We all know that first impressions count. And they can make a serious difference when selling your house. A home with great curb appeal can sell for up to 7% more, according to Realtor Magazine. Here are 5 quick and easy ways to increase your curb appeal and raise the value of your property.
1. Layout a welcome mat
It might sound like a small detail – but part of curb appeal is making people feel welcome in your home. So get that welcome mat out!
Make sure the mat is clean and in good condition. A shabby entrance won’t help your curb appeal at all. But we’ll let you decide whether to go for a classic “welcome” message or a witty phrase!
2. Freshen up the windows and blinds
The windows are the “eyes” of your house. They’re one of the first things that people notice, and they can make a huge difference to curb appeal.
Check that all your windows, blinds, and shutters are clean. If you want to give the house a quick facelift, then freshen up the paintwork or install new blinds. If your budget is tight, simply polishing or replacing door handles and window catches can make a surprisingly big difference.
3. Clean in between the cracks
We’ve already mentioned cleaning a few times. That’s because it’s the easiest, fastest way to make your home look great!
Don’t forget about…
- gutters and drainage pipes
- weeds on garden paths or paving stones
- mold on windows, doors or steps
You can solve most of these issues with soap and water, or a weedkiller solution. Trust us, your realtor will thank you!
4. Add lighting for evening views
Here’s an elegant detail to consider. If your property is likely to be shown in the evening, then try adding a string of lights around your door or over the house. It looks charming, it’s welcoming, and it will make your home stand out from the crowd.
5. Finish with a pop of color
There’s a reason that realtors often “dress” homes for viewings with fresh flowers. They look bright, clean, and welcoming. So why not use flowers for some curb appeal? Add some planters or flowerpots around the door to create a pop of glowing color.