Easy Ways to Add Curb Appeal Now
Homes with a lot of curb appeal often sell faster and command a higher price. If you’re thinking of selling your home in that no man’s land between winter and spring, you may be scratching your head as to how to make an impact on the curb appeal of your home. Spring is around the corner but not near enough for green lawns and neatly manicured garden beds and planters to add life and colour to the front of your home. Large scale exterior projects like hardscaping and landscaping are sure to add value to your home, but there are many ways to spruce up your exterior with a just a little elbow grease and time, even in this season that fluctuates between small snow banks and patches of mud.
Ask yourself these three questions to help kick-start some simple curb appeal projects today, and help turn interested buyers into eager bidders.
Does this yard have potential?
There are little things you can do to show that your yard has potential and help potential buyers envision what your home will look like in July, starting with clearing your driveway, walkway and stairs of snow, ice, leaves and debris. This not only will keep the front of your home looking neat, it is also safer for anyone coming to view your home. If you haven’t already done so, clean out the gutters that may have accumulated leaves in the fall. Trade the giant inflatable snowmen on your front lawn for an elegant, subtle wreath on the front door and some cold-weather plants such as Japanese yew or boxwood hedge topiaries to liven up your walkway.
Does this house have character?
Adding a touch of personality to the exterior of your home will not only help it stand out, but may make it more memorable to buyers on the hunt. For an instant character, repaint your front door and garage a colour slightly off the neutral scale. If your home is cream coloured brick, try a crisp white; if you have grey brick or paneling; try a robin’s egg blue to add some unexpected dimension.
These days house numbers aren’t just a way to identify your home, they’re a piece of décor that can inject loads of character. A simple trip to the hardware store will reveal dozens of options including hanging signs, ceramic tiles, antique finishes, plaques or even simple decals that you can add to your mail box.
Is this a home I’m excited to enter?
Is your home well lit? When someone drives by does it look lived-in and homey? Adding a seating area to your front stoop screams “welcome” and “stay a while,” and a few cushions introduce texture and colour to your outdoor space.
When your home is for sale, a potential buyer may drive by anytime, so ensuring your property is well lit is a curb appeal must. Install a few solar lights along the edge of your gardens, driveway or lawn for added illumination and if your mounted lights need an upgrade your local hardware store is sure to have a variety of modern designs and price points to choose from.
Curb appeal is the first step to helping a potential buyer envision themselves in your home.