Do you have your house on the market but are struggling to get potential buyers even to enter your home?
Although you may have done all that you can to make your house enticing and welcoming on the inside, buyers look at more than just the interior of a home. Many sellers are unaware that one of the most important things you can do to draw potential home buyers in to view your house is to make sure that the outside of your home looks fantastic. If you’d like to attract a larger pool of potential buyers, maybe it’s time to spruce up the outside of your home so that more people want to tour the inside of it.
While improving the exterior of your property may seem like an expensive project, especially considering all the interior improvements you have undertaken, don’t despair. It doesn’t have to be pricey. Keep reading to discover seven ways you can improve your home’s curb appeal on a budget.
1. Paint your doors
The entrance to your home is the prime focus of your entire house. By creating an inviting front exterior, your home will instantly draw in the buyers. Paint only costs about $25 a gallon, so you can frugally create a bright change to your front door on a budget without hiring outside help. You could even apply an identical fresh coat to your garage door so that there is unity between the two. If you’d rather have a natural, rustic look, consider installing a natural wood door in the entryway. Add a matching welcome rug and gorgeous wreath, and even your neighbors will want to trade homes.
2. Add new hardware and numbers
Once you refinish your door, or if your door looks great as is, some new door hardware could really add curb appeal to your home. First impressions are crucial, so if you have an assortment of mismatched hardware rather than matching hardware, it could be keeping potential buyers from checking out your beautiful home.
Some good options for new hardware are a doorknob or a knocker, an exterior light, a wall mounted mailbox, and new house numbers. When visitors see the unison and beauty of the hardware in your entryway, they’ll be curious to see if the inside of your home will look as just grand as the doorway.
3. Install lighting
Have you ever driven past a house at night, saw bright lights lining the edge of the walkway, and thought, “Boy, that looks horrid”? Never, right? Those kinds of homes look fantastic and enticing. Many house showings happen at twilight once people are off work, so potential buyers will be impressed by those lights as they walk up the sidewalk.
4. Flower Power
Flowers are a super easy and budget-friendly way to add curb appeal to your home. Adding flowers can be done in a variety of creative ways. You can either create window boxes and install them beneath your windows (Check out this link for a DIY), or just buy a few potted plants or flowers and set them decoratively around your entryway. Line your flower beds with a fun border to give it a clean and well-kept look.
If you don’t have much room for a flower bed border, you can purchase pots or even create them on your own to make it affordable. Get creative with the colors, but make sure they fit with the rest of the colors in your entryway.
5. Update Your Landscaping
Did you know that just a thick layer of dark mulch around your current landscaping will make your home look lovely? In addition to adding mulch, make sure to trim your hedges and rose bushes and weed your flower beds. Add a faux (or real) stone border for a nice touch.
You could even plant a new tree (with mulch around it) or a few flowers in a flower bed or along your walkway. Create an immaculate exterior atmosphere with these cheap and easy tricks.
A driveway full of cracks and weeds will definitely detract buyers. An easy remedy for an ugly driveway is to pull out the weeds and fill in any cracks with new cement.If you have oil or gas stains from old cars, use a pressure washer and spray them down. If you don’t own a pressure washer, most home improvement stores rent them out for a small fee. Another great idea, if you have extra space next to your driveway, is to widen the driveway by either laying down concrete pavers or new gravel. Homebuyers are always looking for more space to park cars or RVs.
7. Outer Walls
Update the outer walls of your house by repainting, changing the siding or stucco, and updating the trim to match. Make sure the outside of your home is identical in style to the inside of your home. You don’t want the exterior of your home to have a western look, while the interior looks like the beach.
This improvement will give you the opportunity to patch any holes or cracks in the walls of your house that would send potential homebuyers scurrying away. A home with a fresh coat of paint will be sure to catch anyone’s eye, whether it’s someone walking by or a buyer looking at pictures online.
With these curb appeal tips, you’ll be on your way to attracting buyers to your home like butterflies to a daisy plant in no time. Pick a project, whatever you think would make your home the most appealing and have fun with it. Use our curb appeal tips, and you will be able to sell your house quite readily after a few updates. And you’ll be leaving your home, proud of the wonderful things you did to improve it.
The team at Rebecca’s Realtor knows the curb appeal changes that will get your home sold fast. Click here to get in touch with a helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable Rebecca’s Realtor agent.