Curb Appeal Still Matters: Here’s How to Get Your Washington, DC Home Ready to Sell This Fall

by Alex ThatcherJanuary 3, 2018

Set Your DC Home Above the Rest With These Tips on Boosting Curb Appeal

Whether you live in a townhouse in Dupont circle, an apartment building in Shaw, or even a big house with a yard in Northern Virginia, focusing on the curb appeal will raise the value of both your property and your neighborhood. Get your home ready to sell with these tips collected from the experts. We’ve included simple fixes and larger scale projects, because every home can always use a little sprucing up.

First impressions are one of the most important things to consider when selling your home. When a potential buyer steps onto your property, the first thing they are going to see is the outside of your home. Use these tips to make sure your curb appeal is on point.
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Simplify Your Greenery

In Washington, DC, it’s common to see charming historic brick houses flanked by gorgeous gardens and big leafy plants that grow abundantly. The warm, temperate climate makes it easy for plants to thrive. While this is certainly a beautiful aesthetic, immense gardens can feel overwhelming to a potential buyer.

If you have a lawn, keep it simple. Remove any large plants that encroach on walkway space. Be sure to weed any plants that look tired or unhealthy, and don’t be afraid of revealing soil or grass. Sometimes, less is more. If you don’t have a lawn, you can add tasteful greenery using urns. Level Green Landscaping has great inspiration of putting together potted plants for fall weather in Washington, DC.

Make Your Front Door Pop

Many apartments and houses in Washington, DC are lucky to have small front porches or vestibules. While this extra space is lovely for extra landscaping and outdoor space, it may cause your front door to sink into the background. Turn your front door into your house’s focal point by painting it a bright color that will draw the eye in.

You can also update your mail slot with fresh hardware, and add new numbers on or above your door. These simple and easy tricks will instantly freshen up your front door. Check out this Today’s Homeowner article for more ways to optimize your front door.
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Light Up Your Home

Add a fall wreath to your front door, and let it shine all night long by setting up a small spotlight that allows the front door to be visible, even at night. Having a well-lit exterior will make your home feel welcoming at all hours.

If a spotlight feels too bright, you can also replace or add a light fixture to your front porch or vestibule. If you have a walkway leading to your house, you can light that up with solar light fixtures. House Logic has great tips for using outdoor lighting to improve both curb appeal and safety.

Keep It Clean

With fall weather causing the leaves to change and fall, make sure dead leaves and plants aren’t cluttering up your home’s exterior. Also, see to it that leaves are always raked and that your gutters are clear of debris, which will also protect your home from water damage. Potential buyers will notice if the gutters and downspouts are full of leaves and rubbish, so this simple trick could end up sealing the deal.

Consider pressure washing any deck, porch, patio, and walkway space that you may have. This will clear away hidden dirt that you may not have realized was lurking.
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Keep Your Curb Appeal Fresh

No matter what season it is, curb appeal is always an important factor to keep in mind when prepping your home to sell. Because there are so many beautiful homes in DC, it’s important to make your property stand out. Give your exterior tasteful updates that will emphasize any historic charm and play up its unique features.

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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.