The proverb “don’t judge a book by its cover” holds as true today as it ever has, however the exception to this adage is the appearance of a home being sold. Improving your curb appeal is among the most important things you can do when getting ready to sell your home. It is important that the potential buyer has a good first impression of the property as to set the tone for their visit.
In the end there are a million and one ways to make your home seem more inviting from the outside, but in this instance there is such a thing as to much. The main things that you want to focus on when improving curb appeal is not just making things look immaculate, you also have to make potential buyers feel comfortable. Here I’m going to try and focus on the easy, the eye catching, and the cost effective.
Here are a few things you can do to improve the curb appeal of your home
The easy ways of making your home seem both impressive and comfortable are mostly the things that we do on a regular basis anyway. Things like mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, and raking leaves. However there are less obvious ways to do this. Power washing any concrete or asphalt surface close by can wipe away years of dirt and grime, giving the house a new feeling. There is also something to be said about replacing any screens in your windows and trimming or pulling any plants that have started to wilt or die in your yard.
The eye catching
The easiest way to catch someone’s eye is to add a splash or two of color that they will see immediately upon arriving. This can be done in just about any way you like and should showcase the personality of both the house and the home owner. Adding new paint to your home, or even touching up the weaker spots can shed years off of your house. Another option in more of a rural or suburban setting is to add bird baths and bird feeders. These can brighten up any yard, especially when placed in the parts of your yard that you most want to showcase. Finding an idyllic spot close to the home and focusing most of your yard efforts on that place can dramatically improve the beauty of the surrounding area. So find your spot, plant some flowers, put in some seating, get a BBQ, and even put down some garden gnome if that’s your thing.
The cost effective
Improving the exterior of your home on a budget is always a difficult thing to do, and it’s even harder to balance investments against potential price fluctuations when selling your home. Which is why it’s important to have an idea of exactly what you want and finding the perfectly priced item for your budget. Shopping around can be your biggest advantage when trying to even out your budget for improvements against all the things that can be used to enhance the curb appeal of your home. Try to start with the cheapest products that will have the most impact, such as fertilizer for your grass and any plants or flowers you might have. Getting gravel to make paths or putting wood chips around the trees to create a place to rest. Don’t be afraid to use the things that you might find when cleaning your yard! Like using stones to make a border around the garden or digging a hole to turn your leaves into compost. Above all though, you should strive to impart just how unique your home is, and not only what it is now, but what it could become.