3 Steps for Instant Curb Appeal
When considering selling your home, most real estate agents agree that great curb appeal is essential to making a home attractive to potential buyers. It is the first impression that will stick with that buyer as they see multiple houses.
Underwhelming curb appeal can set a negative tone for a showing. Ultimately, it can help make or break a deal. Sprucing up the exterior of your home and the surrounding land is an important and often over-looked aspect of preparing your home for sale. Here are a few simple and inexpensive steps that can be taken to give your home a facelift. Give these 3 tips from Montrose real estate agents a try:
As humans, we tend to stop seeing unsavory cosmetic details in time. We start to glaze over the cracks in the linoleum flooring, and stop even acknowledging the chip in the counter top. It is important to look at the front of your home through a stranger’s eyes. If possible, bring a real estate agent over (or better yet a professional stager) to give you their impressions.
Remove any debris from the front and sides of your home such as lumber from unfinished projects, palettes, broken equipment, and old windows. Sweep off your front porch. All children’s toys should also be relocated to a shed or storage space. Spend an afternoon pulling weeds and removing any dead or unsightly shrubbery or trees. If you have many yard ornaments or decorations, try limiting yourself to one tasteful piece. Not everyone will have the same design tastes as you, but having a neutral and universally attractive yard is always a positive thing.
Walkway and Lawn
The pathway that leads to your front door should be both aesthetically pleasing and functional. If you already have a paved sidewalk, make sure that any grass or weeds are removed from the border. In yards that do not have a paved sidewalk leading to the front door, try making the path out of flagstone pavers. Flagstone adds a custom feel without having to pour cement.
Planting flowers on each side of the walkway will add a pop of color as well as draw attention to the walkway. Look for flowers with a long blooming season that will do well with the soil and amount of light the area receives. The walkway can also be defined by the addition of woodchips or gravel. Regardless of how you choose to border your walkway, solar lights can be added for a nice touch. In houses with odd layouts for front door location, a well-defined walkway can create a sense of order and flow.
Dead grass in the spring and summer can make even the most gorgeous house seem unkempt. If your neighborhood is filled with green lawns and yours is dead, it is likely to give the impression that your home has not received basic maintenance. If that is the case, try replacing a large part of your lawn with perennial plants and layers of flagstone. If you have enough time before you put your home up for sale, you can re-seed the lawn so that it is lush for the day of listing. Laying sod is more costly, but also effective. For a final touch, try adding large pots with colorful flowers or a rocking chair. Both items invoke a “home” feeling.
The front door is the literal entry way into the home, and therefore the greeting face for all visitors. If you have an unsightly screen door or storm door, try removing it altogether instead of replacing it for the sale of your home. Give the front door a fresh coat of paint. Choosing the color can be daunting. On many houses, a fun pop of color can be used. If your house is mainly earth tones, a color like plum or even chartreuse can give it life. Traditional dark red of brown are always safe choices. Navy blue and black typically look good with red brick. For a final touch, add a seasonally appropriate wreath!
Bonus Tip – for a bland, rectangular home, shutters added to windows and bushes or trees added to the front will greatly reduce the monotony.
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