Spring has sprung! Now that buyers are coming out of hibernation, it’s time to maximize your curb appeal.
Don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on exterior updates? If you don’t have huge issues like drainage or leaks, most updates can be minimal and low-cost. Embrace the warmer weather and boost your home’s value with these simple outdoor enhancements.
1. Welcome with Style
What better way to welcome guests and buyers than with a fresh, fun front door? A simple wash and new coat of paint can drastically change your home’s appearance – and do little damage on your wallet. If your door is in good shape, give it a good wiping down, then opt for a color that complements – but contrasts – your exterior for an extra pop. If your front door is deteriorating, though, stop in your local home improvement store for a new one. It’s amazing the difference a door can make!
2. Wash Away the Winter
Dirt and grime covering your home’s potential? Bust out the power washer! There’s almost nothing better than a spic and span exterior, and you can do it all with water. Tidy up exterior surfaces of your home – plus other areas like sidewalks, patios, decks and more, and all in just a few hours of work. Don’t own a power washer? Check out your local home improvement store to rent one on the cheap!
3. Trim and Tidy Up
Overgrown bushes and branches hiding your home? Now’s the time to tidy up. Spring is the perfect time to remove dead tree branches and trim back bushes that brush up against your house. As a rule of thumb, try to keep branches about 5-6 feet away from the sides and roof of your house to prevent leaks and critters from getting inside. (Psst. now’s also the time to pull those weeds in your landscaping!)
4. Add Some Accessories
Make your house pop with unexpected new accessories! Try mixed-metal house numbers, an updated mailbox or slot, a cheeky welcome mat, a fun new doorknob, modern lighting and more. But don’t think a home improvement store is your only option! Check out DIY/fabric shops, antique malls and more for unique options that fit your home’s style.
5. Keep It Short and Weed-Free
Our last easy outdoor tip? Lawn maintenance! You never know when a potential buyer could be doing a drive-by, so keep your grass mowed and those dandelions away. If you don’t have an in-ground sprinkler system, pick up a few portables so your grass stays lush and green all summer long.
Just a few exterior updates can make all the difference to a buyer’s eye. Interested in more tips on boosting your home’s value? Get in touch with us today!