The first thing a potential buyer will see of your house is the exterior, whether it’s in the listing photos or when they drive up for a tour. Give the buyer a great first impression by sprucing up the exterior of your home before you put it on the market. Use these 6 great ways to win over buyers while not spending a ton of money. The payoffs are worth it!
Wash the exterior
Before a big meeting, what is the first thing you do? Take a shower and get clean. The same goes for your house. Give a thorough wash to the paneling, garage doors, and windows. Having a clean surface to work on will make the next few steps easier. In addition, be sure to wash the driveway and sidewalk in front of the property. Pressure washers aren’t expensive to rent for a couple of hours (as low as $28 for 4 hours from Home Depot) and the results are like night and day.
Now that old dirt and cobwebs are out of the way, take some time to upgrade your exterior hardware. New porch and driveway light fixtures will add a modern look in a variety of styles and prices. Consider new LED light bulbs for energy efficiency, longevity.and safety. If door handles and garage door handles need upgrading to match the lights, grab those too. Be sure to inspect the doorbell, too. If it is cracked, faded or old, you should replace it. Little details matter. If your house is set up for it, consider a smart doorbell to upgrade the home’s tech.
A new coat of paint goes a long way
Selling your home is the perfect time to touch up the paint on the interior and exterior of the house. We’re just focusing on the exterior here. Interior design and touch-up tips can be found here. Be sure to touch up or repaint the entryway, garage doors, and siding. Bright, new colors make a bold statement that looks good in pictures and real life.
To add more color, turn to your lawn and garden. Keep your lawn well-trimmed and weed-free the entire time your home is on the market. Be sure to keep it watered and fertilized to reduce brown spots. The more it looks like a golf course, the better. In addition, adding new, colorful plants to gardens, flower boxes, and flower pots is a cheap way to add a huge pop of color to your home. While you’re at it, be sure to pull weeds and consider a soil aid such as bark dust to help the plants grow and make your garden healthier. Buying it by the yard is very cheap at Zamzows.
Finally, take a look at your lawn and patio furniture. If it is worn out and falling apart, replace it. No buyer wants to see a broken wooden chair or a frayed hammock that has been chewed up by squirrels. If your patio chairs and tables are in good shape, give them a good wash and a fresh coat of paint. You’d be surprised how good that Adirondack chair will look after being repainted.
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