5 Tips For Improving Curb Appeal: Only One First Impression

Improve Curb Appeal

Whether you’re looking to sell your home or not curb appeal is important. It says a lot about who you are and how you care for your home. As I said in a previous post about getting top dollar for your home when you go to sell it, you only have one chance to make a first impression. Your potential buyers could drive away before even entering your house if your curb appeal is a disaster. Take pride in your yard while you live there and enhance it further when you’re ready to sell! Here are 5 tips for improving curb appeal (make sure to check out the Printable Checklist  too):

1. Lawn Maintenance. In order to improve curb appeal the lawn needs to look neat and tidy. If you have the money in your budget you could hire a professional service to do this for you, but if you don’t then put on some gardening gloves and get to work. Mow and edge the lawn, rake the yard, trim back bushes, pull those weeds, spread a thin layer of new bark mulch around so everything looks fresh, and plant some new flowers.
Final Curb Appeal 2 2. Give the exterior of your home a once over on repairs. If ever there was a time to scrutinize your house (or ask a friend!) it would be now when you are trying to improve your curb appeal. When you stand in front of your house do you notice any repairs that need to be done? How do your gutters look? Are they clogged, crooked? Is there any flashing missing? Do your garage doors open and close as they should? Do any steps need to be fixed? Any edging around the yard or garden need to be replaced? Make sure to wash all the windows.

3. Freshen up the paint. If it has been awhile since you painted the house it may need to be freshened up. Sometimes simply giving the house a good power washing can do the trick but if it’s looking dull and the paint is peeling then definitely give it a fresh coat. If it isn’t in your budget to paint the whole house consider just the front so it looks fresh when potential buyers drive up. Don’t forget to make it all match though :) Improve Curb Appeal 4
4. Cozy up your front porch. One of the big tips for improving curb appeal is to make the front porch inviting. Consider a small table and chairs, maybe a pot of flowers or a hanging basket. Dust off any cobwebs on the porch, give it all (including any furniture) a good sweep and wash, and get a new welcome mat.

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5. Make your door stand out. After all, the focal point of your curb appeal is your front door. Not to mention, any potential buyers will be standing on your porch for awhile while their realtor gets the key out so they will have an extra eye in this area. Dust off any cobwebs, oil the hinges so the door doesn’t squeak when it is opened. Does your doorbell actually work? Give your front door a new coat of paint to make it pop or a new coat of stain to make it look fresh and clean. Give a door’s fixtures some metal polish to make them look fresh and new too. A cheap and easy update is to replace your house numbers and lighting.
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I’ve also created a checklist for you to use on your own home as you improve your curb appeal.  Improving Your Curb Appeal Check List Because curb appeal is so important we have an entire section of this blog that we are dedicating to improving curb appeal and selling your house. Obviously we can’t guarantee that these tips will help you sell your home, but they certainly couldn’t hurt :)

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