As homeowners, we take great pride in how our space looks. We're meticulous about our design choices, regular maintenance, and upkeep. All of that hard work shows when someone goes into the house and sees the fruit of our labor. However, when you're going to put your home on the market, you can't just focus on the home's interior. You have to make sure the curb appeal is on point. If your lawn needs to be mowed and is overrun with dead patches of grass and crabgrass… Potential buyers might not even want to see the interior. To help you navigate the selling process, we'll share our top tips.
We have insights from top-selling agents that'll give you some insight regarding ways you can boost your home's curb appeal while adding value to your property as well.
1. Faux Landscaping
Landscaping is the easiest way to improve curb appeal. It's as easy as laying down grass seed and watering it regularly. You can use flowers and flowering bushes or trees to add dimension and color. Consider hiring someone specializing in hardscaping to create new walkways, and retaining walls.
2. New Light Fixtures
Replacing light fixtures can change the exterior of your home but also makes your yard a little safer. When you're choosing which fixtures, take into consideration the overall design of your home. In addition, you'll want to pick fixtures that compliment the style. For example, if you have a traditional craftsman bungalow, you probably don't want to go with an ultra-modern design.
3. Windows and Doors
Replacing the windows and doors in your home makes your space look polished and updated, but it also can save you quite a bit of money if you opt for EnergyStar-approved products. If saving money on your energy bill isn't enough reason to replace the windows and doors, you could also earn tax incentives (up to $500) to make the switch.
Painting the exterior of your home can take your home to a whole new level. Painting is a fundamental process, so it's safe to say that it's not going to be a weekend project - especially if you have a large house. However, when you scrape off all of the old paint that's starting to chip away and apply the new coat of paint, your home will look fantastic. Plus, if you've always hated the color of your home, now's the chance to change it!
It's worth noting that you probably don't want to paint the house a color that goes against local ordinances or HOA rules, doesn't match the roof shingles or doesn't match the style of your home (like a charcoal grey for a victorian house or a pale yellow for a modern home).
5. Textures and Materials
What do you do if your home is in good condition and doesn't need much work? Well, you could change the look of the home's facade by using different textures and materials. For example, you could add stone veneers to the bottom third of your home. You could use slate slabs around the front door to draw focus to the front entryway. If you have a brick home, you could add wooden accents like shutters, the garage door, or wood columns.
Boosting curb appeal adds value!
Whether you want to give your home a facelift or you’re planning to sell your home in the near future, these curb appeal improvements are a great starting point. These projects aren’t going to be quick and easy, but they’ll make a huge impact and be worth every penny spent!