How your house looks on the outside can help tremendously when trying to sell your home. First impressions matter! Even if you aren’t trying to sell anytime soon, you want your family and friends to also experience a nice, welcoming first impression when they enter your home.
Each of these tips are things you can do without hiring a professional. They are all inexpensive, easy, and are almost guaranteed to result in a return on your investment.
1. Paint your front door. If you have a painted front door that has seen better days, giving it a fresh coat can really help refresh the look of your home. Black and dark grey are good choices for a more traditional feel. Bolder hues like yellow and green can make your home stand out.
2. Paint your trim. If you have wood exterior trim, giving it a fresh coat of white paint will make a big difference for just a few dollars in paint and materials.
3. Clean your front porch just like the rest of your home. Bugs, dirt and cob webs can quickly take over a front porch. Add your front porch to your weekly chore list to keep it looking pristine. A quick power wash or hose down can do wonders for curb appeal.
4. Add a great lighting fixture. For under $50, you can update a standard lighting fixture to something that’s fresh and modern.
5. Think about outside lighting. Even if most showings happen during the day, prospective buyers often will drive by your home at different times, including the evening. Adding some lighting around paths illuminate your home and give it a sense of elegance. Make sure coach lights are not burnt out.
6. Update your hardware. Old street numbers, doorknobs and door knockers can make the front of your home seem drab or unkept. These items can be replaced for minimal expense.
7. Add plants. Whether in the ground or in a pot, plants give life to any space. Pick plants of varying heights and add color for a little pop. Symmetrical planters on each side of your front door can give your home a sophisticated feel.
8. Mulch. Fresh mulch can make a yard really stand out and look well cared for. It can brighten the exterior of your home while keeping weeds down and filling in bare spots.
9. Update outdoor furniture. Replace furniture that’s really worn, or give it new life with paint and new cushions.
10. Don’t forget about the garage door. Updating your garage door is one of the best investments you can possibly make in your home. If it’s not necessary or in the budget for a replacement, a fresh coat of paint or even some hardware can make a big impact.
11. Get a new welcome mat. Welcome mats can look tired quickly, but it’s an inexpensive update you’ll want to make if you are listing your home for sale.
Thinking about listing your home? I love giving clients advice on how to make a few simple changes that can result in a quicker sale for more money. To chat about how I can help, you can reach me at 317-908-2599 or firstname.lastname@example.org.