When you’re in the market to sell your home, there are many repairs that need to happen. Granite countertops, hardwood floors, and an updated master bedroom are all things that potential home buyers are looking for, and if you want to sell your home, you have to give them what they want, right? Of course.
But all too often, sellers focus too much on the interior upgrades and not enough on the exteriors of their home. You may not realize this but there is a psychology behind first impressions of selling your home, and you only have 8-15 seconds to make that first impression. You have the option to either make a good first impression or a bad one, and you, of course, want to make a good one.
The reason it’s so important to make sure the exteriors of your home look good is because it’s the initial factor that will get your home sold. Think about it… You can do all these upgrades and additions to your home’s interiors, but if the exterior of your home is a complete eyesore, no one will have the slightest interest in seeing the interiors of your home.
That reason alone is why you want to invest in the exteriors of your home. But the good news is that it doesn’t have to dig too deep into your budget. There are indeed quick fixes and updates to boost your home’s curb appeal, and it doesn’t have to break the bank. To get potential homebuyers in your home, follow these tips to make the front of your home more appealing.
Quick Fixes and Updates to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal
When homebuyers drive past your home, one of the first things they’ll notice is your yard, so you want to make sure it’s in tip-top condition. If you can’t tend to your yard yourself, hire lawn care services. The grass and hedges need to be cut and regularly maintained until your home is sold.
New Patio Furniture
If your home has a front porch, this is the opportunity to make your home look welcoming with the addition of patio furniture. Things like porch swings and wicker collections are all things that home buyers will be able to look at and picture themselves enjoying. So if you want to impress home buyers, the addition of welcoming patio furniture will make them feel right at home before even setting foot in your home.
Update Old Hardware
From house numbers and doorknobs to exterior sconces and entry door locksets, these are small details on the exterior of your home that make a loud statement. If these items look dingy or outdated, Replacing them or updating them with a bit of paint can breathe new life into them. You’ll be surprised at what a spray can of black, gold, or silver paint will do to update your home’s hardware.
Paint Home Exteriors
One of the most common questions asked about exterior painting is how often it should be done. Well, the answer to that question is every four to five years but many people wait much longer than that to have it done. But when you’re trying to sell your home, painting the exterior of your home is a must. And you can guarantee that it’s much cheaper than completely replacing the siding on your home!
Just be sure to give your home a good power washing to remove excess dirt and grime first, and then paint your home. When your home is completely painted, it will look like it did when you first bought it.
Install Outdoor Lighting
When you’re selling your home, it needs to not only look good during the day but also look good at night as well. From solar pathway lights to elegant porch fixtures, the beauty of your home will transcend from day tonight. This will not only be a sight to see but it will also provide that added bit of security that homeowners want as well. ADT recommends getting a motion sensor porch light. When homebuyers see this, they’ll automatically feel better about putting in an offer on your home.
There are many more cost-effective quick fixes you can do to your home to boost the curb appeal but the few listed above are a great start to making your home more appealing to potential home buyers.