal to your property. Cut the yard on a regular basis and get rid of any weeds. It’s also recommended to break out the Weed Eater so your lawn has a professional look.
While you are at it, you need to tend to any neglected flower beds. Well maintained, healthy flower beds convey to buyers that a home is well kept.
Start by weeding your flower beds. Spread a few bags of mulch to completely cover the flower beds at the front of your home. The mulch can gives the yard a fresh look and will hold weeds to a minimum while preserving water for the plants.
Try planting a few annual flowers for convenient and long-lasting color. The flowers can be purchased in low-cost flats at Lowes, Home Depot or even Wal-Mart. Plant vibrant colored annuals in the spring and summer time and use flowers with fall colors after August or September.
Wash It All Away
Use your garden hose on it’s most powerful setting to wash dirt and debris off walkways, your driveway and your house. Try not to get any water under your home’s siding.
You can rent a pressure washer but you most likely don’t have to go to the trouble. A simple garden hose works and a pressure washer could be too powerful and can hurt exterior siding.
If you use a pressure washer, don’t use it near windows or doors. The pressure can remove caulk or paint!
Clean the Driveway So Home Buyers Don’t Drive Away
Home buyers are not impressed by your trash cans and recycling containers. Hide them on the side of the house or in the garage. Deal with cracks in the driveway by repairing or resealing it yourself.
If you have any RV’s, boats or non-running cars sitting in the driveway, it is time to find somewhere else to park them.
Clean Windows Let Buyers See How Awesome Your Home Is
Clean all windows inside and out to make your home stand out. If the windows tilt out, it’s very easy to clean the outside. If not, you need someone to hold a ladder while you clean the outside of your windows.
First, wash the outside of your windows by gently squirting them with water hose. This will get rid of most of the dirt and spiderwebs. Then use a soft sponge to wash them with detergent diluted in warm water and rinse. You may be able to use a long-handled brush but make sure it has really soft bristles.
Say Some Magic Words and Make Eyesores Disappear
The electrical box, cable box, etc can ruin the beauty of your house. You can use paint to make anything that stands out less noticeable.
Some people say you should this to hide the heat pump. Remember that it needs to be accessible for repairs and maintenance. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations about the clearance needed for proper operation!
I strongly suggest hiding your water hoses and garden tools. They make storage containers especially for this that you can buy. In my experience, most of these do not last long but they only need to last until the home sells!
The Take Away
These easy, cheap suggestions are just a few ways to increase your home’s curb appeal. A good agent will be able to make suggestions about improving your curb appeal when they see your home. If you have any questions about selling a home in the Anderson South Carolina area, shoot me an email!