When in the process of selling a home, you want to ensure the property has adequate “curb appeal.” Simply, this is ensuring that prospective buyers view the exterior of the home as aesthetically pleasing, warm, and inviting. There are several (not so difficult) ways to improve the exterior of the property to aid in its curb appeal. Five options are addressed below:
The Front Door
It is 100 percent impossible for a potential buyer to miss the front door as the buyer must go through it to view the home. One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to improve the front door is to give it a fresh coat of paint. The cost for a gallon of paint will be approximately $30. Make certain to use a paint color that sticks out but also matches the remainder of the home.
New Door Knob
While addressing the front door, consider installing a new door knob. This will help with freshening up the overall image of the door and its quality. The technology for door knobs has improved exponentially over the years. One may opt for knobs that have self-locking features and/or security cameras.
Brighten the Porch
The porch should feel inviting and welcoming to prospective buyers. Consider placing some furniture and other aesthetics outside to assist in portraying an inviting atmosphere. Great options are rocking chairs, porch swings, and tables. Other “pleasing” items to put on the porch are plant pots, welcome mats, porch curtains, mailboxes, and wreaths.
If the property contains an outside fence, a simple and new coat of paint can make all the difference in promoting curb appeal. Painting the fence should not be a time-consuming endeavor. The entire process should take no more than a few hours to a day. If the yard does not currently have a fence, one might take this opportunity to contemplate whether such an option would be a worthwhile pursuit to enhance the property’s appeal.
One final option to think about when improving a home’s curb appeal are focal points. These are “eye-catching” items that increase the overall attractiveness of the home. Some examples of exterior focal points would be pergolas, garden arches, statues, flower beds, and firepits.