- Curb appeal is an important part of selling your home
- You can improve your home’s curb appeal without a professional
- Contact us to see how improving your home’s curb appeal can help it sell
Despite what the phrase suggests, you don’t actually need to have a curb to improve your home’s “curb appeal.” Curb appeal is the overall exterior allure of your home, and has nothing to do with the concrete edge it’s named after. So, if you’re looking to sell your home in 2023–whether it’s a townhome, condo, or single-family residence–you should be evaluating your home’s curb appeal since it’s the first thing prospective buyers see. If you follow these simple tips and apply them appropriately to your property, you can make a good first impression on local homebuyers before anyone even steps through the front door.
If You Have a Lawn, Manicure It
Manicure may sound like a silly word to use in this instance, but it’s accurate as you’re ultimately tending to your lawn’s cosmetics. Spruce up your lawn before showings by cutting overgrown grass and shrubbery to uniform heights and removing all weeds..
Of course, manicuring also includes getting rid of those patches of dried, brown, dead grass. Reseeding for new growth is optimal, but you can use lawn-safe paint to cover brown spots in a pinch if there’s no time to grow new grass. A real, natural look should be your goal as a clean lawn gives the entire property a more elegant appearance.
Tend to Your Garden Beds
Even if you don’t have a lawn and grass to worry about, you may have garden beds that need tending. Mulch fades and decorative rocks can get lost over time. Fill in any bare spots; replace your current mulch with a fresh, brightly colored option; and remove dead plants as needed.
Even if it’s just a windowsill flowerbed, the extra care and attention can go a long way to sprucing up your home’s curb appeal.
Give Your Door a Pop of Color
The front door is a surprising focal point of your home and can be one of the first things buyers notice. Unless there’s heavy damage to the door, you don’t need to replace it. Simply add a coat or two of paint, using a color that accentuates the scheme of your home. Be mindful of any HOA regulations regarding exterior paint colors as you may have to choose from a specific set of shades.
While you’re painting the door, replace the hardware to match the new color. If your old hardware does match and can be cleaned to look brand new, certainly use it. While you’re replacing the hardware, you might as well swap out any street numbers if you can find a good match.
Upgrade Your Lighting Fixtures
Light fixtures can be a pretty big part of your home’s curb appeal. No matter how many you have, these fixtures should look updated and new. In many cases, you can clean up the ones already installed and maybe even hit them with a can of spray paint. However, it can be necessary to replace them entirely if they’re damaged or beyond repair.
If you aren’t sure if fixtures need to be repaired, don’t tackle the project alone. We can recommend local experts who can tackle any needed updates.
Install Outdoor Path Lighting
Townhomes, condos, or single-family homes typically come with a walkway leading up to your front door. Even if you have a motion sensor flood light, path lighting can really enhance your space, give it a luxurious look, and even improve safety. Path lighting comes in all shapes and sizes, and, for the most part, is solar-powered.
Additional to path lighting, you may consider adding uplighting to illuminate a lone tree, a planter you’re quite proud of, or to showcase the exterior facade of your home. Uplighting really adds a touch of class to any exterior, leaning even further into the lavished home look with minimal effort needed.
Add Simple Accents
A home without anything out front to fill the empty space can seem vacant, cold, and dull. Even if you just add potted plants, a welcome mat, or a seasonal wreath, it can go a long way to give a welcoming look and feel. One thing to consider is symmetry. Potted plants look so much better in pairs when they’re symmetrical.
Try not to crowd your porch or any other area you’re filling in. Just add enough to boost your home’s curb appeal.
Clean It All Up
Everything that can be seen from the road should be scrubbed, swept, wiped down, and cleared out. Gutters, stairs, windows, driveways, porches—try to make things as spotless as possible. A clean-looking home is going to be more attractive to buyers because they’ll know it’s been in good hands all these years. A high level of cleanliness shows you really cared about the space, and will certainly get buyers excited to see the rest of your home.
Put Your New Curb Appeal to Use
If you’re putting in all this work to improve your home’s curb appeal, then it must mean you’re getting ready to sell your home in 2023. Reach out to our team today to start discussing how we can leverage your new curb appeal to build a sales strategy that will attract new homebuyers. Our local sales experts use the latest market data for your neighborhood to ensure you’re getting the best return on your home.