Owning and/or selling a home is a personal journey. There is a lot to learn as you run through the gambit of legal steps for selling a home, and there’s plenty to learn about owning a home. Unfortunately, most of us never learn until we are in the middle of a situation which requires us to learn.
Try to take the initiative when it comes to your home’s curb appeal. Don’t wait until after you sell your property to learn the importance of sprucing up the outside of your home. Here are a few ways to boost your home’s curb appeal and make your property more attractive to buyers.
Put up/repair fencing around the property
Fencing around a property is a perk for most homebuyers. Those with kids or pets really enjoy the safety of a fenced in back/front yard. Just make sure the fence is properly installed and maintained.
A fresh coat of paint will go a long way for a wooden fence. Replace broken slats, and make sure the smooth side of the wood is always facing towards the outside of your property. Good fencing etiquette is important.
Paint the front door and the trim/shutters
Slap a bright color on your front door for a little visual pop, and give the trim and shutters of the home a fresh coat as well. You will be surprised just how much of a difference these small adjustments will make to the look of your home.
Don’t be afraid to get a little creative with the color scheme of your home. Just be careful not to get too wild with it. Do some research on the psychology of color, and then choose the hues to use.
Plant some flowers and other foliage
Plant some flowers around the property. Perennials are great color-boosters, and they come back more beautiful every year.
You may also want to plant a few trees around the yard. Trees provide excellent shade in the summer from the scorching heat.
Fix any cracks in the concrete pavement around the house
Cracks in the pavement around your home signal trouble to possible homebuyers. It is best to just get the cracks repaired before listing your home on the market.
If you want to try and save money, at least get an expert opinion on the possible effects of the cracks. You can always present the paperwork to a buyer in the future for reassurance.
Pressure wash wooden decks/porches for a newer look
Old wooden decks and porches can look nearly new with a simple pressure washing. If you don’t have your own pressure washer, you can usually rent one from the local hardware store. Just take care not to turn the pressure up too high and splinter the wood.