When you’re selling your home, staging the inside is only half the battle. You have to get potential buyers’ attention when they’re still at the curb—and that’s where the term “curb appeal” comes in.
What is Curb Appeal?
Curb appeal is the impression potential buyers get when they drive by your home for the first time.
Does the home look inviting, clean, and well-cared-for?
If it doesn’t, potential buyers will keep driving. They won’t take the time to schedule a tour because the home’s exterior gave them a bad first impression.
Even if they do schedule a tour, your home’s exterior sets the tone for how they’ll feel when they step inside the front door. If potential buyers are underwhelmed—or worse, put off—by the way the home looks from the street, they’re not going to have the right mindset walking in the door.
So what can you do?
Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal in 3 Easy Steps
First things first: Clean up your yard. It needs to be free from stray chairs, kids’ toys, lawn clippings, and other items that make it look messy or unkempt. Prune the bushes, sweep the walkway, and make sure the trash cans are tucked away on the side of the house or in the garage.
Once you’ve cleaned up and cut the grass, you can get ready to create an amazing first impression for all your potential buyers.
Spruce Up Your Shrubs, Bushes, and Flowers
Trees, bushes, and other plants in front of your home will look better if you prune them, trimming away dead leaves and dangling branches that don’t look quite right. While you’re at it, put down a fresh layer of mulch. The “fresher” things look, the more appealing they’ll be to buyers.
Power Wash, but Only if Necessary
If your home has gathered dirt and grime, be prepared to hire a professional power-washer. If you choose to DIY home power-washing, remember that you’ll have to clean the outside windows and wash off the porches, too; stirring up that grime can make a huge mess on your windows.
Arrange Outdoor Furnishings to Make Your House Seem More “Homey”
If you have chairs or a swing on your porch, add plush outdoor cushions or pillows. Put a candle or a flowering plant on the table, and make sure you have a new welcome mat in front of the door. If you don’t have outdoor furnishings, that’s fine, too; just make sure you have bright, flowering plants near the door to draw visitors’ attention to how alive the home looks.
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