When it comes to selling your house, first impressions are key. A potential buyer needs to be enticed by your home. All the closet space in the world won’t matter if a buyer sees a faded paint job and decides not to come inside for a tour. So when you put your house on the market, do your real estate agent a favor: Make your house look as charming, well-maintained, and beautiful as the day you moved in. You’ll need to do more than just mow the lawn. Here are five ways you can enhance your home’s curb appeal.
Freshen Up the Exterior
Paint is cheap, and you don’t have to be a house painter to tackle a front door or basic trim. But you don’t have to bust out the brushes to touch up areas that have gotten a little dingy over the years. Renting a pressure washer is a great way to lift grime, dirt, and other residue from your home’s exterior. It’s also a quick and easy way of cleaning sidewalks and your driveway. Don’t let an oil stain be the first thing a buyer sees when he gets out of his car.
Update House Numbers
House numbers are important for deliveries, emergency services, and… first impressions. Potential buyers have never been to your house, so they’ll be paying special attention to the numbers. If they’re broken or dirty, that’s not a good look. And if they’re missing, you might have just let your perfect buyer wander unknowingly past. Make sure your numbers are clean, well-placed, and easy to read.
Refresh That Mailbox
Mailboxes aren’t just a repository for catalogues and bills — although it often seems that way. They’re also a forward-facing emblem of your home’s personality. A well-maintained mailbox sends the signal to buyers that you’re a conscientious, responsible homeowner: If even the mailbox looks well-maintained, what must the basement look like? So before you put your house on the market, make sure that the post is well-set, the door is well-oiled, and the flag is painted.
Revamp Exterior Lighting
Replacing old-fashioned black sconces with modern glass or siding-matched fixtures can tie a home’s entryway together. If the current fixtures are up to date and in great condition, double-check that the light bulbs themselves are working and using the same type of bulb for a uniform glow.
Mow your lawn, of course, and try to make sure it’s getting enough water that you don’t have dead spots. But don’t hire a landscaper to install grand new plantings and intricate designs that could scare off lawncare-averse buyers. Instead of calling in the pros, just buy a few potted plants and place them near your front door or on your porch. Flower boxes are an easy way to introduce some color and life to your entryway. And if you have a porch, hanging plants can provide a calming effect.
Sam Radbil is a contributing member of the marketing and communications team at ABODO, an online apartment marketplace. ABODO Dallas apartments was founded in 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin. And in just three years, the company has grown to more than 30 employees, raised over $8M in outside funding and helps more than half a million renters find a new home each month."