If you are getting ready to put your home on the market, one of the first steps you will need to take in order to help attract potential buyers is creating curb appeal. Not only will this make your home more appealing to potential buyers as it catches their eye, but it also helps to establish a positive association with your home as it gives the impression that the home is well-maintained and cared for. Fortunately, you do not have to spend a significant amount of time or money into creating curb appeal. In fact, here are five simple tricks that will create the curb appeal you desire.
Trick #1: Keep It Clean
While it seems simple, keeping the front of the home clean and clutter-free is something that many homeowners do not consider when putting the home on the market. Yet, this is the easiest and most effective step you can take toward creating curb appeal. This means trimming bushes, keeping your lawn mowed and cleaning off your driveway, sidewalks, fence and windows. You may need to rent a powerwasher to ensure your siding is fully cleaned.
Trick #2: Apply Fresh Paint
Applying fresh paint will help to give the front of your home and your entrance the facelift it needs. Simply painting the door, trim and shutters will go a long way toward improving your home’s curb appeal.
Trick #3: Add Shutters
If your home does not already have shutters, consider adding them in order to accentuate the size of your windows while also adding visual interest to your exterior walls. Choose a shutter color that contrasts with the color of your home in order to maximize curb appeal.
Trick #4: Add Small Touches
Adding small touches to the front of your home can really help to make it pop. Consider adding molding on your doorway in order to create a decorative frame that welcomes visitors. You might also want to add metal house numbers, a wreath on the door if seasonally appropriate or upgrading your mailbox. Planting a tree, building a tree bench and installing flower boxes can all also help you to hide eyesores while adding more color and vibrancy to your entryway.
You can also make your home more appealing by adding porch furniture, but be sure to choose neutral items that are likely to appeal to the broadest number of potential buyers. Just as with interior decorating, you want the exterior of the home to be one that buyers can envision themselves owning. Ultimately, you want your porch décor to provide pops of color and character to your home without seeming overly personalized.
Trick #5: Update Light Fixtures
Updating light fixtures is another great way to increase the curb appeal of your home. When selecting new light fixtures, be sure to choose those with the same mounting system in order to make the swap-out as easy as possible. If buying new fixtures is outside of your budget, consider refurbishing them by giving them a fresh layer of paint with a can of spray paint.