4 tips to improve your home’s curb appeal

Sellers of homes often focus on their time and money on the interior of their homes prior to listing the property for sale. Interior upgrades may boost the potential sales price of the home, but remember that potential buyers see the exterior first. “Curb appeal is a mechanism to encourage buyers to continue inquiring about a property,” so says real estate educator Than Merrill.

So here are 4 tips to improve your home’s curb appeal and get people checking out your home!

Clean and Organize
When potential buyers drive past a home for sale, they will try to imagine themselves living there. Clutter around a house or in the yard deters potential buyers, not only because it is an eyesore, but it also hinders them picturing their own things there such as their favorite bench for the front porch or their own car in the driveway.  Minimize all of the extra stuff that accumulates such as bikes, outdoor toys, and lawn tools and watch the curb appeal increase immediately.

Keep your yard, trees and bushes trimmed and well-maintained when trying to sell your home. Buyers would rather see a nicely cared for lawn then a potential project that will require time and money. On the other hand, don’t go overboard and spend a ton of money on fancy or elaborate landscaping. Besides not adding much to your home’s value, this can scare potential buyers over the prospect of having to keep up and maintain the current landscaping. Add some colorful, seasonal flowers in front of the home for a fresh pop of color to catch buyers’ eyes, but remember to keep it simple.

Open and Brighten
While your home is on the market, keep the drapes or blinds open whenever appropriate to make the interior seem lighter and more open. Make sure windows are clean and free of any handprints or decorations. Buyers may not always drive by during the day, so replace bulbs in any outside light fixtures and perhaps update and replace the actual fixtures. An old, broken porch light is an easy way to send potential buyers away.

Freshen Up
Look at your exterior as if you were the potential buyer. Does the house need power-washing? Could the trim use some touch-up paint? Clean and maintained looking trim, shutters, porches, and railings mean a lot to potential buyers. Even a quick coat of paint on the front door can completely change your home’s curb appeal.

These are just a few ways to boost your home’s curb appeal. Watch potential buyers drive by and stop, eager to see the rest of your home.