You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. When staging the interior of your home to sell, don’t forget the exterior – after all, the outside of your home is the first thing guests see, both in-person and on your listing.
Here are some surefire ways to make sure the front of your home makes a lasting impression.
1. Regular Maintenance
Having a clutter free, well-maintained yard instantly adds curb appeal to your home. Simple landscaping can make a world of difference. This includes regularly removing weeds and dead plants, feeding, watering and cutting your lawn.
2. Say It With Flowers
Plant or place vibrant flowers and foliage in your front yard, or on your porch to add pops of colour and make the space feel welcoming. This can be done with colourful trees and shrubs, or simply by adding some flower pots and containers bursting with seasonal blooms.
3. Your Front Door Holds The Key
Highlight your front door for a warm welcome. An attractive front door adds character. You can simply update the hardware or add a decorative wreath, but to really stand out, consider a fresh coat of paint. Colourful front doors create contrast and make a lasting impression. Read our earlier blog for inspiration on choosing the right colour for your door.
4. Let There Be Light
Add lighting to brighten your yard. There is a simple art to outdoor lighting, and once you know the tricks, you will see the difference immediately. Focus lighting on the home more than the yard and consider placing your landscape lighting in multiple layers. Don’t be shy, get a bit creative but just be sure you don’t overdo it. The Family Handyman has some useful tips to help create the best look possible.
5. See Things Clearly
Take an afternoon to power wash your home’s exterior and clean the windows on the outside as well as the inside. You’ll be surprised at the difference a little water and elbow grease can make. Check out our spring cleaning blog for natural ways to clean your windows.
6. They’ve Got Your Number
Update your mailbox, house numbers or even your address plaque. Don’t be afraid to show off a little. When thoughtfully selected, these additions can give your home a memorable flair.
7. Set The Mood
If room permits, consider adding an outdoor bench, small fountain, or a tasteful sculpture. Give the potential homebuyer the opportunity to picture themselves enjoying a warm summer day in their new home.
Take an afternoon, and look for homes that really stand out to you. Remember what features made the difference, then imagine something similar at your home. Taking the time to consider your curb appeal will not only make your home look great, but also improve its resale value.