Improving your home’s curb appeal is easy if you are planning to list your home for sale. Most improvements are not difficult or expensive. You want to provide a warm welcome to visitors with attractive, well-kept grounds.
This is the first thing potential buyers will notice.
- Lawns should be green, mowed and weeded.
- Flower beds should be weeded and trimmed as necessary.
- Trim overgrown trees, hedges and shrubs.
- Clear away any overgrown areas along walkways and driveways.
Turn the front entry into a small potted plant garden or hang planted baskets from the front porch. Colorful flowers and shrubs will always attract people. A window box with colorful flowers is always inviting.
It may be necessary to replant part of the front yard with annuals for the spring and summer selling season. Your sprinkler system should be in working condition.
If you have a fence, it should be cleaned, repaired and repainted if necessary. Gates should be easy to open and close.
Front yard water elements, including ponds or fountains in good condition, are major attractions for good curb appeal.
Homes in drier areas of the country may have more hardscape and plants that don’t require much water. This type of low-maintenance landscaping may have broken stone pavers and other fixtures that need replacing for good curb appeal.
Lighting is part of the landscape. Install walkway solar lights or strips if that part of the front yard does not have lights. You may also be able to add a simple yard decoration such as a statue or stone flower pot.
The driveway usually leads to the garage and potential buyers will see it before they see the front door. Keep driveways clean and free of weeds that might pop up through cracks. The driveway may need to be refinished, potholes filled and oil and grease stains removed.
Remove all trash barrels, children’s toys and other objects in the driveway before showing the house. Put away garden tools. The garage door(s) should be closed, cleaned or repainted if necessary.
Potential buyers come in through the front door. Dress-up your door with new paint and a wreath or other decoration. Make sure the front door lighting fixtures are clean. Replace them if necessary.
The design of the house will dictate how you present the entry. A large front porch on a Craftsman design home may have room for a small seating area or a porch swing. A contemporary design may not offer much room. This is where hanging baskets or potted plants will add color.
Pathways and steps leading to the door should be clean and free of any obstructions. Repair wood steps and concrete steps that are cracked. Pull out any weeds growing through cracks. Steps and front porch areas can be repainted.
A home with an old peeling paint job will not sell. A roof that is obviously in need of repairs will turn away buyers unless they are looking for a “fixer”. It is better to repair the roof and paint the house.
Replace any rotted wood on siding, railings and trim on the outside of the house. This includes porches and decks.
Add shutters to windows if they complement the architecture. Fix window screens and screen doors if necessary. Clean windows and window sills inside and out. This is very important for windows facing the front of the house.
Buyers will be eager to inspect a home that looks good on the outside. It is an indication that current owners care about their property and keep it in good condition.
If you are thinking about selling your home and want to discuss what type of enhancements will help you sell your home, contact Park Avenue Properties of Colorado Springs today!