Before a buyer even steps through your front door, you’ve created a first impression. Keeping the outside of your home clean and tidy improves your home’s curb appeal and will make a difference when you’re looking to sell. Here’s six ways you can make your home look great and improve its resale value without spending all your money.
1. Paint the outside of your home
This is a large project but can do more to sell your house than anything else. A freshly painted house makes a great first impression. If you don’t have the time or budget to repaint the entire home, just touch up shutters or window frames.
2. Freshen up your front door
You’d be surprised how big a difference painting your front door can make. Your front door is the entryway to your home the focal point of its exterior. Don’t be afraid to be bold in colour selection. Fresh shades will draw attention and encourage buyers to enter.
3. Replace old hardware
Replacing old hardware like the door handle, house number, mailbox, and overhead light can add interest to your entrance. If they’re out of date or in bad condition, they may take away from the aesthetic you want to create. Make sure the hardware forms a cohesive look.
4. Tidy your garden
Tackle those wild weeds and overgrown shrubs. Cut back any overgrowth that keeps light out of the house. Choose colourful plants with different growing seasons so your garden looks great in both spring and summer.
5. Keep your landscaping clean
Landscaping should enhance your home, not hide it. Make sure your driveway is cleaned and walkways swept. If you have steps or a porch, make sure everything is in good repair. Replace missing spindles and rotted stairs or railings.
6. Spruce up your entrance
Place large pots filled with bright blooms at your front door – nothing is more welcoming than fresh flowers. If you’ve got space, place a chair and small table to the side of the door. A comfortable spot to take off your shoes or enjoy a warm summer day will appeal to buyers.
(Source of Text & Photo: Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver)