Before you put your home on the market, you may want to think about enhancing your curb appeal. Here are several tips to improve the look of your home and whip your home into shape and wow potential buyers. Buyers are looking for the best, so a home for sale can easily slip through the cracks if it’s not in pristine condition.

  1. PAINT THE FRONT DOOR, TRIM AND SHUTTERS Painting your home can add brightness and revive your house. Pick a bold color that makes your house stick out but make sure to match it to the rest of the colors on your home. Properly prep all surfaces before you paint to get great results that will last for years to come.
  2. IMPROVE YOUR LANDSCAPING Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression, so make sure your home’s lawn is immaculate. Mow the lawn, prune the bushes, weed the garden and plant flowers.
  3. CLEAN THE OUTSIDE A sloppy exterior will make buyers think you slacked on interior maintenance as well.
  4. MAKE REPAIRS You want your home to be in the best condition possible. Take care of major defects like broken windows or a leaky roof that could discourage buyers.
  5. UPGRADE YOUR MAILBOX It doesn’t matter if you have a mailbox by the road or mounted to your house. Adding a new one can add curb appeal. Make sure that you follow the regulations of the city you live in.
  6. INSTALL NEW HOUSE NUMBERS If your house has old or faded numbers, replace them with new numbers to spruce up the entrance. Try to match your new numbers with the finish that is on your exterior light fixtures.
  7. PLANT A TREE Planting a tree is one of the most common ways to add curb appeal to your home. Before you plant a tree, consider how big the tree will get and how it will affect your home. If you have enough space, try planting two trees to frame your house or entryway.
  8. BUY A NEW WELCOME MAT Let buyers know they’re invited into your home.
  9. INSTALL FLOWER BOXES If your house is lacking color, try adding flower boxes. Install them on the front porch railings and below windows. Also, consider buying container gardens in pots and placing them on your front steps or porch.

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by Phil Hotle

Phil Hotle
Century 21 Scheetz