Selling Your Home? 12 Simple Shortcuts to Surefire Curb Appeal

Selling Your Home? 12 Simple Shortcuts to Surefire Curb Appeal

Selling Your Home? 12 Simple Shortcuts to Surefire Curb AppealIf you’re hoping to sell your home, it’s vital that you make a great first impression on potential buyers. If their first views of your home are positive, you’ll find it much easier for your property’s other benefits to sell themselves.

Here are 12 simple but effective ways of achieving exactly that by increasing your home’s curb appeal.

  1. Give your yard a thorough tidy, but don’t stop there. Try and simplify its features down to attractive basics that so it doesn’t look too complicated to manage. Only dedicated horticulturalists want to move into a showcase garden.
  2. Check that all exterior lighting works, and replace or fix if necessary. Also consider adding new, atmospheric lighting to outdoor areas such as decking or porches. This is especially helpful if you’re expecting evening viewings.
  3. If you have garden furniture you’re planning to take with you, consider replacing it with an inexpensive but still attractive set. You don’t want to leave leisure areas bare, but you also don’t want viewers to assume your favorite furniture comes as part of the deal.
  4. Weed and tidy all your pathways and driveways, and give them a power wash if they’re looking a little old and faded.
  5. Buy an attractive new welcome mat to put outside your front door. As well as being friendly and welcoming, this also shows you take cleanliness seriously.
  6. Also give your front door a lick of paint or varnish to make sure it’s looking like new, without any cracks, flakes, or weather stains. A door that looks old and damaged will make viewers worry about security.
  7. Make sure your exterior items like mailboxes and street numbers are clean and free of obstructions. Not only does this give a good first impression, but it also makes your home easier to find.
  8. Wash all your windows, both inside and out. Your home should be sparkling clean from the outside and give clear views from inside.
  9. Clean out all your garden buildings and garages to increase the sense of space, and to show you keep your home in good order.
  10. Give fences and gates a fresh coat of paint or varnish. It’s surprising how shabby outdoor items can become over the years without you really noticing.
  11. Give hedges and shrubs a trim and shape to keep them looking neat.
  12. And finally, hire an arborist or tree surgeon to cut larger trees back to size. Overgrown, untidy trees close to your home will worry most viewers, especially in areas where storms are common.

These tips might be simple, but put them together and they’ll make approaching your home for the first time a positive, pleasurable experience. And when you’ve managed that, the job of selling is halfway done already.

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