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Spring is here, time to freshen up your home’s curb appeal! First impressions matter, especially when it comes to selling your home. Your home’s exterior appeal plays a major role in buyer interest so give them a reason to stop to learn more about your property. Make your home the envy of the neighborhood and sell it fast!
Improving your home’s curb appeal adds value, so focus on landscaping, roofing, and porch appeal to make your home a beautiful asset that buyers want.
Physical Exterior and Roof
You don’t have to spend a fortune when focusing on your home’s exterior, but you definitely want to replace and repair anything that’s obviously worn out. If your roof has seen better days and has lost shingles or shows obvious repairs, it’s time to consider a new one. The same applies to your siding. If your siding is faded, outdated, or damaged, consider updating it soon. Keep in mind that you will easily recoup your investment if you update your home’s exterior.
Buyers calculate all the expenses they’ll have to make their new home attractive and livable, so not having to immediately invest in a major upgrade is a big plus when buying. The same rules apply to siding, windows, and doors. Painting could work as a quick and fresh look, but that of course depends on condition. If your siding is old or outdated in style or color, consider investing in fresh paint, if it’s wood, or install new siding. Paint entrance doors and window sashes, too, if possible. If your windows are hopelessly outdated, you might want to consider new ones. If you have a porch, make it as inviting as possible. Paint if it needs it, spruce up any outdoor furniture with new paint or cushions, and add some potted plants. Add new house numbers and a mailbox if the current ones are missing, outdated, or otherwise in poor condition.
Landscaping improvements can be simple or complex, it’s really up to you. The bare minimum should be healthy, well-maintained grass and trees. Regular maintenance like watering and feeding often cures any grass issues such as brown or yellow spots or weed issues. If not, then re-seeding works like a charm to improve the lawn. Trim any bushes and if they’re not healthy, replace or remove them. Update the mulch around all the plants and trees in your yard. If you want flowers, by all means, plant them, but make sure to maintain or remove exhausted perennials and all annuals are well-watered, fed, and pruned.
Don’t forget about the backyard, either. Make your backyard a haven for family and fun. The same rules apply to the backyard as did the front. Add flower pots and leafy perennials and clean up the patio with a power wash or add a stone walkway to make a bright and inviting outdoor area.
If you don’t have time to do it yourself, reasonable landscapers abound in every neighborhood. Call one of them and make your yard the best-looking one around!
The Bottom Line
Don’t spend more than you can afford, but remember it’s always worth it to spruce up your home’s exterior. It will reward you with a higher selling price, as well as introduce a well-maintained property to potential buyers.
Investing in time, money, and sweat equity for your home’s curb appeal will create a lasting first impression you can’t afford to miss.