Let’s be real: there is nothing easy about selling a home. Not only does it take time, but it also takes a lot of planning, skill, and pure luck. One thing that can greatly affect how your house fares against others on the market is the way that it looks on the outside. The exterior of your home, which includes the siding, porch, and landscape, is the first thing that people see when they pull up. And, first impressions count, so it’s best to make sure that everything is in tip top shape if you’re in the process of showing and selling your house. Need some quick and easy tips on how to add curb appeal? We’ve got you covered.
There’s nothing attractive about a dirty house. If potential buyers show up to your front door, only to be met with grimy siding, windows, and door, they’re not going to be impressed. A good power washing job can go a long way in making your home look clean and new. Additionally, if the siding still looks worn after a good scrubbing, you may want to consider hiring a professional painter to apply a fresh coat of paint to the house. Trust us, this investment will be worth it in the long run.
Organize and declutter
This is especially true for the homeowners that also have kids, but making sure that everything is organized and looking good is a must. Go around the exterior of the home and put away lawn care tools, bikes, garbage, and anything else that’s out of place.
In addition to generally organizing everything, we also suggest putting away decorations that are anything but simple. While windchimes, wreaths, and pottery might be fun and pretty to you, it can be overwhelming to those who are used to a more minimal style.
Be smart with landscaping
Before you go all out with adding in walkways and rose bushes galore, start with the basics. If it’s spring, summer, or early fall, touch up the grass by spreading seeds and watering the soil at least once a day for a green and lush lawn. Groomed trees and shrubs also go a long way in making the exterior of your home fresher and more welcoming.
You can also increase curb appeal with flower color theory tactics. Certain colors may be able to influence how one feels or reacts when seen. For example, green influences feelings of peacefulness and red invites feelings of excitement. If you’re feeling particularly daring, try planting flowers based on their colors and how they potentially make people feel. You never know, some red roses planted in front of your doorstep might just be the final tipping point that pushes someone to purchase your house!
We hope these tips were helpful. First impressions matter, especially when it comes to selling a home. For more helpful posts and articles regarding personal finance, check back regularly to Your Money Relationship.