You can put a For Sale sign in the front yard but if your yard and home exterior look sketchy, potential buyers won’t stop the car. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. So be sure your home stands out from the competition.
The exterior of your home is just as important as everything behind the front door. If you’re prepping your home for sale, make sure you add exterior updates to your to-do list so you don’t miss out on potential buyers.
Here are some inexpensive, easy-to-do updates to ensure your place has buyers before you open the front door.
No time to paint your entire house? Then paint just your front door to make your place feel cared for as potential buyers cross the threshold.
If landscaping the whole yard won’t fit in your schedule, just sprinkle some bark mulch around in-ground plants to give the whole yard a polished look. And if you don’t want to prune every tree and bush on your lawn, be sure to pare down anything that obstructs visitors’ view of the house or crowds the path to your front door.
3. Light up your porch.
Before they decide whether to attend an open house, home shoppers might drive by after dark, so add extra outdoor lighting to ensure your home looks warm, welcoming, and safe.
For extra punch, place up-lights under big trees and add path lights leading to the front door. Last but not least, put the lights on a timer so they’ll always switch on at dusk (especially important during the fall and winter when you might not get home until after dark).
4. Paint your mailbox.
Visually prominent street numbers send a message that your address inspires pride, so show it off with number forms that have clean lines and are visible from the street.
6. Greet them with flowers.
Place a flowering potted plant or two on the front porch to create a cheerful, welcoming effect. Yellow is a powerful color that is said to make a house stand out from the crowd. Be sure to keep the flowers watered, especially in warmer months.
7. Lay out the welcome mat.
A brand-new doormat looks welcoming to visitors. Stick to a classic styles to appeal to the biggest swath of buyers.
8. Remove personal items from your yard.
Pack away kid and pet toys, take down the flag of your favorite football team. Hold off on all the holiday décor, since not everybody celebrates the same holidays or gets festive in the same way.
9. Tie it all together.
A new doorknob, door knocker, and porch light in the same metal and finish give your home a polished look, even on a shoe-string budget. Paint the porch railing and the mailbox the same color, and add two or more matching accessories (e.g., blue flowers that complement the cushion on the porch bench or a stripe on the welcome mat).
If you’d like some ideas to freshen up your home’s exterior just give me a call. I’m happy to pop over and give some advice that will have buyer lining up to get inside.