curb appeal

If you’ve decided to sell your home, you’ll likely have heard the term ‘improving curb appeal’ more than once. The outward appearance of your property will play a tremendous part when it comes to potential buyers deciding whether they will want to take a look inside your house or not.

Contrary to popular belief, improving curb appeal need not cost a lot either. In fact, there are several things you can do to spruce up the outside of your property that are more affordable than you realize:

Start with a Coat of Paint

Although homeowners often underestimate the power that a simple coat of paint has when it comes to improving the outside appearance of your home, this alone can often sway a potential buyer’s mind to investigate the inside of it.

When choosing paint colors, it’s best to stick with neutrals like gray, beige, taupe, white and cream. While you may think that pink or blue looks fabulous, potential buyers may be put off by loud colors and move on to the next property for sale instead. Be sure to give your home’s front door a coat of paint as well.

Replace Outdoor Light Fixtures

Outside lights are another item that homeowners often forget about – until such time as they put their property up for sale. Many excellent options are available for outdoor lighting nowadays, ranging from basic fittings right through to solar powered units that are powerful enough to light up an entire backyard.

When choosing replacement light fixtures, ensure that they’re rated as being waterproof and suitable for outdoor use because this will prevent them from malfunctioning during inclement weather. Opting for LED bulbs will also not only provide more light; your energy bill will thank you as well because these use up to 75% less electricity than standard globes.

Hire a Professional Landscaper

There’s a significant difference between just raking up the leaves in your yard and cutting the lawn and hiring a professional landscaper to perform a makeover in your yard. Experienced landscapers will know how to make the most of available yard and garden space and ensure that this part of your property looks lush and green – making it as appealing as possible to potential buyers.

Pressure Wash your Porch and Deck Areas

Pressure washing these areas will not only help them look shiny and visually appealing; it will remove any moss, fungus and mold that may have accumulated and could cause a slipping hazard. If you don’t own a pressure washer, some hardware chains rent them out for fairly affordable daily rates.

Even something as simple as replacing your mailbox will go a long way in helping to improve your home’s curb appeal substantially. In many cases, professional landscapers and even real estate agents will be able to provide additional tips for getting the outside of your home to look as appealing as possible when that ‘For Sale’ board goes up on your front lawn.