As a home seller, curb appeal has always been important. The way the outside of your home looks will influence whether or not a potential buyer would like to see more. But as a home seller during the COVID-19 pandemic, curb appeal is absolutely essential. Many home buyers will be unable to see your home in person and will rely on pictures and the exterior to make their decisions. Here’s what you should focus on so that your home stands out among the competition.
Spruce up your yard and garden
The easiest and most inexpensive thing you can do to enhance your home’s curb appeal is to keep your lawn and landscaping groomed. Freshly mowed grass and trimmed trees and bushes show potential buyers that the seller cares about the home. You can take it a step further and make the yard look colorful and lush with the addition of annual plants and flowers. Even a few pots of flowers arranged around the front door or in the yard will create a favorable impression and won’t cost much.
Clean the driveway and sidewalks
When was the last time you really cleaned your driveway or sidewalks? Even if they’re made of concrete, you can make them look good. Be sure to weed all the cracks in the driveway and the sidewalk and repair with caulk. Take it a step further and use a power washer to clean the concrete. If you don’t own one, you can rent one from a home improvement store. If you really want them to shine, apply a clear, glossy seal.
Include the garage
In many homes today, the garage is a prominent feature. Is yours doing everything it can to make your home look inviting? Give your garage door updated with a fresh coat of paint. Consider painting the garage door the same color as the trim on your home. If your garage door has seen better days, then consider replacing it. Your garage door can account for up to 40 percent of your home’s exterior, so pay attention to this important space.
Update your front door
In addition to your garage door, your front door makes a major impact on your home’s curb appeal. Does it look inviting? If not, then it’s time to give it some love. If you have it in your budget, consider replacing your front door. Doors with windows make a home feel both warm and welcoming. If you want to save some money, paint your existing door. Choose a color that pops and draws the eye. A vibrant front door will give the impression that the sellers have put time and thought into the home.
You know your home looks great during the day. But how does it look at night? Most potential buyers who are serious about making an offer on your home will drive by at different times of the day. Make your home look inviting in the evening by adding warm lights. Swap out any cool-colored lights you already have outside that cast a blue glow. You might even consider adding some inexpensive solar lights down the walkway to create a welcoming ambiance.
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Angela and Rick