How to Improve Your Curb Appeal

Posted by Laine Smith on 3/28/14 10:17 AM

Topics: Home Ownership

If your home makes a great first impression from the curb, everyone, including potential homebuyers, will want to see what your home has in store on the inside. According to the National Association of Realtors, 63 percent of homebuyers will actually drive by a home after viewing it online.

Curb Appeal

The exterior of your home should serve as a preview of what’s to come when someone enters. If you’re looking to draw buyers’ eyes or simply spruce up your home’s outward appearance, tackle these simple steps to increase your curb appeal.

 

Exterior Spring Cleaning

Your home and yard, for that matter, have taken a beating over this harsh winter. Conquer the following tasks over the weekend to get your exterior in tip-top shape:

  • Power wash siding, driveway, decks and sidewalks.
  • Wash windows, interior and exterior. Don’t forget about the screens!
  • Clean all the leaves, sticks and other debris out of your gutters.
  • Freshen up paint on your trim or your whole house, depending on its condition.
  • Gather leaves and yard waste, lay fresh mulch, pull weeds, edge the lawn, prune shrubs and plant an assortment of flowers and perennials.
  • Call a tree service to take care of unkempt tree limbs.

Update Your Entrance

Your entryway is the focal point of your home and often the site of the most dramatic changes. Make a statement by:

  • Replacing your old front door, if necessary.
  • Painting your front door a color that will complement, yet stand out against your home’s exterior color.
  • Replacing your house numbers, hardware and light fixtures. Oil-bronzed finishes complement traditional style homes and brushed nickel suit contemporary.
  • Creating symmetry. Flank your front door with dual sconces, flower pots or any seasonal décor.

Things You Might Overlook

You’re certainly used to pulling into your driveway, stepping over a large crack in the pavement or walking past a gutter in need of replacement, but buyers will notice these things. Have a friend or real estate agent walk around your home and your yard to point out flaws. You’re likely to miss things that you see on a daily basis. Common items needing improvement include:

  • Cracked cement, stone and pavement.
  • Dull, chipped paint on the garage door.
  • Damaged wood or trim.
  • Sagging fence gate or leaning mailbox.

A buyer will agree that what makes one home mediocre and another a head-turner is how that home looks from the street. A polished entryway, complementary landscaping and general upkeep indicates that the owner had pride in the home, took care of the home’s exterior and was likely to do so on the interior, as well.

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