Home buyers form an impression when they first see a house. Sometimes interest in a property is based on a photograph alone, so appearance is vital to a quick sale of a house. With a bit of work, a home can appeal to more potential buyers. The following steps will help you improve curb appeal before listing your property for sale.
To Help Improve Curb Appeal, Power Wash Around the House
Power washing sidewalks, decks, patios, and driveways does a lot to freshen up a home’s appearance. Washing the front of the house will tidy up the siding and make the home look new again.
Add a New Coat of Paint
A fresh coat of paint will also update the look of the home. If you cannot afford to give the entire house a new paint job, touch up the trim. Even newly painted window sills improve curb appeal.
Keep Up on Lawn Maintenance
Before showing the house or having photographs taken, make sure the lawn is neatly mowed and edged. A healthy lawn looks more inviting than a patchy one. Fertilize and water where necessary. Reseed with quality grass seeds in problem areas.
Clear Clutter to Improve Curb Appeal
To help buyers picture themselves in your house, pick up toys, put away bikes, and clean any personal clutter from the yard. Display only a few carefully selected items of outdoor furniture and decor.
Add Simple Landscaping
You don’t have to break the bank on landscaping to improve curb appeal. Plant some annuals for a boost of color. Add mulch around trees. Tidy beds of ornamental grasses and shrubs and trim back overgrown foliage around the house.
Freshen Up the Front Door to Improve Curb Appeal
A new front door can greatly improve a house’s appearance and appeal. Even a simple coat of paint will help. Choose a rich color that works well with your home. Clean up existing lighting fixtures or purchase new ones. Polish the doorknob and any other finishings and trims.
Clean and Repair the Roof
Roofs are one of the most scrutinized parts of the house. If your roof is missing shingles, replace them. Remove debris and repair any problem areas. Clean the gutters and remove any moss, mold, or debris. Make sure the roof and gutters look great from the street.
Take Care of Paving and Pathways
After power washing walkways and driveways, make any needed repairs. Asphalt should receive a new coat of sealer. Gravel pathways and drives can be rejuvenated with a new layer of gravel. Remove weeds from between pavers and make sure everything looks tidy.
After making updates to improve curb appeal, consider your home as if you were buying it yourself. If your house makes a good impression, you are ready to list it for sale.
Centennial Inspection Service provides pre-listing home inspections to the Denver Metropolitan area. To aid in the sale of your home, an inspector will assess the property to help you better understand the condition of the property. Contact us to schedule an appointment.