Don’t Panic! There’s Still Time to Get Your Home Looking Its Best
So, you’re about to list your home and your Realtor has just mentioned that if you really want to get what the amount that you’re asking for, then you really need to pay a little attention to boosting your home’s curb appeal. The problem is, you only have a single day to devote to making your home look its best from the street view that most interested parties will see when they make their first impression. So what do you do?
First, don’t panic! Panic is the enemy of progress. And, what we’re looking for here is progress. Because perfection, well… perfection isn’t necessarily a single-day pursuit – for almost all of us, anyway. In this post, we’ll look at five quick, easy, and relatively inexpensive ways to boost your home’s curb appeal in a single day, before it’s crunch time and the property goes on the market!
1 – Potted Plants
The quickest and easiest – if not the cheapest – ideas when it comes to curb appeal is to refresh the look of your front porch, walkway, or the drive by adding some potted plants. Your local hardware store, nursery, or one-stop shopping center is a great resource for potted plants that you can simply purchase and plop into place. Voila! Instant curb appeal.
2 – A New Coat of Paint on That Lonesome Old Door
Another quick and relatively easy and inexpensive way to get your home to pop from the curb is to give your front door a new coat of paint in a bold accent color. Red works well with neutrally painted homes, and complementary colors also work quite well for contrast and drawing the eye.
A slightly different shade of the color your home’s exterior is covered with is another winner. Whatever you do is better than a dingy, old, neutral door color. Or, you can consider replacing your front door. Provided you get the dimensions right, replacing an outdated door can be as simple as popping three pins or setting a few new hinges.
3 – A Day’s Worth of Cleanup
If you haven’t kept up with weeding the flower beds, trimming the hedges or bushes, picking up leaf litter and other detritus, or the like, the best way you can spend the few hours you have – if you’re serious about your home’s ability to attract top dollar offers – is in cleaning up the look of your home. There’s no shame in letting things go a little bit around the yard, but make sure you clean up that mess if you want to boost your curb appeal!
4 – Building Curb Appeal by the Numbers
Replacing your address (or the numbers that communicate that information to visitors) is a simple, easy, and very inexpensive way to boost your home’s curb appeal. A screwdriver and a quick trip to the hardware store is all you need for this pain-free upgrade.
5 – A Bit of Elbow Grease
Considering the fact that they don’t roll around in the dirt, it’s surprising how dirty a house can get! In this scenario, you don’t really have time to scrape and paint. But, you likely have time to rent a power washer from the local rental company or hardware store, and give your home’s facade, the driveway, and the walk to the front door a deep clean. Plus, you’ll be surprised how satisfying washing away all that grime can feel.
Boosting Your Curb Appeal for Profit (and Fun?)
Boosting your home’s curb appeal can be easy, fun, and most of all, profitable if you’re about to list it. Take a day and do one, two, or all five of these simple tasks. The money you’ll get as a return on your investment is worth it, and remember: there’s no need to panic!