Sell Your Home With the Ultimate Curb Appeal

by Audrey SomeroFebruary 25, 2019

You’ve decided to sell your home, and you’re preparing your property for potential buyers to take the grand tour. The kitchen’s been upgraded, the bathroom is squeaky clean and you’ve staged your master bedroom like a pro. You’re officially home-tour ready!

Or, are you?

Many sellers spend so much time preparing inside the home, they forget to tackle projects outside. Your home’s exterior is as important a selling point as the interior—after all, without curb appeal your home is unlikely to attract anyone to come inside in the first place. Here’s how you can add some serious curb appeal to your home before listing:

Landscaping

  • Trim overgrown hedges and unruly tree growth, especially if it’s touching the home
  • Plant shrubbery and colorful annuals and perennials along path edges
  • Add planters with bright annuals next to the front door to draw visitors in
  • Weed the yard, plant beds, driveway, and walkway

Hardscaping

  • Pave your driveway, or repair major cracks on existing pavement
  • Replace or repair any broken bricks, pavers or steps
  • Give the patio, porch, driveway, and walkway a good pressure wash to brighten them up (Just be careful with any painted or soft surfaces that might not handle a powerful jet of water.)

Home Exterior

  • Spray down the home exterior to get rid of dirt, bugs, spider webs, and any other debris
  • Replace blown light bulbs on the porch or patio, and add pathway lighting if you don’t already have it
  • Replace the front door, or add a fresh coat of paint and updated door accessories if a new one is out of budget
  • Repair any busted screens or windows

This is by no means an exhaustive list—we could probably write a whole book. Oh, wait…we did! Download the Homes.com How to Sell Your Home Playbook for even more home selling advice!

 

 

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About The Author
Audrey Somero
Audrey is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Homes.com, with a master's degree in strategic communication. A lifelong arts aficionado, she's also a part-time dance teacher in Virginia Beach. Wife to aerospace engineer Ryan and fur-mom to rescue pup Lucy, she's the self-declared World's Greatest Pizza Lover who lives for chocolate and a sunshine-filled day at the beach.

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