The view of your home from the street sets the impression of the whole house. People passing by will make a quick assumption of whether the house is well-maintained or in disrepair. If you are planning to sell your house, now is the time to spruce up the exterior. Here are 4 tips to improve curb appeal and get the attention of potential buyers.
Improve the Entryway
For most homes, the entryway is a centrally located focal point. Put effort into beautifying this area for a big impact on curb appeal. If the railings on the front porch have faded or peeling paint, repaint them. If your front door has seen better days, replace it with a more efficient insulated steel door and paint it a bold color.
Add some potted plants on either side of the entryway and some comfortable seating. Make sure the address numbers on the front of your house are visible and straight. This way, potential buyers will be able to identify your house right away when driving by.
Focus on Landscaping to Improve Curb Appeal
An overgrown or disorderly lawn affects your whole home’s appearance. Even if you don’t have a grass lawn, the landscaping still needs to be maintained to stay attractive. Plant drought-resistant plants along walkways and in garden beds around your home. They require less maintenance and will improve your curb appeal with very little effort on your part.
Pressure Wash the Exterior
Examine the siding on your home. If you see dirt or discolored areas, it is time to clean the siding. Use a pressure washer to blast away the built-up grime. Washing your siding has a significant impact and can make it look brand new. Rent a pressure washer from a local hardware store and complete this task in a day. While you’re at it, pressure wash your deck, patio, and walkways to further improve your home’s appearance.
Upgrade the Garage Door to Improve Curb Appeal
It’s common for the garage door to cover a portion of the home’s front-facing facade. No matter how nice the rest of the home looks, if the garage door is in rough shape it can make the whole home look bad. Upgrade the garage door by replacing it, painting it, washing it, or adding carriage-style hardware.