Curb appeal is so important because it is the first impression that people have of your home. Here are some ideas to improve your home’s curb appeal, especially if you are thinking of putting your home on the market.
- Give the front door and shutters a fresh new coat of paint. Either go with a traditional hue such as black, white, grey, navy blue, etc. or try a trendier shade. Check out Arsenic by Farrow & Ball (a blue/green), Sunburst by Benjamin Moore (yellow), Evening Sky by Benjamin Moore (deep blue), Folly Green by Farrow & Ball, Hampshire Rocks by Benjamin Moore (gray), etc. Just be sure to check with your HOA if you have one to get permission before painting if needed.
- Install a new mailbox
- Plant trees, shrubs, and flowers
- Put up new address numbers
- Invest in new outdoor lights
- Paint your garage door if needed
- Power wash the exterior, siding, and walkways
- Perform any necessary maintenance on fences
- Repair or replace the roof if it is needed
- Clean dirty windows; unclean windows really do detract from the appeal of a home’s exterior
- Replace any rotted wood
- Replace any missing siding
- Once it’s warmer outside, keep bushes and shrubs trimmer and the lawn watered and mowed
1. Improve curb appeal: The curb appeal of a home is the first impression that buyers see; make sure the lawn is mowed and that porches, exterior walls and the driveway is clean.
2. Invest in small upgrades: Making small upgrades to a home can be a great idea before selling but be careful about spending too much money. Overhauling the entire kitchen may not pay off in the end, but making small improvements such as changing out the kitchen faucet or putting new knobs on the cabinets can go a long way.
3. Depersonalize: Remove family photos (at least some of them), take down eccentric art, and repaint any spaces that have loud colors on the wall. The goal is for the buyer to visualize the space as their own.
4. Price your home appropriately: It’s imperative to price your home correctly; too low and you will leave money behind, too high and your home could sit on the market. It’s important to work with your Realtor to come up with the best price for your home.
5. Sell at the right time: Usually spring is prime home buying season; the weather is nice and families with kids are able to move before summer break, allowing them to make a nice transition. Although plenty of home buyers are out shopping year round, it’s a good idea to have your home market ready by spring.
When selling your home, it’s important to get the kitchen clean, organized and ready to sell since many consider the kitchen to be the heart of the home.
- Clear the counters as best as you can. Put away appliances and only take them out to use them.
- Put rarely used pots, pans, and dishes in storage
- Clean out any “junk drawers”
- Create as much empty space as possible in drawers, cabinets, and the pantry
- If your pantry is crammed full, begin to use as much of it as you can. You don’t want to be moving a lot of food when you leave and it will also help to create a clean space that will appeal to buyers. It’s also a good idea to organize the pantry but utilizing baskets to store items or to group similar items together
- Clear out as much as possible from underneath the sink. Move any extra cleaning supplies out and make sure that the sink is free from any leaks
- Give the kitchen a scrub down including the counters, sink, cabinets, floors, etc.
- If the refrigerator doors are full of magnets, photos, calendars, etc., consider removing all or some of those items
- If there is open shelving, consider putting items in baskets to create a clean and organized look
- If some cabinets have glass doors, be sure that those cabinets are clean; consider displaying pretty dishes in those spaces
- Store potholders and towels in drawers instead of hanging on the oven handle
- Do you collect teacups, plates, etc? If so, keep a few out but put the rest into storage
Setting the stage for the sale of your home is key to making a great first impression on potential buyers and getting top dollar for your home. Home staging does not need to cost a lot, in fact, just investing in a few items can make a huge difference. Buying a few new throw pillows for your sofa can really update dated furniture and can be used to add a pop of color to the room. Having fresh fruit out in the kitchen and fresh flowers in the home really lightens and brightens the atmosphere, makes the home more inviting, and is an inexpensive way to add natural beauty to a room. Putting a new area rug in a space can tie the room together and create a cozy and cohesive look. Buying new towels that are used only for display in bathrooms goes a long way in creating a clean look for the space. New bedding instantly upgrades the look of a bedroom and is a lot cheaper than buying all new accessories or furniture for the room. Mirrors are also a great accessory to invest in; they create the illusion of more space and are perfect for small spaces. Implementing these cheap and easy accessories will get your home looking great and ready for buyers!