Curb appeal isn’t just a catchy phrase. It’s the power of your front yard and home exterior to catch the eye of potential buyers. It’s the difference between making a sale and staying on the market for months on end. It means investing in subtle upgrades and seeing a return on investment in your home value. The Highlights from the 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers show 42 percent of recent buyer use the internet as their first step in the home search process. Of those internet users, 87 percent found photos useful to their search. Know what that means? A picture is worth a thousand words (or a thousand bucks).
Here are 10 easy ways to make your house as pretty as a picture.
Spruce Your Paint
First things first, let’s get cleaned up. Even the prettiest paint job is a bummer when it’s dingy and grey. Dirt, grime, and cobwebs collect with snow, rain, and time. You want the first thing folks to see is a gorgeous home, not a dirty place. A low pressure wash is like a facelift for your house—it takes off decades. Ditto your driveway and sidewalks. Confer with the pros before moving forward.
Let it Bloom
A vibrant splash of color does a world of good for your curb appeal. If you live in a concrete jungle, a beautiful large pot on the front porch planted with the season’s blooms will add new life to your place. It will brighten up your day, and look good in pics and real estate drivebys.
Fix the Fence
That drooping fence makes it look like a horror movie is being filmed in your hood. Fix up a failing fence for a quick fix on curb appeal. Leaving it leaning might leave the impression you’ve left other home essentials neglected. Here are a few tips for finding the right pro. We got you covered!
Love Your Lawn
Overgrown lawns just look messy. It’s not super hard to get out and push the ‘ole mower around the front yard for an hour. But if you can’t bear it, there’s always the reliability of a professional lawn service. However you get it done, it makes your place instantly more appealing.
Paint the Accent Trim
Cheap and fabulous, this is the secret to success for a quick home makeover. Newly painted trim perks up your place, adds contemporary color, and looks terrific in online photos and real estate visits. Are you already dreaming of the color options?
Replace the Front Door
A new front door is a like a shiny new haircut—a lot of wow factor without a lot of work. Your house will turn heads, and it’s cheaper than repainting the whole thing. Nationally, the return on investment for a new steel door is 91.1 percent, so not only will it look good, provide added safety, and lure in home buyers, it will recoup money.
Paint the Door
Not willing to pay the $1300 it costs to install a new steel door? Put a new coat of paint on your existing door. Your front door is one of the first thing guests and potential home buyers see. Make it pop.
Help Your House Numbers
Can new friends even find your house when you have a party? If your house numbers are outdated, hidden under tree limbs, or completely nonexistent, it’s time to upgrade. Polished metal numbers cost under five dollars each and look brand spanking good (especially next to a freshly painted door)! Hire a handyman to install them for you so they’re straight and solid.
Clean the Windows
Cleaning up is a common refrain for boosting curb appeal. Cobwebby windows aren’t very inviting. Take time to peel back the accumulation of time that’s collected on your exterior windows. You’ll get a new view on life, and your house will look like the well-maintained castle it is. Remember to hire a pro if your exterior windows are too high to safely reach or precariously located.
Play with Landscaping
Updated landscaping adds serious return on investment for homeowners. From simple touches like softscaping and plants to major overhauls including trees and hardscape additions, hiring a landscaper will more than pay for itself. Besides the cost coming back to you in your home sale, you have the pleasure of pulling into a pretty place each day.