Whether you’re considering putting your house on the market to sell, or you just want to give your home a face-lift, there are many different things that you can do to ensure that your home is putting it’s best foot forward. The old saying goes that you should never judge a book by its cover, but if we’re being honest, we’ve all been guilty of doing it anyway. Indeed, the cover of the book matters a lot more than it should, and that is what the idea of “curb appeal” is all about.
If a prospective buyer or curious neighbor is standing out on the street, looking at your home, what will they see? Is there anything that you can do to improve what they are seeing? You might live in a gorgeous home, but if the grass in your front lawn is dead, it’s going to be hard to get prospective buyers in the door. Today we’re going cover 6 easy ways that you can boost the curb appeal of your home without breaking the bank.
1. Get New Exterior Lighting
You want to cast your home in a good light—literally. If an interested home buyer decides to cruise by your home for a look after work in the evening, your home had better be lit up like a christmas tree! Okay, maybe not a christmas tree per se, but it needs to be well-lit with desirable exterior lighting fixtures. An old, flickering porch light is an eyesore, and will almost certainly be a major turn-off. If you are thinking of selling your home, invest in new exterior lighting today.
2. Plants! Plants! Plants!
We already touched on the need to have beautiful green grass, but there’s a lot more than just grass that is within your control to set your home apart. Plant a tree in your yard! It will provide shade, atmosphere, and character for your home buyers, and a new tree will be something that your home buyer can watch grow. You should also consider planting a small garden in a clearly visible area. If this is not an option, flower pots for your porch or flower boxes in your windows would go a long way. Plants make people feel comfortable and will work wonders in beautifying your home.
3. Get New Address Numbers
How have those big address numbers on the side of your house faired? Are they clearly visible and aesthetically pleasing? Or have they taken a beating over the years? For many homes, it is the latter. Replacing these address numbers a small way that you can use your artistic sensibilities to give your home a face-lift. This is a cheap job, but one with high rewards. And besides, how will homebuyers find the right part of your street’s curb to stand on if you don’t make your address numbers easy to find?
4. Make Sure Your Mailbox Is Pretty
Maybe your mailbox is free-standing, out in front of your house. Perhaps it’s mounted on the front of your house, next to your front door. Whatever the case, it’s an eye-catching feature on every house, and a usually a relatively easy one to control. Installing a new mailbox can be done for next-to-no money, but can work wonders to get interested homebuyers in the door. So whether your mailbox is just a little rusty, or bent sideways because your idiot neighbor backed into it, the time to fix it is NOW!
5. How Does Your Roof Look?
Are you missing shingles? Are your gutters on their last leg? Is your kid’s tennis racket still sitting up there for the whole world to see? Now is the time to do something about all of that. Your home’s roof is an extremely important facet of your home, and you want to give prospective buyers every assurance that your roof is solid. Few buyers are willing to invest in a home if the roof will need replacing. That’s a deal breaker.
6. New Exterior Paint
Exterior paint is one of the biggest things that makes or breaks a house when it comes to curb appeal. If your paint is fading and peeling, then a new coat of paint is not optional. You must correct this if you hope to get many good offers on your home. However, even if your current paint job is only 5 years old, a new coat will still add value and could help persuade potential buyers. If only we knew a good painting contractor… hmm…
Just kidding. We at Nash Painting are one of Middle Tennessee’s most trusted painting contractors, and we would be happy to sit down with you to explain why our work will be a game changer for your home. All you have to do is get in touch with us!
7. Put It All Online
Once you’ve done all this stuff, it’s time to bust your camera out. Spend a few days experimenting with shooting different parts of your home in different lights and different times of day until you get the perfect picture of each one. So industry experts estimate that as many as 88% of homebuyers begin their search on the internet, and what is the internet if not the world’s biggest curb? Participate in the digital age and share your curb appeal with world.