When selling your house you need it to stand out among the rest of the houses on the market. It needs a certain “je ne sais quoi”. It needs life. It needs curb appeal. Here are some tips on how to add some exterior sparkle on a budget to catch the eye of potential buyers.
Paint the front door
Pick a bold color that makes your house stand out. Don’t be afraid to be bold. For a dark house use a bright color for contrast and vice versa for a light colored house. Pick a palette that will complement the trim of the house and the shutters. It doesn’t have to be the same, just make sure that it matches.
Adjust the door knob
The first thing a potential buyer will touch upon entering the home. Make sure the door knob is working properly. No squeaks or jiggles. Replace an old one with something unique that has a heavy duty feel to it, especially if your current door knob has any appearance of wear or damage. Potential buyers want to feel secure even if they aren’t living there… yet.
Roll out the welcome mat
Simple and effective. Greet potential buyers with a welcoming message. Have fun with the message on your welcome mat. Instead of “Welcome” buy one that says “Hello” or be the ever gracious host with “Come In.” Maybe even consider a subtle hint with one that says “Welcome Home”.
Update your house numbers
Besides being able to find the house, a house number can say a lot about the house itself. If they are cracked or chipped, rusted or faded, the house itself may not have been taken care of. Small details mean a lot to a potential buyer.
Straighten up your mailbox
Paint, clean, or upgrade your mailbox. It is another small detail at the entrance of your house that will not go overlooked by potential buyers. If your mailbox is street side make sure it is modern, heavy, and secure. If your mailbox has become crooked due to years of snowplows going by, now’s the time to reset that mailbox post. You can typically find kits to do this at your local hardware store.
Add some potted plants
A couple of potted plants near the entrance can go a long way. Keep away from high allergenic flowers and stay green. You don’t want a potential buyer having a reaction. If you do go colorful keep them far away from the door.
Freshen up your landscape
Mow your dang lawn! This should go without saying. Pick up sticks, rake, pull-up weeds. If you have any rock walls make sure they are sturdy and aren’t falling apart. This also means put trash cans away. Out of sight, out of mind. No one wants to smell trash while walking up to a potential home. Depending on when you are selling your home you may have to shovel and plow for safe and easy access to your house. Put down ice salt to ensure safe passage during the winter and early Spring months.
Scrub-a-dub-dub – deep clean the exterior
Power wash the sides of the house, the deck, the garage, even the driveway. Do your best to clean up any oil spots. A little hard work will go a long way with curb appeal. Make your home shine.
You may love the family of yard gnomes that greet you every day when you come home from work but a potential buyer needs to see a blank canvas that they can make their own. Remove all lawn ornaments. Simple is better. Bird feeders can stay but please, only one per front yard and back yard. We don’t want a Hitchcock situation.
Check exterior lighting
Double check to make sure all light bulbs are working and are properly illuminating the outside of your house. Safety as well as curb appeal are very important. Keep in mind that potential buyers might drive by at night to see what the home and neighborhood looks like after hours. Highlight any custom landscaping with lawn lighting.
Now we can’t actually guarantee that by doing one or all of these tips that you will sell your house immediately BUT they will certainly help. Show potential buyers that you still care about the house even when you are selling it. That will speak volumes about how you treated your home while you lived there. A little paint and some elbow grease can go a long way and get you that much closer to your next big milestone.