There’s no doubt about it—curb appeal is important when it comes to selling your home.
Buyers will often feel a gut reaction as they drive up to a home, ultimately swaying them one way or the other when it comes to buying.
That’s why sprucing up your curb appeal is a surefire way to ensure that buyers make it through the front door with open minds and a good first impression of your home.
If you’re not a landscaper by trade, then sprucing up your home’s curb appeal before selling may seem like an overwhelming task.
Fortunately, we have 8 ways to easily upgrade your curb appeal and perhaps increase the sale value of your home while we’re at it!
1. Trim trees & shrubs
For those of you who have green thumbs, your trees and shrubs have probably never looked better; but regardless of the season, or the number of trees and shrubs you have on your property, chances are some of them could use a little trim.
Professionals should be consulted if you’re dealing with dead trees, or limbs that are precariously close to your home, but you can make a big cosmetic difference with a pair of garden shears.
Remove dead branches and stems from trees and shrubs around your yard and trim any shrubs and bushes into a respectable shape. If you’ve had a gardener out to your property, you can probably tell what shape your shrubs are supposed to be in. (Don’t go crazy, but try to trim the branches that aren’t fully cooperating!)
Check with your local hardware or gardening store before you dive in, to make sure that you’re not damaging the plants.
2. Cut the grass (regularly)
Seems like a simple concept, but you’d be surprised how many people need to be reminded—keep your grass neatly trimmed while your home is on the market, and make sure to edge it as well.
You want your lawn to appear healthy, manicured and easy to maintain: if you don’t edge areas around flower beds and fencing, buyers will immediately think that your lawn is going to take too much effort to care for, and that could cause them to walk.
If you can, hire a landscaper to regularly mow your lawn during the time that your home is on the market.
People will drive by to have a look pretty much anytime of the day if your home is listed online or with a realtor, so you aren’t just preparing for Sunday afternoon showings with a weekly snip—your lawn should look presentable at all times!
3. Empty the gutters
Clean out those gutters!
We know you’ve been meaning to do so for months, but make sure to check it off your to-do list before the first open house.
Clogged gutters will make your home appear dingy, and overflowing water during a rain storm can even make your gutters seem nonfunctional. Plus, leaves and debris caught in your gutters can cause water to collect on your roof where it’s not supposed to, and eventually cause damage and rot to the roof itself.
If this happens, a buyer will most likely only make an offer on the contingency that you repair your roof before closing, and that can get very expensive.
4. Apply fresh paint
A fresh coat of paint can go a long way towards improving the curb appeal of any home, no matter how old it is.
If you can’t paint the entirety of your home’s exterior, break out the pressure washer and tackle any of those stubborn areas covered in moss and dirt. Save a few bucks by painting a fresh trim and shutters, as well; an eye-catching color for trim, like white or gray, and an equally interesting color for shutters, like deep blue or red, may be able to get the job done so that you don’t have to paint your whole home.
Don’t forget a fresh coat of paint on the front door!
We’re always talking about de-cluttering inside your home, but you should do so outside, too!
If you have kids, then you probably have toys, bikes and skateboards scattered across your lawn. Head outside with the kids one afternoon and make sure that everything gets put away before any potential buyers swing by.
Sure, they’d be understanding of your kids’ bikes on the lawn, but it’s best to paint a neater picture.
6. Consider a new mailbox
A new mailbox is only going to cost a few bucks, and it’ll definitely spruce up your curb appeal.
Go for something a little modern looking, like architectural numbers and a slim cast-aluminum design. Besides, for all the times you’ve accidentally backed into the mailbox with your car, the new buyers would probably appreciate a brand new one!
7. Freshen up the driveway
Replacing or re-pouring concrete or asphalt can be expensive, but if your driveway and front walk are in good-enough shape, a good washing will do.
Break out the power washer to get rid of dried-on stains.
8. Outdoor living spaces
Outdoor living is on almost every home buyer’s wish list.
To make your wish a reality, and make your home even more appealing in the process, update your outdoor living spaces. Spend a few bucks on new furniture, add a few potted plants, and establish a warm and comfortable layout.
The best part about this trick is that you can bring your brand-new patio furniture with you to your new home once you sell!
Selling your home is a beast in itself but getting buyers through the front door doesn’t have to be.
If you keep your curb appeal up to snuff, your home will sell at a good value and in a reasonable amount of time.
Then when you’re ready to make the big move to your new place, give us a call here at Highland Van & Storage at 604-581-2300 or get a quote right from our website. We have our professional team of movers standing by, ready when you are!