Increase Your Curb Appeal!

Don’t worry, this doesn’t have to be a time-consuming project. Here are some easy improvements you can make to boost your curb appeal – all in just one weekend.

  • Paint or stain your front door. You probably won’t even have to take it off the hinges.
  • Installing a metal kick plate is another inexpensive way to freshen your entrance – it will cover years of wear.
  • Polish door hardware. Consider replacing the hardware if it’s really worn or flaking. Don’t forget the doorbell and lighting fixtures.
  • Replace worn welcome mats. A new welcome mat in a cheery complementary color can boost the front entrance welcome factor.
  • Install outdoor lighting. Consider solar garden lights to line a walkway, or a bright new porch light. This will make your home look more inviting in the evening when most buyers have the time to drive by.
  • Kill mold and mildew. Use a pressure washer to easily blast the siding, roof, deck and driveway clean.
  • Mow the lawn. Trim around flowerbeds and other stationary objects. Make sure your lawnmower’s blades are sharp for a clean cut.
  • Get rid of weeds. Replace with blooming flowers and add new bark or gravel for a fresh look.
  • Trim shrubs and tree branches.
  • Cutting overgrown shrubs can open up your home’s exterior. Be sure branches aren’t creeping onto the roof. Show off appealing architectural elements by trimming around columns and windows.
  • Add a hanging flower basket. Install a stylish but discreet hook on your front porch and add an inexpensive hanging plant.
  • Clean gutters. If the downspout is badly damaged, consider replacing it with a decorative rain chain, which allows water to run down ornamental funnels into the ground drain.
  • Clean windows. Use an industrial cleaner to make your windows sparkle from across the street.
  • Don’t forget to wash the screens.

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Spending just one weekend to prepare your house for the market can pay off big in a big way. A great first impression can mean the difference between a quick sale versus having your home sit on the market for months.

Amanda Bell Sells, Curb Appeal

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