Last week we discussed how important curb appeal is. Sometimes a prospective buyer will not even go in the home if they are turned off by the exterior! So here are a few simple ways that you can increase the curb appeal of your home. Whether you are selling or not, your home is one of your biggest investments so you should take care of it!
- Paint or replace your front door
Experts from DYI Network, Better Homes and Gardens, and HGTV all suggest that giving your front door some attention is one of the simplest ways to upgrade curb appeal. You can buy a new door for as low as $200-$300, or you can do it yourself and paint it! Watch this short video from Lowe’s on how to paint your front door.
- Pressure wash your deck, siding, and driveway
A dirty or dingy exterior does NOT set a good first impression. After you wash your deck, you can also re-stain it if it’s time. And if you don’t own a pressure washer, ask around or rent one!
- Replace hardware
Probably the easiest task on the list. Look at your door knobs and even house numbers and replace or touch up anything that looks dated.
- Examine your exterior lights
Step one: Make sure they work! If not, replace the bulbs as necessary. Next, see if you should replace or fix any of the exterior lights. Tips from professional designers include matching all your exterior lights, and also matching the light fixtures to to the colors or themes of your home.
- Think like a buyer
If you are thinking of selling in the next year, take a walk around your home pretending to view it for the first time. You can even bring a friend along for a different opinion. What things would someone notice as they look at your home? Are there handrails missing? Did you forget about the football on the roof? Try to focus on the things you’ve gotten used to overlooking!
For more ideas see the Country Living article “40 Ways to Add Serious Curb Appeal to Your Home”