5 Tips for Increasing the Curbside Appeal of Your Home

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By BenjaminBeck

If you have been thinking about selling your home, today’s housing market might give you the opportunity to sell your home at a profit. Recent real estate trends show that the seller’s market is on the rise and that more people are buying homes in 2018 than in the previous year. Before you put your home on the market, there are a few strategies you can use to make it stand out, such as increasing its curbside appeal in ways that will help catch the eye of any buyer.

1.      Review Your Roof

If you have neglected to give your home’s roof much attention lately, you may want to do so before you put your home on the market. You are probably used to its appearance, but you can improve your home’s overall appeal by casting a buyer’s eye on your roof. Missing or curled shingles, sagging, and a dingy surface can all cause buyers to pass your home by, so having a roofing contractor come to inspect and repair your roof can help improve the property’s curbside appeal and give you the chance to make minor repairs that might affect its value.

2.      Reseal the Driveway

The condition of your home’s driveway can speak volumes to potential buyers. For example, cracked asphalt or crumbling edges might cause your open house visitors to believe the rest of the property might have been neglected as well. Before you put your home on the market, consider having your driveway resealed and the edges landscaped to create a sleek, welcoming appearance.

3.      Put Your Home Under Pressure

First impressions can mean the difference between attracting a buyer and having them pass your home by. As such, improving the outward appearance of your home before you put it up for sale is a wise move. However, if you find yourself short on cash and cannot afford too many improvements, one simple and low-cost solution is to rent a pressure washer and give the home’s exterior a thorough cleaning.

One of the greatest benefits of using a pressure washer on your home’s siding, deck, driveway, and windows is that you can clean large areas without using a ladder or other potentially dangerous tools. Most pressure washers come with an extendable hose that allows you to reach hard-to-reach areas, such as windows on the second floor of your home. You may want to price the cost of renting a pressure washer in your area to ensure you get the best deal.

4.      Doll Up Your Door

Creating curbside appeal does not need to be difficult or time consuming. In fact, one way to increase the chances of a quick house sale is to change the color of your front door in a way that will catch the eye of passersby. Using primary colors such as red and yellow can be fetching, and you can enhance the look with borders or accessories that will get the exterior of your home noticed. For example, use hanging flower baskets with bright, complementary colors to accentuate your front door by placing them on either side of the entrance.

5.      Freshen Your Flora and Fauna

Giving your landscaping a makeover can attract a buyer’s eye and let him or her know that you have taken great pride in your home over the years. Remove wilting plants and flowers, add new, bright flora, and increase landscaping at the front of your home to improve bare or boring areas. Flower baskets and quick-planting annuals can spruce up the borders and porch of your home, and most do not require much maintenance.

While the real estate seller’s market has improved over the course of this year, making your home attractive to buyers can be vital to its marketability. Increasing its curb appeal can be a simple and effective way to catch the eye of almost any buyer.