Curb Appeal Checklist: 8 Tips to Improve the Exterior Look of Your Home
Do you think staging is just for the interior of your home? 🙂 Truth be told, the exterior of your home is just as important, if not more important for potential buyers. The outside of a home is what a potential buyer first sees when driving up to the property. Making a good first impression will win you more offers at higher prices. The phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” does not apply to homes! With that in mind, let’s talk about the eight top tips for improving the curb appeal and making the exterior of your home shine:
1. Mow and Fertilize the Lawn
This seems so basic, but a nice green, well-manicured lawn really exemplifies pride of ownership. It will also grab buyers’ attention on a listing. There’s nothing worse than an unkept yard because a buyer will just assume the inside is unkept as well and move on.
2. Mulch and Weed Beds
Continuing on the well-manicured theme, be sure to add fresh mulch to your flower beds. This is another great way to show buyers your yard is well-maintained. Mulch also brings definition between the grass and your flower beds. And, remove any weeds that may have popped up for a clean look.
3. Remove Overgrown Trees and Prune Shrubs
Beautiful trees and landscaping also reflect the care and attention you put into your yard. Make sure trees are trimmed appropriately to remove any dead or oversized limbs. You’ll also want to prune your shrubs and plants so they’re not covering windows, blocking stairs, etc.
4. Add Planters With Flowers Near the Front Door
When a buyer walks up to your front door, you want them to feel like they have arrived at their home. Planters filled with seasonal flowers is the perfect way to achieve a welcome home feeling. We love pansies in the spring because they add beautiful, bright pops of color and are cold hardy. Be sure to ask your local garden center what is best for your yard.
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5. Add a Wreath and Door Mat
A simple but elegant wreath can also add a lovely pop of color to your front door. We love purchasing boxwood wreaths from Target or HomeGoods. Also be sure to replace your door mat for a fresh, clean look.
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6. Inspect the Exterior Elements of the Home
Make sure that your paint, woodwork, brick/stone or other exterior façade elements all look good. If any element needs repair or painting, be sure to address them before you list as it will save you the hassle after a home inspection identifies any issues.
7. Inspect Driveway and Sidewalks for Any Cracks
Make sure to thoroughly inspect your driveway and sidewalks for any imperfections and fix them as needed. Use concrete patch to fix any pitting/cracking or if they are in good shape, use a sealant to keep your surfaces protected from future wear.
8. Refresh the Deck With a New Coat of Paint or Stain
A fresh new coat of paint or stain on your deck will make a HUGE difference. If you have a patio, make sure the pavers are in good condition, are even, and free of any weeds popping through. Outdoor furniture and accessories such as bright pillows, a rug, and flower planters can also add pops of color and make the space feel even more inviting.
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By ensuring all the above elements are taken care of, your home is sure to attract positive attention from buyers. It also saves them from the hassle of doing exterior projects they may not want to tackle. Wanting to learn more about how to prep your home or listing for market? Check out our E-Book, “Going from For Sale to Sold.”