Imagine it—you’re looking for a new home. You hear about an open house in a nearby neighborhood, and you decide to check it out. Driving along the street, you can’t seem to find the house. You think you know which one it is, but you can’t be sure; the house number has worn away to almost nothing…or is it hidden along the curb somewhere? You drive by slowly, a little frustrated, looking at the “For Sale” sign on the lawn. The lawn is a little disheveled and plain. The yard looks smaller than you thought it would be. Already frustrated and now unimpressed, you decide to just go run errands (you really have a lot to do) and head home. It seems like more effort than it’s worth.
Curb appeal is important. It’s the first date your home will go on with its new owner. So, you’ll want to do everything you can to make sure anyone can drive by your house and think to themselves, “Now that looks like a nice place to live!” Because, even if your home is beautiful on the inside, at first it’s really the outside that counts.
Worried about the first impression your home makes? Don’t worry! Take these five easy steps to improve your home’s curb appeal.
1. Get new house numbers.
Simple as it sounds, new house numbers make a big impact. They make a house seem fresher, and they also grab passersby’s attention. Get new house numbers that match the feel of your home, like something sleek and simple if you have a modern house.
2. Add some fresh paint.
You don’t have to paint your whole house! Repaint your door, trim, shutters, and maybe the garage door, too. This can really revive your house, and picking the right colors can make it seem more cheery, too. You might even consider picking a bold red accent color for the door.
3. Take time for little repairs.
If little bits of your house’s front has fallen a bit by the wayside, take care of it! People looking to buy a house won’t want to think about what they need to fix on the walk to the door. Cracks in the pavement and dry patches on the lawn aren’t going to make a good first impression.
4. Put in some plants.
Bright, healthy plants make your home more inviting. Pick plant types and planters that match the style of your home. Maybe even consider planting a tree, which is a very common way of increasing curb appeal.
5. Have patio space? Show it off!
A patio can be a big plus for people looking to buy a home. Get new patio furniture and light fixtures to show off your patio’s potential. Refinish a worn-down porch floor to give it even greater appeal.
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