There's nothing better than a great first impression
What's the first thing a potential homebuyer will notice about your house? The
great view from the master bedroom? Your beautiful kitchen? If your house's
front exterior is lacking appropriate "curb appeal" it's unlikely that buyers will
even make it through the front door. Your home's exterior appearance is the first
thing people notice.
So whether you're getting ready to sell your home or are just looking for an easy way to improve your property value, taking small steps to improve your curb appeal can be a simple, worthwhile investment.
Looking at your home from someone else’s perspective
There are lots of ways to add curb appeal to your home and sometimes the list can be overwhelming. First, you might want to try and take a good long look at your house. Stand at the end of the driveway or even across the street. Ask yourself: What would my neighbors notice about my house? What kind of initial impression would a guest have?
You might even want to take a few pictures of your home's exterior and send them to a friend or relative. They might be able to see things that you wouldn't.
The improvements with the most impact will be the ones made on the most obvious problem areas. It doesn't make a lot of sense to add ornamental flowers if your lawn is dead. A new door knocker won't do much if your home needs new paint. Taking a nice long look at your house will make it clear what project you should tackle first.
A little elbow grease
Often, the most effective and cost-effective way to improve your home's curb appeal is simply taking time to clean and touch up the house's exterior and front landscape.
Here are a few clean up ideas to help you get your home looking its best:
1. Power wash the exterior siding. Make note of areas with peeling or cracking paint.
2. Clean out your gutters and remove any debris from the roof. If any of your gutters are rusting or bent, have them replaced.
3. Wash all your windows on both the outside and inside. Remove any cobwebs.
4. Rake and remove any dead vegetation. Make sure your walkways are swept.
Make your home the very best so it makes a great first impression.