Curb appeal is of the utmost importance when you want to sell your home. The exterior of your home is the first thing prospective buyers see. You want to make sure they get a good first impression when they pull into the driveway to tour your home. What you might not realize, though, is that creating curb appeal consists of much more than mowing the grass, planting some flowers, and trimming the hedges. Here are a few more things you’ll need to consider when it comes to making a positive first impact on buyers.

 

 

  1. This should go without saying, but as we mentioned above, mowing/edging the yard, trimming hedges and trees, and planting flowers will all do wonders to refresh the look of your front yard. Just don’t stop there…

  2. If your entry door looks tired, spotty, or scratched, consider replacing it. If buying a new door isn’t in the budget, make sure to repair any major damage and give it a fresh coat of paint.

  3. Speaking of doors, makes sure the garage door looks good, too. It might be the very first thing buyer’s get a close look at.

  4. Make sure to wash the windows. These get overlooked a lot, especially if they’re all covered by blinds or curtains. If a good washing doesn’t help, think about buying new windows. They can actually be a great selling point.

  5. Replace any ripped or missing window screens.

  6. Clear the gutters. This is another detail that can be overlooked, because it isn’t always immediately visible. But leaves, twigs, and even birds’ nests can gather there and create clogs.

  7. Pressure wash the exterior of your home. Touch up any siding that might need new paint. Replace any chipped, cracked, or missing mortar around bricks.

  8. While you’ve got the pressure washer out, give the driveway and porch a good spray, too. You won’t believe how different they’ll look!

  9. Leave on exterior lights for nighttime showings. Not only will it provide illumination and safety for real estate agents and home shoppers, but it will also make the house look inviting and warm.

What kind of experiences have you had with curb appeal as a buyer or a seller? Tell us in the comments section below!

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