A good first impression is the most important thing when selling your home. And the first impression that potential buyers will get is from the street or driveway. They look at your front yard and entranceway and try to imagine coming home to it every day. To impress them and improve chances of a quick home sale, increasing curb appeal is essential.
Creating curb appeal is easy to do with minimal expense or effort. Below are several great methods to try.
General Yard Maintenance
Your lawn must be mowed neatly if you want to sell your home quickly. Likewise, it should be edged by the driveway, sidewalk, and front walkway. Flowerbeds, bushes, and trees should also have a neat edge around them as well as fresh mulch on the ground.
Bushes and hedges should be neatly trimmed and all dead branches should be removed. If any bush or tree is blocking the view of the front entranceway, it should be trimmed back.
If it is the growing season, you should make an effort to put colorful annual flowers in any open beds. They will make the house look much more like a home than bare mulch.
The House Itself
Adding a fresh coat of paint to your home is a great idea for a quick home sale. While more expensive than other ideas to increase curb appeal, it will get you more mileage.
If you do not want to spend the money for a full paint job, you should be sure to paint the entranceway and the front door.
Windows should be sparkling clean if you want to sell your home, and the trim around them should be freshly washed and painted. If the house has shutters, they should be washed, painted, or replaced if they are too old and faded.
The Grand Entrance
It is important for your front walkway and steps are in good repair and clean. Consider replacing a worn concrete path with attractive paving stones or brick. Wooden railings or porches should be freshly stained or painted.
As the potential homebuyers come to the front door, there are several things they will pay close attention to. Your mailbox should be brand new. They are inexpensive and easy to install. Your screen or storm door should also be replaced unless in exceptional condition.
You can dress up the entrance with a couple of pots of attractive flowers, a new welcome mat, and a pretty wreath on the door.
Increasing curb appeal using these methods will bring you a greater chance at selling your home quickly. By spending a relatively small amount of money, you can not only reduce the amount of time your house is on the market, but increase the sale price as well.