When it comes to selling your home, first impressions matter. In fact, real estate professionals have a name for it: they call it “curb appeal.” A home with curb appeal looks well-tended, nicely landscaped and inviting from the moment a prospective buyer drives up to the property.
Here are four ways to guarantee that critical good first impression, offered by Realtor Magazine:
Spruce up the front door: The front door is the gateway to your home and the first thing many buyers will examine up close. If the door’s paint is peeling and the hardware old and damaged, buyer’s will be turned off. Consider replacing an old front door with a new steel model, or at the least, giving it a fresh coat of paint.
Wash windows: Clean windows inside and out, “and remove the screens for added sparkle,” suggests Realtor. You might also add flower boxes and paint the shutters.
Repair or replace garage door: Does your garage door need paint and other repairs? Is replacement in order? If you choose to replace the door, consider “budget-friendly options,” such as metal and fiberglass.
Stage your front porch: A carefully arranged front porch can create the impression of added square footage and a place where homeowners can relax and enjoy the outdoors. Enhance your porch with a pair of rocking chairs, a porch swing and other cozy outdoor furniture.